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Start Your September Reading with KPR!

Join host Kaye McIntyre for the latest installment of KPR Presents Book Club on Sunday, September 18. This month, Kaye will visit with author Lucas Bessire about his book Running Out: In Search of Water on the High Plains

Anthropologist Lucas Bessire journeyed back to western Kansas, where five generations of his family lived as irrigation farmers and ranchers, to try to make sense of this vital resource and its loss. His search for water across the drying High Plains brings the reader face to face with the stark realities of industrial agriculture, eroding democratic norms, and surreal interpretations of a looming disaster. Yet the destination is far from predictable, as the book seeks to move beyond the words and genres through which destruction is often known. Instead, this journey into the morass of eradication offers a series of unexpected discoveries about what it means to inherit the troubled legacies of the past and how we can take responsibility for a more inclusive, sustainable future. An exploration of family, farming, and water, Running Out was also a finalist for the National Book Award in 2021.

This special live broadcast will only take place during KPR Presents, so be sure to tune in at 6 p.m. that Sunday for an evening of engaging conversation.

Happy Reading!

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