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  • Nutrition and Health ~ Tom Isern ~ News Chat with Dave Thompson ~ Review: “Alice Through the Looking Glass”

    Friday, June 24 – Sally Fallon Morell is the founder and president of the Weston A. Price Foundation, an organization devoted to restoring nutrient-dense foods to the human diet. She’ll be a featured speaker at events in Fargo and Sioux Falls sponsored by the Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society.  ~~~ A Plains Folk Essay from […]

  • Prairie Public debuts new season of local music program

    Fargo, N.D., June 15, 2016 — Prairie Public is amplifying the regional music scene with “Prairie Musicians,” a collection of television concerts recorded in Prairie Public’s downtown Fargo studio. The performances air Fridays at 9:00 pm CT, two each night, beginning July 8. July 8 Hardwood Groove Hardwood Groove is rooted in Detroit Lakes, Minn., […]

  • Breadroot Scurfpea

    If you haven’t gone for a walk on some prairie near you, now might be a good time.  There is always something interesting to see, and now is about the time that one of the more interesting wildflowers should be in bloom.  Botanists know the plant as Psoralea esculenta, but it also has several common […]

  • Custer’s Trials

    As you near the end of T. J. Stiles’s 582-page, Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of George Armstrong Custer, you come to realize, hey wait, he’s not going to fight the battle! There aren’t enough pages left to recount the so-called Sioux War of 1876 and detail Custer’s demise at the Greasy Grass a.k.a. the Little Big […]

  • Welcome to Leith

    The two film-makers responsible for the remarkable documentary, Welcome to Leith, explain that they made an important breakthrough when they recognized the type of story they were dealing with: it was a Western. Michael Beach Nichols and Christopher K. Walker made this observation following a screening of the film at the Fargo Film Festival, where […]

  • Hazards of Old Rain Barrels in Town and Country

    Parents must be constantly vigilant to protect their children as the little ones grow up.  This is as true today as it was in the deep past.  One hazard from yesteryears involved rain barrels. People commonly used big wooden barrels to catch and store rainwater that cascaded down from rooftops through rain-gutters and drainpipes.   Rainwater […]

  • Law Enforcement Training ~ Prairie Home Potlucks ~ Chef Tim Rosendahl on Bacon

    Thursday, June 23 – Lt. Dan Haugen of the North Dakota Highway Patrol is director of the state Law Enforcement Training Academy. He’s John Harris’s guest in this excerpt from Friday’s Prairie Pulse television show. ~~~ In an Inside Energy report, Stephanie Joyce of Wyoming Public Radio explores the changing role of coal when it […]

  • High Price for Bread

    Food prices spiraled upwards in 1972.  There were many reasons, including the devaluation of the dollar, a decline in world grain production, and an increase in the demand for meat in developing countries.  But those reasons were no comfort to American consumers. An article in the Bismarck Tribune on this date in 1972 noted that […]

  • “Kitchens of the Great Midwest” ~ Bakken Oil: What Have We Learned?

    Wednesday, June 22 – J. Ryan Stradal has authored Kitchens of the Great Midwest. It takes readers into the heart of Minnesota (and into their kitchens) with everything from the holiday tradition of cooking Lutefisk to Lutheran Church bake sales. Some of the recipes in the novel are inspired by a cook book compiled by the women of […]

  • Magnificent Countryside

    You gotta love a man who shows up for work in bib overalls. With tools, lots of tools. And fire, hot fire stoked from Pennsylvania anthracite.   Bob McCay is comfortable at the forge. He’s comfortable, too, wading in and talking with those gathered around the forge for his demonstration of blacksmithing. We met him, […]

  • Remembrance

    If you’re German Lutheran, and I read you this phrase and translate it, you’re going to have a hard time not singing it to yourself: Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe – Glory to God in the highest. I’ve had it in my head ever since our visit to the old Glűckstal Church, in Kidder […]

  • Fawlty Towers is back!

    Saturdays at 8 pm CT beginning July 16.

  • They put the MOCK in democracy

    Celebrate the birthday of the United States by helping the Capitol Steps make fun of it. Tune your radio to Prairie Public and clap your big hands on Sunday, July 3, at 10 am OR 5 pm CT for The Capitol Steps: Politics Takes a Holiday.

  • 9 Months that Made You

    Discover the thrilling story of how you were made. This 3-part television series airs on Wednesdays at 9 pm CT beginning June 29.

  • The Great British Baking Show is back!

    You don’t want to miss the third season as the bakers are challenged with an eight-strand plaited loaf, tartes tatin, rum babas, pithiviers, fondant fancies, chiffon sponges, and so much more. Tune in Fridays at 8 pm CT beginning July 1.

  • A Capitol Fourth 2016

    This July 4th, America’s national Independence Day celebration kicks off the festivities for its 240th birthday with a star-spangled television party and all-star salute. Set out a blanket and picnic basket, and be with us Monday, July 4, at 8:30 pm CT.

  • Dancing On The Edge

    This eight-part 1930’s period drama details the rise of the Louis Lester Band—a jazz band in London led by Louis Lester, played by BAFTA Award-Winner Chiwetel Ejiofor. Tune in Sundays at 8 pm CT beginning June 26.

  • We Don’t Talk Like That: Fargo and the Midwest Psyche

    Radio producers Diane Richard and Todd Melby have produced an hour-long radio documentary exploring all things “Fargo.” Tune in  Sunday, June 26, at 5 pm CT.

  • Gopher Day in Starkweather, 1916

    The flickertail ground-squirrel has always been a common sight across North Dakota’s prairies, what with its twitching-whiskers and sharp movements, darting across pastures and road-ditches.  It is famous for flicking, or jerking, its tail while running – or before zipping down a gopher hole.  Although small in stature, these rodents flourished in such massive numbers […]

  • Child Well-Being in North Dakota ~ Horticulturist Ron Smith

    Tuesday, June 21 – A new Kids Count report finds North Dakota in the top ten when it comes to child well-being, but it also sees opportunities for improvement. Joining us is Karen Olson, program director for the North Dakota KIDS COUNT project. ~~~ Former NDSU Extension horticulturist Ron Smith is here live to take […]