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  • They Were Very Drunk

    On this date in 1904, two men were standing trial for burglary. Albert Kemper and Joseph Frantz were accused of committing the crime near Overholt. The Ward County Independent had no doubt that the men would be found guilty. The accused were being ably defended by two lawyers, but the newspaper reported that the members […]

  • Science Writer Mary Roach ~ Plains Folk Essay ~ Book Club

    Wednesday, December 20 – We revisit a conversation from June with Mary Roach, the science writer behind the new book, Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War. It’s an insightful and funny peek behind the curtain of military science, from life-altering medicine, to the role of stink bombs in combat. ~~~ Tom Isern shares a […]

  • The Face of War

    We were at War, and for Carl Kositzky, State Auditor for North Dakota, the Great War had more meaning than many.  His father, Gustave Kositzky had immigrated to Yankton, Dakota Territory from Germany in 1871, but his business interests eventually brought him to North Dakota.   A veteran of both the Austrian/Prussian War and the Franco/Prussian […]

  • A Discussion of the National Film Registry Additions

    Tuesday, December 17 – Film buffs Tom Brandau and Matt Olien join us to discuss the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress, and the latest crop of 25 films selected for inclusion.

  • Scuds

    A few years ago, I was involved with an ecology exercise for elementary students.  We waded out into a lake, scooped up some of the substrate with pie plates, and observed all the little critters that were hidden among the substrate and overlying detritus.  As you might expect, there were lots of little invertebrates such […]

  • Animals in Winter

    We have a fox living in our neighborhood.  I haven’t seen it now for several weeks. But I assume it is still in the area, because I have occasionally seen its tracks in the snow.  But many mammals seem to disappear during winter.  However, most are active at least during parts of the winter, but […]

  • Give Us Our Try!

    One of the joys of my job is that I get to call fabulous experiences “work.” The most popular course I teach is the history of Australia and New Zealand, a region where I maintain active research interests. This compels me to fly over frequently to maintain my chops in the field. So, we arrived […]

  • The Beaches of Manitoba

    The ancient beaches of Lake Agassiz are subtle features in the landscape, generally unnoticed except by persons specifically looking for them. I recognize some of the beaches when I cross them, but am too geologically ignorant to discern most of them. I do claim to know something about books, however. So I am embarrassed to […]

  • Short Field Landing

    Edgar Allen was born in Kansas and flew as a bomber pilot during World War 2.  When the war ended, he stayed in the Army Air Force and was assigned to the 6th Ferry Group in Long Beach California.  Allen spent his time flying various planes around the country, mostly surplus aircraft being disposed of […]

  • Food and Chronic Illness ~ Commentary from Mark Trahant ~ The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen

    Monday, December 16 – Dr. Michelle Perro is a co-author of “What’s Making Our Children Sick.” It’s a critical analysis that makes the argument that industrial food trends are causing an epidemic of chronic illness. It also shares some insight on approaches available to heal children and adults by improving diets. ~~~ In this week’s commentary […]

  • A Beautiful Piece of Mechanism

    At the turn of the Twentieth Century, Henry Ford’s Model T and the Wright Brothers’ airplane were still in the future, but railroads and telegraph lines had already spanned the country. There was a great sense of optimism, a feeling that anything was possible. Along with every other aspect of life, the publishing industry was […]

  • Beth Klingenstein on the Arts ~ Prescription Drug Costs ~ News Chat ~ Movie Review: “Last Flag Flying”

    Friday, December 15 – Beth Klingenstein is retiring as director of the North Dakota Council on the Arts. Today she visits with Barb Gravel, host of the Prairie Pulse television show. ~~~ A report on the rising cost of prescription drugs from WNYC’s Mary Harris, as first heard earlier this week on the Takeaway. ~~~ […]

  • Justice John Knauf

    One of the shortest tenures of a North Dakota Supreme Court justice came to an end after less than five months and a nasty election. Governor Elmore Y. Sarles appointed thirty-eight-year-old Stutsman County Judge John Knauf in August of 1906 after Justice Newton Young resigned after eight years on the bench. Knauf won the Republican […]

  • Tri Phan LSS Immigration Services ~ Chef Rosey on Culinary gifts

    Thursday, December 14 – Tri Phan, a refugee himself, is set to retire after 27 years as director of Immigration Services at Lutheran Social Services. He reflects on his career with Ashley Thornberg. ~~~ Shoppers will often pay extra for food grown without genetic modifications or synthetic pesticides, but Harvest Public Media’s Kristofor Husted reports, […]

  • A Very Successful Farmer’s Institute

    On this date in 1900, the Devils Lake Inter-Ocean reported on the Farmer’s Institute held in that community. Attendance was very good in spite of inclement weather. The institute was sponsored by the experimental farm at the North Dakota Agriculture College in Fargo. The college provided the speakers for the institute. Many in the audience […]

  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance ~ Toys for Tots ~ ND Nurses in WWI

    Wednesday, December 13 – Michele Gee from the North Dakota Department of Human Services and Community Options is here to update us on the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). ~~~ Toys for Tots began back in 1947 as a unit of US Marines delivered 5,000 toys to less fortunate children. Today the Marines […]

  • Arrival at Territorial Penitentiary

    For almost sixty thousand dollars, Dakota Territory constructed a penitentiary in Sioux Falls during 1881 and 1882. Territorial Governor Nehemiah Ordway signed the legislation to fund the prison, which was built on eighty-five acres of land. The facility was meant to house between 125 and 150 inmates. Wallace Dow was the architect. He also designed […]

  • Analysis on Jerusalem Decision ~ CP Holiday Train ~ Wind Industry Tax Concerns

    Tuesday, December 12 – President Trump’s announcement that the U.S. will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has created quite a stir. With some perspective on that decision, we share an interview from South Dakota Public Broadcasting with Timothy Schorn, director of International Studies and associate professor of political Science at the University of […]

  • North Dakota Poultry

    North Dakota is known as an agricultural state, a leader in the production of canola, corn, wheat, sunflowers, soybeans, and sugar beets. Beef cattle are also an important commodity, with the state home to more than 950,000 head. So, when it comes to North Dakota agriculture, chickens are not the first thing to come to […]

  • The Psychology of Narcissists ~ Mark Trahant Essay ~ The Future of America’s Political Parties

    Dr. Ilona Jerabek, president of PsychTests, joins us to discuss the fascinating results of their study about narcissist personality disorder – a disorder in which a person has an inflated sense of self-importance. ~~~ Mark Trahant weighs in on the soon-to-be vacant senate seat in Minnesota, which will be open following Sen. Al Franken’s resignation. ~~~ The Takeaway is airing a series […]