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Discovering Pluto

He was a farm kid who discovered one of the most distant objects in our solar system.  And recently, his ashes were sent to that…

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Super Slurper & Much More!

It’s called “Super Slurper.”  If you’ve had very young kids, you’ve probably used it and never realized it.  Even more folks don’t realize it was…

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The Moldy Cantaloupe that Saved the World

You could call it the “moldy cantaloupe that saved the world.”  It was an unlikely find, but one that indeed help save thousands of lives……

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The Race For A Cure

Early in World War II, the US Army Air Corp was traveling worldwide looking to help find a wonder drug that could save thousands of…

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The Race to Develop Penicillin

You may have heard of Alexander Fleming’s discovery of penicillin back in the 1920s.  However, most folks don’t know the important role agricultural scientists played…

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The Miracle in Short Supply

It was a miracle drug.  Penicillin.  However Dr. Alexander Fleming’s discovery was far from an immediate success as the world’s supply could be used up…

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Where Did That Pumpkin Pie Come From?

Over the holidays many of us will have a piece of Pumpkin pie.  When you eat that dessert, you might give a brief tip of…

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Changing the Way They Farmed

During the 1980s many farmers were forced to change the way they farmed.  The financial conditions of the decade made a lasting effect on many. …

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More With Holocaust Survivor Judy Straus

We conclude our story with Holocaust survivor Judy Straus.  If you’ve missed any of her story of tragedy and triumph, be sure to go to…

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Lives In Jeopardy

As the end of World War II in Europe drew ever closer, the Germans stepped up the pace of sending Jewish families to death camps. …

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Nazi Death Camps Through the Eyes of a Child

The scenes from Nazi death camps were staggering.  Now imagine experiencing those horros through the eyes of a child.  That was the case for Judy…

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The Nazis Invade Home

The Straus family left Germany in the 1930s to escape the rising power of Adolf Hitler.  Then, in the early 1940s, the Nazis invaded the…

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Holocaust Survivor Judy Straus

This week we visit with Judy Straus, a survivor of the Holocaust  Her story is one of tragedy and hope…and a story I hope you’ll…

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Saved Jewish Artifacts

The movie, “Monuments Men,” details the race by Allied forces to save precious Jewish artifacts from destruction by the Nazis.  That story played out in…

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A Museum Dedicated to Jewish Survivors

In 1976 a group led by Frank Collin wanted to march in the city of Skokie, Illinois.  The event drew national attention and multiple court…

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A Journey to the US Ahead of the War

Today we know the atrocities committed against Jews at the hands of the Nazis.  However, in the years leading up to World War II, and…

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The Night of Broken Glass

It is a night that Henry Straus will never forget.  November 9th, 1938.  It’s today known as the “Night of Broken Glass.”  Today we go…

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A Jewish Family’s Challenges in Nazi Germany

We resume our moving conversation today with Henry Straus as he share his family’s challenges living as Jews in a country where the Nazis were…

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Growing Up Jewish in Germany

From his earliest memories, Henry Straus remembers discrimination. As a young Jewish boy living in a German city, his family faced laws that stripped them…

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Recruiting Students for Careers in Agriculture

If you were recruiting students for careers in agriculture, a large city might be the last place you’d think to make your pitch.  However this man believes…

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