Humanities Desk On Demand

January 24, 2015
There was a time when bison roamed the Plains. Now, a small herd of rare, wild plains bison is returning to Central Nebraska. They will be studied as they live on about 4500 acres of pristine prairie near Grand Island, and their arrival was highly anticipated.
January 17, 2015
Willa Cather is a well-known Nebraska author, but she was also an amateur botanist. Robert Kaul, head of the herbarium at the University of Nebraska State museum, says he finds Cather's plants a pleasant mystery among the museum's collection of 350,000 specimens.
January 10, 2015
There are over 250 museums in Nebraska, and they all tell a slightly different story about our history. In Lincoln, 12 museums collaborated to tell that story together - using art, sculpture, quilts, and even owl skulls. In the first in an occasional series, Andrea Faas, coordinator at Pioneers... more››
November 15, 2014
When a house doesn't have anyone to take care of it anymore, it starts to fall apart. If left alone too long, it can become too dangerous for anyone to live in, and cities have to list them for demolition. While houses wait for their wrecking crew, they sit empty, bringing down nearby property... more››
November 11, 2014
Father Brian Kane had never thought about enlisting in the military, until he actually did in 2003, when he became a chaplain for the Nebraska Army National Guard. At StoryCorps, he remembers what led him to enlist.
November 10, 2014
When Shannon Lassek married Rick Lassek, her oldest son, Addison Presnell, wasn't sure how to feel about having a new stepdad. Three weeks after Rick and Shannon's wedding, Rick left for a two-year deployment to Iraq with the Nebraska Army National Guard. Shannon sat down with Addison at StoryCorps... more››