Humanities Desk On Demand

December 22, 2008
Jerry Johnston's complete, unedited interview with University of Nebraska Lincoln writing professor Gerald Shapiro about his story "The Latke Maven," featured on NPR's Hanukkah Lights. NPR's Hanukkah Lights programs: More on Gerald... more››
December 12, 2008
Four hundred years ago this week, the author John Milton was born. His first published work told the story of another birth—a birth being celebrated around the world this month. Jerry Johnston has more.
December 8, 2008
To read more about the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, and to see Dean Jacobs photos and read his blog entries (and a LOT more) go to
November 24, 2008
The Kevin Locke Native Dance Ensemble, which performed in Nebraska earlier this month, has been performing in Baghdad this week. From Wayne, Nebraska, Mike Marek reports.
November 19, 2008
Going wireless may be the best solution to the problem of getting broadband high-speed internet in rural Nebraska. Jerry Johnston reports. For more on Laurence Malone's view on the connection between rural broadband and rural electrification, please download the PDF at more››
November 10, 2008
Senior Nebraska Historical Society researcher James Potter discusses the 1866 Governor's race of J Sterling Morton vs David Butler, the outcome of which set the stage for future politics in the state.
November 3, 2008
Former Nebraska Secretary of State Allen Beermann tells stories of some creative enforcement of the state's election laws.
October 12, 2008
Visit to submit your recipe and your family story. MRS. MCK'S RAISIN CAKE INGREDIENTS: 1 box of Raisins 3 cups Water 2 cups White Sugar 1/2 cup shortening (Crisco) 1 teaspoon Salt 1 teaspoon Soda 1 teaspoon Cinnamon 1 teaspoon Nutmeg 1 teaspoon Clove 1 teaspoon... more››
October 12, 2008
Please visit for more on the Nebraska State Historical Society fundraiser where Burns will speak. For more about Ken Burns, go to
October 3, 2008
There is a new way to cross the Missouri River—a three thousand foot long pedestrian bridge now connects Omaha, Nebraska and Council Bluffs, Iowa. From the heights of this new bridge, Robyn Wisch reports.