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PBS NewsHour anchor Judy Woodruff will moderate Prairie Public debate

Monday, August 27, 2018

FARGO, N.D., August 27, 2018 — “PBS NewsHour” anchor and managing editor Judy Woodruff will be in Prairie Public’s downtown Fargo studio to moderate a debate between North Dakota’s U.S. Senate candidates.

Rep. Kevin Cramer (R) and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D) will debate Friday, October 5, at 7 p.m. (CT), and Prairie Public will broadcast it live on its radio, television, and online network. Woodruff will co-moderate the debate with Prairie Public’s election coverage producer Matt Olien.

Woodruff rejoined the NewsHour in 2007 as a senior correspondent and in September 2013 became co-anchor of the show with the late Gwen Ifill. It was the first time an American network broadcast had been anchored by two women. In March 2018, Woodruff was named the sole anchor of PBS NewsHour.

Woodruff has anchored and co-anchored national news programs on CNN and NBC, as well as PBS, and she has moderated numerous presidential primary debates.

Known as one of the key Senate swing races to watch this year, the North Dakota Senate race has gained heightened national interest. “Clearly this race has potential to be close, and the Senate hangs in the balance. It is an honor to have someone of Judy Woodruff’s stature come to North Dakota to participate in this debate,” said Prairie Public President & CEO John Harris.

Election coverage on Prairie Public is sponsored in part by AARP of North Dakota.




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Prairie Public seeks curious participants

Friday, July 27, 2018

FARGO, N.D., July 27, 2018—Prairie Public is hosting an event in Bismarck that encourages civil discourse. “Ask A … ” is a model used to promote understanding among people with different life experiences and different cultures.


The focus at Prairie Public’s event on August 11 is Native American culture. Participants — either curious askers or Native American answerers — will participate in very short conversations. Similar to speed dating, they’ll switch to the next participant for new questions and answers after an allotted time. The participants eventually come together for more conversation over lunch.


Bill Thomas, director of radio at Prairie Public, said there is still space for askers and answerers, and people can sign up by contacting Prairie Public or visiting the Prairie Public web site. The deadline to sign up is Friday, August 3. The event will be recorded for radio broadcast. “The conversations can have real, state-wide impact in our communities if we share them with our radio listening audience,” he said. “These events break us out of our echo chambers.”


“Ask A Native American” will be August 11, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the North Dakota Heritage Center.


Prairie Public Broadcasting, headquartered in Fargo, is a non-profit member station of PBS and NPR that provides public television services throughout North Dakota, northwestern Minnesota, southern Manitoba, and parts of Montana and South Dakota; public radio service to North Dakota; and educational and technological services to communities and individuals across its coverage area.



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Statement from Prairie Public Broadcasting

Fargo, N.D., July 25, 2018—Prairie Public Broadcasting, Block 9 Partners, and the City of Fargo have been proactive in working together to ensure uninterrupted broadcast of the Prairie Public signal after the Block 9 project is constructed. In cooperation, the organizations have been weighing options together for nearly three years and are ready to take the next steps in implementing a solution.


They have received and reviewed the new information provided by Owl Engineering, a consulting firm hired in April 2018 by the City of Fargo, to examine and recommend technical alternatives. Prairie Public’s engineering team has narrowed the options and will determine which one is best for Prairie Public.


Prairie Public is confident in the feasibility of the options to move forward and is grateful to the Block 9 Partners for solidifying generous offers of financial support to implement the solution of Prairie Public’s choice.


Prairie Public services will continue to broadcast from its home in downtown Fargo.



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2018 political debates

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Prairie Public’s election coverage includes a series of political debates —all live on Prairie Public’s television and radio networks, and streamed live online—and extended candidate interviews on Main Street. Do you have a question you would like to ask the candidates? Submit it here. These debates are made possible by the financial support of AARP North Dakota.

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Political debates to air on Prairie Public’s radio and television network

Contact: Matt Olien 701-239-7576

July 12, 2018—Prairie Public’s election coverage will kick off with a series of political debates moderated by Prairie Public producer Matt Olien and Prairie Public news director Dave Thompson. All the debates will air live on Prairie Public’s television and radio networks, and will also be streamed live online.

North Dakota Public Service Commission A 30-minute debate with moderator TBD, Dave Thompson or Matt Olien.
Casey Buchmann (D) and Brian Kroshus (R)
Tuesday, September 4, live at 7pm

North Dakota Public Service Commission A 30-minute debate with moderator TBD, Dave Thompson or Matt Olien.
Randy Christmann (R) and Jean Brandt (D)
Thursday, September 6, live at 7pm

North Dakota U.S. Senate This one-hour debate will be moderated by Matt Olien.
Rep. Kevin Cramer (R) and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D)
Friday, October 5, live at 7pm

North Dakota Secretary of State This 30-minute debate will be moderated by Matt Olien.
Rep. Joshua Boschee (D) and Sec. of State Al Jaeger (I)
Wednesday, September 12, live at 7pm

North Dakota Congressional This one-hour debate will be moderated by Dave Thompson.
Kelly Armstrong (R) and Mac Schneider (D)
Tuesday, September 11, live at 7pm

Minnesota 7th District Congressional This one-hour debate will be moderated by Matt Olien.
Dave Hughes (R) and Rep. Collin Peterson (D)
Date TBD in October

The debates are sponsored by AARP of North Dakota. Prairie Public will report through the election season with ongoing state and national reporting and analysis—including election night coverage—from NPR, PBS, the Prairie Public radio news team, and online at news.prairiepublic.org.

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Support Television

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Become a supporting member today. Your contribution helps us to bring insights, discoveries, and excitement to the people in our prairie region.

Your membership makes great public television possible. Thank you!

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Prairie Public announces winners of PBS Kids Writers Contest

Monday, May 7, 2018

Fargo, ND, 5/7/2018 – Prairie Public has announced the winners of their 2018 PBS KIDS Writers Contest. Three hundred and thirty local children submitted creative entries, and all received certificates of participation and personalized, positive feedback.

“Every year Prairie Public is a proud host of the writers contest because it underscores our commitment to the success of children,” said Christine McClellan, Prairie Public’s community engagement coordinator.

Judges who evaluated the entries and chose the winners were MSUM Professor Sharon Scapple, retired educator Bev Pearson, Prairie Public volunteer Gen Tougas and the children’s librarians at the Fargo Public Library.

The annual PBS Kids Writers Contest is an initiative designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning. The contest encourages children in grades K-3 to celebrate creativity by submitting their own original stories and illustrations.

Sixteen stories were chosen for first place and red ribbon favorite recognition. The first place stories are available to read at prairiepublic.org.

First Place

Kindergarten – “Alisa the Unicorn” by Kennedy Riggins, Watford City, ND

Grade 1 – “Invisible Sweatpants” by Cole Anderson, Marion, ND

Grade 2 – “The Adventures of Circle and Square” by Caleb Zerr, Grand Forks, ND

Grade 3 – “The Adventures of Chicken” by Jacob Day, Fargo, ND

Red Ribbon Favorites

Kindergarten – “Sparkles Saves the Princess” by Isabella Hernandez, Watford City, ND

Kindergarten – “Sunshine and Rainbow” by Brea Hartley, Center, ND

Kindergarten – “If You Give A Bear Honey” by Asna Omar, Bismarck, ND

Grade 1 – “Max’s Journey Around the World” by Sam Higbie, Underwood, ND

Grade 1 – “The Three Lonely Girls” by Brooke Almond, Sykeston, ND

Grade 1 – “The Lonely Dolphin” by Mya Neis, Carrington, ND

Grade 2 – “Apple and Jill” by Karlesha Holen, Mapleton, ND

Grade 2 – “The Lost Little Jaguar” by Alexandra Krebs, Bismarck, ND

Grade 2 – “Weathergirl vs. Mr. Freeze” by Haedynn Boutain, Goodridge, MN

Grade 3 – “Wings of the Sky” by Katelyn Vetter, Linton, ND

Grade 3 – “Dinosaur King” by Justin Smith, Harvey, ND

Grade 3 – “The Dragon’s Egg” by Hope Gravley, Minot, ND

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‘Women Behind the Plow’ documentary to begin production

Thursday, May 3, 2018

4/25/2018—Production on “Women Behind the Plow,” the 10th documentary of the award-winning Germans from Russia series, is set to begin in May.

