Segment from Episode 1 Nebraska poet and essayist, Ted Kooser, the 13th U.S. Poet Laureate, reads from his collection of poems recording the devastation unleashed on the Great Plains by the Jan. 12, 1888 blizzard. The Blizzard Voices is based on actual reminiscences of the survivors as recorded in documents from the time and written reminiscences from years later. Here are the haunting voices of the men and women who were teaching school, working the land, and tending the house when the storm arrived and changed their lives forever.
Nebraska Stories tells compelling personal stories of Nebraskans around the state, the life stories of Nebraska artists, and historical and contemporary stories. This half-hour 'magazine-style' series presents new, short-form video segments, highlighting people, ideas and events that inform Nebraskans’ sense of place and their unique perspective on American life as it is lived on the Great Plains.