Amber Waves of Change

A four-part series broadcast March 30 - April 2, 2015, on Kansas Public Radio during NPR's Morning Edition

A one-hour documentary broadcast on Kansas Public Radio June 28, 2015.

During a sabbatical leave during the Spring 2014 semester, KU Journalism Professor David W. Guth conducted research on areas of declining population in and around the High Plains. Specifically, the focus was on the role community journalism plays in maintaining community cohesion. In addition to conducting a pair of surveys of the region's journalists and community leaders, he also made a 1,500-mile road trip through four states to conduct extensive interviews. A result of this research is a four-part series broadcast by Kansas Public Radio, the public radio voice of the University of Kansas, in March and April 2015. KPR aired a one-hour documentary on June 28, 2015. This website provides two sources for listening to the reports/documentary: From this (Snapping Turtle) website and from the website maintained by Kansas Public Radio. Program scripts are also available for download.

High and Dry
Return of the Dust Bowl?
Rural Newspapers
Script Script Script
30 March 2015
31 March 2015
1 April 2015
2 April 2015

Documentary: "Amber Waves of Change: Hard Times on the High Plains"


28 June 2015

"Amber Waves of Change" Parts1-4 (Kansas Public Radio website)

Documentary: "Amber Waves of Change: Hard Times on the High Plains" (Kansas Public Radio website)

One-page description of the series

Kansas Public Radio website


Last Updated 28 June 2015