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View of Wendy Red Star's installation in the Joslyn's Riley CAP Gallery. Tables with hand-cut photos are on opposite walls. American flag bunting hangs from the tables and ceiling. Another table in front of a photo of a mountain sits at the far end
Wendy Red Star (Apsáalooke, born 1981), The Indian Congress, 2021, mixed media installation at Joslyn Art Museum (Omaha, NE). Photo: Colin Conces

 

New Reservoir Named For Chief Of Omaha Tribe

Jun 12, 2020

A new flood mitigation reservoir in Nebraska is being named Big Elk Lake in honor of Chief Big Elk, a leader of the Omaha tribe. Directors of the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District Board announced the unanimous decision Thursday. The board says in a news release that Big Elk played an important role in Sarpy County history.

More Than a Workout

Jan 3, 2020

The boom of boutique fitness in America would likely not exist without a young girl from rural Iowa. In this episode, we get into the Midwestern origins of Jazzercise with founder and CEO, Judi Sheppard Missett. Then we discuss the changing face and message of “female fitness” today. Join us as we talk about the hormonal, skeletal, and social structures that makes working out different across genders and sexes.

Wrap It Up: A Holiday Episode

Dec 5, 2019
Courtesy of Hallmark and Hallmark Archives

This conversation takes a trip through the history of wrapping paper; taking twists and turns along the way to talk about the psychology and neurobiology of unwrapping. 

Thanks to our special guest, Stephanie A. Jesseau, Ph.D.  from the University of Nebraska, in Omaha. Additional thanks to all those interviewed for this episode:

Dr. Uzma Khan from University of Miami

Rich Daniels of FunPak

The one with the mall, it's complicated

Nov 1, 2019
Courtesy of Seph Lawless, photojournalist and author of, "Abandoned Malls of America: Crumbling Commerce Left Behind".

We start our conversation talking about The Center Mall, one of the first indoor malls in America. The Center Mall is unique to Omaha, but the concept of the American mall was blooming all over the US during the revolutionary decades of the 1950’s, 60’s, and 70’s. As the birth of the mall coincided with the beginning of the American civil rights movement, we have a conversation about what the status of the mall can tell us about society as whole.

Gathering in reconciliation for Will Brown and The Red Summer

Oct 16, 2019
Emily Chen-Newton

Last September marked 100 years since the lynching of Will Brown; Omaha’s connection to the 1919 national tragedy known as “The Red Summer”, when the US convulsed with violence boiling over from long-simmering racial tensions resulting in lynchings and riots nation wide. Last month also saw the world premiere of Red Summer at Blue Barn Theatre. Located just a few city-blocks away from the site of Will Brown’s murder, the play tells his story.