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Conserve Confusion

17 hours ago

This holiday season that is generally dedicated to cooking and eating has brought on the need for a bit of research into the art of canning, serving, and naming fanciful fruit spreads.  So before setting down to a series of Thanksgiving  feasting, we'll look for answers to questions about the differences among jams, jellies, preserves, compotes, conserves, marmalades, and fruit butters.  Though they do have their differences, take it from me that they can all be delicious.    

Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday

Nov 24, 2015
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Woman’s Day magazine has published a helpful list of “29 Tips Towards A Stress-Free Holiday.” Among some of our favorites: Throw away your shopping list and focus instead on creating special moments with friends and family. Treat loved ones to a holiday show, for example, or breakfast at a fancy hotel. Another idea: Bring out books to easily add a seasonal touch. Display an illustrated volume of A Christmas Carol on the fireplace mantle.


Imagine a time traveling pilgrim joined your family’s Thanksgiving celebration this year. After you got over the surprise of finding in individual wearing a tall hat, short pants, stockings, funny looking shoes, and possibly carrying an antique weapon in your dining room, you’d have to wonder about the differences between 1622 and 2014. Questions might include what this visitor thought about modern homes, holiday foods, and current pastimes to celebrate a national holiday that ties contemporary Americans to one of the first English settlements in the new world.

G. Love

Love Saves the Day is the brand new album from G. Love and Special Sauce, released on October 30. A harmonious mix of rock, blues, and hip-hop, the album includes guest appearances by artists such as Lucinda Williams, Ozomatli, Citizen Cope, among others.

G. Love chats with Ryan Gottlieb about the new release, his roots in Philadelphia, and much more!

Collective Soul

See What You Started By Continuing is the brand new album from rock band Collective Soul, released on October 2.

Bassist Will Turpin joined Ryan Gottlieb in conversation about the new album, songwriting, and even un-released songs from the band!

NPR Develops Podcast Recommendation Site

Nov 13, 2015

Over the past few years the popularity of podcasts has exploded. The term covers a wide range of programs, from interviews and journalism to comedy and storytelling. With the rise of smartphones, many people take their entertainment with them in their pocket these days. Podcast lovers—or those curious about the medium—have reason to rejoice this week, according to niemanlab.org.

Widespread Panic / Browncat

Dave Schools - bassist and founding member of Widespread Panic - talked with Ryan Gottlieb about their new album Street Dogs, released on September 25th.

The rock, blues, and jazz band have been together and touring for nearly 30 years. Dave chats about recording the new album, playing with other talented musicians, and much more! 

Val d'Orcia

Nov 11, 2015

 A trip to Italy brought me to the beautiful Val d'Orcia in the hills of Tuscany, and more specifically to the gardens of Villa La Foce.  My tour focused on the house and grounds replete with terraces, fountains, and native landscapes, and also took in the surrounding farmland.  But one of the things that stayed with me most was the area's survival of the terrible battles fought during World War II.  The will to survive and maintain some semblance of order while providing care for others is surely mirrored in the solitude and majesty of the La Foce gardens.

Western Kansas Fossil Hunters to Appear on NOVA

Nov 11, 2015
Gwynn Williams

Chuck Bonner and Barbara Shelton have been collecting fossils in Western Kansas for years. They run a small gallery in a tiny limestone church 18 miles north of Scott City on US 83. But the number of people who have a chance to see their collection is about to grow—by about 52 million people.

Sharon Davis

I wait for deer season like a kid waits for Christmas.  November just doesn't come soon enough for me, and this season has me feeling a little melancholy.  I'm over 60, and when I think about my favorite deer hunts, the first one that comes to mind is a trip to North Dakota.  I didn't shoot a thing, but the outdoor experience was breathtaking.

Of course, Cindee couldn't let a show about recollections go by without reminding me one of her favorite deer hunting stories was when Larry Weishuhn and I locked ourselves into the deer stand.  


Devon Allman - creating the next generation of Allman music - is performing at John Barleycorn's in Wichita, KS this Thursday, November 5th; the Gothic Theatre in Englewood, CO this Friday, November 6th; and The Bottleneck in Lawrence, KS this Saturday, November 7th.

