Reporters Kathy Hanks and Amy Bickel of the Hutchinson News travel rural Kansas, bringing you stories of the people and small towns making a difference.
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May 17, 2017

This month marks 10 years since a tornado swept through Greensburg, destroying homes and lives. Kathy and Amy revisit the Kansas town.  Also, Amy looks at the forecast for this year's wheat crop.

Apr 18, 2017

Kathy and Bick also talk about the lighter side of rural life - dating on

Apr 3, 2017

Bick and Kathy also talk about raising water buffalo in Kansas and an update on how farmers are recovering from the wildfires.

Mar 17, 2017

Kathy and Bick discuss the wildfires that swept across Kansas the past week, and what it did to farmers.

Mar 1, 2017

Kathy and Bick also talk about saving a rural farm school and commuting to work by tractor.

Feb 14, 2017

Kathy brings us a story we're sure is like none you've ever heard before. We're not even going to give it away. Also, a cool 50s roadway diner and saving small-town grocery stores.

Jan 31, 2017

Kathy and Bick talk about how a farmer is saving a small town from dying, cotton crops in Kansas and how one town is helping women overcome addictions.

Jan 17, 2017

Amy and Kathy talk about how they find ideas that lead them to interesting stories.

Dec 17, 2016

Amy talks about some of the top wheat farmers in the nation here in Kansas and Kathy solves a World War II mystery. 

Dec 2, 2016

Amy and Kathy tell two stories of two towns in rural Kansas: Centerview, which has seen better days and a revival in Marquette.

Nov 17, 2016

Amy takes her daughters hunting. Also, the farm economy in trouble and remembering "In Cold Blood" from the eyes of a child, 57 years later.

Nov 7, 2016

Kathy and Amy also talk about Lady Bugs from hell and news about the State Fair.

Oct 25, 2016

Amy and Kathy also talk about a cool rural diner and "Shakespeare on the Porch" on their now award-winning podcast.

Oct 13, 2016

Kathy and Amy talk about getting the farm and gardens ready for fall, the sale of the historic Yaggy plantation and good news for small towns from the EPA.

Sep 30, 2016

After a short hiatus to cover the Kansas State Fair, Kathy and Amy are back podcasting. They recap their fair exploits, the bumper crop corn harvest and the original farm-to-table dining experience.

Aug 29, 2016

Kathy and Bick talk about how the bountiful wheat harvest is wreaking havoc on storage, along with the state fair coming to town and the renovation of an old barn.

Aug 23, 2016

"The Bick" and Kathy also talk about the latest ghost town find and a restored old movie house in Elkhard, Kansas

Aug 10, 2016

Kathy and Bick also talk about wheat prices being the lowest since the Civil War, and a rural renewal in the town of Minneola.

Jul 28, 2016

Bick and Kathy also talk about stories from our county fairs and saving water through new technology.

Jul 15, 2016

Bick and Kathy talk about a last generation of farmers, and the daughter of the Vietnam War Hero growing and selling vegetables on the high plains.

Jun 28, 2016

Kathy and Bick talk about once-in-a-lifetime wheat harvest in western Kansas, how neighbors come together to help each other and a bank robbery that became a legend in the town of Dighton, Kansas.

Jun 16, 2016

"It's the Kansas way," Bick says. And Kathy agrees and they bring uplifting stories about communities helping their neighbors.

Jun 8, 2016

Amy and Kathy talk about a service that shares farm implements, like Uber; Stafford is painting the town, but not red, and that time Bick thought she was having a baby in the middle of wheat harvest.

May 24, 2016

Amy and Kathy also talk about feeding families during harvest on the Big Blue Bus.

May 11, 2016

Kathy and Amy travel the path of the movie "Paper Moon" when it filmed in Kansas during the 1970s. Follow along, then take a road trip.

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