LINCOLN, Neb. (June 4, 2015) – The June episode of NET’s “Nebraska Stories” brings a heartwarming story about a man in Broken Bow in need of a kidney transplant and a friend from the past who was a donor match; a look at naval architectural genius and Columbus native Andrew Higgins; the aerialists and entertainers of FreakWorks; Omaha native Eva Bella, who voiced the part of “Young Elsa” in Disney’s “Frozen”; and the toe-tapping sounds of the Merrymakers.
In its sixth season, “Nebraska Stories” covers a range of subject matter through feature-based, character-driven storytelling, highlighting Nebraska’s best. The next program will air at 7 p.m. CT, Friday, June 19, on NET.
In the first story of the popular series that captures the spirit of Nebraska, meet 43-year-old Tony Schneider of Broken Bow, who spent 11 hours each day just fighting to stay alive – hooked up to a dialysis machine for five hours, commuting three hours each way every day from Broken Bow to Lincoln – all thanks to a disease that destroyed his kidneys. In a last-ditch plea on Facebook for a donor, he received a call from a casual friend the past. She was a match and willing to give him one of her kidneys. The story follows the transplant and how their lives intertwined in the months after the operation.
Next, take a look back at the man now heralded as a genius of naval architecture – Columbus native Andrew Higgins, who created the so-called Higgins boats that General Eisenhower credited with winning World War II. The landing crafts carried waves of troops onto Normandy beaches beginning on June 6, 1944.
“Nebraska Stories” then features the aerialists and entertainers of FreakWorks, Nebraska’s new circus troupe based in Lincoln. The troupe honors the traditions of its three-ring ancestors with acrobats, clowns and jugglers while embracing technology and challenging stereotypes.
Next, meet Omaha native Eva Bella, who shares her journey from aspiring actress to star of one of the biggest animated films in years, playing “Young Elsa” in Disney’s “Frozen.”
“Nebraska Stories” will then get toes tapping and hands clapping as it features the Merrymakers, a nonprofit group dedicated to performing music for the elderly to lift spirits, spark old memories and reconnect with a place and time. Merrymakers’ singer Kim Eames brings her guitar to the Brookstone nursing facility in Omaha.
“Nebraska Stories” will repeat at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. CT, Monday, June 22; 7:30 p.m. CT, Friday, June 26; and at 11:30 p.m. CT, Monday, June 29 on NET. It will also repeat at 8 a.m. CT, Sunday, June 21 and at 8 p.m. CT, Monday, June 22 on NET World (NET2). Viewers also can watch the above segments and learn more by visiting the “Nebraska Stories” website at http://www.netnebraska.org/nebraskastories, Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NebraskaStories or by downloading the NET Nebraska App.
“Nebraska Stories” -- funded in part by The Margaret and Martha Thomas Foundation, the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety, the H. Lee and Carol Gendler Charitable Fund and the Nebraska Arts Council and Nebraska Cultural Endowment -- is a production of NET Television. For a complete television program schedule, visit NET’s website at netNebraska.org/television.