Luke Clayton

This past week, Luke's newspaper column quoted some words from Robert Rourke, the famous outdoors writer, about sportsmen putting the fish and game they catch and kill to good use on the table.

One of Luke's readers replied to the column with an apology for not butchering and eating all the wild hogs he kills. Luke sent a reply explaining that wild hogs are not considered game animals, although they are excellent eating - even better than venison, in Luke's opinion.

Sam Burnett, the president of the Amarillo Area Transgender Advocacy Group (AATAG) and Sandra Dunn, founder of the Amarillo Area Transgender Support Group (AATSG), stopped by High Plains Morning to share about the 10th anniversary of the International Transgender Day of Visibility on Sunday, March 31st—and they’re hosting a first-ever

Dr. Marty Kuhlman is a Professor of History at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, TX. He hosts a fantastic classic rock show called Psychotic Reaction on WT's student station in Canyon, TX, 91.1 FM (The One), every Friday night from 7:00 to 9:00pm CT, and he’s also teaching a cool continuing education class this April.


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Students and teachers - grades 5 through 12 - have until March 31 to enter the first-ever NPR Student Podcast Challenge. More info from NPR:

Here's how it works: Put together a podcast with your class or extracurricular group. Then your teacher can submit it to us.

Sometimes the audience catches things in daily life that a journalist misses — things with the potential to become exceptional stories. Questions that could capture the attention of your community. But your curiosities about life in Kansas don’t always reach our reporters.

Now, the Kansas News Service aims to change that.

With Kansas Matters, we want your questions about modern life in Kansas to unearth possible stories that matter to Kansans like you.

IQ Crackles

21 hours ago

This is Danny Caine, owner of the Raven Book Store in Lawrence, with another Book Byte. Today I’d like to tell you about a mystery series that features one of the more memorable murderous conundrums: how do you kill a disillusioned rapper who won’t leave his house? A rapper who’s burned all his jewelry and listens to self-help tapes exclusively? One of the answers—which doesn’t end up working—is apparently a humungous Pitbull named Goliath. Let me tell you: this isn’t even the most outlandish thing in Joe Ide’s winning first mystery, IQ. The book crackles, buzzing with outsize characters and hilarious dialogue on every page. But below it all hums a sense of tragedy that keeps it grounded. It’s one of the most engaging and original mystery series to launch in recent years.

Joe Ide’s protagonist is Isaiah Quintanabe, aka IQ. He lives in a Long Beach overrun with gangs and drugs. As an adult, IQ is awkward but intelligent, living quietly and simply in small surroundings. He’s gained a reputation as a neighborhood crime solver, finding solutions to small mysteries in exchange for money sometimes, but occasionally for baked goods too. His Sherlockian intellect makes him a razor-sharp sleuth, and he’s soon drawn into a larger case. Enter Black the Knife, the house-bound rapper. Black the Knife, aka Cal, is pretty sure someone is trying to kill him, and he thinks it’s probably his ex-wife. The case, of course, ends up spinning far beyond the disheartened housebound rapper and the pit bull rampaging after him.

COLLECTORS! MUSIC LOVERS! VINYL HOARDERS! AGING HIPSTERS! LISTEN UP! Across the US, vinyl enthusiasts celebrate RECORD STORE DAY in April. We're doing our event a week later than the national holiday, so we'll have to have TWICE THE FUN! This year, join HPPR for our 2nd Annual POP-UP VINYL SWAP at The Rocking OT (3100 SW 6th Ave., Amarillo) on Saturday, April 20th from 12:00p to 3:00p.

Our Turn At This Earth: In Search Of Live Water

Mar 21, 2019
Julene Bair

High Plains Public Radio will be re-airing the past year's episodes of Our Turn At This Earth beginning Nov. 22, 2018.

In the meantime, Julene Bair is working on a whole new set of episodes, so stay tuned!

I once read a beautiful definition of a spring:  “a place where, without the agency of man, water flows from rock or soil.” That water can just appear in this way, often in a very dry place, has enchanted me ever since I was a young woman, traveling and camping in the Mojave Desert.

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This week, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly withdrew the nomination of a judge she’d named to the state’s Court of Appeals, after tweets surfaced showing the judge speaking disparagingly about Conservative leaders.

Nine Oklahoma health centers that serve Native Americans could get funding to reduce the spread of HIV.

The national Indian Health Service could get $25 million as part of a multi-million dollar initiative proposed by President Trump to end the spread of HIV in the next decade.

The initiative focuses on seven mostly southern states including Oklahoma, where rural HIV rates are among the highest in the nation, but it's unclear how much money would be focused on the Sooner State.


Record Store Day (A Week Later Than the National Day): April 20 in Amarillo

Vinyl collectors, TAKE NOTE!

We're celebrating RECORD STORE DAY in Amarillo on 4/20! Spread the word.

What's The Future of Your High Plains Hometown?

What Concerns You About Your Community? What's In Its Future?

Please Share Your Views On Community Life In The High Plains

HPPR Living Room Concert: Beth Wood in Amarillo

Mark your calendars, Amarillo!

Beth Wood plays Chalice Abbey on 4/5!

HPPR gallery in Garden City to showcase watercolors!

The gallery is open during normal business hours with opening reception from 4- 6 pm during First Friday Art Walks.

HPPR Music Ambassador Tour: Adler & Hearne


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NPR Headlines

After nearly two years of waiting, special counsel Robert Mueller's report into Russia's attack on the 2016 presidential election is finally done. And there's growing bipartisan pressure on Attorney General William Barr to make it public.

Robert Mueller may have completed his report, but other investigations into President Trump are expected to carry on for months.

There are, broadly, two kinds: those being undertaken from within the executive branch and those being run by members of Congress — mostly Democrats in control of major committees in the House.

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OK, let's bring in now NPR's national security editor Phil Ewing, who has been listening to that conversation. Hey, Phil.


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OK, let's bring in now NPR's national security editor Phil Ewing, who has been listening to that conversation. Hey, Phil.


HPPR Radio Readers 2019 Spring Read

Murder! Mayhem! MYSTERY!

HPPR Radio Readers Book Club presents the 2019 Spring Read!