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  Buyer at Omaha Stockyards  
Every year, there are well over 225 antique tractor in the US. In this video podcast, we ask why grown men and women spend good time and money on these icons of a bygone era.
  Parade of Power at Wessels Antique Tractor Show  
In October 2006, dozens of antique tractor owners gathered at the Wessels Living History Farm at York, Nebraska, to show off their restored machines. This video podcast highlights the traditional Parade of Power.
  Parade of Power at Wessels Antique Tractor Show  
In the 30s, 40s and 50s, folks in rural America found inexpensive ways to have fun dancing to home-made music. In this video podcast, two women who would "rather dance than eat" remember those times.
  Video Podcast on the history of threshing  
In the early 20th century, threshing was a critical economic and social event. Several families would gather to separate wheat from the chaff using huge steam engines, horse-drawn wagons and threshing machines. In this video podcast, oral history interviews take you back to those days.
  Video Podcast, Building a Center Pivot System  
In this video podcast, a crew overcomes long days, thousands of parts and even a tornado to build a center pivot system.
  Robert Daugherty on the Early Days of Center Pivots  
In the 1950s and 60s, center pivot irrigation systems were the cutting edge of agricultural technology and Robert Daugherty was a young entrepreneur. In this video podcast, Daugherty remembers how he bought the patent for the first center pivot system and then spent years improving the reliability of the system.
  Buyer at Omaha Stockyards  
At its height, the Omaha Livestock Market hired 300 to 400 people to process six to seven million head of cattle, hogs and sheep a year. In this video podcast, both farmers and workers remember how the market operated and what it meant to them.
  VJ Day at North Platte, Nebraska  
August 15, 1945, the news broke that World War II was over. Victory over Japan was celebrated all around the world – including the small city of North Platte, Nebraska. This video podcast features historic footage of the celebration in North Platte.

  Ted Kooser reading So This Is Nebraska  
In this video podcast, former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser says a poem that began as an exercise in resentment became a love poem to a state.
  Ted Kooser reads Abandoned Farmhouse  
"Abandoned Farmhouse" is a poem that is reproduced in several school literature textbooks. This video podcast uses small details to fill out a full story of the lives lived in an abandoned farmhouse.
  Ted Kooser reads In the Corners of Fields  
"Something is calling to me / from the corners of field," says Ted Kooser, former U.S. Poet Laureate, in this video podcast.
  Ted Kooser reads How to Foretell a Change in the Weather  
Because he grew up in the Midwest, former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser has heard perhaps hundreds of ways to foretell the future. In this video podcast, Ted Kooser reads his poetric renderings of folklore weather predictions.
  Ted Kooser reads his poem Osage  
Osage is a tough, orange wood that's been used for bows, fence posts and distinctive bowls. In this video podcast of his poem, Ted Kooser says "Osage" is a gift from the Great Plains to the world.
  Ted Kooser reads Riding the Bus in Midwinter  
No one but a poet would look out of a bus and see a barn "loosen itself from its old foundations." In this video podcast, Ted Kooser transforms a quick glance into an imaginative evocation of rural life.
  Ted Kooser reads Great Plains in Winter  
In this short video podcast, Ted Kooser explores how he feels when he experiences the "Great Plains in Winter."
  Ted Kooser's Tillage Marks  
The former U.S. Poet Laureate, Ted Kooser, reads "Tillage Marks," a poem about the marks that farm tools make on stones in a farmer's field in this video podcast.
  Ted Kooser reads his poem Barn Owl  
For 20 years, Ted Kooser wrote a new poem each Valentine's Day. He sent them as postcards to his wife and friends. In this video podcast, Ted reads a Valentine's Day poem that still has a rural theme, "Barn Owl."
  Ted Kooser reads his poem Horse  
When horses were introduced to the North American continent by the Spanish explorers, the lives of Native Americans, European settlers and American farmers changed profoundly. Ted Kooser reads a short poem about the primal power of the "Horse."
  Ted Kooser's Poem, Zenith  
During World War II, folks at home listened closely to war news on the radio. Former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser reads his poem "Zenith" in this video podcast.
  Ted Kooser's Poem, Spring Plowing  
Ted Kooser says that, "when they're lucky, poets can give people ways of looking at the world afresh." Here, Ted reads "Spring Plowing" One reader was so moved by the poem that she wrote she would never look at a newly plowed field in the same way again.
  Ted Kooser's Poem, There Is Always a Little Wind  
On any given day, you might find former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser touring country cemetaries around his rural Nebraska home. In this podcast, Ted reads "There Is Always a Little Wind."
  Ted Kooser's Poem, Great Grandparents  
In this video podcast, former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser reads "The Great Grandparents". Ted remembers meeting them at the train depot and the sense of history that they brought with them in their very beings.
  Ted Kooser's City Limits  
How did a nation of pioneers settle down and accept the limits of civilization? Former U.S. Poet Laureate, Ted Kooser, reads "City Limits" in this video podcast.
  Ted Kooser's poem Memory  
In this video podcast, Ted Kooser reads "Memory" that, he says, is about the way memory works for writers. It's also about some of the touchstones of rural life. [Note that this is a 21 MB file that may take a while to download. A smaller, 320x240-pixel version is here.

  Dr. Norman Borlaug's early years  
In this video podcast, Dr. Norman Borlaug remembers the events that led him from a farm in Iowa to the Nobel Peace Prize for the Green Revolution. Norman says serendipity played a large part in the process.
  Dr. Norman Borlaug's Mexican experience  
The Green Revolution began in Mexico where Dr. Norman Borlaug developed the first high-yielding, dwarf wheat varieties. In this video podcast, Borlaug recalls the major events that helped save millions from starvation.
  Dr. Norman Borlaug's experience in India and Pakistan  
From Mexico, Dr. Normal Borlaug began working in India and Pakistan where millions faced hunger. In this video podcast, Borlaug talks about overcoming technological, psychological, economic and political hurdles to get new varieties and agricultural practices adopted.

  Ted Sorensen on the Impact of JFK's assassination  
In this video podcast, Ted Sorensen says the future might have been very different if John F. Kennedy had lived – different for young people and minorities, different for the economy, and different for the Vietnam War and prospects for peace.
  Ted Sorensen on JFK and Farmers  
Theodore (Ted) Sorensen was President John F. Kennedy's speech writer and special assistant. In this video podcast, Ted talks about Kennedy's farm programs – he may not have understood them, but JFK was able to relate to farmers in the same way he related to other voters.
  Ted Sorensen on Fallout Shelters  
Ted Sorensen remembers that early in the Cold War governments and families built fallout shelters and practiced "Duck and Cover" drills to try and survive a nuclear attack. In this video podcast, Sorensen wonders if they would have been effective.

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