People of the Plains

Every Thursday evening at 6:44 p.m. during All Things Considered
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The stories of the High Plains are as limitless as the sky overhead.

People of the Plains is a 12-week series featuring students from West Texas A&M University who, after interviewing someone they find interesting, create short audio recordings about the individual and that individual's experiences.  

Written and voiced by WTAMU students, People of the Plains is produced by High Plains Public Radio and airs every Thursday at 6:44 p.m. during All Things Considered.  

Scroll down below for examples of their work. 

People Of The Plains: A Lost Cause

Sep 14, 2017
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Native Texans are generally associated with things like cowboy hats, southern drawls, and Sam Elliott-like demeanors.  While a diehard conservative, and while sporting the occasional southern accent for the sake of a few laughs (insisting that he “really talks like this” all the while), Jeff Caseltine does not epitomize the “traditional” native Texan. Instead, things that come to mind when describing Jeff are celebrity impersonations, socks and sandals, and a prevailing enthusiasm and heart for the kids he teaches. 

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I interviewed my grandmother Joan Tomlin about Alton Tomlin, my late grandfather. Alton was the most peaceful and loving person I have ever met. Not only could he make any person laugh but he took his time to give everyone attention. I think that is one of the reasons he was so loved.

The reason that he was the person I wanted to do my performance piece over is because once I found out that the performance was educationally based, he popped into my head. I thought of how much I learned from him and also, how much he loved to learn from others.

I was fortunate enough to sort of follow where my grandpa was living in his later years because while I was at school in San Marcos, Texas he was living in Leander, Texas, which is only about an hour and a half drive away. So I was able to spend good quality time before his sicknesses really started taking over.

Then he began getting really sick and they moved to Hereford and coincidently, I was moving back to Hereford, as well, because I was about to have a baby and wanted to be near family.

As long as I knew my grandpa, I can say that I have never met a person who impacted all of the people around him like he did. Not only that, but the way that he cared and loved my grandma was something that I could really look up to.

Hearing his story about coming from a single parent family to where he would end up and his journey along the way was inspiring and I also think that it was a good way to remember him and his life.

People Of The Plains: Learning To Love

Aug 24, 2017
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Kristy Reynosa hired me to be her family’s nanny when I was a sophomore in high school.

I watched her daughter Molly, who was 11 at the time, and her granddaughter Tylee, who was 8.

Molly was this little girl who could do anything she put her mind to. You put a ball in front of her, and she knew how to make a point with it in whatever game it was. You told her to run a certain distance at a time and she did it five minutes under.

People Of The Plains: A Love For The Game

Jul 26, 2017

“Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” That quote is one of Halee Langen’s favorite quotes.

This is an adaptation of an interview that I had with Halee Langen in “A love for the Game” as told by M’Kenzie Garrett.

When you meet a person your initial reaction isn’t to ask them what battles they have overcome or how difficult it might have been for them to fight those battles. Sometimes, the extent of a hard time can be measured by a single painful experience, but other times it can be the smaller things that add up to bring the pain.

People of the Plains: A lesson for the future

Jul 5, 2017
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“It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings.”- Ann Landers

From The Dust Bowl to World War II, Eufemio Velasquez has had his hands in a whole lot of life and a whole lot of history. In the five years since he welcomed me into the family, I have learned more about the history of this nation than I ever could have possibly learned from textbooks in school and more about life than I could have ever realized at my own age.  

People of the Plains: Wings

Jun 28, 2017

Tom Morris is a 97-year-old WWII veteran from Amarillo, Texas.

Starting out his life, he worked hard, dedicating his time to the railroad when he decided to better himself and attend the University of Texas Law School. While enrolled in school the war started and he instantly knew that his time and talents were needed to help serve the country.

People of the Plains: Spiritually engaged

Jun 22, 2017

Theologians tell us there are three things in things in a Christian’s life that are going to affect them. Number one is the world, another is flesh, and number three would be sin.  Those three things affect us and this is all a scheme of the one who is like a lion seeking those whom he may devour. The bible is not some fictitious mythical document rather there is truly a spiritual battle happening that many people would not advocate.

