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Wednesday, January 28 – Ashley Thornberg visits with Diane Mills and Tom Johnson, two musicians hoping to land a spot in NPR’s “Tiny Desk” concert series, a feature of All Songs Considered with host Bob Boilen, which stages musical performances in his small office. ~~~ From this week’s Million Cups event in Fargo, we hear from entrepreneurs Zak Fick of Help University, and James Burgum of Arthur Ventures. ~~~ Artist Ellen Jean Diederich’s book “Samson’s Gift” has won a gold medal Illumination Book Award. The awards recognize books in the Christian branch of publishing. “Samson’s Gift” is the illustrated story of a lamb who gives his wool for the comfort of the baby Jesus. We replay our visit with Ellen from last November. ~~~ Inside Energy reporter Emily Guerin takes a closer look at the problem of brine spills. ~~~ Chuck Lura of Dakota College in Bottineau shares a Natural North Dakota essay about a back yard mystery.
Tuesday, January 27 – “Lentil Underground” is the story of a colorful group of pioneers who confronted the global food system. Author Liz Carlisle’s book chronicles the grassroots efforts of Montana producers to buck the entrenched power of agribusiness’s one percent. ~~~ Ashley visits with amateur astronomer Jay Bjerke, who likes to set up his telescope near his favorite watering hole to share views of the skies with others. Last Friday they had a nice view of Jupiter, with three moons in transit. ~~~ Coffee With a Cop is a national initiative aimed to advance the practice of community policing by improving police-community relationships. It’s a monthly event that begins in Fargo tomorrow. Joining us to discuss the program and various law enforcement issues is Officer Jessica Schindeldecker. ~~~ Inside Energy reporter Stephanie Joyce looks at the impact of dropping oil prices on state budgets.
Monday, January 26 – Jill Kandel grew up in North Dakota, but she has also lived and worked in Zambia, Indonesia, England and the Netherland. Her new book is getting great reviews. She joins us to talk about “So Many Africas: Six Years in a Zambian Village.” It’s the 2014 winner of the Autumn House Nonfiction Prize. ~~~ The point-in-time survey is a measure of homelessness. It happens every year in January. Prairie Public’s Todd McDonald visits with Dan Mahli, the community development administrator for the city of Fargo; and Michael Carbone, the executive director of the North Dakota Coalition for Homeless People, Inc. to see how North Dakota’s numbers compare with years past.
Aussie Vanessa Warren ~ News Director Dave Thompson ~ Reviews: “Imitation Game” and “Inherent Vice.”
Friday, January 23 –Vanessa Warren is heading back to her home town of Coolamon, Australia after spending a year in Bowbells as an agronomist. The 26-year-old joins us to reflect on her year on this side of the world. ~~~ Chuck Lura shares another Natural North Dakota essay. Today’s topic is Wintering Chickadees. ~~~ What impact does the oil boom have on public education? Melodie Edwards of Wyoming Public Radio explores that issue in this Inside Energy report. ~~~ News director Dave Thompson joins us with a discussion of the week’s news. ~~~ Matt Olien has this week’s movie reviews, “Imitation Game” and “Inherent Vice.”
Thursday, January 22 – Meet Leander “Russ” McDonald, the new president of the United Tribes Technical College. He’ll discuss current legislation under discussion in Bismarck regarding Tribal Colleges; what makes for student success; and President Obama’s new proposal to create a “Tuition-Free” system at community colleges. ~~~ Here’s a feature from this week’s Prairie Pulse television show on the Mille Lacs Indian Museum in Minnesota. ~~~ Chef Tim Rosendahl stops by with this week’s food discussion. Today we learn about bitter melons. ~~~ Doug and Ashley have our What’s Happening calendar of events. ~~~ Dave Glatt, chief of the ND Dept of Health’s Environmental Health Section, visits with Inside Energy reporter Emily Guerin about the recent brine wastewater spills.
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