Radio Programs A-Z

Here are our programs by title. Find out when they air with PRAIRIE PUBLIC’S RADIO SCHEDULES.


All Things Considered


All Things Considered is the most listened-to afternoon drive-time news radio program in the country. The two-hour show is hosted by NPR and Prairie Public reporters.

American Routes


American Routes is a weekly two-hour public radio program produced in New Orleans that presents a broad range of American music — blues and jazz, gospel and soul, old-time country and rockabilly, Cajun and zydeco, Tejano and Latin, roots rock and pop, avant-garde and classical.

America’s Test Kitchen


America’s Test Kitchen Radio is a food program for right now — filled with clear, practical information, without the gourmet fuss. The hour is all about insights, tips and techniques that illuminate the truth about real home cooking.

BackStory with the American History Guys


BackStory is a public radio program that brings perspective to the events happening around us today. Renowned U.S. historians Ed Ayers, Peter Onuf, and Brian Balogh tear a topic from the headlines and plumb its historical depths.

Beale Street Caravan


Beale Street Caravan is a one-hour radio series broadcasting live recordings of Memphis music and its derivative forms to an international audience of 2.4 million worldwide weekly listeners on over 400 stations around the globe.

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The Big Listen

There are tens of thousands of podcasts out there. So how do you know what to listen to? On The Big Listen host Lauren Ober introduces you to podcasts you’ve you might not have ever heard of, and gives you the inside scoop on shows you already love. Through interviews, listener recommendations, show snippets and more, The Big Listen helps you curate your perfect playlist.


Birdnote Audio programming for public radio stations and online content to connect the ways and needs of birds to the lives of listeners, to educate and motivate people to care about the natural world.

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Black is Back: A Tribute to Johnny Cash

The man in black and his music was celebrated at a live concert on November 14 at the Fargo Theatre, and an edited radio show aired on Prairie Public on January 1, 2016. Listen here to PART 1 and PART 2 of the radio show.

Black Gold Boom: How Oil Changed North Dakota

Black Gold Boom: How Oil Changed North Dakota


Black Gold Boom: How Oil Changed North Dakota is produced by independent producer Todd Melby and brought to you by Prairie Public, Zeega, and AIR, the Association of Independents in Radio, Incorporated.

Bluegrass Review


The Bluegrass Review is a one-hour weekly radio program for public, commercial and internet radio stations. More than 80 stations across the United States broadcast The Bluegrass Review.

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The Bone Conduction Music Show


This show of shows is a white-hot mega blast of wig singeing rock & roll, hip shakin’ soul music, and industrial strength rhythm & blues. It is the music that moves through you like electricity, the music that uses you as lightning rod, the music that causes you to shake your tailfeather.


Car Talk


Car Talk lives on! New episodes are crafted every week from the Car Talk archive of conversations—dispensing advice, sharing tips, doing some troubleshooting, and answering car questions. Find a mechanic, hear past shows, play the puzzler, and join the discussion at

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Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America


Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America is a multi-platform public media and Prairie Public initiative that provides a deeper understanding of the impact of poverty on American society. Major funding for this initiative is provided by The JPB Foundation. Additional funding is provided by Ford Foundation.

Classical Music with Bob Christiansen


A founding voice of Classical 24, Bob Christiansen has managed to combine his knowledge of classical music and history with a sharp wit and a talent for foreign languages into a 48-year radio career. His degree is in history, but his on-air work began at WNIU at Northern Illinois University.

Classical Music with Jeff Esworthy


Jeff Esworthy has been the overnight host of Classical 24 since 1996. He’s a public radio veteran with more than 20 years behind the microphone, where he’s hosted everything from folk to jazz to progressive rock.

Classical Music with Julie Amacher


Julie Amacher’s desire to introduce others to great music is what led her to radio. She began her professional broadcast career at a station in Sun Prairie, WI. She went from rock ‘n’ roll to the Rocky Mountains, where she found her niche in public radio at KUNC in Greeley, Colo.

