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Sex and Violence From an Evolutionary Perspective ~ Governor Doug Burgum ~ News Chat ~ Matt Reviews “Elle” and “Batman”
Friday, February 17 – Brian Wisenden is chair of the Biosciences Department at Minnesota State University Moorhead. Today he reprises for us his recent Science Cafe presentation titled “Sex and Violence: Understanding behavior of the human animal from an evolutionary perspective.” ~~~ Via our studio in Fargo today, Governor Doug Burgum appeared on NPR’s “Hear & Now” show. We share an excerpt as he makes the case for getting the Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp cleaned up. He also comments on the scene in Washington as the new administration takes hold. ~~~ News director Dave Thompson joins us for this week’s news chat. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews “Elle” and “The Lego Batman Movie.”
Thursday, February 16 – Quite a number of US Navy ships have been named for people and places connected to North Dakota, and that’s the subject of a “Sensational Sundays” presentation coming up this Sunday at the North Dakota heritage Center in Bismarck. Here to preview his presentation is Bob Wefald, a retired captain in the Navy Reserve. ~~~ Low crop prices have some farmers looking for ways to supplement their incomes. One possibility: producing for farmers markets. Bryan Thompson reports for Harvest Public Media. ~~~ Chef Tim Rosendahl of Rosey’s Bistro is here with this week’s food topic, basil. ~~~ Doug and Ashley have our What’s Happening calendar of events.
Using Data for City Planning ~ Student Debt and Small Farms ~ NPR’s LuLu Garcia Navarro ~ Capt. Annie Gerhardt
Wednesday, February 15 – The What Works Cities initiative is an effort to use data and statistical analysis to improve city functions. Fargo is one of 63 cities participating, with more expected to join. It sounds a bit like baseball’s cyber metrics, but here with a more thoughtful explanation is Fargo community development administrator Dan Mahli, and city planners Aaron Nelson and Tyrone Grandstrand. ~~~ Harvest Public Media’s Kristofor Hustad looks into student debt and its impact on small farms. ~~~ We have a chance to visit with NPR journalist Lulu Garcia Navarro. She has had an exciting career, with stops in Rio de Janeiro as NPR’s international correspondent in South America, a stint based in Mexico, and many years in the Middle East based in Israel and Iraq. She’s now the new host of Weekend Edition Sunday. ~~~ Capt. Annie Gerhardt is a North Dakota Army National Guard member from Devils Lake with a very interesting story. She’s currently activated in Ghana supporting a Medical Readiness Training Exercise. Annie is a nurse practitioner who joined the Army later in life, and she comments on her experience in remote places, both in and out of uniform.
Tuesday, February 14 – Susan Ricci, the director of the Museum of the American Bison in South Dakota visits with Cara Hetland of South Dakota Public Radio. She reprises a recent presentation called “American Bison: A Survival Story.” ~~~ Continuing with a historical theme, NDSU professor Tom Isern shares a Plains Folk essay called “The Death of Albert T. Vandervall.” ~~~ Federal authorities are investigating a case involving the embezzlement of two-point-six (2.6) million dollars from a beef checkoff program in Oklahoma, raising additional questions about oversight of the federal program, which is funded by fees charged to ordinary farmers and ranchers. Joe Wertz reports for Harvest Public Media and State Impact Oklahoma.
Monday, February 13 – Journalist Jenni Monet is covering the Dakota Access pipeline protest for the Center for Investigative Reporting, Indian Country Media Network, PBS Newshour, and High Country News. She joins us with the latest from the site, including getting caught up in a recent police raid. ~~~ Illegal immigration… refugee resettlement… the lagging rural economy… all issues that helped define the 2016 election. In the first part of a series called “United And Divided,” Harvest Public Media takes us to a place dealing with all of those complex issues. ~~~ State legislators are considering ways to curb North Dakota’s growing prison population. Meg Luther Lindholm looks at some of the alternatives under consideration as part of our Journeys Through Justice series. ~~~ The North Dakota Food Freedom Act (HB 1433) is legislation intending to make it legal for individuals to sell food to their friends and neighbors even without a certified kitchen. This idea would impact meals, baked goods, milk, cheese and more, easing the way for fresh foods to go from farm to table. Joining us to explain are bill supporters Jared Hendrix and LeAnn Harner.