"I guess it’s fair to say that younger siblings follow their older siblings to college. There can be many reasons behind that. But, today I am going to tell you all why I followed my sister to college and how her journey affected my journey in ways that I would have never imagined."

People of the Plains: An Adjustment to Life

Jun 8, 2017

There are more lessons that we learned throughout our lives besides the ones we learned in school.

Samantha tells the story of Desha Hooks, her Resident Assistant in Cousins Hall student dormitory at West Texas A&M University. In Samantha’s first semester of college, Desha helped her break out of her comfort zone. Samantha says, “If it wasn’t for Desha, I would just be hiding in my room.”

People of the Plains: Behind the Mic

Feb 5, 2016

During the Fall Semester, HPPR and a communications class partnered together to spotlight the people who call the High Plains home. Cindee Talley had the opportunity to sit down with some of the students and talk with them a little about their life, school, and the project. 

From the piece entitled, "A Nod to Creation", Tessa Davis, Natalie Andrews and Kaitlin Johnson discuss more about their project and their plans for the future: 

Cindee Talley and Andreana Guajardo and Maricela Leal about pushing past the limit, and discovering their future selves. 

Prayer of a Bandito

Feb 4, 2016

Aaron Keller was born and raised in Pampa, TX. He always seemed to have a passion for motorcycles. This passion led him to joining the Bandito Motorcycle Club. In the club, Keller found himself in the position of president for two different regions. Keller found the club contradictory to his Christian beliefs, but he continued in the club. Keller began feeling like the club was ruining his life and his marriage. His wife had filed for divorce without him knowing. Through his pastor’s support, and the prayers of many people, Keller was able to restore his marriage.

A Nod to Creation

Feb 4, 2016

 

Through an interview with the creators of the online magazine of Field and Bone, Brittany and Evan Kelly, and excerpts from the magazine itself, we learned a little bit about where they came from, how they began Field and Bone, and where they plan to go in the future.

“We hope that Field and Bone is a catalyst for Spirit, body and mind. The goal is to inspire, encourage and equip people to change their community and their world for the better.” Evan Kelly.

The Limit Does Not Exist

Feb 3, 2016

You know, there’s a particular line in Thoreau’s “Walden” where it says,

“I do not wish to be anymore busy with my hand than is necessary. My head is hands and feet. I feel all my best faculties concentrated in it.”

The Not So Normal Parenthood

Feb 3, 2016

Jennifer Sugg was a 16-year-old color guard when she found out that she was expecting a little baby girl. Unaware of what the future would hold, Jennifer was forced to face reality and make a decision that would affect the life of her as well as her sweet baby girl, Kaitlin. After months of Jennifer Sugg was a 16-year-old color guard when she found out that she was expecting a little baby girl. Unaware of what the future would hold, Jennifer was forced to face reality and make a decision that would affect the life of her as well as her sweet baby girl, Kaitlin.

Pushin' Paint

Feb 2, 2016

 

 

Three Ways to Draw Interest

Feb 2, 2016

Darrell Bledsoe was a figure in my life for several years.  He’s a good man who took time to teach me the guitar and work with the church I went to.  When this project came up, I decided to learn a little bit more about him to share with others, but more importantly, I wanted other people to look for similar figures in their lives.

This piece was performed and adapted by Keillan Johnson 

Ohana, the Story of Elija Lagafuaina

Feb 1, 2016

“I was a little troublemaker growing up. I was raised right but I always had the urge to rebel, especially against the rules. Because of that I was always getting in trouble at school” - Elijah Lagafuaina. Elijah always had a passion and talent for football. He saw it as an outlet.

From Kid to Punk to Man

Feb 1, 2016

“The mentality and behavior of drug addicts and alcoholics is wholly irrational until you understand that they are completely powerless over their addiction and unless they have structured help, they have no hope.” ― Russell Brand.