HPPR Arts, Culture & History

History:
prehistory
Native American history
early exploration
trails and railroads
homesteading
community settlement
farming & farm life
Dust Bowl era
ghost towns
personal remembrances & biographies

Culture:
ethnic groups
religion
language
cuisine
traditions
values
folklore
myths
humor

Arts:
literature
folk art
visual arts
music
theatre
events & festivals

High Plains Morning wants to thank Mr. Felipe Esparza, stand-up comedian and actor, for stopping by the station with his buddy and podcast co-host, comedian Rodrigo Torres. We had a blast chatting with you both, and here's hoping you had a great show in Amarillo!

Putting Death to Rest

Aug 22, 2018

Hello from Quinter, Kansas.  This is Valerie Brown-Kuchera, helping to pass on (no pun intended) some of the ideas generated by Being Mortal, the first book in our Fall Read theme: “Let’s Talk – Aging, Death, and Dying.”

The author, Boston surgeon Atul Gawande, discusses our culture’s approach to death and makes the case that we may have “medicalized” mortality to a psychologically unhealthy level. 

High Plains Morning wants to thank all four of the gentlemen of Che Apalache for stopping into the studio for a live set today. This four-man string band is on tour now throughout the US, and they're playing in Amarillo TONIGHT at Teckla House (2501 Teckla Blvd) in Amarillo, TX). For a full event listing, click here.

Aging - The Challenges And The Costs

Aug 20, 2018
Phillip Periman / Amarillo, Texas

I’m Dr Phillip Periman from Amarillo TX. 

In Atul Gawande’s book, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, I found the second chapter the most sobering. In “Things Fall Apart,” previously published as an essay in The New Yorker, Gawande discusses the inevitability of the biological decline of old age.

In fact, this chapter influenced my own decision to retire from the active practice of medicine at age 78. I know of no one who can do at 88 what they did at 78.

Thanks so much to Dave Smith for taking the time to talk to HPPR listeners during High Plains Morning this  

We believe HPPR listeners will love this show as much as we did when we selected it as a new program. We're all going to miss Folk Sampler, but please check out this new show by tuning in after What the Folk? on Saturday nights at 9pm CT. 

 

What's the Problem?

Aug 17, 2018
The Green House Project

Our Radio Readers Book Club is talking about aging, death, and dying and I have something I want to get off my chest.  I’m a person of many projects and over the past few years, I’ve spent time helping some of the finest people I’ve ever known raise money to build a new kind of nursing home – neighborhoods or Green Houses like the ones Atul Gawande describes in Being Mortal.

CSAW

Next week, the Center for the Study of the American West will screen two classic Westerns in Amarillo, with a brief introduction to both films by Western scholar Alex Hunt.

The films are the legendary John Wayne-John Ford collaboration, The Searchers, on Wednesday, and John Huston's 1960, The Unforgiven, on Thursday. Both movies are set in West Texas.

We Do Have Choices

Aug 15, 2018
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Hello, Radio Readers! I’m Jane Holwerda from Dodge City, here to talk about aging, death and dying for our Fall 2018 book series.  

If you haven’t yet been given scary news about your health, it’s probably just a matter of time.  Dr. Atul Gawande’s Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End could be a step in preparing for conversations about treatments and procedures.

Giulia Millanta is a singer/songwriter and guitarist based in Austin, TX, who sings in four languages. Her unique style is an Americana Rock cocktail with a European twist. She is feisty, humorous, raw, yet introspective and evocative—and HPPR Living Room Concerts is pleased to announce she'll be playing for fans on the High Plains!

Giulia Millanta— LIVE IN AMARILLO

Saturday, September 8th

Maintaining the Integrity of One's Life

Aug 13, 2018

In his book Being Mortal, Dr. Atul Gawande discusses nursing homes and why 50% of us will spend a year or more of our lives in one. The other 50%, especially if we are in the very old category, will live alone. Unfortunately, Gawande observes,  “We give virtually no thought to how we will live out our later years alone.”

HPPR has a big announcement: we have a new show! After much deliberation and review, we are thrilled to introduce Ozark Highlands Radio, which will replace Folk Sampler at 9pm CT on Saturday night. 

This new program has a long history. It's a weekly radio program that features live music, jam sessions and interviews recorded at Ozark Folk Center State Park’s beautiful 1,000-seat auditorium in Mountain View, Arkansas.

Preparation Required

Aug 10, 2018
leocontent.acu.edu.au

My name is Valerie Mendoza and I’m Director of Programs for Humanities Kansas based in Topeka. 

My grandmother was an advocate for the elderly. She and others in our community noticed that those who were Spanish-speaking lacked services as they aged and in the early 1970s she helped to found a senior center for them where they could gather, socialize, and have something to look forward to.

Billy Hathorne / Wikimedia Commons

Later this month, the Amarillo Airport Advisory Board will unveil its plans for a permanent tribute to Commander Rick Husband, the Amarillo native son who died aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia.

As The Amarillo Globe-News reports, the new tribute will help to show why Husband has become such an important figure in the collective imagination of the Texas Panhandle.

Medical Problems Or The Meaning of Life?

