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Recent Shows

  • North Dakota Boomtown Book ~ Norsk Hostfest ~ Vietnam War Memories ~ Magic Tap Cloggers Documentary

      Monday, September 25 – Blaire Briody has written “The New Wild West, black gold, fracking and life in a North Dakota Boomtown.” Briody teaches journalism at Santa Rosa Junior College. Her book release date is tomorrow the 26th. ~~~ The Norsk Hostfest gets underway in Minot on Wednesday. Hostfest president David Reiten was John Harris’s guest recently on the Prairie Pulse television show. We share an excerpt.  ~~~ In an excerpt from “Prairie Memories: the Vietnam War Years,” Kim Stenehjem reflects on how growing up in a military family mad her a different kind of  an anti-war protestor. ~~~ “Magic Tap Cloggers” is a new film from Minot filmmaker Paul Brenno. It’s winning awards on the festival circuit, including best cinematography at the Chandler International Film Festival. The documentary chronicles the dancers from Magic Tap Cloggers in Minot.

  • The GameChanger Ideas Festival ~ News Chat with Dave ~ Matt Reviews “Mother!”

      Friday, September 22 – The GameChanger Ideas Festival gets underway tomorrow in Bismarck. This year’s theme is “In Justice: Rethinking America’s Criminal Justice System.” Joining us with a preview are Kayla Schmidt of the North Dakota Humanities Council, and featured speaker Tom Gash, author of Criminal: The Truth About Why People Do Bad Things.” ~~~ Historian and writer Tom Isern shares a Plains Folk essay titled “Prairie Post Offices.” ~~~ Another excerpt from Vietnam Memories as we hear from David Sherzer of Moorhead. ~~~ Our weekly news chat with Dave Thompson. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews “Mother” starring Jennifer Lawrence.


  • Beauty Bites Beast ~ Shou Shu Martial Arts ~ Vietnam War Memories ~ Lutefisk

      Thursday, September 21 – Filmmaker Ellen Snortland joins us to discuss “Beauty Bites Beast,” a documentary about the complicated issue of ending violence against women and girls. It’s screening next week in Grand Forks. A class at UND is featured in the film. ~~~ Ashley Thorberg shares a report about shou shu, a lesser known martial art. Alexis Potter recently opened a shou shu studio in Moorhead, where she teaches kids and women self defense. ~~~ A 10-part, 18-hour history of the Vietnam War Is currently airing Sunday nights at 7 Central on Prairie Public. Coinciding with that, Prairie Public is participating in an oral history project called “Prairie Memories: the Vietnam War Years.” It’s an effort to document how the Vietnam War made an impact on the lives of people in this region. Today we share an excerpt from that project as we hear from William Bitz. ~~~ Chef Rosey has this week’s food topic, Lutefisk. ~~~ Doug and Ashley have our What’s Happening calendar of events.

  • National Punctuation Day is Coming ~ Alejandro Drago ~ Poet Dan Hendrickson

      Wednesday, September 20 – Mark your calendars; September 24th is National Punctuation Day. (is a semicolon appropriate?) Teacher Robin Finley developed a new approach to teaching grammar after school administrators said they’d no longer buy grammar books. The success of the approach led to a new business called Analytical Grammar. Finley’s daughter Erin Karl now runs the business, and she joins us to talk all things grammar. ~~~ Chuck Lura shares a Natural North Dakota essay about the Audubon Wildlife Refuge. ~~~ Artistic director Alejandro Drago of the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra visits with Prairie Public’s Scott Prebys, host of Prebys on Classics. The orchestra is about to kick off the 2017-2018 season at the Empire Arts Center with “America the Beautiful,” featuring music by Copeland, Barber, Hanson and guest artist Ilan Morganstern. You can hear a longer version of that conversation HERE.  ~~~ Poet Dan Hendrickson calls his style “Cometry” … a combination of comedy and poetry. There’s also a bit of philosophy mixed in. He shares more about his story and reads from his new book, “Dark Glasses.”


  • “Hidden History of Fargo” ~ “Feminism and Free Speech”

      Tuesday, September 19 – Danielle Teigen has written the “Hidden History of Fargo,” a collection of interesting stories that reflect the interesting history, not only of Fargo, but the entire region. ~~~ A story on rural hospitals from Harvest Public Media. ~~~ The Northern Plains Ethics Institute at NDSU is set to host a presentation by author and educator Joanna Williams, who is the education editor of spiked, an online magazine. She’s speaking on “Feminism and Free Speech on Campus: Can We Have Both?”

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