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Conversations: Ross Benes, "Rural Rebellion: How Nebraska Became a Republican Stronghold"

On this edition of Conversations, Ross Benes talks with host Dan Skinner about "Rural Rebellion: How Nebraska Became a Republican Stronghold." The book is published by the University Press of Kansas. Benes is an award-winning author who has written for multiple publications, including "The Nation," "New York" magazine, "Rolling Stone," "Slate," and "The Wall Street Journal," just to name a few.

Amber Waves of Change: Homecoming (Part 4)

Statue of children playing in downtown Garden City, Kan. (Photo by David Guth)

The population decline within the Southern High Plains has been well documented. However, there are some communities within the region that are holding their own. University of Kansas Journalism Professor David Guth has been researching the area’s declining population. And in his final report, Guth says that family ties and aggressive community planning may be the reason some cities and towns are faring better than others.

Amber Waves of Change: Dust Bowl Revisited? (Part 2)

This parched field, just outside of Colby in Thomas County, shows the effects of the region's worst drought since the Dust Bowl days of the 1930s. (Photo by David Guth)

Most of western Kansas remains in drought or near-drought conditions, raising fears that the region could once again return to the days of the Dust Bowl.  University of Kansas Journalism Professor David Guth traveled the region while conduting research for an upcoming book about issues confronting the rural Midwest.  In this report, he looks back at the Dust Bowl that was... and the one that may come again.

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