Our Turn at this Earth: Nitrate Pollution on the High Plains

“Our Turn at this Earth” airs weekly on High Plains Public Radio.

Almost invariably, at meetings on the future of the Ogallala aquifer, the only issue discussed is the dwindling quantity, not the quality, of the water. And the only attendees are usually farmers and owners of ag supply companies. That’s why, at one such Goodland, Kansas, meeting, I was impressed by the participation of a man whose family had run one of the town’s home service businesses for as long as I could remember.

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Our Turn at this Earth: Too Much of a Good Thing

“Our Turn at this Earth” airs weekly on High Plains Public Radio.

A friend of mine once wrote an essay recalling an annual visit to a shoe store when she was a little girl. On this particular trip, her mother told her she could buy as many pairs of shoes as she wanted. In previous years, she was allowed to choose just one pair of Sunday shoes and one pair of practical Buster Browns.

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Our Turn at this Earth: A Prayer for My Grandson

“Our Turn at this Earth” airs weekly on High Plains Public Radio.

“Are we gonna go ‘splorin’ again?” Indy asked me as he climbed into his car seat.

Thursday afternoons were Grandma time, and he knew he could count on adventuring. I would pick him up from preschool and off we would go.

We found this little inlet on the Russian River, shallow enough to wade in,

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Our Turn at this Earth: The Ones We’ve Been Waiting For

“Our Turn at this Earth” airs weekly on High Plains Public Radio.

“Are We the Ones We’ve Been Waiting For?” This was the title of Wes Jackson’s speech at last year’s Prairie Festival, an event held each September at the Land Institute near Salina, Kansas. The question implies that we need to be saved. The irony is that we do, from ourselves.

Wes Jackson is a Kansas native who,

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Our Turn at this Earth: Wes Jackson and the Life of the Mind

“Our Turn at this Earth” airs weekly on High Plains Public Radio.

What if you discovered that a genius, a visionary thinker who could string thoughts and words together that make you believe in your own potential and that of all humanity, had been living practically in your back yard for decades and you never even knew he existed?

Listening to this man awakens you to a greater sense of your own identity,

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