‘Nebraska Stories’ Features Whimsical Mobiles that Became Roadside Attraction

The whimsical art of Fred's Flying Circus.
The whimsical art of Fred's Flying Circus in Grand Island.

For Immediate Release

‘Nebraska Stories’ Features Whimsical Mobiles that Became Roadside Attraction

LINCOLN, Neb. (March 3, 2022) – Made from spare car parts and mounted on sign poles, whimsical and wacky ‘mobiles’ decorate the backlot of an auto body business in Grand Island.

Nebraska Public Media’s award-winning, local television series “Nebraska Stories” highlights work by a brilliant artist who created “Fred’s Flying Circus.” His visionary work attracts visitors from across the United States and beyond. “Nebraska Stories” airs at 8 p.m. CT, Thursday, March 17, continuing March 24 and 31.

Other new stories from three March episodes include:

March 17 – “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” – A two-week summer job puts an organist in the spotlight at the College World Series in Omaha.

March 17 – “Low Intensity” – A crew of more than 200 volunteer and career firefighters from Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado and South Dakota train in wildfire suppression.

March 24 – “The KISS Collector” – A KISS superfan’s memorabilia includes lunch boxes, leather jackets, guitars and even a KISS toothbrush.

March 24 – “Paws on the Platte” – Like real cats and dogs who find forever homes, these artfully crafted fiberglass hounds find homes for a good cause.

March 24 – “Jocelyn’s Love Letter” – Singer-songwriter Jocelyn, who got her start busking in downtown Omaha, now has a giant music label backing her latest album.

March 31 – “A Legend in Bronze” – In an episode dedicated to Native American leaders, a visual essay introduces a sculpture of Susan La Flesche Picotte, the nation’s first native doctor.

The March episodes also feature several favorite stories from past seasons, including a bike and coffee shop owner supporting employees who age out of the foster care system; an aircraft that is an icon of the Cold War; land near the Loup River being returned to the Pawnee Tribe; and a statue of Chief Standing Bear on display in the U.S. Capitol.

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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