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Thursday, August 28 – Guinn Hinman of the State Historical Society of North Dakota joins us. Among our topics of conversation will be her upcoming presentation at the newly refurbished Stutsman County Courthouse. ~~~ Tom Isern has this week’s Plains Folk column, “Bashtan.” ~~~ With the summer quickly winding down, the need for blood donors in North Dakota is up. John Michaelson reports. ~~~ People who hate it call it “pollution.” People who love it call it “rollin’ coal.” It’s the practice of retrofitting diesel trucks to spew thick, black plumes of smoke. Black Gold reporter Todd Melby caught up with an enthusiast. ~~~ Chef Tim Rosendahl stops by with this week’s food topic, “Lima Beans.” ~~~ Doug and Ashley have our What’s Happening calendar of events.
Wednesday, August 27 – The NDSU Technology Incubator is home to a number of interesting business start-ups. Today, we visit with Dr. Chad Ulven and Corey Kratcha of c2renew, which incorporates agricultural by-products into plastics. ~~~ Chuck Lura is talking sunflowers in today’s Natural North Dakota essay. ~~~ North Dakota is in the middle of a historic oil boom, producing over one million barrels of oil each day. And it’s producing a whole lot more of something else: saltwater, a waste product of drilling, and as more and more wells are drilled, salt water spills have increased dramatically. Prairie Public’s Emily Guerin reports for Inside Energy. ~~~ Former NDSU Extension horticulturist Ron Smith answers listeners’ lawn and garden questions. ~~~ Matt Olien stops by with reflections on the career of Richard Attenborough.
Tuesday, August 26 – Our monthly Editors’ Roundtable with news director Dave Thompson and special guests, Kevin Holten, editor of “The Drill” a publication of the Dickinson Press; and Jack Zaleski, opinion page editor of the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead.
Monday, August 25 – As part of the UND bus tour around North Dakota, the participants visited the Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile Launch Site, where they heard from Nathanial Clifton, assistant site manager. ~~~ On Friday, Earthworks released a new report showing that eliminating natural gas waste in two shale plays would have the same effect as taking 1.5 million cars off the road. The report is accompanied by an interactive map developed by SkyTruth. We visit with Earthworks communications director Alan Septoff. ~~~ The oil and gas boom of the 21st century has taken off so quickly that scientific research about the impact is playing catch up. The story from Jordan Wirfs-Brock and Leigh Paterson. ~~~ In another story involving health concerns and industry, neighbors of a central Minnesota hog facility are going to court, claiming the odors from the operation are not only pungent, but a nuisance under state law. The story from John Michaelson.
Legendary Accordionist Dick Contino ~ News Chat with Dave Thompson ~ Review: “Magic in the Moonlight”
Friday, August 22 – Legendary accordionist Dick Contino is performing in North Dakota this weekend. He stops by to discuss his colorful career and his love for the accordion. ~~~ Part three of our Inside Energy report on solar. ~~~ News director Dave Thompson stops by for a discussion of the latest headlines. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews “Magic in the Moonlight.”
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