Prairie Public Broadcasting, the Tri-County Tourism Alliance and the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection of the NDSU Libraries are partnering in a 60-minute video documentary based on and expanding on the stories in the book, “Women Behind the Plow.” The documentary will share memories of women featured in the book, as well as stories about women today on the farm through five decades beginning with the Great Depression of the 1930s.

More than 20 women will be interviewed for the project. They are all from “German-Russian Country,” a three-county area in south-central North Dakota that includes Emmons, Logan and McIntosh Counties. “It’s an area strong on agriculture, but even stronger on heritage and stories,” said Michael Miller, Germans from Russia Heritage Collection director and bibliographer.

Bob Dambach, co-executive producer at Prairie Public Broadcasting, said, “Camera crews plan to capture video from a number of cultural events, such as the Emmons County Dairy and Ag Day, cattle roundup, dairy farm activities, harvest scenes, and the South Central Threshing Bee in Braddock, North Dakota. The production for filming and interviews will continue until September.”

Following editing and post-production, the documentary is scheduled to be broadcast in March 2019.

“This series has been a wonderful partnership since 1996 with Prairie Public and the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection,” Miller said. “For me personally, in my 51st year at NDSU, this has been a rewarding experience to share the rich heritage and culture of our Germans from Russia in North Dakota.”

Currently, an 18-panel exhibit, titled “Women Behind the Plow,” has been traveling the state, celebrating the contributions of German-Russian women on farms and in rural communities. The Tri-County Tourism Alliance will produce a “Women Behind the Plow” catalogue to showcase the photographic exhibit and the interviews for the book and documentary. The catalogue also is set to be available in March 2019.

The documentary will be broadcast in North Dakota, Manitoba, western Montana and eastern Minnesota on Prairie Public at least 12 times in its initial year. “Women Behind the Plow” also will be aired on public television stations throughout Minnesota on the Minnesota Channel and offered to all public broadcasting stations in North America. Michael Miller, GRHC Heritage Collection

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Index of Main Street shows Jan-Apr 2018

Monday, April 30, 2018

4652 – Wednesday, January 10 – From The Cutting Ed Podcast, host Tom Gerhardt speaks with Cory Steiner about customized learning. Steiner is superintendent at Northern Cass. The school is piloting a three-year program aimed at meeting students where they’re at. ~~~ Millions of people are unable to control their eating, says Joan Ifland, PhD. She calls it a food addiction, with a cycle of craving, overeating, remorse and self-loathing. She joins us to discuss the problem and how to break the cycle.

4653 – Thursday, January 11 – UND’s two most prominent women’s hockey players of all time are twin sisters Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux. They’re two-time Olympic silver medalists, and now they’re heading back to the Olympics. Jocelyne joins us by phone from Florida. ~~~ It’s been almost a year now since the Dakota Access Pipeline got the go-ahead for completion. On June 1st, the crude oil began flowing, and since then, the pipeline has leaked at least five times, though the spills were relatively small, ranging from a 20 gallon leak in North Dakota to 168 gallons in Illinois. In a story from today’s Takeaway show, reporter Alleen Brown, with The Intercept, shares a closer look at the impact of those spills. ~~~ Commentary from UND professor Mark Trahant on the controversial Trump nominee to head the Indian Health Services, 39-year-old Robert Weaver, a member of Quapaw tribe. ~~~ Chef Tim Rosendahl of Rosey’s Bistro is here with this week’s food topic. ~~~ Doug and Ashley have our What’s Happening calendar of events.

4654 – Friday, January 12 – Jack Russell Weinstein is a UND philosophy professor and the host of “Why? Philosophical Discussions about Everyday Life.” He stops by to preview this Sunday’s episode of “Why?” when he visits with Al Gini, a professor of business ethics at Loyola University in Chicago. ~~~ A Plains Folk essay from from NDSU history professor Tom Isern: “To Advance the Interest of Stock Growers.” ~~~ Our Friday chat with news director Dave Thompson. ~~~ Matt Olien is here with this week’s movie review.

Monday, January 15 – Dr. Peter Huff will be speaking at this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration in Bismarck.  He’s professor of theology at the University of Mary in Bismarck. ~~~~ The Kitchen Sisters, Davia Nelson & Nikki Silva, bring us a profile of Georgia Gilmore, a fearless cook who secretly fed — and funded — The Civil Rights Movement. ~~~ Rozanne Junker has written “Renatus’ Kayak:  A Labrador Inuk, An American G.I. and a Secret World War II Weather Station.”  Rozanne is originally from Hamilton, ND.  The discovery of the secret weather station came about when her uncle, Woody Belsheim (originally from Turtle Lake) began telling of his war experiences.  The discovery of the weather station was a complete surprise to Canadian archaeologists and historians.

4656 – Tuesday, January 16 – Paul Connors, the Canadian Consul General to Minneapolis, spoke to the Chamber of Commerce in Bismarck last week, and he also sat down with news director Dave Thompson. ~~~ NDSU history professor Tom Isern shares a Plains Folk essay titled “Homesteading.” ~~~ The Cass Clay Food Commission is the only commission of its kind in North Dakota. It works to help communities have strong food systems. That might mean healthy food at high schools or researching what laws protect people and animals. Abby Gold is on the commission’s steering committee. ~~~ There’s a move in North Dakota to overhaul our schools. That’s the focus of today’s excerpt from The Cutting Ed Podcast. Host Tom Gerhardt speaks with Kirsten Baesler. She’s the superintendent of the Department of Public Instruction.

4657 – Wednesday, January 17 – What are the possible effects for learning via screen time for toddlers? Findings on this topic by Dr. Gabrielle Strouse will be published in next month’s issue of the “Journal of Experimental Child Psychology.” Strouse is an assistant professor in the division of counseling and psychology at the University of South Dakota, and she visits with Lori Walsh, of South Dakota Public Broadcasting’s “In The Moment.” ~~~ UND Journalism Professor Mark Trahant shares an essay on the costs of global warming. ~~~ We’re at the beginning of a new farm bill cycle, when Congress maps out how to spend upward of $500 billion on food and farm programs over the next five years. It comes as the U.S. Department of Agriculture is being restructured and the nation’s farm economy continues its downward slide. Harvest Public Media’s Amy Mayer explains what’s at stake. ~~~ The Pembina Gorge Foundation seeks to preserve and enhance the experience of the Pembina Gorge and the wider northeast North Dakota area. The foundation is still in its formative stages, and one of the big projects undertaken is management of the Frost Fire ski area. Kristi Mishler Wilfahrt is the interim director and co-founder of the foundation.

4658 – Thursday, January 18 – Rae Katherine Eighmey is an award-winning author, food historian, and cook. Her latest is “Stirring the Pot with Benjamin Franklin: A Founding Father’s Culinary Adventures.” ~~~ Dave Thompson joins us to reflect upon the legacy of John Andrist, publisher and legislator. ~~~ Chef Tim Rosendahl of Rosey’s Bistro in Fargo is here for a discussion of lemons. ~~~ Doug and Ashley have our What’s Happening calendar of events.

4659 – Friday, January 19 – We’ll learn about the proposed refinery for western North Dakota as we visit with Laura Grzanic of the Badlands Area Resource Council, and PSC commissioner Julie Fedorchak. ~~~ News director Dave Thompson joins us with our weekly discussion of the latest headlines. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews “Molly’s Game” and Paddington 2.”

