‘Nebraska Stories’ Features Blind Hitting Coach and Animal Whisperer

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Blind hitting coach guides softball and baseball players.

For Immediate Release

‘Nebraska Stories’ Features Blind Hitting Coach and Animal Whisperer

LINCOLN, Neb. (March 24, 2022) – A nationally recognized hitting coach may be legally blind, but he has set his sights on improving the swings of baseball and softball players using only his peripheral vision. His story is featured in the April 7 episode of Nebraska Public Media’s award-winning, local television series “Nebraska Stories.”

“Nebraska Stories” airs at 8 p.m. CT, Thursday, April 7, continuing April 14, 21 and 28.

A story in the April 14 episode explores the human-animal connection between a woman and an injured bald eagle, a retired racehorse and a pair of opinionated dogs. The animal communicator from Papillion, Neb., volunteers for nonprofit organizations, helping them resolve questions about animals in their care.

Other new stories from four April episodes include:

April 7 – “Bringing Them Home” – At Offutt Air Force Base in Bellevue, forensic scientists identify remains of those who died during the attack on Pearl Harbor.

April 7 – “Rodeo” – This visual essay from Lincoln features the National High School Finals Rodeo competition.

April 14 – “Zabuni Coffee – A young Grand Island couple launches an innovative business in the heart of corn country to help small African coffee farmers.

April 28 – “Willa Comes Alive” – The work of Omaha artist Littleton Alston takes shape at a Colorado foundry using a patina process in the creation of a 7-foot bronze statue of Willa Cather.

April 28 – “Benny Hochman, Holocaust Survivor” – From an interview recorded in 2001, Benny Hochman shares the powerful story of surviving five years in Nazi death camps where he lost his older brother, younger sister and parents.

The April episodes also feature notes between young lovers written in the margins of a 150-year-old book; the Nebraska Baseball Hall of Fame in Beatrice; a musical performance by Mesonjixx at Chadron State Park; a story about the four seasons of the Platte River Basin; and a dozen peculiar looking faces carved by a stonemason in Nelson. The April 21 episode is a cowboy-themed episode with stories about calving, saddle making, a cowboy artist, rodeo bullfighting and a folk hero of the American West.

Enjoyed by viewers across the state for its feature-based, character-driven storytelling, “Nebraska Stories” covers art, science, history, sports, performance, nature and more. Episodes repeat at 6 p.m. CT, Sundays on Nebraska Public Media and at 8:30 a.m. CT, Mondays on World.

“Nebraska Stories” is funded in part by the Margaret and Martha Thomas Foundation, the Nebraska Soybean Board and the Nebraska Tourism Commission.

The series is on Facebook, NebraskaPublicMedia.org/nebraskastories and the Nebraska Public Media App.

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