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Recent Shows

  • The Blenders ~ Preserving the Ojibwe Language ~ Better Business Bureau ~ Movie Review: Wonder

      Wednesday, November 22 – It wouldn’t be the start of the holiday season without a visit from Tim Kasper of the Blenders. In addition to the new show they’ll be touring, there’s a new CD: “Holy Night,” a collection of ten songs, a blend of new and old favorites. ~~~ A month-long Native American Cultural Celebration has been taking place at Minot State University.  One of the featured presenters is English teacher Alex DeCoteau, who presented his thesis, “We are not trying to save the language; the language is trying to save us.” He shares some of his thoughts on keeping the Ojibwe language alive. ~~~ Dan Hendrickson of the Better Business Bureau of North Dakota and Minnesota offers advice on this Cyber Monday, and on tomorrow’s Giving Tuesday. At you can find out if a charity accredited by the BBB. ~~~ Matt Olien joins us to review “Wonder” and to give us a rundown of films now showing for this busy film-going weekend.

  • Agribusiness and Global Warming ~ Chickadees ~ Badgers ~ Award Money for Young Artists ~ Jon Offutt

      Tuesday, November 21 – Cows, cattle, coal and oil are all major factors in North Dakota’s economy, and they all get blamed for contributing to global warming.  Here with some perspective on those claims is Dr. Robert Howarth of Cornell University, who takes issue with papers that blame the livestock for increases in methane. ~~~ Chuck Lura of Dakota College in Bottineau shares a Natural North Dakota essay titled: “Chickadee Longevity.” ~~~ A Plains Folk essay from NDSU history professor Tom Isern: “Badgers.” ~~~ This year’s Celebration of Women and Their Music is reaching out, inviting young women from across the state to apply for their annual cash award. Joining us with the details is board member Tracy Walvatne.  The deadline to apply is December 1st. ~~~ We share a feature on glass blower Jon Offutt from this week’s Prairie Pulse television show. Jon was a recipient in the North Dakota Governor’s Awards for the Arts.

  • Dr. Victoria Sweet ~ Mark Trahant Commentary ~ Geologist James Sorensen

      Monday, November 20 – Dr. Victoria Sweet is the award-winning author of “God’s Hotel.” Her new book is called “Slow Medicine: The Way to Healing.” She visits with Lori Walsh of South Dakota Public Broadcasting’s “In the Moment.” ~~~ Mark Trahant comments on the tax code on today’s “Trahant Reports.” ~~~ Matt Olien visits with James Sorensen, principal geologist with the Energy and Environmental Research Center, in this excerpt from Friday’s Prairie Pulse television show.

  • Capital Gallery Anniversary ~ Clean Comedian Kent Rader ~ News Chat ~ Matt’s Movie Reviews

      Friday, November 17 – The Capital Gallery in Bismarck is observing its one-year anniversary of featuring artist from around the state. Here to tell us about Saturday’s anniversary celebration, and to update us on the gallery’s first year, is David Borlaug, president of the Lewis & Clark Fort Mandan Foundation. ~~~ Known as the “World’s Cleanest Comedian and Speaker,” Kent Rader helps people and associations learn and experience how laughter matters in reducing stress and building quality organizations. He’s the co-star of the Baby Boomer Comedy Show, CLEAN, Stand-Up Comedy for People Born Before Seat Belts.  They’re doing a benefit show for the Dickinson, ND United Way Saturday at 7 pm at Klinefelter’s Beck Auditorium at Dickinson State University. ~~~ Dave Thompson is here for our weekly news chat. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews “Murder on the Orient Express” and “Wonderstruck.”

  • Introducing Students to Unmanned Flight ~ The Mighty Rex Pipe Organ ~ Chef Rosey on Capers

      Thursday, November 16 – An Intro to Unmanned Aircraft Systems for high school students is being developed at the North Dakota Center for Distance Education. Here to tell us about the center, and this interesting addition, is center director Alan Peterson. ~~~ We share a feature from this week’s Prairie Pulse television show on the Mighty Rex pipe organ at Trinity Lutheran Church in Moorhead. ~~~ A Plains Folk essay from Tom Isern: “Killers in the Osage Oil Patch.” ~~~ Chef Rosey is here with this week’s food topic, capers. ~~~ Doug and Christine McClellan have our What’s Happening calendar of events.

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