4660 – Monday, January 22 – In another episode of the Cutting Ed podcast, host Tom Gerhardt visit with Kayla Delzer, a third-grade teacher in Mapleton, North Dakota.  She recently received the Global Hundred Award, honoring her ideas on reimagining education, and the New York Times has called her “one of the tech-savviest teachers in the United States.” Delzer grew up in Lakota, North Dakota, where both of her parents were teachers. ~~~ The 7pm re-broadcast of Main Street  will be preempted tonight through Thursday for Beyond #MeToo, a national conversation about sexual harassment from WNYC.  The series explores how to address the problem in many areas of life … the executive suite, the factory floor, high school hallways and the halls of government. First night host Jami Floyd joins us with a preview.

4661 – Tuesday, January 23 – Highlights and discussion regarding governor Doug Burgum’s State of the State address. Joining us to discuss the address is news director Dave Thompson. Also along with a Democratic response is Senator Joan Heckaman District 23, New Rockford. ~~~ Last week we discussed the proposed Davis Refinery with landowner Laura Grzanic and PSC commissioner Julie Fedorchak. Today we hear from Meridian Energy CEO William Prentice.

4662 – Wednesday, January 24 – Jode Freyholtz-London, founder and executive director of Wellness in the Woods in Verndale, Minnesota, presented to landlords today in Fargo on the subject of mental health first aid. The idea is to help landlords deal with tenants who experience a crisis. She joins us to share some of that advice. ~~~ Commentary from Bruce Berg: “The Good Congress.” ~~~ Advanced biofuels are touted as the next step beyond corn-based ethanol. They’re also supposed to bring jobs to rural communities and provide additional revenue for farmers.  Harvest Public Media’s Amy Mayer visits a cellulosic production plant to see what’s working and what’s still a challenge. ~~~ The University of Mary has published “Open Secrets of Success: The Gary Tharaldson Story.” Gary is North Dakota’s wealthiest man, an rags-to-riches story. The book is just out, and joining us is the author, Patrick McCloskey, director of research and publications at the University of Mary.

4663 – Thursday, January 25 – This week’s Prairie Pulse television show is hosted by Matt Olien. Joining him is Greg Carlson, director of film studies and media activities at Concordia College, for a discussion of current trends in the movie industry and the art of movie reviewing. ~~~ Also from this week’s Prairie Pulse show, a “Lines and Notes” performance by pianist Teri Manno and poet Kevin Zepper. They combine music and poetry in this piece called “Cup of Twilight.” ~~~ A Plains Folk essay from NDSU history professor Tom Isern titled “Dauntless.” ~~~ Chuck Lura shares a Natural North Dakota essay on the upcoming trifecta of supermoon, blue moon, and partial eclipse. ~~~ Chef Tim Rosendahl joins us to discuss cabbage. ~~~ Doug is joined by Prairie Public outreach coordinator Christine McClellan for this week’s What’s Happening calendar of events.

4664 – Friday, January 26 – The American Lung Association has released a “State of Tobacco Control” report, which looks at each state’s progress in addressing the use of tobacco. Here to discuss the situation in North Dakota is Reba Mathern-Jacobson, director of tobacco control for the Lung Association in North Dakota. ~~~ Over the winter months, farmers are talking to their bankers to find out if they’ll receive the loans they need to buy things like seeds and fertilizer. Some will hear “no,” despite government efforts make more money available. Harvest Public Media’s Grant Gerlock has the story of one family in Nebraska struggling to save the farm.~~~ News director Dave Thompson is here with a discussion of the latest headlines. ~~~ Matt Olien joins us to review “Shape of Water, Call me by Your Name, and he’ll also comment on the Academy Award nominations, which came out earlier this week.

4665 – Monday, January 29 – UND recently hosted a Three Minute Thesis Competition, an event that requires students to explain their research in just three minutes – in an engaging, and accessible and compelling way. Here with some highlights and to explain the purpose of the event is Dr. Grant McGimpsey, UND vice president for research & economic development. ~~~ Harriett Skye, a pioneering Sioux woman who paved the way for Native Americans and hosted an unprecedented TV program in Bismarck, has died at age 86. In 2016, she joined the inaugural class of inductees into the North Dakota Native American Hall of Honor. Today we share the audio from a piece produced by Makoche studios of Bismarck to highlight the honorees. We hear from Dr. David Gipp, Dennis Neuman, and Avis Little Eagle. ~~~ The Minnesota State Auctioneer Association held its 30th annual meeting recently in Moorhead – complete with an auction competition. Ashley Thornberg couldn’t resist checking out that contest. ~~~ Minot State University professor Hasan Buker and student Mandy Herberholz join us to discuss “Sex Offenders in Prisons.” That’s the title of their contribution to a new book titled “Lockdown Nation: An Encyclopedia of Controversies and Trends in American Prisons.”

4666 – Tuesday, January 30 – In another episode from the Cutting Ed podcast, host Tom Gerhardt visits with state senator Erin Oban, who represents District 35. She serves on the Education Committee and is chair of the Education Policy Committee. They discuss education innovation from a policy standpoint. ~~~ A report from Harvest Public Media on labor issues that may be exacerbated by immigration policies. Fran Morris has the story. ~~~ UND professor Mark Trahant comments on the importance of a native narrative in an essay titled “Sovereignty.” ~~~ Tom Isern has this week’s Plains Folk essay, which is titled “History of a Pure Sort.” ~~~ Speaking of history, in 1976, the Associated Press commissioned three of its top journalists to write a month-by-month account of America in 1776 for the bicentennial. Now, more than 40 years later, it’s being made available to the general public. Tomorrow the 31st, it will be released as a monthly serial in text and enhanced audio by Serial Box. Joining us to discuss this project is Serial Box CEO Molly Barton.

4667 – Wednesday, January 31 – Christina Dymock, author of “The Chocolate Lover’s Cookbook” helps us kick off our Short and Sweet membership drive, which features the popular chocolate truffles from Nichole’s Fine Pastry. ~~~ From this week’s Prairie Pulse television show, host Barb Gravel visits with Brent Ekstrom, executive director of the Lewis and Clark Development Group. ~~~ Chuck Lura shares a Natural North Dakota essay on “River Otters.”


4668 – Thursday, February 1 – “Beer in the Climate Crosshairs” is a report by Ari LeVaux of the Food & Environment Reporting Network. It explains how the growing frequency of hot, dry weather and powerful storms is wreaking havoc on barley farmers. Both growers and brewers are facing a volatile future as researchers race to develop strains that can better withstand the new climate realities. ~~~ Chef Tim Rosendahl is here with this week’s food topic as he discusses his work in Minneapolis helping with Super Bowl food logistics. ~~~ Doug and Christine McClellan have our What’s Happening calendar of events.


4669 – Friday, February 2 – Montana natives Keir Graff and James Grady have contributed to, and curated, a collection of hard-edged Western tales for “Montana Noir,” the latest in a noir series from Akashic Books. ~~~ News director Dave Thompson is here with this week’s discussion of the latest headlines. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews “The Post” and “Phantom Thread.”

4670 – Monday, February 5 – Giving Hearts Day is this Thursday – a daylong fundraising for charities across the region. This week, we’re highlighting a few of the participating organizations. The Longspur Prairie Fund is dedicated to protecting native plants, animals, habitats, and their ecologies. We visit with founder Peter Schultz. ~~~ Harvest Public Media’s Erica Hunzinger reports on the early political process regarding the 2018 Farm Bill. ~~~ Sonja Jenson earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science in 1977. She was soon working as an independent, custom programmer, which led to her work with Prairie Public Broadcasting to develop fundraising software. This soon became Allegiance Software, a company serving non-profit organizations around the country. On the occasion of her retirement, she joins us to discuss her career as one of the early women in the field of computer science.