Classical Music with Ward Jacobson


Ward Jacobson has enjoyed a radio career spanning over two decades as a morning show host and sportscaster, as well as producer/host of an interview program where he chatted up both local and national authors, musicians, politicians and newsmakers.

Composers Datebook


Composers Datebook is a daily two-minute program designed to inform, engage, and entertain listeners with timely information about composers of the past and present. Each program notes significant or intriguing musical events involving composers of the past and present—with appropriate and accessible music related to each.

Dakota Air: The Radio Show (aired 2010-2013)


Dakota Air: The Radio Show was a a live variety show with music, comedy, and local history performed in “old time radio” style at different locations across North Dakota, then broadcast on Prairie Public’s statewide radio network.

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Dakota Datebook radio features air weekdays at 8:35 am, 3:50 pm, 6:30 pm and 7:50 pm CT on Prairie Public. Find archived Dakota Datebook stories here.


Dimensions in Jazz


Each Friday night at 11pm CT, Bob Schieffer chooses a modern jazz artist for the evening’s focus. Find his playlists here.


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Dream Farm Radio


From beautiful southern New Hampshire, WICN is happy to bring you DreamFarm Radio, hosted by the lovely and talented Julie Lavender. DreamFarm Radio is an intimate look inside both the abstract and analytical creative process of special guest musicians. DreamFarm Radio steps over the boundaries of musical genres to explore a broad range of Jazz sounds.



Echoes is a daily two-hour music soundscape distributed by Public Radio International and broadcast on 130 radio stations from Maine to California. With host John Diliberto, a writer for Billboard, Pulse and other magazines, Echoes brings together a wide array of styles, from acoustic to electronic, jazz to space music, the avant-garde to rock.



eTown is an exciting weekly radio show that’s been on the air from coast to coast for 21 years. Unlike any other program, eTown mixes live music from top performers in a wide variety of styles with conversation and information about our communities, our environment and common sense stewardship.

Friday Night Swing


On Friday Night Swing, Prairie Public host Lloyd Anderson plays an hour of big band, jazz and classic rhythm and blues recordings designed to get the weekend started.

From the Top


Based in Boston, From the Top is an independent non-profit organization and radio show that celebrates the power of music in the hands of extraordinary young people.

Germans from Russia radio series


The Germans from Russia Dakota Memories Oral History Project (DMOHP), a project of North Dakota State University’s Heritage Collection at the North Dakota State University Libraries, preserves the history and heritage of second- and third-generation Germans from Russia.

Hear it Now


Hear it Now was Prairie Public’s weekday live interview program from 1999 to 2011. With new focus and new co-hosts, the program has been remodeled as Main Street.

Health Access


Health Access programs were produced with the help of Sound Partners for Community Health, a program of the Benton Foundation. Support for Health Access was provided by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

High Risk High


High Risk High is a multi-media project about youth drinking in North Dakota.

Insight Daily


Insight Daily Radio (ID Radio) is a two-minute module fully loaded with interviews and insights from today’s most influential authors, musicians, artists, and creative minds. Now playing on over 80 non-commercial stations nationally, this latest innovation from OSN features a roster of talent that celebrates the best in art, cinema, music, cuisine, and publishing.

Inside Energy


Inside Energy is a collaborative journalism initiative among public media with roots in Colorado, Wyoming and North Dakota. Our distinctive storytelling focuses on the critical intersection of people and power.

Into the Music with Mike Olson


Prairie Public’s own Mike Olson spins roots, rock, and jazz like no other radio personality when he hosts Into The Music. Take an excursion into music that spans eras and genres.

Jazz After Hours


Jazz After Hours is a late night jazz radio show hosted by Jim Wilke.

Jazz Junket



Jazz Junket is hosted by Ryan Schweitzer. The radio program airs at 11:00 pm Fridays on Prairie Public.




JazzWorks is classic recordings by many of the legends of American music, new music by emerging artists from all over the world, presented by hosts who know the music and the artists, and an entertaining, engaging tour of an American treasure, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.



Law of Jazz


The Law of Jazz was hosted by Bill Law, an adjunct member of the NDSU faculty since 1999 who teaches applied bass and jazz studies. Bill decided to take a break in September of 2015—we hope to have him back on the air in the future.

