Return of the Swan and More

Nebraska Stories

Air Date: 01/28/2021

Return of the Swan They were nearly hunted to extinction in the early 20th Century, but today the largest waterfowl species in the world is once again thriving in the Sandhills - the trumpeter swan. Meet the researchers who worked tirelessly to protect these magnificent birds and their habitat, the ranchers who coexist on the land with them, and a photographer whose love for this species emanates through his breathtaking images. Linh Quang Buddhist Center Founded 2,500 years ago in India, Buddhism is a global religion practiced by nearly half a billion people. When refugees of Vietnam came to Lincoln, they founded the Linh Quang Buddhist Center. Take a guided tour of this modern temple while learning about the cultural traditions of Vietnamese Americans. In the Key of Glass At first glance, Philip Glass and Paul Barnes are a study in contrasts. The former is one of the most highly regarded and influential composers of the late 20th century, famous for his frequently understated and minimalistic music and personality. The latter has been described as a “ferociously virtuosic” pianist who is intensely expressive. Together, they’ve formed an unlikely friendship and creative collaboration born of a chance encounter and spanning more than 2 decades, culminating with the world premiere of Glass’s latest work featuring Barnes at the keys. We explore the music and the magic between these two world-class artists. Greenhouse in the Snow An innovative greenhouse built by Russ Finch runs on geothermal energy and costs about one dollar a day to heat. His groundbreaking design allows Russ to grow oranges in the middle of winter in Nebraska!