4671 – Tuesday, February 6 – We visit with Paul Sum, UND professor and department chair in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration; and Mike Jacobs, former editor and publisher of the Grand Forks Herald, and current columnist for the Herald. They recently hosted a conversation at UND titled “What is Good Government in North Dakota. They join us to reprise that discussion. ~~~ Chuck Lura shares a Natural North Dakota essay on the Missouri River. ~~~ Dan Hendrickson of the Better Business Bureau joins us to discuss the state’s complaint and inquiry statistics for 2017.

4672 – Wednesday, February 7 – Bridging the Dental Gap serves patients struggling to afford proper dental care in the Bismarck area. It’s one of the many charities participating in Giving Hearts Day. We visit with Mary Tello-Pool, president of the board of directors. ~~~ Author Tory Christie is a scientist and the author of the Curious McCarthy series for children. She’s Barb Gravel’s guest on this week’s Prairie Pulse. ~~~ There’s a new federal mandate for truckers to electronically track the number of hours they’re on the road, but livestock haulers say it could put animals at risk and lead to more expensive meat. For Harvest Public Media, Ben Kuebrich reports. ~~~ One of the most famous women in professional poker is Annie Duke. Using the lessons of poker, she’s become a decision strategist and leadership consultant. Her approach has culminated in a book titled, “Thinking in Bets, Making Smarter Decisions When You Don’t Have All the Facts.”

4673 – Thursday, February 8 – Ashley Thornberg gets an insider’s perspective on the Mardi Gras, on location in New Orleans with Minnesota expatriate Melissa Kossick-Anderson. ~~~ The regional rounds of the National Trial Competition is taking place in North Dakota this weekend. Here to tell us about it is Kathryn Rand, dean of the UND School of Law; and Lori Conroy, assistant Clay County attorney. ~~~ Chuck Lura shares a Natural North Dakota essay on The Great Backyard Bird Count. ~~~ Chef Tim Rosendahl joins us with this week’s food topic, eggnog. ~~~ Doug and Ashley have our What’s Happening calendar of events.

4674 – Friday, February 9 – UND philosophy professor Jack Russell Weinstein joins us to preview this month’s WHY radio show when he visits with Kieran Setiya from MIT’s department of linguistics and philosophy for a show titled “A Philosophical Look at the Midlife Crisis.” ~~~ New director Dave Thompson. ~~~ We’re off to the movies for our weekly chat with reviewer Matt Olien. Today we get his take on “I, Tonya.”

4675 – Monday, February 12 – Kellam Barta, a member of the NDSU English department, joins us to preview his Science Café talk titled, “Why Do People Talk Different?” (Or should that be “Differently?”)  We’ll discuss the phenomenon of varied pronunciation, word choice, and grammatical structures that occur across the country. ~~~ In this week’s Trahant Reports, Mark Trahant, UND journalism professor, writes about how Indian Country is consistently left out of national policy.  ~~~ The US women won their first hockey game 3 to 1 over Finland yesterday. UND alum Monique Lamoureux scored the first goal for the US. She skates on the same line as twin sister Jocelyne, who we spoke with last month. With more on the outlook for the US women’s team, we share a piece from this morning’s Takeaway show. ~~~ In an excerpt from the Cutting Ed podcast, host Tom Gerhardt visits with state senator Nicole Poolman. Nicole is also a teacher at Century High School in Bismarck, and the prime sponsor of the education innovation bill passed by the state legislature.

4676 – Tuesday, February 13 – Horticulturist Ron Smith joins us with a valentine discussion of flowers, what the various flower colors mean, the impact of gifting on Valentines Day. He’ll even chime in on chocolate and wine. ~~~ A study from the University of Minnesota focuses on teens and gender. Nic Rider, post-doctoral fellow at the university visits with NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro. ~~~ Are kids vulnerable to intentionally addictive technology? Two groups, “Common Sense” and the “Center for Humane Technology,” have initiated a campaign called “Truth About Tech,” advocating for more research into the health effects of technology and a standard for ethical design. Joining us is Colby Zintl, vice president for external affairs with Common Sense.


4677 – Wednesday, February 14 – Fragrance and Frames is a new program that uses the combination of art therapy and essential oils to help participants with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. It has produced observable improvement in hand steadiness, handwriting, and anxiety. Joining us to discuss this interesting approach is Amy Miller, director of memory care for Touchmark senior living in Bismarck. ~~~ Harvest Public Media’s Kristofor Hustad looks at the money in the farm bill legislation earmarked for protecting natural resources. ~~~ Attention musicians, NPR’s All Songs Considered is hosting another Tiny Desk Contest. We re-air a conversation with creator Bob Boilen. ~~~~ It’s Valentine’s Day. Dacher Keltner is professor of psychology at UC Berkeley, and the host of The Science of Happiness. He visits with The Takeaway’s Tanzina Vega about how answering a specific set of 36 questions can foster feelings of friendship and intimacy. ~~~ Speaking of intimacy, we read a couple highlights from the Valentine’s Day cards from our Short and Sweet truffle drive.

Thursday, February 15 – Churches reflect a history of people, architecture, and more. We learn about the St. John the Divine Episcopal Church in Moorhead, MN with longtime parishioner Barbara Glasrud. She visits with Barb Gravel on this week’s Prairie Pulse. ~~~ TV writers are capitalizing on nostalgia with reboots and revivals of old shows. That means a lot of all white casts coming back during a revolution in TV diversity. The Takeaway’s Tanzina Vega talks with Jeff Yang, a journalist and co-host of the podcast “They Call Us Bruce. ~~~ Chef Rosey serves up boiled peanuts. ~~~~ Doug and Ashley have our What’s Happening calendar of events.

Friday, February 16 – North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum campaigned in part on a platform to revitalize the state’s small towns. The Main Street Summit was held this week in Bismarck. We learn how it went and where people go from here with Sandy McMerty with the ND Department of Commerce. ~~~ Chuck Lura shares a Natural North Dakota essay on the state’s surface geology. ~~~ Historian Tom Isern shares a Plains Folk essay, “Inheriting the Earth.” ~~~ News Director Dave Thompson joins us for our weekly news debrief. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews “The Greatest Showman.”

Monday, February 19 – On this Presidents’ Day, we look at how President Abraham Lincoln discovered humor and how jokes and tall tales helped him to make a point. In a piece from WUIS in Illinois, we hear from Paul Zall, author of the book Abe Lincoln Laughing; James Cornelius, curator of the Lincoln Collection at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum’ and Richard “Fritz” Klein, a Lincoln impersonator. ~~~ Just because there hasn’t been a female US president, doesn’t mean women are not leaders. We revisit a conversation with Dr. Faith Wambura Ngunjiri,  the director of the Concordia College Lorentzsen Center for Faith and Work. She edited and wrote for: “Women as Global Leaders.”

Tuesday, February 20 – Janakate Walker is with Project LAUNCH. It helps children on the Standing Rock Reservation reach physical, social, emotional, behavioral, and cognitive health. Walker is a Young Child Wellness Coordinator and Behavioral Health Support Specialist. ~~~ Tom Isern shares a Plains Folk essay, “The Ransom of Fanny Kelly.” ~~~ Economist Stephen Moore delivered the keynote address at an economic outlook forum today in Fargo. He gives us a snapshot on the national economy, and how it affects North Dakota’s economy.

Wednesday, February 21 – Fintan Dooley is a land and mineral rights attorney. He’s also a member of the Salted Lands Council. He works to strike a balance between the needs of the oil industry, and the preservation of the land. ~~~ Today is International Mother Language Day, celebrating diversity and variety. Dr. Sayeed Sajal is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Minot State University. He shares how MSU observes this day. ~~~ Crop diversification was the name of the game at the Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society’s annual conference. Charlie Johnson of Madison, SD practices what he preaches. We visit with the NPSAS past president about diversification on his organic farm.

Thursday, February 22 – Bill Caraher is the new editor and publisher of North Dakota Quarterly. He visits with Bill Thomas about the most recent issue. It’s the first one out since UND’s budget cuts for NDQ took effect. ­~~~ Natural North Dakota’s Chuck Lura talks about juniper berries. ~~~ Chef Rosey takes the juniper berry ball and runs with it. ~~~ Doug and Ashley have our What’s Happening calendar of events.