A Little Night Music with Ted Quanrud


Programmed almost exclusively from the host’s personal collection, A Little Night Music, formerly known as Sunday Serenade, is three hours of classical orchestral, instrumental, chamber, choral and vocal music.

Living on Earth


Living on Earth with Steve Curwood is the weekly environmental news and information program distributed by Public Radio International.

The Lohdown on Science


The Loh Down on Science is your daily humorous yet informative syndicated radio science minute.

Main Street


Main Street, hosted by Doug Hamilton and with contributor Ashley Thornberg, keeps its finger on the pulse of Prairie Public’s broadcast region.



The Marketplace portfolio of programs includes Marketplace with Kai Ryssdal, Marketplace Morning Report with David Brancaccio, Marketplace Weekend with Lizzie O’Leary, and Marketplace Tech with Ben Johnson.


Morning Edition


Every weekday for more than three decades, NPR’s Morning Edition has taken listeners around the country and the world with two hours of multi-faceted stories and commentaries. NPR and Prairie Public’s news team informs, challenges and occasionally amuses. Morning Edition is the most listened-to news radio program in the country.

The Moth Radio Hour


The Moth Radio Hour features our most beloved tales and the stories behind the stories. The series debuted in 2009 and is now airing on more than 200 stations nationwide.

Mountain Stage


The Mountain Stage audience is treated to engaging live performances by emerging talent and established favorites in a variety of genres.

Music from the Hearts of Space


Hearts of Space began as a San Francisco late night radio show in 1973 and went national on public radio in 1983.


Native American Stories of Resilience


Thirty narratives from Native Americans who live in the Bismarck-Mandan metropolitan area provide intriguing glimpses into Native American culture, philosophy, and psychology, and reflect personal successes, high-point experiences, and dreams for the future.


National Native News


National Native News provides listeners with relevant, timely  coverage on Native American and Indigenous communities. The program began in 1987 and is currently produced in Albuquerque, New Mexico. NNN appeals to radio listeners who are engaged in the world around them and who seek out a broader range of viewpoints.

Natural North Dakota


Chuck Lura has a broad knowledge of Natural North Dakota and loves sharing that knowledge with others. His short essays air weekly.

New American Stories


Every immigrant has a story. This Prairie Public radio series explores those stories.


The New Yorker Radio Hour

The New Yorker Radio Hour is a weekly program presented by the magazine’s editor, David Remnick.

Notas Latinas


Since 1989, Notas Latinas has been your connection to the vibrant rhythms of today’s newest Latino hits as well as yesterday’s favorites. The playlist “rocks” with mariachi, norteño, pop, banda, tropical, Tejano, and grupero music.

On Being with Krista Tippett


On Being is a Peabody Award-winning public radio conversation and podcast, a Webby Award-winning website and online exploration, a publisher and public event convener.

Perspectives on Prairie Climate Stewardship


Prairie Public has recorded reports and talks from the International Climate Stewardship Solutions Conference. The conference was in Bismarck, North Dakota June 29th and 30th, 2009.

Plains Folk


Plains Folk, a commentary by Tom Isern devoted to life on the great plains of North America, is a special weekly feature on Main Street.

A Prairie Home Companion


A Prairie Home Companion is produced by Prairie Home Productions, and distributed nationwide by American Public Media.

Prairie Public Presents


Tune in Sundays at 5 pm CT for a fresh variety of radio programs—a new one each week!

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Prebys on Classics


Prebys on Classics with Prairie Public host Scott Prebys is an integration of a rich and varied repertoire of classical music with brief comments meant to enhance the listening experience.

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Prebys on Jazz


Prebys on Jazz with Prairie Public host Scott Prebys reflects a wide variety of performance genres.

Putumayo World Music


Putumayo World Music was established in 1993 to introduce people to the music of the world’s cultures.


Red River Ramble


Red River Ramble is a bluegrass show produced locally by David Smith, who was nominated for a ‘broadcaster of the year’ award by The International Bluegrass Music Association.

