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2024 Spring Read

  • This is Linda Allen in Amarillo, Tx reading and writing about Lucas Bessire’s 2021 book “Running Out - In Search of Water on the High Plains”. Bessire’s treatise on the depletion of the Ogallala aquifer was a finalist for the National Book Award and named Book of the Year in 2022 by the Center for the Study of the American West at West Texas A & M University.
  • Hi, I am Holly Mercer, Library Director at Dodge City Community College. The title of the book, Running Out - in Search of Water on the High Plains, implies the focus of the book will be on water. However, this book highlights the interconnectedness of the world.
  • 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.
  • I'm Hannes Zacharias, former resident of Dodge City, speaking for High Plains public radio, radio readers book club. The book is Running Out by Lucas Bessire, published in 2021.
  • I’m Jarrett Kaufman for HPPR.The book in review is Lucas Bessire’s, Running Out: In Search of Water on the High Plains. The book was published in 2021 and garnered numerous honors, including the George Perkins Marsh Prize and the Bonney MacDonald Outstanding Western Book Award.
  • 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.
  • I’m Raylene Hinz-Penner from North Newton, KS, retired professor of English and author of East of Liberal: Notes on the Land, published last year. I’m planning to be in Liberal at the Coronado Museum talking about that book on Sunday afternoon, February 25. I’d love to see you there.
  • I'm Hannes Zacharias from Lenexa KS, speaking for High Plains Public Radio’s Radio Readers Book Club.The book is Running Out by Lucas Bessire. Published in 2021, this book emanates from Lucas’ childhood home, the Little Rock House, located on the banks of the now gone Cimarron River.
  • Water is almost top of mind in western Kansas. But that may be even more true now in both ends of the state. Commentator Rex Buchanan reflects on the recent uptick in interest in water issues, and some of the current thinking that’s driving that interest.
  • Hello. My name is Cheryl Berzanskis and I’m from Amarillo.First let me tell you how I got to this Spring Radio Readers BookByte selection and why I think it is important. I am a member of a statewide group called Texas Master Naturalists, a function of Texas Parks and Wildlife.