Humanities Desk On Demand

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.
September 29, 2008
An army of genealogists is starting to sift though a mountain of homesteading documents. Families descended from Nebraska homesteaders will be the first to benefit from what they find. Jerry Johnston has more. To view Broken Bow homestead records, go to For the... more››
September 15, 2008
Home cooking means African cooking for one Nebraska family, even though they grew up eating conventional American food. Jerry Johnston has more. Here's the recipe for the stew in this story, Beth's African Stew: Brown onions and garlic in oil. Add diced sweet potatoes and brown. Add diced chicken... more››
September 8, 2008
"Blizzard Voices" opens next week, an Opera Omaha oratorio based on poems by Ted Kooser. The former United States Poet Laureate, and favored Nebraska son, took the stage at a slam poetry and indie rock night in Omaha this week. By the end of the evening, walls between poetry, rock and opera were... more››
August 20, 2008
Forty years ago, a couple of boxes of photo negatives sold for $15 at a garage sale. The pictures turned out to be an historical goldmine. Deciding that John Johnson was the photographer is a change from previous scholarship. At one time, the photographer was though to be Earl McWilliams, and thus... more››
August 11, 2008
The Beijing Olympics are off and running—and jumping. Jerry Johnston reports that a Nebraskan who saw one of the olympic sites being built will have to watch events from her Omaha home.
August 5, 2008
Strategic Discussions for Nebraska website:
July 28, 2008
A new dictionary of the Lakota language just hit the bookshelves. The dictionary's editors hope the twenty thousand words and definitions will help keep the native Sioux language alive. South Dakota Public Radio's Charles Michael Ray reports.
July 15, 2008
The best known radio personality of the 1930's was in Hastings recently, as the Chautauqua brought Will Rogers to town. To read more about the history of Chautauqua in Nebraska and about this year's Chautauqua, please visit
July 8, 2008
To read more about the history of Chautauqua in Nebraska and about this year's Chautauqua, please visit