Riverwalk Jazz


Since 1987, Riverwalk Jazz radio broadcasts have featured the Jim Cullum Jazz Band with distinguished musical guests. Riverwalk Jazz ceased production in late 2015, but you can listen to archived programs here.

Saturday Evening Blues Cruise


Saturday Evening Blues Cruise is hosted by Prairie Public’s own Mike Olson.

Song Travels


Host Michael Feinstein uncovers the intimate journey singers and songs take with one another, each changing the other through the course of a lifetime.

Sound Beat


Sound Beat is a daily, 90 second show highlighting the holdings of the Belfer Audio Archive. The Belfer is part of the Syracuse University Libraries, and is one of the largest sound archives in the United States. Each SB episode focuses on one particular recording from the Archive, and provides a back story detailing its place in recording history.

Sounds Eclectic(KCRW)


World-renowned for its music programming, KCRW DJs are given one directive: “play what you love.”

Stand Up ND


Stand Up ND: Ways to Stop Bullying is a multimedia project from Prairie Public Broadcasting funded in part by the Bush Foundation, Otto Bremer Foundation and American Public Media.



StarDate is the perfect skywatching companion for amateur astronomers or anyone interested in celestial events and space exploration.

Studio 360


The Peabody Award-winning, Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen, from PRI and WNYC, is public radio’s smart and surprising arts and culture guide.


Sunday Baroque


Sunday Baroque is a celebration of beloved and appealing music from the baroque era (1600-1750) and the years leading up to it.

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TED Radio Hour


The TED Radio Hour is a journey through fascinating ideas: astonishing inventions, fresh approaches to old problems, new ways to think and create. The TED Radio Hour is hosted by Guy Raz, and is a co-production of NPR & TED.

The Takeaway


The Takeaway is an hour-long national news program that relies on the contributions of listeners across the country to deliver the perspectives and analysis you need to understand the day’s news.

The Thomas Jefferson Hour


The Thomas Jefferson Hour is a weekly radio program dedicated to thesearch for truth in the tradition of Thomas Jefferson.

This American Life


This American Life is a weekly public radio show broadcast on more than 500 stations to about 2.1 million listeners. It is produced by Chicago Public Media, delivered to stations by PRX The Public Radio Exchange, and has won all of the major broadcasting awards.

Travel Explorations


Tune in the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month at 2 pm CT! Or read Katherine’s essays online here.


Travel with Rick Steves


Guidebook author and travel TV host Rick Steves is America’s most respected authority on European travel.

Vinyl Café


The Vinyl Cafe is an hour-long radio variety show hosted by Stuart McLean and broadcast on CBC radio, BBC Radio 7 and on as many as 80 U.S. public radio stations.

Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!


Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! is NPR’s weekly hour-long quiz program. Each week on the radio you can test your knowledge against some of the best and brightest in the news and entertainment world while figuring out what’s real news and what’s made up. On the Web, you can play along too.

Weekend All Things Considered


While you were out over the weekend, the All Things Considered team was putting together “must hear” Saturday and Sunday shows.

Weekend Edition


Saturday mornings are made for Weekend Edition Saturday, the program wraps up the week’s news and offers a mix of analysis and features on a wide range of topics, including arts, sports, entertainment, and human interest stories.


Whad’Ya Know?


Whad’Ya Know? is an American comedy, interview, and quiz radio show. Hosted by Michael Feldman, it was created in 1985.

Why? Philosophical Discussions About Everyday Life


Hosted by University of North Dakota professor Jack Russell Weinstein, WHY? features a range of guests who either work in academic philosophy or whose professions are ideal for bringing out philosophical issues and assumption.

Women in Music


Women in Music is a dynamic group of individuals in music working together to support, cultivate and recognize the talents of women in our field.

World Café with David Dye


World Cafe is hosted and produced by David Dye , who presents interviews and performances with today’s essential and emerging artists.

Writers Almanac


The Writer’s Almanac is a daily radio and on-line program and podcast of poetry and historical interest pieces, usually of literary significance.

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