"It is history, travel, anthropology, geography, journalism, confession, memoir, natural history and autobiography. It is the life and times of Chase County, and incidentally everything you need to know about Kansas." So wrote Paul Theroux in his New York Times review of PrairyErth (A Deep Map) when it was published in 1991.
Out in Western Kansas, not too far from Dodge City, is the town of Jetmore. It’s home to about 900 people, including the Bradshaw family. Young Crystal Bradshaw had a happy childhood there, but one thing was missing, so she set out to solve a family mystery.
She ended up writing an important book about Kansas – before she even went to college.
Astronomer Mike Browdin understands that the immensity of our universe can be intimidating to some people. He gets that people don't think about supernovas and black holes as much as he does, and that it overwhelms them when they try to wrap their heads around it.
"Some people feel that when they are faced with the vastness of the universe and space and time, they feel insignificant," Browdin told Central Standard's Gina Kauffman. "And we are really small compared to that."
On Aug. 21, 2017, the day will become night ... well, at least for a few minutes. For those lucky enough to be in the right place, this will be a total eclipse. And it just so happens that this time around, St. Joseph, Missouri is that place.
We explore this celestial anomaly, and check in with St. Joseph, where hotels and inns are already booked for the big event.