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Nebraska Stories | Plein Air Poet and More

Old Market poet, Robber’s Cave, a Sandhills ecologist, a couple who cooks, and the 1949 blizzard

“Plein Air Poet”
Britny Cordera is known as the Old Market poet. Especially on weekends, she is a frequent site on the sidewalks of Howard Street, typing at her 1904 Corona portable typewriter. Like an artist painting a canvas in the park, Britny is a plein air poet… taking in her surroundings as inspiration for her poetry. She sits next to a sign, “Pick a topic, get a poem” – and then writes a poem on request. There’s no fee though gratuities are accepted. A recent graduate from UNO and already a published poet, the aspiring writer is pursuing a career bringing catharsis to all who seek it in the form of a poem.
Producer: Michele Wolford

“Cops & Robbers”
Lincoln’s Robber’s Cave has transformed from a famous hideaway into a modern craft brewery. As the craft brewing explosion hit Nebraska, three Lincoln police officers turned their love of homemade beer into a business. They opened Blue Blood Brewery and are using the cave as a storage site for their custom barrel aged brews and a tasting room, with a separate area in the caverns set aside for the caves original inhabitants, bats.
Producer: Gavin Felix

“Sandhills Critters”
Vertebrate ecologist Keith Geluso studies animals and teaches teachers about the wildlife of the Sandhills. On the Switzer Ranch near Burwell, Geluso is tracking the diversity of animals. From the tiny Velvet Ant to the Kangaroo Rat, the Sandhills provides a variety of habitats to support a biologically diverse array of critters.
Producer: Mary Anne Andrei

“The Cooking Kuxhausens ”
Dick and Marlene Kuxhausen of Scottsbluff are two lovebirds whose recipe for a happy marriage includes plenty of time together in the kitchen cooking foods of their common heritage. In their own words, “They’re just two happy Germans from Russia.”
Producer: Kay Hall

“The Blizzard of 1949”
Cowboys share their tales of surviving a mid-century blizzard considered one of the worst to hit the northern plains.
Producer: Olive Bucklin


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