Humanities Desk On Demand

September 8, 2009
A North Omaha branch library was set to close for the rest of the year. Now, the Florence branch will stay open. This is a story of private money coming to the rescue of a public institution—but the last unwritten chapter may still hold some surprises. Robin Wisch reports.
September 1, 2009
Jim Hille, a retired Lincoln architect, is the catalyst behind a growing connection between Nebraskans and an effort to build houses for Gautemala's poorest. This program is soon to become an International Study/Service option for University of Nebraska Lincoln students.
August 14, 2009
People in Afghanistan will vote for their next president on August 20th. The US has increased its military presence and the Taliban has promised to disrupt voting. Earlier this year, former NPR Afghanistan correspondent Sarah Chayes was in Nebraska. In this interview with NET Radio's Jerry Johnston... more››
July 24, 2009
A new novel by the editor of a prominent literary journal is set in the Nebraska Sandhills. The main character, a young woman who loves ranching, has to build a new life after a tragic car accident. NET Radio's Jerry Johnston interviews the author, Ladette Randolph.
July 17, 2009
Hastings College Music Professor Robin Koozer talks about his hometown piano teacher and the difference piano teachers make in Nebraska's cultural life. Koozer is the scholar in residence for New Harmonies, a traveling exhibit highlighting music making in Nebraska.
July 10, 2009
July 2, 2009
Homestead National Monument near Beatrice became a courtroom for a special ceremony this past Flag Day. Twelve people raised their right hands, swore allegiance to the United States of America and became citizens. Jerry Johnston prepared this audio montage of the voices of New Americans.
June 26, 2009
The Kansas-Nebraska Chautauqua brought author and folklorist Zora Neale Hurston to stages in Broken Bow and Plattsmouth. The overall theme for this year's Chautauqua was the Great Depression.
June 18, 2009
Forty years ago, North Omaha broke out in riots at the news that a 14-year-old Black girl had been shot and killed by an Omaha police officer. Now, for the first time, Strong's sister talks about the events that left a permanent mark on Omaha's predominantly African-American neighborhood.
June 5, 2009
A group of UNL journalism students and their professor are touring the state looking to photograph the human side of economic changes. Jerry Johnston reports.