Chase County Kansas

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During the 20th year of the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, outside of Strong City, Kansas, a new documentary explores how the park was created and is sustained. Then, we learn about the life of Forrest "Phog" Allen, who amassed 590 wins in 39 seasons coaching the KU men's basketball team.

Two years of extreme drought. The failure of Congress to pass the Farm Bill. Life hasn't gotten any easier for cattle rancher Howard Blender.

In this edition of 90-Mile View, Howard gives Steve Kraske an update on conditions in Chase County as he and others struggle with the effects of too little rain from Mother Nature and too little support from legislators.

"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.