Humanities Desk On Demand

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››
November 9, 2014
Heidi McClintock and Amy Jacobson don't just work together as public affairs specialists for the Nebraska Army National Guard. They've become close friends over the past few years. But Amy remembers they only met was because she was having second thoughts about enlisting in the Guard. Amy's... more››
November 1, 2014
Liz Lorang is on the hunt for poetry. Not poetry from today, but from 200 years ago. And she's looking for it where it published the most in the 19th century: in American newspapers. She's hoping a team of computer scientists can help her find all of it.
October 11, 2014
After 17 years, a mystery has been put to rest. Mark Griep is a chemistry professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He's also kind of a detective. He's been chasing down the mystery of a woman named Rachel Lloyd, a largely forgotten chemistry professor from the late 1800s.
October 4, 2014
Art can help us express an emotion or remember a long-forgotten memory. Art can also help us connect. Two pieces submitted to the Lincoln Community Art Project, Doorways to Hope, helped a group of high-school aged students learn from another group of students about hope.