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TUNED IN: Scattershooting while wondering whatever happened to Nancy Drew

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

It’s March already.

Today we offer a  few quick recaps of shows even the most loyal listener of High Plains Public Radio might have missed in February.


First off is “Open Range” host Stephen Johnson’s examination of the original Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew series. Stephen did a nice job of putting the books in their context:

“The Hardy Boys' courage and Nancy Drew's confidence are pure inspiration for kids whose lives are full of change and confusion. Kids wanting to escape adult control envy the independence of Frank, Joe and Nancy. Also, what makes the Hardys and Nancy Drew so cool is not only who they are and what they stand for, but also what they are not. They escape the drudgery of chores and the short leashes of curfews and small allowances. They're hardly ever scolded and they're not slaves to organized religion or fads.”

The review was part of the Radio Readers Book Club Spring Read. Click here to catch up on the latest from the spring season, “It’s A Mystery to Me!”


Little Spouse On The Prairie” (heard Sunday mornings at 8:35 a.m. Central time) recently explained her affinity for alphabetizing. The exception being the family collection of boardgames, which required “an alternate filing system based on box size.”

We find our joy in various ways, and Little Spouse’s Valerie Brown-Kuchera is no exception:

“For several weeks following an organization spree, I can open the game cupboard doors, breathe deeply in a meditative manner, and relax. If other rooms are starting to pile up, I can get the equivalent of a $200 therapy session just by opening the doors of the game cupboard and staring at the stacked-by-size boxes for 10 minutes. It’s an economical way to find my Zen.”

I get that same feeling by cleaning out my usually overstuffed email inbox.


Skip Mancini’s “Growing on the High Plains” (heard Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. Central and Saturdays at 8:35 a.m. Central) covered methods of gardening when your space is limited. “If you plan properly, you can plot out the perfect planting project that makes the most of every inch,” Skip says.


By the way, if you’re worried you might miss some of HPPR’s wonderful programs, you can always consult our schedules:

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The 2019 Living Room Concert series is taking shape. https://www.hppr.org/post/2019-lineup-hppr-living-room-concerts

Don’t forget there are many ways to lend your support to High Plains Public Radio. Check them out, and we thank you for your support.


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.


  1. Beer That Gets You High Has Arrived, And It's Just The Beginning

  2. GOP Bills Would Force Registrars To Remove People Flagged As Potential Noncitizens From Voter Rolls

  3. True Crime Addict and Missing Maura Murray

  4. Monday In Jersey, Tuesday In Garden City, Wednesday Dead After A Football Practice In Kansas

  5. After Stinging Presidential Loss, Popular Vote Movement Gains Momentum In States

  6. As Electric Cars Shift Into Mainstream, The Corn Belt Begins To Ponder A Post-Ethanol Future

  7. Texas Doctors Want To Slow Down Start Of Prescription-Monitoring Program

  8. Blizzard Warning Issued for Western Kansas, Eastern Colorado

  9. A New Documentary Shows What Happened When Garden City, Kansas, Embraced Immigrants

  10. The Industrial Revolution and WWI

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