Skip Mancini

Producer and host of High Plains History and Growing on the High Plains

Home community: rural Haskell County, KS (PO Box 699, Sublette, KS  67877)

Phone: (800) 678--7444 (Garden City studios)

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High Plains History episode
3:01 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Kansas Folksongs

Listen to some "tuneful" history about the Jayhawk state.

High Plains History episode
8:02 pm
Sun July 29, 2012

Vigilante Justice

The last lynching in Kansas was called 'justice' by many.

High Plains History episode
8:05 pm
Sun July 22, 2012

Red Lights

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Journey along some of history's darker streets and alleyways as we go in search of 'red lights districts' on the frontier.

Growing on the High Plains episode
8:01 pm
Sun July 22, 2012

Milkweed

Some consider this wildflower a weed, but to Monarch butterflies and those who love them, this perennial is precious and should be a part of every garden.   It is also perfectly suited to the high plains climate.

High Plains History episode
8:03 pm
Sun July 15, 2012

Pianos on the Plains

Early settlers were self-reliant in all things, including entertainment.  They would find a place for musical instruments on their trek to the unknown west.  Old photos feature pioneers standing around a pump organ in front of a dugout home.   Pianos were expensive and difficult to transport.  The organ offered an affordable alternative.   Some creative souls even placed the organ inside an empty piano case, giving the illusion of owning the rare item.  As time passed, pianos and organs went through transition in size and structure making them affordable for the middle class.  Examples of t

Growing on the High Plains episode
8:00 pm
Sun July 15, 2012

Solomon Seal

Solomon Seal is not a native plant.  Named for a scarred rhizome that has the appearance of King Solomon's seal, which is known by many as the Star of David.   It is also know for its medicinal use, and is perfect for shaded flower beds on the High Plains.

Growing on the High Plains episode
8:02 pm
Sun July 8, 2012

Hollyhocks

Hollyhocks thrive in this arid climate we call home.  It does not flower the
first year, but sends up a tall stalk the next that will bloom most of the
summer.  The best time to plant your seeds is late summer, giving it time to
sprout and get established before winter sets in.  The most common disease
is rust, which can be managed by actively removing affected areas or with
chemicals. 

High Plains History episode
8:01 pm
Sun July 8, 2012

Naming Mobeetie

The old jail in Mobeetie, Texas

Mobeetie has a long history of firsts.  First established town in the Texas Panhandle, first post office, first court house, first judicial system and jail, first school, and first reported tornado- a killer storm that took seven lives in 1898.  To this day, even though a virtual ghost town, it is considered the,  "mother city,"  of the panhandle.

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High Plains History episode
8:01 pm
Sun July 1, 2012

Longhorn History

A look at the background of one very tough breed that helped  to feed the west.

HPPR
8:00 pm
Sun July 1, 2012

Early Birds

Most plants in Skip's garden got a jump on spring, producing foliage, buds, flowers, and fruits earlier than usual, and thus allowing an amazing harvest of ripe tomatoes in mid-June.

Growing on the High Plains episode
6:30 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Jerusalem Artichokes

 A look at a vegetable that is an artichoke in name only.

High Plains History episode
6:30 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Kansas Playwright: Inge Ties

 A famous playwright used his Kansas roots to create memorable characters and settings.

Growing on the High Plains episode
6:30 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Artichokes

 Impulse buying results in a trip down memory lane and a new challenge for Skip's gardening skills.

High Plains History episode
6:30 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Hoover Pavilion

A special building in Wright Park has been home to social gatherings in Dodge City for many years.

Growing on the High Plains episode
6:30 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Larkspur

A father's gift is regenerated each year, leaving a legacy of 'little blue flowers' to brighten the garden  and the heart.

High Plains History episode
6:30 am
Wed June 13, 2012

German Russians

A look at an immigrant group who helped to settle the far northwest corner of Kansas.

Growing on the High Plains episode
6:30 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Spirea

A look at a flowering shrub that has maintained its popularity on the high plains from early-day homesteads to modern-day domiciles.

High Plains History episode
6:30 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Fort Elliott

 The Red River Wars necessitated the formation of a command post in the Texas Panhandle known as Fort Elliott.

Growing on the High Plains episode
6:30 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Water Gardens Part III

Stocking your garden pond with critters can be lots of fun, but watch out for the uninvited guests!

High Plains History episode
6:30 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Fleagle Gang

This true story of an infamous High Plains criminal gang plays like a fictional gangster movie of the 1930's complete with bank robberies, getaways, murders, manhunts and capture.

Growing on the High Plains episode
6:30 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Water Gardens Part II

A look at some plants that thrive under, in, and around the water.

High Plains History episode
6:30 am
Wed May 23, 2012

20,000 throng to Dodge City for Hollywood movie premiere

In 1939 the world premiere of the Hollywood western “Dodge City” brought thousands to Dodge City from both coasts and all points in-between, arriving by car, horseback and three special trains.  A parade, wild west show, rodeo and raucous celebrations accompanied the movie, which played simultaneously in three theaters.

 

Growing on the High Plains episode
6:30 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Water Gardens Part I

Skip begins a 3 part series on ponds and pools in the yard and garden.

High Plains History episode
6:30 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Augusta Metcalfe

Augusta Metcalfe

A visit to far west Oklahoma and the home place of a famous painter.

Growing on the High Plains episode
6:30 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Sun Dried Tomatoes

In honor of Mother's Day, Skip shares a conversation with her gardening guru mom (now deceased) from a past Growing on the High Plains episode.

High Plains History

Take a few minutes to step back in time and explore the historical events, places, persons, social movements, and humorous incidents from the centuries of human settlement on the High Plains.  High Plains History is written and produced by Skip Mancini with the assistance of historians, historical societies, and museums from across the region. 

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Finney County Historical Society
Growing on the High Plains episode
6:30 am
Thu May 3, 2012

School Days

The school bell rings as Skip recounts her recently gained education experiences through the Master Gardener Program.

High Plains History episode
6:30 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Atwood Church

Atwood Church

Follow the trail of a historical building that still stands in Rawlins county, Kansas.

Growing on the High Plains

Years ago Skip Mancini left the rocky coast of Northern California to return to her roots in the heartland. Her San Francisco friends, concerned over her decision to live in a desolate flatland best known for a Hollywood tornado, were afraid she would wither and die on the vine. With pioneer spirit Skip planted a garden, and began to learn about growing not only flowers and vegetables, but hearts and minds. If you agree that the prairie is a special place, we think you'll enjoy her weekly sojourns into Growing on the High Plains. 

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Great Gardens episode
6:26 pm
Sun June 1, 2008

Great Gardens Series

Last spring Skip Mancini asked gardeners from throughout our broadcast area to participate in a special 'show and tell' series on Growing on the High Plains. A 'June in January' look at eight great gardens begins with an overview of the people and places that Skip visited during the summer of 2008.

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