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The Way We Worked Tours Nebraska

Whether you are a contractor, a nurse or a librarian, your work may come to define you. You might even introduce yourself that way at a Christmas party. As a whole, an entire national identity can be defined by its workers. As Robyn Murray reports, a new exhibit touring Nebraska from the Smithsonian...

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Christmas with Dickens, a Real Dickens

Gerald Dickens has spent the last twenty years touring England and the U.S. bringing his great great grandfather's characters to life. At an event presented by the Douglas County Historical Society in Omaha, Dickens performed a one-man-show adaptation of A Christmas Carol - switching back and forth...

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General Pershing's Nebraska Connection

Many Nebraskans have been to Pershing Auditorium in Lincoln for sporting events and concerts. The building is named after John J. Pershing who commanded U.S. troops in World War One. What's his connection to Nebraska? Barney McCoy, an associate professor in UNL's College of Journalism and Mass Commu...

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Governor's Lecture in the Humanities 2015

David Reynolds is Professor of International History and a Fellow of Christ's College, Cambridge University. Professor Reynolds is the author of eleven books as well as three edited and co-edited volumes. His most recent book is The Long Shadow, on the legacies of the Great War for the 20th century....

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Yours, Willa Cather Radio Series: Yours, Willa Cather Letter to Annie Pavelka

Willa Cather writes to childhood friend Annie Pavelka who was the role model for My Antonia.

Yours, Willa Cather Radio Series: Yours, Willa Cather Letter to F. Scott Fitzgerald

Willa Cather answers a letter written by F. Scott Fitzgerald who doesn't want Cather to think he plagiarized her work when he wrote The Great Gatsby.

Yours, Willa Cather Radio Series: Yours, Willa Cather Letter to Sarah Orne Jewett

Willa Cather writes to American novelist, mentor, and friend Sarah Orne Jewett.

Yours, Willa Cather Radio Series: Yours, Willa Cather Letter to Louise Pound

Willa Cather wrote thousands of letters to friends and family. Only some of them have been saved. In this letter, Cather writes to her friend Louise Pound.

Voices of the Platte: Don Welch

Don Welch is a Nebraska poet and author, recently retired from 50 years of teaching at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. He's lived most of his life with his wife Marcia in central Nebraska, where much of his work has been influenced by the natural world.

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