Aug 8, 2018
Wyatt McSpadden

This is Dr. Phillip Periman. I am a retired hematologist/oncologist in Amarillo, Texas. I have been asked to review Dr. Atul Gawande’s  Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End published in 2014 and now available in paperback.   Two chapters, “Things Fall Apart” and “Letting Go,” first appeared as articles in The New Yorker for which Gawande regularly writes. He is a surgeon in the Harvard system in Boston.

Don't miss the folk-rock duo, Heart Society, LIVE IN CONCERT at HPPR Studios in Garden City! They’re sure to light up the stage, so don’t miss this exciting show!

Heart Society — LIVE IN GARDEN CITY

Friday, August 17th
HPPR Studios - Garden City (210 N. 7th)
Show @ 7:00 pm
Suggested Donation: $15 
***Make life easy & please bring cash!***

Let's Talk - Aging, Death and Dying

Aug 6, 2018
Wikimedia

Elizabeth Kubler Ross once called America a “death-denying society,” a description not necessarily shared across cultures. In Bhutan – one of the happiest countries on the globe -- talking about death at least once a day is considered a necessity. Hyolmo Buddhists in Nepal regard dying as an intricate art to be learned throughout life. And in Papua, New Guinea, older people often describe themselves as “being the process of dying.”

Today on High Plains Morning, we had a full house in the studio thanks to TWO SHOWS happening this Friday in Amarillo. (Scroll down for details!)

Thanks so much to  Rex Flottman, the Media Director of the Walnut Valley Association, for chatting with High Plains Morning about the forthcoming 47th Annual Walnut Valley Festival taking place September 12 – 16 in Winfield, KS. Music lovers and artists are planning their annual pilgrimage, and Y’ALL ARE INVITED!

Don't miss the Incendiary Kid, Dana Cooper, LIVE IN CONCERT at HPPR Studios in Garden City! This High Plains favorite is back in the USA after a couple of months in Canada and Ireland, and HPPR's Living Room Concert Series is thrilled to have him back in our region for a fabulous night of folk music and storytelling. 

Dana Cooper — LIVE IN GARDEN CITY

THIS SATURDAY NIGHT!!! 

Don't miss this HPPR Living Room Concert from traveling Southwest singer-songwriters, BITTERSWEET HIGHWAY. This is their first show for our audience, so let's show them some love!

For someone with five horses, two dogs, three cats, a donkey, a rabbit, and a husband, Chera Hammons sure gets a lot of work done. She stopped by High Plains Morning, with Dr. Eric Meljac of the High Plains Poetry Project, to promote an upcoming reading with an impromptu literary throw down (ahem, a reading).

Thanks so much to Amy Berry, Tour Leader for the African Children’s Choir, for speaking with High Plains Morning about the upcoming show in Amarillo. This group has been at it since 1984, aiding kids in Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, and South Africa. Their purpose is to help create new leadership for tomorrow's Africa, with a focus on education for all. The kids have performed for presidents, heads of state, and Queen Elizabeth II for her diamond jubilee; they’ve also played with Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox, Mariah Carey, and more.

As someone who is ALSO “Too Old to Die Young,” I want to personally thank Dege Legg, a.k.a. Brother Dege, for taking some time to chat with High Plains Morning before his show in Amarillo.

You might recognize his music from Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, and he’s also been featured on the Discovery Channel and National Geographic. He was fresh off his nine-week European tour, so we’re grateful he carved out some time to share his insights with our listeners.

Bob is back, folks! This High Plains singer-songwriter has never been a traditional Texas country musician living the honky-tonk life, even though he's spent more than his share of time on the roadhouse circuit with some of the most colorful music legends in Texas. Bob Livingston's new album, Up the Flatland Stairs, has him traveling across the US -- and HPPR Living Room Concerts is pleased to announce he'll be playing for fans on the High Plains!

The Amarillo Little Theatre Academy and AAA Electric are proud to present Into the Woods as ALT Academy's first Summer musical. To celebrate their 25th season, this “stripped down version” of the storybook musical is based on several Brothers Grimm fairy tales and has been mounted with boundless imagination in a witty and wild theatrical reinvention of a beloved modern classic.

Press Release/Wes Reeves

A group of music lovers announced plans this week to build a privately funded plaza and amphitheater in downtown Amarillo.

The plaza will be named for beloved Amarillo singer-songwriter AJ Swope, who was tragically killed in a car accident five years ago. The group is hoping to secure land near the new multi-purpose event venue now under construction on Buchanan Street.

Public Domain / Wikimedia Commons

A relic from America’s patriotic past arrived in Amarillo this weekend, to stay for good.

As The Amarillo Globe-News reports, the side of the boat deck from the USS Arizona as it arrived at the Happy State Bank Randall County Event Center. During the Pearl Harbor Attack of 1941. The Arizona was bombed by Japanese fighters while docked in Hawaii. The ship exploded and sank, with the loss of almost 1,200 crewmen.

To quote The Boss, "You can't start a fire without a spark." So High Plains Public Radio wants to thank model humans Lindsey Verrill and Jeff Johnston for burning their end-of-tour flame on the Texas Panhandle.

Thanks to Kegan Hollis and Matthew Williams from Mariposa Eco-Village for stopping by High Plains Morning to talk about Fourth Fest. If you're looking for some art and music in the Panhandle, stop by the event from 6pm-2am at Mariposa Eco-Village (1501 N. Soncy).

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