Scenic Route 13: Paula Neuman Gris

On this edition of The Scenic Route, Andrew talks to Paula Neuman Gris, who was just three years old when her family was broken up at the beginning of the Holocaust. She tells her story of survival in a half-hour interview. Thanks to the Breman Jewish Heritage and Holocaust Museum in Atlanta for arranging the interview.

From Lumber Company to Feed Company

It all began with a lumber yard in Indianola, Iowa.  Of course, today you don’t know this company for its lumber.  You instead know it for the ingenuity that came from learning to sell that product…..

Preparing for Agriculture’s Future

The next 40 years are predicted to bring an ever increasing population both here and around the world.  Food needs will rise and agricultural jobs will become increasingly important.  However, despite those trends, some say there is little future for American kids who hail from small to mid-size farms.  This professor is out to prove, it just isn’t true…..

Resolving Controversies in Animal Agriculture

It used to be that controversies in agriculture revolved around which color of tractor to buy or what kind of seed to plant.  Those debates still exist, but these days, some of those debates have wound up at the ballot box in a number of states.  How should those in agriculture engage consumers in these issues?  It’s all a part of this professor’s class…..

Flying a World Record Endurance

If you’ve ever flown into the Las Vegas airport, you may have noticed a colorful Cessna airplane hanging from the ceiling over the baggage claim area.  Most people think it’s just an interesting prop.  However, it’s actually a world record holder, for no other manned airplane has ever remained aloft for more continuous days that this one…..

The 24 Hour Las Vegas Museum

You may recall we recently discussed a pair of brothers in Mississippi who in 1935 set a record by keeping an airplane in flight for 27 straight days.  It’s an impressive feat, but in 1959, two other men more than doubled that feat…..

The World’s Longest Flight

The longest nonstop commercial flight in the world is currently a Singapore Airlines route from Newark to Singapore.  It’s in the air over 18 hours and covers over 10,000 miles.  That’s nothing compared to this flight that took off from Meridian, Mississippi in 1935.  The flight was measured in days, but you could say, the flight never went anywhere…..

Iowa’s Aviation Museum

For the past few days we,ve been in Greenfield, Iowa, home to the Iowa Aviation Museum.  You probably never realized how many aviation firsts are tied to Iowa, including a car company that decided to try its hand at making airplanes.  Its unique vision is preserved here…..

Charles Levine

Chalres Lindburgh was the first person to fly an airplane across the Atlantic Ocean.  But lost in our history books in the name of a man who would most likely have beaten Lindburgh to the prize, if not for a court case that kept his plane from taking off from the very same airport……

Landing A Plane on a Boat

Today, aircraft carriers and the planes they transport play a vital role in country’s military might.   However, have you ever given any thought to the first brave soul that attempted to take off and land a plane aboard a boat?  It takes a courageous or perhaps very crazy individual to try it…..

Pearl Harbor Survivor Al Bodenlos

Al can tell you plenty about building airport runways.  Of course, most of those he helped build were on surfaces like coral under the threat of attack by the Japanese…..

Turkey Tracks

There is definitely an art to tracking and calling a wild turkey.  Jerry Law had no trouble tracking this turkey.   That’s because the turkey’s tracks have been here for nearly a century now.  In a moment we visit those old turkey tracks and tell you why Jerry worked so hard to mark the spot so others could see them…..

The Luna Cafe

In front of the Luna Café, on old route 66 near Mitchell, Illinois, you’ll find a beautifully restored neon sign.  The bright lights include a drinking glass with a red cherry that lights up.  In the 1920s and 30s, this sign had extra meaning.  It was a beacon for infamous characters and that lit cherry meant they were offering more that fine dining inside…..

A Palm Beach Girl on the Ranch

She was a very unlikely candidate to manage a cattle feedyard in central Nebraksa.  She grew up in Palm Beach County, Florida and knew next to nothing about ranching.  However it’s who she met at college that influenced her life and career–and the lives of the many she communicates with…..

The Snowstorm That Built a Radio Station

Many radio stations have interesting stories of how they were born.  This station in central Nebraska was the product of one of the worst blizzards ever to hit the state.  What resulted is a station still providing ag news and markets to listeners across the Midwest…..

A Unique Midwest Harvest

In some parts of the Midwest, you can buy a brand new car for the same price as one acre of farmland.  That’s land that’s growing corn and soybeans, not land being developed next to a city.  With so much riding on those acres it made for a unique harvest for this framer……

Ghana’s District Farmer of the Year

Today we meet the district farmer of the year.  A lady growing ten acres of corn–a farmer adopting some of the latest technology she can find to help grow a bigger crop.  She shares a tractor with up to one hundred other farmers and will plant and harvest her entire crop by hand…..

Corn Stored Under Tarps

Drive through farm country and you can find plenty of shiny new grain bins to hold ever increasing yields. Drive through farm country here and you’re likely to find the corn stored under tarps or open to the elements that will spoil up to half of the harvested crop. It’s one of the many challenges these farmers face…..

The Challenges of Growing Corn in Africa

Many farm events and banquets in the US begin with prayer.  This farm meeting opened with a joint prayer of Chritian and Muslim farmers.  They represented farm organizations from the central region of the African nation of Ghana…..

Best of 2011: Barbara Law

Our best of 2012 continues today with a lady named Barbara who was a teenager living in Japan when World War II ended. Her country’s surrender signaled many changes in her life, including instruction on using judo to deal with aggressive American GI’s that would soon land on her homeland’s soil……