Friday, February 23 – Increasingly, women are the owners of farmland, but it’s often rented out without taking advantage of conservation programs, even when conservation may be of interest to the owner. To help women landowners understand their options and overcome barriers, the American Farmland Trust has launched an initiative called “Women for the Land.” Joining us with the details is Jennifer Filipiak, Midwest director for the American Farmland Trust, and Cayla Bendel from Pheasants Forever. She’s the agency’s women in conservation coordinator for North Dakota. ~~~ In this week’s Prairie Pulse television show, Nick Bauroth, associate professor in political science at NDSU, discusses the upcoming senate race in North Dakota.  ~~~ News Director Dave Thompson joins us for our weekly news debrief. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews “Black Panther.”

Monday, February 26 – It’s been a dry winter for most of the U.S. That’s raising concerns about a repeat of 2012’s drought, the worst since the Dust Bowl that cost farmers, ranchers and governments $30 billion. Harvest Public Media’s Madelyn Beck reports on the early signs of drought ~~~~ We continue the drought conversation with Dave Archer, a research leader with the Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory in Mandan. ~~~ Natural North Dakota essayist Chuck Lura tells us about the year of the bird. ~~~ “First Daughter and the Black Snake” chronicles activist Winona LaDuke and her family and they fight the Sandpiper oil pipeline from cutting through reservations and lakes in northern Minnesota. The film is showing in Detroit Lakes on Wednesday. Winona LaDuke joins us, along with filmmaker Keri Pickett

Tuesday, February 27 – A film made in western North Dakota is premiering on Wednesday. The Badlands Girl is a 20-minute short film from filmmaker and University of Mary theatre director Dan Bielinski. We’ll hear from him, and Gracie Burns, a student who worked on the film. ~~~ Allen “Jack” Kleinsasser is the author of a two-volume memoir of his life in the Dakotas. They’re a series of short essays, glimpses into life in the past. He has recorded a few of those essays for us, and today we hear “Winter Months.” ~~~ Tom Isern follows up on last week’s Plains Folk essay about the ransom of Fanny Kelly with “The Captivity of Fanny Kelly.” ~~~ From The Cutting Ed podcast, we learn about flex mod scheduling with Tom Schmidt, principal at Legacy High School in Bismarck.

Wednesday, February 28 – Myriad Mobile developed the app Bushel to help farmers get real-time information. The app won a $20,000 ag innovation prize. We hear from Myriad Mobile CEO Jake Joraanstad. ~~~ Local or shipped long distances, organic or conventional … fresh fruits and vegetables are packed with vitamins, minerals and other nutrients our bodies need. Farmers’ decisions can affect how healthy our food is, but Harvest Public Media’s Amy Mayer says it’s hard to measure their precise impact. ~~~ From Morning Edition, we visit the home club of the US Men’s Curling team, which took gold in South Korea. ~~~ It’s almost time for the Fargo Film Festival. It’s the largest film festival in the region. Festival Director Emily Beck is John Harris’ guest on this week’s Prairie Pulse.

Thursday, March 1 – Think and Drink is an effort from the North Dakota Humanities Council to get people together for lively, intelligent conversation. They host discussions in Bismarck and Minot. We learn more with Kayla Schmidt, the program coordinator, and Ellie Shockley, PhD, the moderator for the Bismarck events.  ~~~ Mark Trahant commentary. ~~~ Chef Rosey on Spam.

Friday, March 2 – It’s time for our monthly Editors’ Roundtable. Our guests are Prairie Public News Director Dave Thompson, KFYR Managing Editor and Anchor Monica Hannan, and Tony Bender, owner of Redhead Publishing, which prints the Ashley Tribune and the Wishek Star. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews “Hostiles.”

4690 – Monday, March 5 – Ehren Tool is an artist and veteran. The marine served in the Gulf War and now makes ceramic cups telling other veteran’s stories. He’s working with Project UNPACK, an oral history project focusing on veterans. Also joining us is Josh Zeis, lead artist for the project. ~~~ South Dakota artist Dick Termes practices a unique and captivating style of painting, creating optical illusions on spheres. He is traveling to Bismarck to work with students and install a permanent piece at Bismarck State College.

4691 – Tuesday, March 6 – Randi Kay Olson joins us to discuss her new e-book on cultivating self love. Her self-care blog can be found at naturallyrandikay.com. ~~~ NDSU history professor Tom Isern shares a Plains Folk essay titled “Reading the Plains.” ~~~ Prairie Public Director of Radio Bill Thomas attended the North Dakota Poetry Out Loud competition in Bismarck. He shares a few of his favorite poems.

4692 – Wednesday, March 7 – Bismarck State College alumna Kari Warberg Block started the EarthKind company, offering natural methods for pest control. She shares her experiences as a female entrepreneur. ~~~ The White House is laying out ideas to revive rural areas. Grant Gerlock reports for Harvest Public Media. ~~~ The late historian Elywn Robinson wrote The History of North Dakota, a book that turned out to be important even outside the state. Robinson is the remembered in a new exhibit at UND. NDSU History Professor Dr. Tom Isern weighs in on Robinson’s legacy.

4693 – Thursday, March 8 – What role does a library play in capturing history? Mark Holman is the library director at Sitting Bull College on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. The reservation was the site of the Dakota Access Pipeline protest, which captured international attention in 2017. He spoke with Lisa Johnson at KUMD in Duluth about A presentation he put together, “Standing Rock: A Librarian’s Response.” ~~~ First Friday at B is a monthly meet-up about food and food issues. Yoke Sim Gunaratne is the executive director of Cultural Diversity Resources. She spoke at March’s event about the relationship between her work helping immigrants, and the need for healthy food systems. ~~~ Chuck Lura shares a Natural North Dakota essay titled “The Great American Desert.” ~~~ U-S farmers send more than 170-million hogs to market each year. That’s a lot of ham and bacon. To breed for that amount of pork, farmers rely on artificial insemination. As Harvest Public Media’s Amy Mayer reports, it’s an international industry based in biology… and groceries. ~~~ Chef Tim Rosendahl is here to discuss smelt, a popular Great Lakes fish. ~~~ Ashley and Bill Thomas have our What’s Happening calendar of events.

4694 – Friday, March 9 – UND philosophy professor Jack Weinstein previews this month’s episode of WHY? Philosophical Discussions about Everyday Life when he’ll visit with cartoonist and comics theorist Scott McCloud. We also learn about the philosophy for senior discussion group he leads in Grand Forks. ~~~ News director Dave Thompson stops by to discuss the latest headlines. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews “Game Night,” and he’ll also recap the Oscar awards.

4695 – Monday, March 12 – At the suggestion of a “furry” listener who attended the 2017 Midwest FurFest in Illinois, we visit with a featured speaker at that event, Joe Strike, author of “Furry Nation.” He joins us to discuss furry fandom, a subculture of people interested in animal characters with human personalities and characteristics. ~~~ Tom Isern has this week’s Plains Folk essay, “History as Public Good.” ~~~ On this “National Arts Advocacy Day,” we take the occasion to introduce Kim Konikow, the new executive director of the North Dakota Council on the Arts. ~~~ We also hear another poem from this year’s Poetry Out Loud event as Bailey Boehler of Lisbon performs “Battlefield” by Mark Turcotte.

4696 – Tuesday, March 13 – Amanda the Great is an online comic strip created by Amanda El-Dweek of Watford City. She joins us to discuss the art of expression through comics and the opportunities for online publishing. ~~~ Allan Kleinsasser shares another essay from his memoir, “Memories of Dakota Jack.” Today’s essay is titled “Long Way from Home.” ~~~ Chuck Lura has this week’s Natural North Dakota essay, “Earth’s Axis on Tilt.” ~~~ The U-S is expected to eat a record amount of red meat and poultry this year.  As harvest Public Media’s Peggy Lowe reports, the reasons are both healthy…and not so healthy. ~~~ This Saturday is St. Patrick’s Day, a time when Ron Smith starts to gear up for the gardening season. He joins us to help inspire you for the coming of spring!

