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Friday, December 9 – Word enthusiast and UND alum Mardy Grothe joins us with the latest in his collection of interesting books on words: “Metaphors Be With You.” ~~~ At a home near the Dakota Access Pipeline, one woman can’t join the demonstration because of her young children. But she’s participating by offering shelter to visitors, including NPR reporter Nathan Rott, as we hear in this encore from today’s Morning Edition. ~~~ News director Dave Thompson is here to discuss the latest headlines. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews “Rules Don’t Apply,” the new film from Warren Beatty.
Thursday, December 8 – Mark Hagerott is the chancellor of the North Dakota higher education system, and he’s John Harris’s guest on this week’s Prairie Pulse television show. We share an excerpt. ~~~ The oil and gas industries are hopeful for a favorable business environment under the new administration. Joe Wertz from StateImpact reports for Inside Energy. ~~~ Chef Tim Rosendahl is here with this week’s food topic, Avocados. ~~~ Doug and Ashley have our What’s Happening calendar of events.
Wednesday, December 7 – Deb Nelson is the administrator of the Vision West ND Consortium, which represents the 19 oil and gas producing counties in western North Dakota. She joins us to discuss efforts to implement a Regional Sustainability Plan for western North Dakota. ~~~ Sacred sites and treaty rights are part of the Dakota Access Backstory as Dan Kraker of Minnesota Public Radio reports. ~~~ Inside Energy reporter Amy Sisk offers further elaboration on what’s ahead in the pipeline standoff. ~~~ Tom Isern shares a Plains Folk essay, “American Serengeti.” ~~~ We share Ian Abston’s presentation from this summer’s TEDx event in Fargo. Abston reflects on the economic significant of millennials and the importance of understanding what they’ll respond to.
Tuesday, December 4 – “Christmas in the Crosshairs” is the title of a new book from Gerry Bowler of Winnipeg. The book is subtitled “Two Thousand Years of Denouncing and Defending the World’s Most Celebrated Holiday.” ~~~ There is a battle going on in the organic industry over hydroponics. Harvest Public Media’s Kristofor Husted reports. ~~~ A report on the pipeline protest from The Takeaway with John Hockeberry. ~~~ Inside Energy reporter Amy Sisk joins us with an update on the protest.
Monday, December 3 – James Grijalva is a professor of law at UND and director of the Tribal Environmental Law Project. He joins us to discuss the legal issues surrounding the Dakota Access Pipeline, including the distinction between reservation land and historic treaty lands. ~~~ A Natural North Dakota essay from Chuck Lura, “Ravens.” ~~~ Marvis Doster is the director of clinical services for ShareHouse, a substance abuse treatment center. In the midst of an opioid epidemic, we’ll talk about research into the causes of addiction and evidence-based treatment practices that promise more success. ~~~ Commentary from Bruce Berg: “Gone Are Those Days.”