Wed November 12, 2014
Sweetness And Light

Chicago Or Cleveland: Whose Teams Had More Downs Than Ups?

Originally published on Wed November 12, 2014 6:09 am

Joe Tinker of the Chicago Cubs and Bill Bradley of the Cleveland Naps around 1910.
Library of Congress

For those of us in sports who like to wallow in extended misery, this has been one terrific time. The Chicago Cubs hired a popular new manager, reminding us again, interminably, that they have now gone 106 years without winning the championship, eating up 51 managers in the process.

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Thu November 6, 2014

Grain Farming Gets More Expensive

Grain farmers face slim margins this harvest. Some farms might lose money in 2015, experts say.
Credit Abby Wendle / Harvest Public Media

Farming has gotten more expensive, according to data from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). And as commodity prices take a dip this harvest, many Midwest farmers will be looking to cut costs.

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Sat October 25, 2014
It's All Politics

Ranting And Throwing Papers: An Angry Candidate Runs For Congress

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 9:43 am

Illinois state Rep. Mike Bost argues about gun legislation in 2013. Bost's angry rants have become a campaign issue in his race against Democratic Rep. Bill Enyart for Enyart's U.S. House seat.
Seth Perlman AP


Fri October 17, 2014

At Harvest, Corn Huskers Still Shuck By Hand

Competitor Harlan Jacobson races to pick rows of corn at the annual Illinois State Corn Husking Competition in September.
Abby Wendle Harvest Public Media

Dick Humes squinted and sweat as he moved down a row of corn. He sliced through the husk with a metal hook in his right hand, snapped the ear from its stalk with his left, and threw it over his shoulder into a wagon rolling alongside him.

Every other second, the corn hit the floor of the wagon with a thud. Humes was setting a steady pace for the men’s 50-and-older division at the 34th annual Illinois State Corn Husking Competition.

While farmers across the Midwest harvest billions of bushels of corn using giant machines called combines, the competitors at this contest opted for a more primitive technology: their hands.

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Mon June 30, 2014

On The Farm, Chef Camp Teaches Basics Of Food Production

Farmer Kate Potter shows chef Terrah King how to gut a chicken at Chef Camp in Livingston County, Ill.
Credit Sean Powers / Harvest Public Media