4697 – Wednesday, March 14 – Kirsten Baesler, the ND superintendent of the Department of Public Instruction, joins us to discuss a number of issues facing education in the state. ~~~ EdCamp North Dakota is a professional development opportunity for educators with a unique twist, with the participants determining the agenda. Prairie Public’s Darcy Bakkegard joins us to explain. ~~~ Continuing on an education theme, we share another excerpt from the Cutting Ed podcast as host Tom Gerhardt visits with Tom Klapp, Northern Cass teacher of the year and finalist for ND teacher of the year. ~~~ Nationally, the secretary of education is Betsy DeVos. In this morning’s Takeaway show, heard on selected Prairie Public stations, host Todd Zwillich visited with Liz Willen, the editor-in-chief of The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit news education outlet focused on innovation and inequality in education. She assess DeVos’s first year.

Thursday, March 15 – Lutheran Social Services is sponsoring a conference for people who work with refugees. Joining us to discuss the “Building Bridges” conference, is Shirley Dykshoorn, vice president for senior and humanitarian services at LSS. ~~~ Montana filmmaker Casey Anderson’s newest film “The Mountain Lion and Me” debuted this week on the Smithsonian Channel. Anderson is best-known as a host and explorer on Nat Geo Wild. He discusses the making of the film with Maxine Speier of Montana Public Radio. ~~~ Commentary from Jamestown’s Bruce Berg: “USA.” ~~~ In this week’s segment with Chef Tim Rosendahl, we’re talking about cold smoking. ~~~ Our What’s Happening calendar of events shares some highlights of coming activities.

4699 – Friday, March 16 – In Japan, March is the time of the girls festival, called Hina Matsuri.  As part of that, many households and public places set up a symbolic display of dolls.  Bill Thomas talks with Vern Hunter of the Northern Plains Botanic Garden Society about a doll display given to the society by a city in Japan, in connection with the creation of a Japanese garden here. ~~~ A report on the advantage of finding a niche when it comes to community supported agriculture in this piece from Harvest Public Media’s Madelyn Beck. ~~~ Our weekly news chat with Dave Thompson. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews “A Wrinkle in Time.”

4700 – Monday, March 19 – Hidden Wounds is a new book exploring life after combat. Wahpeton writer Robert “Tully” Chambers, a retired trauma surgeon, had a couple goals in mind: he wanted a strong female lead; and he wanted to help readers understand the complicated world of PTSD. ~~~ Tom Isern shares a Plains Folk column, “Dead Buffalo Lake.” ~~~ Bill Thomas visits with David Grann, one of the featured guests at this year’s writers’ conference at UND. Grann is author of “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI,” which was a finalist for the National Book Award and named one of the best books of 2017.

4701 – Tuesday, March 20 – Rich Sommers grew up in Minnesota, went to Concordia College in Moorhead, starred in the hit TV show Mad Men, and now he’s coming for the Fargo Film Festival for the screening of “A Crooked Somebody,” in which he plays Michael Vaughn, a self-professed psychic who gets himself into a world of trouble. ~~~ Meet cellist Diego Rodriguez, acclaimed performer, conductor and educator. Originally from Venezuela he’s currently studying and teaching at UND. On April 6th, he’ll perform music written entirely by North Dakotan and inspired by North Dakota. Also joining us is one of the composers, Matthew Lorenz. He grew up in Fargo, is a classically trained pianist, and “a growing artistic presence in the Grand Forks community and the Midwest at large.”

Wednesday, March 21 – Bill Thomas visits with Jamie Parsley, associate poet laureate of North Dakota. They discuss his newest collection of poetry, “Only Then” from Pilgrim Soul Press. ~~~ Another excerpt from the Cutting Ed podcast as Tom Gerhardt visits with Oakes superintendent Kraig Steinhoff and principal Brandon Bata about their switch to flex mod scheduling. ~~ Allison Veselka is an assistant curator at the Barnes County Museum. For over a year, she’s been working on a research project called North Dakota Women at War. Tomorrow she’ll be presenting stories from her research as part of the Barnes County Historical Society Lecture Series. She joins us with a preview.

Thursday, March 22 – Filmmaker Andrew Kightlinger joins us to discuss “Tater Tot & Patton” a drama shot in South Dakota that makes its North Dakota premier tomorrow at the Fargo Film Festival. ~~~ Chuck Lura shares a Natural North Dakota essay about porcupines and salt. ~~~ Chef Tim Rosendahl is here with this week’s food topic. ~~~ Ashley and Erik Deatherage have this week’s What’s Happening calendar of events.

Friday, March 23 – Tim and Christine Baumann, co-directors of the International Music Camp near Dunseith, North Dakota are here to preview this summer’s activities at the camp. ~~~ Bill Thomas attended the UND Writers Conference on Thursday. Today he shares an excerpt from one of the panel discussions. The theme was “Art and Politics,” and we hear from writers Nicholas Galanin, Marlon James, and Lauren Markham. ~~~ Our weekly news chat with Dave Thompson. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews “A Fantastic Woman.”

Monday, March 26 – More from the UND Writers’ Conference panel discussion on “Art and Politics” with Nicholas Galanin, Marlon James, and Lauren Markham. We also share an interview as Bill Thomas sits down with Lauren Markham. ~~~ Over the weekend, hundreds of thousands of people protested and demonstrated against gun violence. We hear from two participants who attended the Moms Demand Action FM event. ~~~ Bob Dambach, director of television, joins us with a preview of a new Prairie Public documentary, “Coal, Engine of Change.” It looks at the history and future of coal.

Tuesday, March 27 – Heart disease and stroke can be major issues, especially if they’re not treated right away. We share an excerpt from this week’s Prairie Pulse television show as John Harris visits with Sanford doctors Michael Manchak and Thomas Haldis about signs of heart disease and stroke. ~~~ The Virginia State Home for Epileptics and Feebleminded is the name of a book by Molly McCully Brown.  She is a poet and she was at the UND Writer’s Conference, which this year was themed Truth and Lies. She talked with Bill Thomas about her poetry based on a real place, and the practice of eugenics that went on there.

Wednesday, March 28 – Gaelynn Lea of Duluth, winner of the 2016 Tiny Desk Concert competition, performs tonight in Fargo. She stops by our studio to tell us how life has changed in the wake of all the national attention she’s received. ~~~ Wish Fast, a superhero walk/run in support of Make-A-Wish North Dakota, started out as a student project. It’s now in its fifth year, and takes place in 4 towns across the state. Here to tell us all about it is Nick Vculek. ~~~ Bill Thomas shares another except from a panel discussion at the UND Writers Conference.

Thursday, March 29 – UND journalism professor Mark Trahant is moving on, having accepted a new job as editor of Indian Country Today. But before he goes, he’ll be participating in a symposium on the Standing Rock pipeline protests that sparked conversations on campus about academic freedom. He joins us to discuss his new job and offers a preview of the symposium. ~~~ A Plains Folk essay from from Tom Isern titled” “Stoney Lake.” ~~~ Matt Olien has this week’s movie review, “Unsane.” ~~~ Chef Tim Rosendahl tells us about a big change in his life as he heads east to the mountains of Georgia. ~~~ Doug and Ashley have our What’s Happening calendar of events.

Friday, March 30 – Fasten your seat belts and pass the chicken soup! Main Street is preempted for Gabriel Award-winning “Passover Dreams” featuring Melissa Leo, winner of the 2011 Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.

4709 – Monday, April 2 – It’s time for our monthly Editors Roundtable show. In addition to news director Dave Thompson, we visit with Jim Olson, news director for KXMC in Minot; and Joe Radske of KVRR-TV in Fargo. ~~~ Tom Isern shares a Plains Folk essay, “Gregarious Geeese.”

