Valerie Brown-Kuchera

As listeners know by now, I like stuff.  Little figurines, doodads, knick-knacks, and tchotchkes of all kinds are special to me.  Maybe this fascination with collections stems from my childhood when I didn’t have many extras.  Maybe it’s an early symptom of a hoarding disorder.  

Whatever the reason, I like to sort similar items and display them all together.  My inner self seems to be saying, “Look!  I couldn’t afford a rolling pin 20 years ago, and now I have 19!”  Never mind that I’ve never rolled out dough in my life.

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A sharply divided Senate — reflecting a deeply divided nation — voted almost entirely along party lines Saturday afternoon to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.

A little more than two hours later, Kavauangh was sworn in during a private ceremony as protesters stood on the court's steps.

High Plains Outdoors: Striper Fishing

Oct 5, 2018
Luke Clayton

Take Texoma is a world class striper fishery and a fishing destination for many High Plains Public Radio listeners.

Luke devotes this week’s show to giving us a Lake Texoma update and introduces us to STRIPER EXPRESS, one of the oldest guide services on the lake.

To see more pictures of recent catches, follow STRIPER EXPRESS on Facebook. 

The price of compliments

U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts isn’t even running for re-election this year. And he’s from Kansas. Yet he’s become a talking point in one of the most pivotal contests in this mid-term election year.

It seems that Roberts once said the following: “If you want to pick somebody to work in a bipartisan manner and get something done … you ask Claire McCaskill because she does get the job done.”

McCaskill is a Democrat, running for re-election in Republican-dominated Missouri. So those words, from that guy, are campaign gold.

TUNED IN: Notes from Bob Davis, executive director of High Plains Public Radio

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HPPR Connect is more than a news service, thus we’re seeking feedback from community residents on the issues that concern them through the phone hotline.

EL PASO — Former President Barack Obama has endorsed 11 Texas Democrats leading up to next month’s midterm elections. But none go by the popular four-letter moniker “Beto.”

On this week's Colorado Edition, the Terminator throws his not-insignificant weight behind measures to end partisan gerrymandering in Colorado, and how diversity is creating big city problems for small town communities.

A Kansas reporter wrote in 1893 he had discovered an all-female town in Oklahoma. But when he tried to go back to the village one week later, it was gone. 


KGOU listener Bart Varner asked How Curious: What happened? 

Chast's Experience Instructive

Oct 5, 2018

A hundred years ago the Sears and Roebuck catalog, in addition to ordinary household goods, carried numerous advertisements for coffins, wreaths, and clothes to wear to funerals. The average life span was short: every family had first-hand exposure to death and dying.

Our Turn At This Earth: Elephant Or Cash Cow?

Oct 4, 2018

A few years ago I attended a meeting in my hometown, Goodland, Kansas. It had been called by the Vision Team, appointees of then Governor Sam Brownback, who had taken a noteworthy interest in conserving the Ogallala Aquifer.

We hundred or more attendees were divided into groups of around eight each and asked to address a series of questions. For instance, what role might technology play in conserving the aquifer? And how could education about the aquifer be improved?


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Hurricane Michael will make landfall along the Gulf Coast Wednesday as a Category 3 storm, according to the National Hurricane Center. It's forecast to be the most destructive storm to hit the Florida Panhandle in decades, and it will send life-threatening surges of ocean water into coastal areas along the gulf.