Humanities Desk On Demand

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.
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››