This 60-minute documentary explores the joys and challenges of life on the plains through the stories of the Stenberg brothers. Arnold, Cap, Chris, Henry, Ray, and Selmer were the children of western North Dakota homesteaders, and they belonged to the generation that survived the Great Depression and experienced World War II.
Weaving together interviews, archival footage, and letters sent during World War II, 6 Brothers recounts how an ordinary North Dakota family experienced one of America’s most intriguing time periods. Further, it touches on how their lives and experiences have helped to shape future generations.
Producer: Daniel Stenberg. Editor: Dave Geck. Executive Producer: Bob Dambach. Major production funding provided by the Williston State College Foundation, the North Dakota Humanities Council, Basin Electric Cooperative, an Operation Round Up grant from McKenzie Electric, and by the members of Prairie Public. To learn more about the brothers, including access to more than 1,000 pages of letters sent by the brothers during World War II, visit www.6brothersfilm.com.
After 30 years, Herro Mustafa has the opportunity to return to the Kurdish region of Iraq, where she was born and fled as a refugee. “American Herro” weaves the sadness and disorder created by Saddam Hussein’s Baathist regime and the ongoing genocide of the Kurdish people with a story of hope and freedom for a young Kurdish girl growing up in America.
This documentary about the Germans from Russia examines what causes a region, a place, to imprint itself upon the people who are born and live there. What is the connection between landscape and memory; what is forgotten, what is remembered? How may a territory endure in the minds of the descendants of those inhabitants after years, even after generations, have passed?
Stories provided by Msgr. Joseph Senger, Christina Gross Jundt, Helen Feist Krumm, Dr. Adam Geisinger, Fr. Thomas Welk, Theresa Kuntz Bachmeier, Barbara Schneider Risling, Ron Volk, Colleen Zeiler, Debra Marquart, Mary Ebach, and Clara Ebach. Production funding provided by the Germans From Russia Cultural Preservation Foundation; German From Russia Heritage Collection, NDSU Libraries; Monsignor Joseph Senger; and the members of Prairie Public. Producer Bob Dambach; Writers Dona Reeves-Marquardt and Lewis Marquardt; Executive Producers Michael Miller and Bob Dambach.
Prairie Public’s 30-minute DVD “The Bank of North Dakota” chronicles the bank’s fascinating history and reviews its key role in financing the state’s economic future.
During the early 1900s, North Dakota’s economy was dangerously dependent on a single industry—agriculture, an industry controlled by financial interests outside the state. To diversify the economy and regain control of its financial future, North Dakota created a unique asset: the state-owned Bank of North Dakota. North Dakota is the only state in the union with a state-owned bank. The program documents the rise of the Non-Partisan League and its struggle to overthrow the out of state interests that controlled the North Dakota economy and chronicles the political infighting, the dirty tricks, the back room deals, and the amazing series of events that led to the creation of the bank. “The Bank of North Dakota” features historians, economists, bank staff members and members of the Industrial Commission discussing how the bank came into existence, how it has responded over the years to its mission, and its evolving role in promoting commerce, agriculture and industry.
Lord Selkirk’s compassion for the Scottish crofters helped seed the Canadian prairies. Built on Agriculture pays tribute to Selkirk and the settlers of those early decades, investigates the grain exchanges and pools that contributed to the growth of agriculture in Manitoba and western Canada, interviews farmers who carry on the traditions, and considers the trends and technology that are building the future of agriculture. The four 30-minute episodes are titled The Selkirk Settlers, The Institutions, The Farmer, and Feeding the World.
The Civilian Conservation Corps was born from the desperate need of a country in the grips of the Great Depression. Just five days after taking office in 1933, President Roosevelt introduced a bill proposing the first of his New Deal programs—the Civilian Conservation Corps. Built To Last: The Legacy of the CCC in Minnesota tours some of the most beloved projects in Minnesota and recalls those workers who lived in tents, carved trails, built roads, fought forest fires, planted trees, created erosion control systems, stocked lakes, preserved historic structures, and built iconic permanent park structures that we are still enjoying today.
The 2-CD audio set “Candles at Canaan” is a collection of “Plains Folk” radio essays heard on Prairie Public. Their author, Tom Isern, a lifelong resident of the Great Plains, is professor of history at North Dakota State University. His pal Bob Groves, who provides the musical interludes between the essays, is professor of music at North Dakota State University. Isern is the author or co-author of six books about life on the plains.
CD #1 includes the following essays: 1 Can Pile 2 Sister Catherine’s Grotto 3 Cruel Cold Land 4 Driving to Manfred 5 Newcomers 6 Social Capital 7 Take Back the Taverns 8 Holiday House 9 Smelt Fry 10 Signs & Wonders 11 North Dakota Rant 12 Mysterious. CD #2 includes the following essays: 1 Lutefisk & Meatballs 2 Turkey & Kraut 3 Cruel Cold Land 4 Chubaracka 5 Red-eye 6 Chokecherry Hostile 7 Cowbell Game 8 Goat Game 9 Rednob’s Return 10 Cradle Hymn 11 Cather Christmas 12 Candles at Canaan
Chuck Suchy: Sure am Glad to be Around is an intimate portrait of iconic North Dakota musician Chuck Suchy. He talks about his creative process, the lessons he learned as an artist in residence in Iceland, the influences on his music, and the challenges that are taking him far from his ranch in western North Dakota at a time when most musicians would be thinking about retiring.
