Humanities Desk On Demand

March 6, 2015
As a Nebraska college student in the 1920s LaSelle Gilman told everyone who would listen that he planned to travel to exotic locales and write about his adventures. He achieved his ambition, but first this Minnesota-born writer spent two decades as a foreign correspondent in Shanghai. This radio... more››
February 28, 2015
Eloise Kruger ran a laundry service with her husband in Lincoln in the 1960s and 70s. But in her spare time, she collected over 20,000 miniature pieces. As part of our occasional series, When Things Speak, Dianna Hemsath, the curator of the Eloise Kruger Collection, about a pair of miniature... more››
February 21, 2015
When you look at photos of Native Americans from the 1800s, you're seeing photos taken by photographers who often posed their subjects in costumes. It was an inaccurate picture of Native American life. Today photographer Will Wilson is taking portraits with the same kind of tintype camera to... more››
February 14, 2015
There aren't a lot of first-hand resources about Nebraska's black history. But photos from a black photographer named John Johnson are helping historians piece together the story of Lincoln's black community a hundred years ago.
February 8, 2015
Running your own business is hard, and it can be even harder if you're Latino in Nebraska, whether you were born here, like 60 percent of the state's Latino population, or immigrated here. Nebraska's Hispanic/Latino population is growing rapidly, expected to triple in the next 35 years, and with... more››
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››