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  • Our April Editors’ Roundtable ~ CERA Week in Houston

    Friday, April 24 – It’s time for our monthly Editors’ Roundtable with news director Dave Thompson and special guests, April Baumgarten, news editor for the Dickinson Press; and Jim Shaw, columnist for the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead and the former news director for KVRR-TV. ~~~ Inside Energy reporter Dan Boyce joins us from Houston, where he’s […]

  • Congrats to our news team

    Congratulations to the Prairie Public radio news team—2015 winners of three Edward R. Murrow Awards and six Eric Sevareid Awards.

  • Prairie Public news team takes home Murrow Awards

    April 24, 2015, Fargo, N.D.—The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) has announced that Prairie Public has been honored with three 2015 Edward R. Murrow Awards. The awards recognize the best electronic journalism produced by radio, television and online news organizations around the world. This year, Prairie Public took home awards in the Hard News […]

  • Prairie Public news team honored with prestigious Sevareid Awards

    April 15, 2015, Fargo, N.D.—The Prairie Public radio news and public affairs teams have been honored with six Eric Sevareid Awards at the annual Midwest Journalism Conference. The Prairie Public team won a first place award in the hard features category for “Saltwater Spills Leave North Dakota Farmland Sterile for Years” and awards of merit […]

  • Operation Skywatch, 1952

    The 1950s has been called the “Decade of Fear,” for in the time of the Cold War, the worst fear was of “the Bomb” – the atomic bomb. In 1949, Russia tested its first atomic bomb, and defense experts feared the Soviets would launch a sneak attack on the U-S.  To guard against such an […]

  • Sidewalk Art ~ Plains Folk Essay ~ Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society

    Thursday, April 23 – The Sidewalk Art Project incorporates art and poetry into fresh concrete when sidewalks need replacement. Mara Morken Fogarty was inspired by the success of the project in St. Paul and is working on bringing it to Moorhead and beyond. ~~~ Matt Olien has this week’s movie review, “While We’re Young.” ~~~ A Plains Folk essay from Tom […]

  • Cold War in a Cold Land

    In 1963 North Dakota State University Extension published a handy set of plans for building your own fallout shelter at home, in case of nuclear war. You might conclude that the people of the northern plains were intensely fearful of atomic Armageddon, but evidently not. These were among the least-utilized plans ever issued by the […]

  • The New Nickel

    In 1803, North Dakota tribal leaders received a medal from the strange troop hauling flatboats up the Missouri. It had an image of a man on one side – his name was Jefferson, they were told – and on the other side, clasped hands and a peace pipe overlapping a hatchet.  200 years later, in 2003, […]

  • The Orangutan Project ~ Chef Rosey on Blackberries ~ Barry Rabe on Taxing Oil and Gas

    Wednesday, April 22 – Wednesday, April 22 – On this Earth Day, we meet Karmele Llano-Sanchez, the veterinary director and executive director of the Orangutan Project, a rescue center in Borneo. It’s featured in the documentary “Operation Orangutan,” which premiers tonight on Nat Geo WILD. (RELATED: NPR’s Morning Edition recently did a story on the […]

  • Nature: Wednesdays at 7 pm

    Tune in Wednesday, May 13, for Nature’s Animal Childhood, which shows that growing up is never easy.

  • First Listen from NPR

    Songwriter Bill Fay was never in a hurry to follow up his 1971 classic Time Of The Last Persecution, but the new Who Is The Sender? signals his plain, uncomplicated humanist charm and more questing cosmic aim. Get a first listen from NPR.

  • Happy Chandler

    Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis was elected as baseball’s first Commissioner in 1921, following the “Black Sox” scandal during the 1919 World Series, when eight players from the Chicago White Sox were accused of throwing the series against the Cincinnati Reds. Landis was hired to oversee the game, and he placed a lifetime ban on the […]

  • Cyber Security Expert Steven Bucci ~ Horticulturist Ron Smith ~ NPR Reporter David Greene on Gay Marriage in ND

    Tuesday, April 21 – A former Pentagon official presents on cyber security at Dickinson State University. Steven Bucci served as a deputy assistant secretary of defense. He’s giving a series of talks at DSU focused on cyber threats to business leaders, the oil and gas industry and the general public. DSU’s Darrell Neubert also joins […]

  • Red River Flood of 1882

    It’s springtime in the Red River Valley of the North.  It’s a time when nervous crowds congregate on the riverbank to stare anxiously at the dark and sullen river.  The muddy water forms eddies and swirls that quickly disappear as the river laboriously carries away the runoff of the melting snows that had formed a […]

  • A Motorcycle Adventure ~ Red Raven Reaction

    Monday, April 20 – Inspired by ‘The Motorcycle Diaries,’ a movie about Che Guevara’s 1952 motorcycle ride through South America, Nathan and Germaine Everson sold all their possessions with plans to travel south via a motorcycle. We’ll hear about their adventures and the decision to return to North Dakota to open a restaurant. ~~~ Part […]

  • Prairie Public on Demand

    Watch Prairie Public productions online using our On Demand streaming video service. You’ll find full length documentaries and recent episodes of Prairie Pulse,  Prairie Mosaic, and Prairie Musicians.

  • Back by popular demand

    The Roosevelts: An Intimate History weaves the stories of Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of one of the most prominent and influential families in American politics. The 14-hour Ken Burns documentary airs Tuesdays at 7 pm CT in May.

  • Stuart’s Stranglers

    In the late 1800s, cattle rustling posed a serious danger to the cattle business on the open range.  One of the most influential of the cattlemen was Granville Stuart.  He wrote that the cattlemen were as peaceable and law-abiding as could be found, but they had $35,000,000 worth of property spread over some 75,000 square […]

  • Scott Prebys on Classical Music ~ News Chat with Dave Thompson ~ Review: “Woman in Gold”

    Friday, April 17 – Our own Scott Prebys is the featured guest of this week’s Prairie Pulse television show with host Matt Olien. ~~~ News director Dave Thompson joins us with a discussion of the latest news headlines. ~~~ Matt reviews “Woman in Gold.”

  • Wild Asparagus

      Some of you may recall the popular 1970’s book Stalking the Wild Asparagus by Euell Gibbons.  Lots of people were talking about eating wild foods and Gibbons became a widely recognized celebrity.  I was thinking about all that the other day when I noticed a few of the standing dead asparagus plants from last […]