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TUNED IN: Poe In Spirit – Tracing the Roots of Crime Fiction

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In case you missed it, HPPR journalist Jonathan Baker presented a fantastic exploration of the roots of crime fiction this week - Poe Started It All.

Here’s a snippet:

Mystery fiction as we know it today was invented and popularized by an American, Edgar Allen Poe. There were, of course, stories featuring crime before Poe, but it was Poe who came up with the whole 'detective using logic and perceptiveness to unravel a mystery' thing.

And much of the Western tradition of crime fiction can be traced to a single story published in 1841, Poe’s The Murders in the Rue Morgue.

It’s all part of the HPPR Radio Readers Book Club’s 2019 Spring Read. The theme is It’s a Mystery to Me!

Episodes can be heard on HPPR each Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7:45 a.m. CST during Morning Edition and again at 6:45 p.m. CST during All Things Considered.

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For a donation of $20 or more, your message of Valentines love will be broadcast on the air (20 words or less - hey, our poetical turn above was only 12 words) on Thursday, February 14 during High Plains Morning (9 am to Noon CT). Host Jenny Inzerillo will be airing Valentine Messages.

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Listen To ‘Oleander’ Commentaries on HPPR

HPPR listeners can now enjoy a Prairie Home Companion-esque monologue during the second hour of Stephen Johnson’s Open Range. You can hear/read the first installment here.

Oleander - Thoughts From Here are four- to five-minute commentaries that will be heard on the first and third Saturdays of the month in the 3 o’clock hour (CT) of Open Range. The program bills itself as “regional commentary by a fictional Kansan, William Jennings Bryan Oleander of Here, Kansas.”

It continues, “Oleander attempts to tease out the essence of place. It springs from the mind of author Thomas Fox Averill, an O. Henry Award winner and Professor Emeritus of English at Washburn University of Topeka. For more than 25 years, Oleander has become a tradition that honors and examines life in Kansas and on the High Plains.”

Don’t miss it.

Best-Read Stories At HPPR.org

HPPR.org is your go-to spot for the latest news from the High Plains region, as well as our events, exclusives, and features. You’ll also find the latest national and international news. Here are this week's TOP STORIES from our website.

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  3. This Is What Kansas' Top 10 Energy Producers Reveal About The Future Of Electricity
  4. Watch These Things As New Governor Tries To Fix Kansas Child Welfare
  5. Jim McLean: Kansan Moran Quietly Bucking Trump
  6. High Plains Outdoors: What Constitutes A Trophy Buck?
  7. Will Texas Loosen Its Marijuana Laws In 2019?
  8. Friday's Big Cheese S'MACkdown for The Hope & Healing Place
  9. Report Says Texas' Oil And Gas Boom Could Spell Climate 'Disaster'
  10. Federal Appeals Court Lifts Order Blocking Texas From Kicking Planned Parenthood Out Of Medicaid

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