Producer: Kim Stenehjem Videographer/Editor: Dave Geck Executive Producer: Bob Dambach
THE FIGHT FOR A HOMELAND IN AMERICA. It began in 1862 with the largest mass execution in American history in Minnesota. Thousands died on the Great Plains as the battles spread to the Dakotas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Montana, Nebraska, and Wyoming. Brought to you by Emmy-nominated producer/writer Darrell Dorgan and Emmy-winner videographer/editor David Geck.
This three-DVD set includes “A Considered View: The Photography of Wayne Gudmundson,” “Bill Holm: Through the Windows of Brimnes,” and “A Photographer’s View of Iceland.”
“A Considered View: The Photography of Wayne Gudmundson” chronicles the route this prolific photographer has taken–how his Icelandic heritage relates to his craft, the mentors and muses that inspire him, the students who enthuse him, and the philosophy that explains his considered view. In “Bill Holm: Through the Windows of Brimnes” meet poet, essayist, musician, and Minnesota native Bill Holm. “A Photographer’s View of Iceland” travels to Iceland, where the beautiful landscape and friendly people have inspired countless artists to capture the sights and explore its volcanic majesty.
Compiled by Nelly Das. Between 1763 and 1815, people from very different areas, notably Schwabia, Baden and Hesse, left their homelands to emigrate to distant reaches of Russia, but they took their culture along with them.
Customs and traditions are certainly part of culture, but so are foodways. I would imagine that in those days there were few if any cookbooks, so that most women were, at best, left to collecting a series of handwritten recipes. In the colonist villages, recipes were passed on from mother to daughter. And today the Aussiedler are returning to their country with recipes that have been handed down for 200 years.
“The Dirty Thirties: German Russians Remember” features stories from the narrators of the Dakota Memories Oral History Project (DMOHP) who grew up on the Northern Plains, from South Dakota to North Dakota to Saskatchewan. They share memories of the Great Depression and Dust Bowl era, otherwise known as “The Dirty Thirties.” This audio CD features a variety of narrations about dust storms, extreme temperatures, grasshopper invasions, and New Deal programs. Environmental historian and NDSU Professor of History Mark Harvey, PhD, has added scholarly commentary, discussing the environmental conditions on the Northern Plains during the 1930s.
Most people have heard that it’s “Rockin’ in the Bakken,” but what does that mean to the residents of the Williston Basin? Faces of the Oil Patch describes the new visage of the oil patch—the areas in and around Williston, Watford City, Tioga, Stanley, New Town, Parshall, and Fort Berthold—in the words of the people who live and work in these communities.
The 60-minute documentary shows us the towns that don’t have the infrastructure to support the uncontrolled and dramatic growth, the ranchers who now view bumper-to-bumper traffic all day rather than the rare vehicle traveling along the two-lane horizon to horizon, and the oil workers who earn huge salaries but live in makeshift housing without hope of finding homes suitable for their families. The narratives and stunning video are woven together with visual images captured by noted still photographer Wayne Gudmundson to show everyday life and the changing landscape of northwestern North Dakota. Production funding provided by North Dakota Humanities Council, North Dakota Council on the Arts, and the members of Prairie Public.
“Fish, Mercury, and Nutrition: The Net Effects,” a 30-minute documentary, explores the many benefits of eating ocean fish and the risk of mercury exposure for the population with the most to gain (or lose): unborn and young children. Pregnant and nursing moms will learn why two ocean fish meals a week during the critical window of development can safely give their babies lifelong benefits. The rest of the population also benefits by including ocean fish in their healthy diets.
“Fish, Mercury, and Nutrition: The Net Effects” is a production of Prairie Public Broadcasting in collaboration with the University of North Dakota Energy & Environmental Research Center, Grand Forks, North Dakota. Funding is provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Marine Fisheries Service Pacific Islands Regional Office and the members of Prairie Public. Executive Producers Bob Dambach and Laura Raymond; Producers/Writers Charlene Crocker and Daniel Daly; Production Associate Sheila Hanson; Narrator Dan Michaels.
Crispy Bratkartoffeln, succulent brathuhn, creamy Kopfsalat, brillian Borscht, savory Strudel, plump Holubsti, Eintopfgerichte that can make a feast, invigorating Hochzeit Red Eye — you’ll find more than 400 recipes for these historic foods titled in English and German with comments on how dishes varied within this seemingly homogeneous ethnic group. It’s about family recipes for everyday and for holidays. It’s about the farm butcher, the farmhouse cook and gardener, the home vintner. “German Food & Folkways” is about food and drink that has nourished and nurtured for centuries.
The author, Rose Marie H. Gueldner, a descendant of Germans from Russia pioneers, has worked as an educator, professional cook, writer, journalist, and businesswoman. She spent years researching history, traveling to ethnic communities, visiting cooks and gathering data for this book.
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