4710 – Tuesday, April 3 – Bill Thomas joins us with a conversation about art provoking discomfort, an excerpt of a panel discussion with writers Nicholas Galanin, Marlon James, and Lauren Markham. On a second theme, the authors discuss the research required for the work they do. ~~~ Chuck Lura shares a Natural North Dakota essay about Scoria. ~~~ A grand opening is coming up for the Northwest Arts Center and the Walter Piehl Gallery at Minot State. Here to tell us about this new facility Avis Veikley, director of the Northwest Arts Center. ~~~ Matt Williams is the CEO of Knowledge Works, a organization providing students with personalized learning experiences. Knowledge Works has a presence in more than 30 states, including North Dakota. Williams visits with host Tom Gerhardt in this excerpt of the Cutting Ed podcast.

4711 – Wednesday, April 4 – There’s been a lot of concern regarding the preservation of pensions for both public and private employees. Here to help explain is Dennis Kooren, who chairs two organizations seeking to protect pensions.  Kooren drove for UPS, one of the many companies moving away from defined benefit plans. ~~~ Farmland and grazing land has been disappearing across the U.S. over the last few decades, and is perhaps most evident on the edges of big cities. Harvest Public Media’s Erica Hunzinger reports on how communities are handling this transition. ~~~ Opera often generates thoughts of classic performances, but a contemporary theme is the subject in “Soldier Songs,” which traces the shift in perception of war from the age of 6 to the age of 66. A touring performance by the Newspeak ensemble of New York will be hosted by the Fargo-Moorhead Chamber Opera this weekend. Joining us is FMCO artistic director David Hamilton, composer David T Little and principal performer Christopher Burchett.

4712 – Thursday, April 5 – William “Bill” Caraher, UND History professor and Bret Weber, historian and professor of social work at UND, visit with host Matt Olien about their book, The Bakken: An Archaeology of an Industrial Landscape. ~~~ As Harvest Public Media reported yesterday, families are increasingly drawn to the open land on the edge of big cities, with implications for previously rural areas. Today, Harvest reporters Amy Mayer and Erica Hunzinger look at how communities near Des Moines and Kansas City have stretched and adapted. ~~~ The latest series of shows has been announced for the Old Town Hall Theater in Medora. Medora spokesman Justin Fisk will also update us on this year’s Medora Musical. ~~~ Doug and Ashley have our What’s Happening calendar of events.


4713 – Friday, April 6 – UND philosophy professor Jack Weinstein joins us to preview Sunday’s episode of “WHY, Philosophical Discussions about Everyday Life,” a visit with Cathy O’Neil, a mathematician and author. She blogs at mathbabe.org and has written several books on data science, including Weapons of Math Destruction. Sunday’s episode of WHY is titled, “Does Big Data Threaten Our Democracy?” ~~~ The burgeoning trade war between the U.S. and China has farmers caught in the middle. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s top trade official traveled to Nebraska this week and got an earful from farmers. Harvest Public Media’s Grant Gerlock was there. ~~~ Our weekly news chat with Dave Thompson. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews “Ready Player One.”


4714 – Monday, April 9 – George Bibel, UND professor of mechanical engineering, is out with a new book, “Plane Crash, the Forensics of Aviation Disasters.” He joins us to discuss what goes wrong with plane or pilot when a crash occurs. ~~~ From Weekend Edition Saturday, NPR’s Dan Charles explores the small, but growing trend in dairy farming, robotic milking. ~~~ The North Country National Scenic Trail is a footpath stretching approximately 4,600 miles from Crown Point in eastern New York to Lake Sakakawea State Park in North Dakota. It passes through seven states and it is the longest of the eleven National Scenic Trails authorized by Congress. Next week the local chapter of the North Country Trail Association will hold a Hiking / Backpacking Expo in Fargo. Here to tell us about the trail, the work of the Dakota Prairie Chapter, and their upcoming expo is Bob Stein. ~~~ The National Math and Science Initiative is an effort to help teachers learn new ways to engage students. A training program for teachers is coming up in June. In this excerpt from the Cutting Ed podcast, Tom Gerhardt speaks with Ann Ellefson of the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction and Damian Kennedy, a teacher who’s taken part in the training.


4715 – Tuesday, April 10 – The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards recognize creative teens. This year, North Dakota had its best showing ever, with six students getting national awards. The Red River Valley Writing Project and the Plains Art Museum are the affiliates for North Dakota. We visit with RRVWP’s Kelly Sassi and Netha Cloeter with the Plains Art Museum. ~~~ Writer Allen Kleinsasser shares an essay about his childhood, “Third Grade.”  ~~~ In this week’s Trahant Reports, Mark Trahant explores the potential consequences of the trade war with China.  ~~~ Meet Ross Lockhart of the Northern Small Farm Alliance, a group of farmers working to enhance and promote local and organically grown food. They’re showing the film “Farmers for America” at Scheels Arena in Fargo on Thursday. It’s a film that looks at the turnover in the nation’s farming communities. The average age of the U.S. farmer is 60, and half of America’s farmland is going to change hands in the next 12 years. It’s the story of young people who are stepping up.


4716 – Wednesday, April 11 – Patrick Gulbranson, chief executive officer for Family HealthCare, joins us to discuss how the United States compares to other developed countries in terms of providing access to healthcare. It’s a preview of his presentation in Valley City tomorrow (April 12), which is part of a series sponsored by VCSU’s Departments of Science and Social Science called “What in the World is Going On?” ~~~ “First Fridays at B” is an event that’s all about food. And this month, the theme was the business of food. One of the presenters this month was Casey Steele, co-owner of Square One Kitchens in Fargo. She shares how an incubator kitchen can help a community with business development. ~~~ In this week’s Natural North Dakota, Chuck Lura discusses hazelnuts.  ~~~ North Dakota chapters will be working to get an anti-corruption amendment added to the state constitution. Joining us is Dennis Cooley and Phil Davenport, members of the newest state chapter, “Represent Fargo.”


4717 – Thursday, April 12 – This Sunday’s Prairie Public Presents is titled “Testimonies,” a conversation about the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Program. It’s produced by Meg Luther Lindholm, and today we share an excerpt. ~~~ Simon Wilson is the new executive director of the North Dakota Trade Office. He joins us to discuss the ramification of tariffs for North Dakota. ~~~ Doug and Ashley have our What’s Happening calendar of events.


4718 – Friday, April 13 – In an excerpt from this week’s Prairie Pulse television show, host John Harris visits with Tom Gerhardt, communications director for ND United. Gerhardt will discuss the interesting developments he’s discovered while producing the “Cutting Ed” podcast.  ~~~ Tom Isern Shares a Plains Folk essay, “A Chance to Express Themselves.  ~~~ From The Takeaway, we hear from Dr. Alexandra Sacks, a reproductive psychiatrist. She’s calling for women and doctors to talk more about the myriad changes that happen to women as they become mothers. ~~~ Our weekly news chat with Dave Thompson. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews “Chappaquiddick.”


4719 – Monday, April 16 – Coverage of the finale summit of the “Good Government Discussion Series.” This Think ND event took place yesterday in Bismarck. Historian and scholar Clay Jenkinson moderates, and a media panel from around the state discusses what they heard at the various community discussions. Representatives of the Northern Plains Ethics Institute present academic findings from the series.


4720 – Tuesday, April 17 – More from the Good Government summit held last Sunday in Bismarck as humanities Scholar Clay Jenkinson tackles the subject from the perspective of Thomas Jefferson. ~~~ The prospect of legalizing hemp nationwide is causing some mixed feelings within the hemp industry, as Harvest Public Media’s Esther Honig reports. ~~~ Ted Quanrud was an early staff member on Prairie Public and continued for many years as a volunteer, with shows like Sunday Serenade and A Little Night Music. He’s now retired and he visits with director of radio Bill Thomas.


