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  • The Awesome Foundation ~ Feminine Hygiene ~ ND Family Fights Rare Form of Alzheimer’s

      Wednesday, August 16 – After a year of giving out monthly grants of $1,000, we get an update on the Awesome Foundation of Cass Clay from Brandi Malarky.  We’ll hear about interesting efforts they’ve funded, how people anywhere can apply for grants, and how you can start an Awesome Foundation in your community. ~~~ High school student Bridget McManamon is on a mission to improve access to tampons, pads, and other menstrual necessities. We hear her speech from this summer’s TEDxFargo. ~~~ Members of the DeMoe family of North Dakota were interviewed by the BBC’s “Afternoon Edition” program on Tuesday, relating their story of a rare form of Alzheimer’s disease inherited by five out of six DeMoe siblings. We share highlights of that conversation as host Nihal Arthanayake visits with Deb and Dean DeMoe, their son Tyler, and Dr. Randall Bateman, distinguished professor of Neurology at Washington University in St. Louis.

  • Wednesday, August 16 – After a year of giving out monthly grants of $1,000, we get an update on the Awesome Foundation and the Cass Clay chapter from Brandi Malarky.  We’ll hear about interesting efforts they’ve funded, how people anywhere can apply for grants, and how you can start an Awesome Foundation in your community. ~~~ High school student Bridget McManamon is on a mission to improve access to tampons, pads, and other menstrual necessities. We hear her speech from this summer’s TEDxFargo. ~~~ Members of the DeMoe family of North Dakota were interviewed by the BBC’s “Afternoon Edition” program on Tuesday, relating their story of a rare form of Alzheimer’s disease inherited by five out of six DeMoe siblings. We share highlights of that conversation as host Nihal Arthanayake visits with Deb and Dean DeMoe, their son Tyler, and Dr. Randall Bateman, distinguished professor of Neurology at Washington University in St. Louis. The BBC will have the entire interview available for one month HERE.

    Thursday, August 17 – Last November we heard about an ambitious project to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 1997 flood in Ada, Minnesota. Ada-Borup band director Richard Tuttle had commissioned Karl Swenson, a talented 14-year-old from Kindred to compose the music for the project. They join us with an update, and are happy to announce that the video documentary, “Come Hell and High Water,” is now available online. ~~~ A Plains Folk essay from NDSU historian Tom Isern called, “On The Level.” ~~~ Chef Tim Rosendahl of Rosey’s Bistro in Fargo is here to discuss this week’s food topic, new potatoes. ~~~ Doug and Ashley have our What’s Happening calendar of events. ~~~ Today’s Dakota Datebook is another in our series acknowledging 100 years since The Great War. See all those stories HERE.

    Friday, August 18 – The North Dakota Department of Agriculture is looking for input from farmers in order to assess the extent of damage caused by the pesticide dicamba. Joining us is state agriculture commissioner Doug Goering. To participate in the survey, click HERE. ~~~  News director Dave Thompson joins us for our weekly discussion of the latest headlines. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.”

    Monday, August 21 – North Dakota has been chosen for the Bee Integrated Demonstration Project, a study to determine best practices for managing healthy bee colonies.  Joining us to explain is Julie Shapiro of the Honey Bee Health Coalition.

  • Poet Twinkle Zaman ~ Adoption Revolution

      Tuesday, August 15 – Life stages often get lumped into a ten-year spread. Your eighties, fifties, twenties. Twinkle Zaman is a twentysomething. She spends a lot of time thinking and writing about what that means. In fact, Twentysomething is the name of her latest poetry book. She reflects on love and friendships, and being in that phase of life where you’re not a kid, but you’re maybe not quite an adult yet – and you can feel stuck. She visits with Main Street’s Ashley Thornberg ~~~ President Donald Trump continues to fill political appointments, and his nomination for a top science job at the Department of Agriculture is raising unique concerns. Harvest Public Media’s Amy Mayer reports. ~~~ After months of protest, legal wrangling and stalled construction, the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota is up and running. Inside Energy’s Amy Sisk reports. ~~~ Adam Pertman is the president and CEO of The National Center on Adoption and Permanency. He’s the author of Adoption Nation: How the Adoption Revolution is Transforming Our Families – and America. He visits with Lori Walsh, host of In The Moment on South Dakota Public Broadcasting. ~~~ Today’s Dakota Datebook is another in our series acknowledging 100 years since The Great War. See all those stories HERE.

  • Empath Judith Orloff ~ Mark Trahant Commentary ~ Brenda Tufte on the Academic Performance of Males

      Monday, August 14 – Dr. Judy Orloff, says a bad mood is contagious. How can you avoid absorbing other person’s emotions, “catching” their blue-flu?  Dr. Judy will share some advice from her book, “The Empath’s Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People.” ~~~ Earlier this month, a federal court mandated that the Environmental Protection Agency begin enforcing tougher emissions regulations on the oil and gas industry, looking to reduce air pollutants that may lead to ozone — a dangerous greenhouse gas. Wyoming had earlier adopted such standards. For Inside Energy, Wyoming Public Radio’s Cooper McKim reports on how Wyoming’s plan to clean up their air has worked. ~~~ UND professor Mark Trahant writes commentaries for Native Voice One.  Today’s “Trahant Reports” essay is called “September Mess in Congress,” a look at the challenge ahead in trying to agree on taxes and the federal budget. ~~~ 360 Review is a magazine produced by the University of Mary, and the current issue includes an essay by Professor Brenda Tufte (Werner). She joins us to discuss her observations regarding a downward trend in academic performance among young men.

  • Why Humans Evolved Into Artists ~ News Chat and MT Fires ~ Matt Reviews “Detroit”

      Friday, August 11 – Jack Russell Weinstein joins us to discuss why humans evolved to become artists.  It’s a preview for this Sunday’s episode of “WHY? Philosophical Discussions About Everyday Life” when Jack visits with Valerius Geist, professor emeritus of environmental science at the University of Calgary. ~~~ NDSU historian Tom Isern shares a Plains Folk essay called “Something to Remember.” ~~~ News director Dave Thompson is here for our weekly news chat, including a story from Montana Public Radio‘s Eric Whitney on an evacuation advisory for a Montana town dealing with smoke from wildfires. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews the new movie “Detroit,” a dramatization of the civil unrest that rocked Detroit in the summer of ’67.

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