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    Hannes Zacharias, 2018
    I’m Hannes Zacharias from Lenexa for High Plains Public Radio, Radio Reader’s Book Club. The book is “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain, the book from which “all modern American literature comes…” said Ernest Hemingway.The story is compelling, but I flow to the setting. The Mississippi river. The river of the 1850’s with its expanding steamboat traffic and flotilla of canoes, boats, rafts and all other manner of watercraft.
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    Hi. I’m Valerie a radio reader from Topeka and I wanted to share my thoughts about our second book which is part of this fall’s Radio Readers theme of “Rivers: Meandering Meanings”, the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.I’ve read Twain’s novels Tom Sawyer and the Prince and the Pauper in middle school and his short story the “Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” when I lived in California several years ago. I remember liking Twain quite a bit, but I’d never read Huckleberry Finn.
  • I’m Denise Low reading poems about rivers as part of The Radio Readers Book Club’s 2021 Fall Read Rivers – Meandering Meaning. William Stafford captures the mystery of rivers in his poetry, especially this poem about wintery rivers:Ask Me by William StaffordSome time when the river is ice ask memistakes I have made. Ask me whetherwhat I have done is my life...
  • Mum's the word on today's Growing on the High Plains!
  • Hi, I’m Marcy McKay from Amarillo, author of the award-winning novel, Pennies from Burger Heaven. I’m excited to be a Radio Reader for High Plains Public Radio’s Book Club.I just finished rereading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain, which takes place in the American South in the 1840’s. Huck is the son of the town drunk and has no mom. He ends up on the run with a slave named Jim, floating down the mighty Mississippi – desperate to be free.
  • Luke and his longtime friend Bill Carey with Striper Express www.striperexpress.com give an account of what's happening now and, what to expect as Fall progresses.
  • Out of France and into Switzerland we drove. The mountain villages in the Alps were deserted in mid-June. The ski season had just ended and the white water rafting and mountain biking seasons had not quite begun.
  • This is Mike Strong, in Hays, for HPPR, Radio Reader’s Book Club. The book is “Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain.My grandmother on my stepdad’s side was a farm wife who, with her husband, arrived from Germany in the early 1900’s. They established a farm south of Stanton, Nebraska.
  • If you’ve encountered words so offensive, so profane, you simply can’t bear to hear, you’ve likely been awakened to an idea expressed by cultural critic bell hooks: “Language is a place of struggle.” Sometimes we are united in the struggle, and sometimes we are not. Do you know the comedy bit “Seven Words You Can’t Say on Television”? Made famous by stand-up comic George Carlin back in 1972? Still true for the words listed, but what strikes me is that none of the seven words are racial or ethnic. Places where, in language concerns, we tend to disagree.
  • This is Nicole English coming to you from the Sociology Department at Fort Hays State University for HPPR's Book-Bytes. This is a discussion of the book, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain.Although it was written in 1884, this book is as controversial today, as it was when it was published. You may wonder why a story about an orphaned runaway boy would create such a stir...
  • You can't win them all, and I certainly didn't claim any victories this year when it comes to my summer garden. Oh well, I'll try, try again for a Fall crop!
  • This is Leslie VonHolten broadcasting from the High Plains of Kansas with another HPPR Radio Readers Book Byte.When it comes to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, my heart races with anxiety. What a wonderful book. What a heavy, complicated, imperfect book. It was immediately controversial when it was published in 1884, and 137 years later, it is still one of the top stars of the Banned Books list.