4721 – Wednesday, April 18 – The Knight Foundation recently released a report on local TV news and the new media landscape, a theme of increasing importance with social media creating new challenges. Here to discuss the report and to tell us about the Knight Foundation is Karen Rundlet, the foundation’s director of journalism. ~~~  In this week’s Natural North Dakota, Chuck Lura shares a few ideas for celebrating spring. ~~~ Bismarck Global Neighbors pairs New Americans with mentors willing to share language, culture and friendship, helping newcomers be more successful in their new Dakota community. Every year they have a big gala that features portraits of immigrants in traditional clothing in front of typically North Dakotan icons or landscapes. The event also features live music, ethnic food, and printed commentary from the subjects and the photographers. Joining us are Leah Hargrove and Alice Musumba.

4722 – Thursday, April 19 – UND alum Steve Martin’s passion for environmentally friendly energy has taken him all over the world. He joins us to discuss his family’s deep ties to UND and his exciting career. ~~~ A Plains Folk essay from tom Isern, “”Rainfall Follows the Plow.” ~~~ Commentary from UND journalism professor Mark Trahant on Congressman Paul Ryan. ~~~ One of the popular TV shows on Prairie Public is “Under The Streetlamp: Rockin’ Round the Clock,” a concert celebrating the American Radio Songbook of the 1950s through the 70s. Coming up next month, the show goes live, with performances in Bismarck and Fargo, featuring former Broadway cast members of the musical, Jersey Boys. Joining us is group member Eric Gutman. ~~~ Doug and Ashley have our What’s Happening calendar of events.


4723 – Friday, April 20 – Faye Seidler is advocating for at-risk transgender youth in North Dakota. She’s looking to improve resources and support in schools across the state, and she’s also been involved with a new clinic, the Harbor Health Clinic, which provides hormone therapy at a much reduced cost. She joins us to discuss those efforts and also to share her personal story. ~~~ In the past, President Donald Trump has threatened to terminate NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement, which he continues to call a bad deal for the U-S. It’s currently being renegotiated, and it’s an issue of considerable interest to cattle producers.  Harvest Public Media’s Grant Gerlock reports from Nebraska. ~~~ News director Dave Thompson is here for our weekly news chat. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews “Isle of Dogs.”

4724 – Monday, April 23 – We learn about the Culinary Arts program at the North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton from associate professor Kyle Armitage. We’ll hear about their restaurant nights, a recent trip to a regional championship, and an upcoming food tour through Italy. ~~~ The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, is the country’s biggest federal food aid effort. In the first part of a weeklong/5-part series, Harvest Public Media’s Erica Hunzinger provides a primer on who qualifies for SNAP benefits, how they apply, and the challenges they face. ~~~ We share an excerpt from last Thursday’s “Standing Rock and the Media” symposium at UND as we hear from Jenni Monet, an award-winning journalist who writes about Indigenous rights and injustice for such publications as the Center for Investigative Reporting, PBS NewsHour, Al Jazeera, and others.  In this excerpt, she shares the story of being arrested while reporting from the site.  ~~~ Shared kitchens, also called culinary incubators, help entrepreneurs launch food-related businesses. Such kitchens were the theme at a recent “First Friday at B” event in Moorhead. One of the speakers was Megan Lewis of Milk Made Catering.

4725 – Tuesday, April 24 – Today we start with two more excerpts from “Standing Rock and the Media,” the symposium that took place last week at UND that examined media coverage of the protests over the DAPL Pipeline. One of the presentations was titled “Challenges of Communicating the Government’s Story,” which featured Nicole Willis, a consultant assisting the Standing Rock Tribe, and Scott Davis, the executive director of the state’s Indian Affairs Commission, who job it was to serve as Governor Dalrymple’s representative.  ~~~ Part two of Harvest Public Media’s series on SNAP benefits examines food aid health impacts people with mental disabilities. ~~~ Author and historian Ames Sheldon joins us to talk about the roles women played on the Western Front during World War I. “The Female Experience on the Western Front” will be held at the Hjemkomst Center on Tuesday, April 24, from 6:00PM to 7:30PM. The lecture is offered in conjunction with HCSCC’s current local exhibition, War, Flu, & Fear: World War I and Clay County.


4726 – Wednesday, April 25 – Today is Parental Alienation Awareness Day. Parental alienation refers to children being manipulated by one parent to hate the other. Here to discuss the problem is Sean Brotherson, NDSU Extension Family Science Specialist. ~~~ And on part three of our series on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which is part of the Farm Bill being negotiated, we hear a story about work requirements. ~~~ In this week’s Natural North Dakota Chuck Lura talks about some weedy relatives of peas. ~~~~From a recent “First Fridays at B” event, we learn about the business of food with Jeremiah Utecht of “Off the Deck Hot Sauce” and “Flannel Fizz.” ~~~We share another excerpt from “Standing Rock and the Media,” a symposium held last week at UND. The symposium explored issues surrounding media coverage of the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. The first session featured Jodi A. Gillette, a member of the Standing Rock tribe. She currently serves as a policy advisor for a national law firm devoted to repres­enting Native American tribal interests. At the time of the protest, she was a special assistant to President Obama. We present a brief, edited excerpt of her remarks. The entire presentation can be found here.


4727 – Thursday, April 26 – Little Women is a classic novel from Louisa May Alcott. It’s getting the PBS Masterpiece treatment, with a new series beginning on May 13th. Prairie Public is hosting an advance screening of the first hour this Sunday 2pm at the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck and at Prairie Public’s Fargo studio. Prairie Public’s Darcy Bakkegard is a former English teacher. We visit about the novel and the evolution of teaching classics to students. ~~~ Federal food benefit programs can be vital for low-income immigrant families. In part four of Harvest Public Media’s series on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Esther Honig reports from Colorado that there’s a growing anxiety that enrollment in SNAP could lead to deportation. ~~~ NDSU history professor Tom Isern share’s this week’s Plains Folk essay, “Martyr Mother.” ~~~ The Bismarck-Mandan Civic Chorus is celebrating its 40th anniversary. News director Dave Thompson visits with Tom Porter, who has been a member of the chorus from the start, and is now in his 25th year as chorus director. In addition to hearing about the big anniversary concert coming up on Saturday, we hear a little history, and get a preview of some of the chorus’s other outreach efforts – perhaps coming to a town near you. ~~~ Doug and Ashley have our What’s Happening calendar of events.

4728 – Friday, April 27 – Maya Rao, a writer for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, has written a book of narrative nonfiction called “Great American Outpost: Dreamers, Mavericks and the Making of an Oil Frontier.” It’s about her time reporting on the North Dakota oil rush and the OPEC oil price war that followed. She joins us in advance of upcoming appearances in Grand Forks. ~~~ In part 5 of Harvest Public Media’s series on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Peggy Lowe reports on how the program affects members of the military. ~~~ Our Friday news update from Dave Thompson. ~~~ And Matt Olien reviews “A Quiet Place.”

4729 – Monday, April 30 – “The Fight Against Colon Cancer – Screening & Treatment” is the topic of this year’s Community Lecture organized by the College of Science and Mathematics at NDSU. Tonight’s lecture will feature NDSU alums Michelle Mahoney and Douglas Mahoney, researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. They join us to discuss their careers and to preview tonight’s presentation.  ~~~ Schools are supposed to prepare students for the future. From The Cutting Ed podcast, host Tom Gerhardt learns about the rural town of Garrison is embracing education innovation. ~~~ This March, Prairie Public covered the Poetry Out Loud North Dakota contest and our state winner, Maria Modi Tuya from Fargo North High School. This week, Tuya competed in the national contest in Washington D.C., where she was one of the top nine finalists. She joins us to share her experience. ~~~ Harvest Public Media is exploring the potential changes in the next farm bill — a huge federal law that funds wide-ranging programs. A major program is crop insurance. Amy Mayer report on how it compares to other types of insurance.



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