Ryan Gottlieb talked with Devon about these upcoming shows, his latest album "Ragged & Dirty," how he got started in music, and much more!

ABC 7 News Denver

The Huffington Post has posted a news report from Denver's ABC 7 News about a popular exhibit at the Colorado History Museum concerning Colorado's civil rights struggle in the 1960s. While Colorado is not generally the part of the US that comes to mind when the words "civil rights" are mentioned, the Mile High City had its own turmoil, including protests and clashes with police. The exhibit's stay at the museum has now been extended.

You can view the video here.

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Begin your Halloween at the witching hour (Midnight CT) with Ryan Gottlieb on Carrying On - HPPR’s newest music program – which focuses on rock and blues. Immediately following Friday Night Blues (8 – 12 CT), Ryan has a rockin’ Halloween themed show planned with tunes from The Who, Dave Matthews, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jethro Tull, and many more great artists. Get in the Halloween spirit this Friday night at Midnight CT on Carrying On!

Jonathan Baker

Author Dan Flores visited West Texas A&M this week to discuss his forthcoming book, Coyote America, which will be published next year. Over 180 people packed into a room Tuesday night at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum to hear Flores talk about this beautiful and often misunderstood animal. Then, on Wednesday afternoon, Flores and WTAMU Western Studies professor Alex Hunt held a discussion on writing and publishing at the Cornette Library—another well-attended event. Following the afternoon discussion, Dr. Flores, Dr.

"Gunsmoke" Actor Had Kansas Roots

Oct 27, 2015
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Kansas fans of the classic TV show Gunsmoke might have missed some interesting trivia this month in The Hutchinson News’s “Ask Hutch” column. Milburn Stone, who starred as Doc Adams on the show, was born in 1904 and lived east of Burrton, Kansas. He attended school there for a time, then his family moved to Frizell, Kansas, in Pawnee County. The village is now a ghost town.

A Fine High Plains Collection on View in Liberal

Oct 26, 2015
L&T Photos / Elly Grimm

The new exhibit at the Coronado Museum and Dorothy’s House in Liberal, Kansas, is drawing a good deal of attention. The show consists of art and artifacts from the Rash family collection, reports Amarillo.com and the Leader & Times.

Winston Corfield

In this week's installment of Agland, Amy Bickel and Kathy Hanks give an update on a young farmer who was severely injured last harvest season.  The man was not expected to live, but life had other plans, and he's made it back just in time to help bring in this year's crops.  

Hoarding isn't confined to city limits.  The duo explore the phenomenon happening down on the farm.


In this episode of Agland, it's about the State Fair Banana Bread Queen, a ghost town trying to come back to life, a fall harvest update, and the most beautiful Kansas places to visit in the fall.


Due to its central location between Forts Leavenworth and Wallace, Hays, Kansas, hosted numerous famous military men who earned their gold stripes and leaves fighting the Mexican- American War, Civil War, and Indian Wars.

These soldiers left their mark on our landscape in the names of forts, towns, parks, streets, and university buildings.  We would have forgotten one such site except for its mention in the letters and diaries of Albert and Jennie Barnitz, later collected and edited into Life in Custer’s 7th Cavalry by historian Robert Utley.

Kansas Artist Recreates a Masterpiece on a Grand Scale

Oct 5, 2015
Minneapolis Institute of Arts

If you’re traveling to Minneapolis by plane any time soon, don’t forget to look out the window. As reported by inhabitat.com, Kansas artist Stan Herd has recreated Vincent van Gogh’s Olive Trees painting on a massive scale in a Minnesota farm field. The artist used native plants to create the image, and the result covers an area of 1.2 acres.


Once upon a long time ago, children played on asphalt or gravel playgrounds filled with tall metal swing sets filled with finger pinching chains and towering slides with two thin rails to guide a youngster up a dozen rickety steps. Those chains and rails froze little hands in December through February and roasted those same palms July through September.

