A little girl once wrote a letter to a man suggesting he might be more successful if he grew a beard. That little girl was 11 year old Grace Bidell. The man was Abraham Lincoln. Jerry Johnston has more.
Humanities Desk On Demand
February 4, 2011
January 21, 2011
How did they do it? How did people who lived on the Great Plains hundreds of years ago deal with the wind, snow and cold of winter?
January 14, 2011
The mementos and stories that help a family understand its past can also be part of the wider view of history.
January 7, 2011
A new exhibit at the Nebraska Museum of History in Lincoln outlines the history of civil rights in the state.
December 17, 2010
NET Radio's Jerry Johnston talked with someone who celebrates Kwanzaa to get an insider's point of view.
December 10, 2010
Doing something about the injustice of child labor was the starting point for A Christmas Carol. In the end, the book changed the way Christmas is celebrated. Grant Gerlock reports.
December 3, 2010
Hanukah begins at sundown on Wednesday, December 1st. Or, if you go by the Jewish calendar, the 25th of Kislev. Nebraska's Jewish community will be lighting candles and exchanging gifts for the next eight days. A Lincoln rabbi says the way Hanukah is celebrated comes from a creative tension with... more››
December 3, 2010
From Nebraska to Mumbai to Calcutta. A Lincoln teacher is in Mumbai, teaching at a high tech school. NET Radio's Jerry Johnston reached her via Skype to talk about leading a school group in volunteering to help among the poorest of the poor.
November 19, 2010
The land we now call Nebraska was once called the Great American Desert. But as the United States expanded across the Great Plains, the Desert became farmland. That's one way of telling the story—but not the only way.
November 12, 2010
After 40 years of building pipe organs for churches, concert halls and homes, Gene Bedient is retiring. But his pipe organ business will continue—in the hands of his trusted, long-time employees.