Going Public

Mark Klinger / Carnegie Museum of Natural History


Imagine a bird that is eleven feet long and five feet tall at the hip. Like many birds it has a small head, feathers and long spindly legs. But it also bore some resemblance to reptiles, like long arms tipped with sharp claws and a long bony tail. Weighing it at 500 pounds, this is one big chicken.

Meet Anzu wyliei, aka, “The Chicken from Hell.”

Drones: Coming Soon To A Farm Near You?

Mar 26, 2014
Peter Gray / Harvest Public Media

Unmanned aerial vehicles aren’t just for spies or for the battlefield. Farmers all over the country think drones can give them a leg up, too.

In Ste. Genevieve County, Mo., about 100 residents gathered for a town hall meeting in 2013 to discuss a new frac sand mine in their backyard. Officials from the county, state and mining company attended to answer questions residents might have.

Neighbors peppered the panel with questions: How will the mine’s sand dust be regulated? How will you prevent it from getting into our lungs? How will the traffic and explosions affect my health, my property and the ecosystem? Concerns about breathing in the microscopic sand particles, which could lead to silicosis in the lungs, abounded.

Jane Hardy, who lives about 1000 feet from the mine, said she wasn’t satisfied with the answers.

Fracking Debate Ignites In Johnson County

Feb 19, 2014
Jacob McCleland / KRCU


The debate over hydraulic fracturing is heating up again in rural Johnson County, Illinois.

A group of residents there - including a member of the county commission - has come out against a resolution that will appear on the ballot next month to ban fracking on their turf. Supporters say the non-binding resolution will help gauge whether the county should move forward with a so-called “Community Bill of Rights” that would include the frack ban.

Meet Chris Hrabik, The Quadriplegic Rally Car Racer

Feb 16, 2014
Jacob McCleland / KRCU



Rally car racing is popular in Europe and Canada, but it has a much lower profile in the United States. It is a dangerous sports in which racers thrash through rural, gravel roads at high speeds in street-legal cars as they try to score the fastest time.

Chris Hrabik, from Sedgewickville, will compete in a nationally-sponsored rally this week in Salem, Missouri. And here’s the twist - he’s a quadriplegic.