Humanities Desk On Demand

June 19, 2015
On the June 19th program, Genevieve Randall previews: events at Wessels Farms near York; the Lincoln Theatre Alliance event; what's happening at the Museum for Fur Trade in Chadron; the Flatwater Music Festival in Hastings; the Bowring Ranch's Sodhouse Sunday; the Crane River Theater productions in... more››
June 13, 2015
Graduating college is a major accomplishment. When you think about the factors that can make it more challenging, it's even more remarkable to graduate. Those factors include: being poor, being an immigrant, and being the first in your family to go to college. Some students can check all of those... more››
June 5, 2015
On the June 5th edition, "Friday Live" previews: a symposium and the Juneteenth Celebration at the Malone Center in Lincoln; a Hastings College Summerstage old fashioned melodrama; Homestead Days near Beatrice; the latest production by the TADA Theatre; Theatre West's latest show in Scottsbluff;... more››
May 23, 2015
The first roller skate was patented in 1760 by a Belgian inventor, but you don't have to travel across the Atlantic to see it. You can find a model of it at the National Museum of Roller Skating in Lincoln. As part of our occasional series, When Things Speak, museum director James Vannurden told... more››
May 9, 2015
Before 1879, Native Americans weren't recognized as people under United States Federal law. That all changed because of a trial in Omaha, and because of a member of the Ponca tribe named Standing Bear. Today there are Nebraskans working to commemorate Standing Bear on a national scale.
May 2, 2015
In the 1870s, thousands of Germans from Russia left Russia for the United States. By 1910, the US census counted 13,000 Germans from Russia in Nebraska alone. Diane Wilson says these new immigrants started transitioning to American life by continuing a lot of their own traditions, especially when... more››
April 24, 2015
Forty years after the fall of Saigon, an Omaha man is still fighting for the Vietnam he wants to see.
April 24, 2015
Ervin Krause wrote dark stories about people in turmoil. Drawing on a life filled with hardship on the post-depression plains, Krause's stories were lessons of morality for unprincipled characters, so unprincipled that one of his stories triggered a censorship, the resignation of an editor, and a... more››
April 17, 2015
Of all the hardships homesteaders faced on the prairie -- grasshoppers, drought, blizzards and fires -- one of the most humiliating was bedbugs. The story of homesteader Faye Cashatt Lewis begins with loneliness and maddening frustration, but it ends with her emancipation from the past.
April 10, 2015
Earl Guy wrote his first novel in a Minnesota prison. With his chair leaned against the wall of his cell and a pen and a notebook in hand, Guy told the story of a family struggling to keep afloat as the Mississippi River encroaches on their land.

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