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  • Growth Predictions in the Oil Patch ~ News Chat with Dave ~ Matt reviews “La La Land” and “Jackie”

    Friday, January 20 – Shawn Gaddie of AE2S discusses a new study done for the Western Dakota Energy Association regarding the growth outlook for the oil patch in North Dakota. AE2S is a civil/environmental consulting engineering firm based in Grand Forks. ~~~ For Inside Energy, KPBS reporter Erik Anderson looks at the growing use of […]

  • Downy or Hairy Woodpecker?

    “It was a downy or hairy.  I can never remember which is which.” Sound familiar?  Downy and hairy woodpeckers are common in our area and for many amateur bird watchers, they can be difficult to tell apart. Hairy woodpeckers are noticeably larger than the downy woodpeckers.  Like many other aspects of learning, it helps to […]

  • Winter White

    I have been seeing white!  I assume you have been as well.  There seems to be snow everywhere, and a lot of it!  The white is so bright at times that we need sunglasses. A short review of the physics of light might be in order here.  The visible spectrum consists of wavelengths of light […]

  • Dr Fannie Quain

    On this date in 1909, the North Dakota Legislature passed a bill to establish a Tuberculosis Sanatorium at San Haven. One of the people responsible was 29-year-old Dr. Fannie Dunn Quain. She was North Dakota’s first homegrown female doctor. Fannie Dunn paid her way through medical school by bookkeeping, teaching, house cleaning, working for a […]

  • Probiotics ~ Chef Rosey on Popcorn ~ Ryan Taylor

    Thursday, January 19 – Developmental scientist, health activist, and internationally renowned probiotic authority, Natasha Trenev, joins us to discuss the effects of beneficial bacteria. ~~~ Chef Tim Rosendahl revisits popcorn with an interesting survey of snacker preferences. ~~~ Ryan Taylor leaves his appointment as the State Director of USDA Rural Development on January 20th. He […]

  • New Americans in North Dakota

    Immigrants make up a growing share of North Dakota’s population.  The percentage of immigrants in the state nearly doubled between 1990 and 2013, from 1.5 percent to 2.7 percent.  About a third of the immigrants in North Dakota are naturalized citizens.  Nearly 22,000 North Dakotans are Latino or Asian.  The top countries of origin are […]

  • Eric Burin: “Picking the President” ~ Saving the Lakota Language

    Wednesday, January 18 – “Picking the President: Understanding the Electoral College” is the latest offering from The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota. Joining us to discuss this project is the editor of this compendium of essays, Eric Burin, professor of history at UND. ~~~ The Lakota Language Consortium is working to preserve the Lakota […]

  • Indivisible

    Through the end of April, the new administration’s first 100 days, we will broadcast a conversation about America in a time of change. Tune in to listen Monday-Thursday at 7pm CT. Call in to participate.

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    Thomas Leroy Narum was a foot soldier who served in Vietnam. Hailing from Amidon, North Dakota, he was only 21 when killed on this date by multiple fragmentation wounds. He is one of the 198 casualties North Dakota suffered in that war. Narum’s story is just one of many ways the Vietnam conflict affected the […]

  • Lecture Preview: “Free Education” ~ Creative Care for Reaching Independence

    Tuesday, January 17 – Dr. Gilbert Kuipers of Valley City State will present a lecture called “Free Education” at the Barnes County Museum this Thursday. (7pm) It’s part of season 19 in the Barnes County Historical Society Lecture Series. With many people concerned about the high cost of attending college and student debts, Dr. Kuipers takes […]

  • Lily the Pink

    On this date in 1907, the Wahpeton Times included an ad for Lydia Pinkham’s Vegetable Compound, “the Great Woman’s Remedy for Woman’s Ills … sold by druggists everywhere.”  The ad said that it had been curing all forms of female complaints for thirty years … a polite way of addressing menstrual and menopausal discomfort. Lydia […]

  • Activist Shaun King ~ MLK Day ~ PBS Nerd Challenge and PBS Kids Writers Conference

    Monday, January 16 – We visit with Shaun King, the senior justice writer for the New York Daily News, focusing on police brutality and race. Last year, he publicized two racially charged online posts at UND and called for the situation to be addressed. He’s in town to speak tonight as part of Concordia College’s […]

  • Accept the PBS Nerd Challenge!

    Everyone’s a nerd for something! Sign up to Be a PBS Nerd to share your inner nerd and create a PBS Nerd Challenge or PBS Nerd Event that speaks to who you are, and what makes you passionate—whatever that may be!

  • The Cowboy Soldier

    Michael Vetter was a soldier in the 7th Cavalry stationed at Fort Totten. Today, we bring you excerpts of three letters he wrote to his brother in Pittsburgh in January of 1876, which were translated from German. January 1st he wrote, Dear Brother, I wish you and your family a happy and healthy New Year! […]

  • “Fake Silk: The Lethal History of Vicose Rayon” ~ News Chat ~ Reviews: “Hidden Figures” and “Passengers

    Friday, January 13 – Dr. Paul Blanc has written “Fake Silk: The Lethal History of Vicose Rayon.” He tells a dark story of hazardous manufacturing, poisonous materials, environmental abuses and political machinations. ~~~ A Natural North Dakota essay from Chuck Lura called “Conifers and Winter.” ~~~ News director Dave Thompson stops by to discuss the […]

  • Red River Real Estate

    There was a time when land prices in North Dakota were low because there was little demand.  Many people who wanted to move west shied away from the state because of tales of Indian attacks and general lawlessness.  The notoriously cold weather also did nothing to encourage newcomers.  Consequently, there was more than enough land […]

  • HPV Vaccination ~ UND President Mark Kennedy ~ Clean Power Plan and Fossil Fuels

    Thursday, January 12 – NDSU is using a two-year grant from the CDC to increase the HPV vaccination rates. We visit with project manager Danielle Pinnick of NDSU’s Center for Immunization Research and Education. ~~~ There are a lot of speeches getting national and even international attention this month because of the presidential transition. We’re […]

  • Replacing Postmasters

    In 1910, Mrs. Minnie L. Budge, the Grand Forks postmistress, was ready to vacate her position. She had served as postmistress for the past four years, having replaced her husband, William Budge, who had held the office since 1898 William Budge was a bit of a jack of all trades, having emigrated from Scotland at […]

  • ND ABLE Savings Plan ~ VR and Empathy ~ Father Daughter Share Career Parallels

    Wednesday, January 11 – The ND ABLE is a savings plan like a college plan. It’s a tax-free savings/giving plan for people with disabilities that can be used for everyday expenses. Here to tell us more about the plan, including a revision being considered by lawmakers, is Stephen P. Astrup of JD Legal Planning. ~~~ Essayist […]

  • Tiny Desk!

    Let’s show NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Contest how great North Dakota music is! Enter by January 29.