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Mike Strong

Mike Strong

HPPR Radio Readers Book Leader

Mike Strong is a photographer, videographer, software programmer, tech writer, and web programmer. He is a former astronomic and geodetic surveyor/computer, massage therapist, baker and—of course, bartender and waiter (“proudly so!”). He also worked as a newspaper and radio reporter in Nebraska and upstate New York. He holds a degree in Journalism from the University of Kansas. Known in the Kansas City dance communities for his dance photography and videography, as well as for his online publication, www.KCDance.com, Mike has focused on dance since 1994 and continues to do so.

  • This is Mike Strong, in Hays, for HPPR. The book is “Running Out” by Lucas Bessire. Anthropologist Lucas Bessire returned home to south and west of Garden City, Kansas, having studied destruction of habitat and its effects on the population in Paraguay.
  • This is Mike Strong, in Hays, for HPPR. The book is “Running Out” by Lucas Bessire.I’ve been working for months tearing apart the New York Times’ 1619 Project, started in 2019, not to be confused with, or ever mentioned by the New York Times, Calvin Pearson’s Project 1619, Incorporated, started in 1994.
  • This is Mike Strong, in Hays, for HPPR. The book is “Running Out” by Lucas Bessire.Paraguay is a landlocked country in the middle of South America. Kansas is a landlocked state in the middle of the United States.
  • The HPPR Radio Readers Book Club is sad to learn of the passing of Mike Strong of Hays and Kansas City. For more than five years, Mike has been a steady source of Radio Readers BookBytes. We continue to air his thoughts as a tribute to our friend and as a thank you to Mike for sharing his insight, eloquence and broad talent. Radio Readers across the High Plains will long remember you, Mike. Rest well.
  • This is Mike Strong, in Hays, for HPPR. The book is “The Time It Never Rained” by Elmer Kelton.I just came back from George Clooney’s “The Boys in the Boat.” One of the best movies I’ve seen in a while because it really connects you with the characters.
  • This is Mike Strong, in Hays, for HPPR. The book is “The Time It Never Rained” by Elmer Kelton.Take a close look sometime at the people who sit on boards, or are donors for an organization for which they have no direct experience. Or new folks on the job, hired as supervisors, armed with regulations, who really need to learn the ropes before they start throwing those regulations around, like the border patrol in the book.
  • The Great Plains is roughly between the 98th meridian and the Rocky Mountains. Mostly level, treeless and semi-arid. In Texas the 98th meridian is just west of Austin. This is Mike Strong, in Hays, for HPPR. The book is “The Time It Never Rained” by Elmer Kelton.
  • This is Mike Strong, in Hays, for HPPR. The book is “Running With Sherman” by Christopher McDougall.Digit, another of our rescues, was a three-legged dog. Medium height, two front legs and one back leg. Wayside Waifs thought she had been run over and tried to put her broken back leg together but eventually had to amputate it. Still, for the most part, you would think she barely noticed, although going upstairs was tougher with only one rear leg to push her upward.
  • This is Mike Strong, in Hays, for HPPR. The book is “Running With Sherman” by Christopher McDougall.As much as “Running With Sherman” centers about a donkey who is rescued from near death caused by ignorant care, the author, with family and friends bring out a range of issues and needs vital to the functioning of community, relationships and living with a sense of personal worth.
  • This is Mike Strong, in Hays, for HPPR. The book is “Running with Sherman” by Christopher McDougall.Chris McDougall was an almost accidental war correspondent, wandering after college, eventually landing in Madrid, Spain, teaching English for a bit, when he applied for a job with the Associated Press.