A Texas Storyteller Laments Change

Oct 2, 2015
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Texas raconteur WF Strong recently lamented changing times in Texas on the NPR newsmagazine Texas Standard. The former Fulbright Scholar noted that we used to stay in the truck to get gas and go inside to eat. Now we get out to pump gas and sit in the truck to eat. Only one in five Texans are rural anymore. Small farms are disappearing, replaced by commercial farms where tractors never sleep. Today teenagers are happier cruising the net than cruising around town, opined Strong.

Lucas Foglia / Courtesy of Fredericks & Freiser Gallery, New York

In 2009 the photographer Lucas Foglia got lost in the Western wilds of Wyoming. For Foglia, who was raised on Long Island, the West was bigger and harsher than any landscape he’d ever seen. In a piece in The New York Times, Foglia talked about a realization he had. Folks in the West, he noticed, take care of each other; the unforgiving landscape requires it.

Megan Verlee / CPR News

A half-dozen horseback riders traveled back into the 1840s last week on the Comanche National Grasslands. Their mission: to spend three days living like the frontiersmen who traveled this country more than 150 years ago. Their destination was the same as many of the travelers they were emulating: Bent’s Old Fort on the Arkansas River. As reported by Colorado Public Radio, the riders were on their way to the 2015 Fur Trade Symposium, which was being held at the fort.


Despite the fact I had a flu shot the minute the doctor made them available, one of those germs invaded, took up residence in my ears, lungs, and sinuses, and has hung around with his buddies far too long. I’ve taken antibiotics and added a few homeopathic treatments to see if I can send this invader packing. Some of my self-care, which includes slathering Vicks on my feet and wearing cotton socks to bed, has offered comfort but not a cure. Several sympathetic friends recommended taking elderberry elixir, and one provided a bottle of his homebrew. When I looked up elderberries, it appears science agrees that syrups made from this native fruit have successfully evicted this nasty attacker and its accompanying symptoms.

Stephen Graham Jones

This week, the third and final finalist for the 2015 Texas Observer Short Story Contest was posted on the Observer’s website. The story, “Hands Moving Through Hair” by Rebecca Wurtz, joins the two previous selections, K.C.

A Texas Legend Goes Back to His Panhandle Roots

Sep 24, 2015
Eric Frommer / Flickr/ Texas Standard

Texas music legend Joe Ely is going back to his roots—though it might be said he never left them. After some 45 years in the business, the influential singer-songwriter is releasing an ode to his home, reports NPR newsmagazine Texas Standard. The album, entitled Panhandle Rambler, is a paean to Ely’s native home on the South Plains.  Ely was born in Amarillo and raised in Lubbock. The singer hopped trains as a teenager, and says he never really appreciated the Panhandle until he left. But he always came back to the flatlands.

Most of us think of him as Newly O’Brien from the long running television series Gunsmoke. But, Buck Taylor first love was art says his wife Goldie. Taylor’s art is on exhibit along with a private collection of memorabilia from movies he’s been involved in during the Wild West Fest at the Boot Hill Museum in Dodge City. The exhibit features watercolor western scenes, images from Gunsmoke and Tombstone, as well as movie scripts and outfits. People are loving the traveling showcase says museum director Lara Brehm. She says most of the visitors are baby boomers who grew up watching Gunsmoke. Taylor will be in attendance at the reception being held at Boot Hill Museum Friday evening.

My August Kitchen

Sep 23, 2015

    One thing that keeps me in the annual gardening go-round  is the idea of growing and creating good food for a good cause.  This week we'll visit about the incredible amount of work that goes into dealing with the harvests of August, and the friendship and camaraderie of canning that all that work creates.


It’s clear Americans have a love affair with stuff. Even the tiniest towns have entrepreneurs who build and rent storage units to families and individuals who own more than they can keep at home. Reality TV caters to this crowd with shows such as American Pickers, Hoarders, and Junk Gypsies. Northern Kansas communities that border historic 36 capitalize on this popular trend each September. The annual Highway 36 Treasure Hunt focuses on both buying and selling goods that might include ornate doors and their hardware, pre-war metal wheels that didn’t get collected in the iron drives during WW II, antique furniture, dishes, and glassware, hunting and fishing gear, and oddities too good to throw away.