In 1982, Judge Bruce Van Sickle issued a series of orders that changed how North Dakota cares for its citizens who are developmentally disabled. Hundreds of children and adults left the overcrowded institutions in San Haven and Grafton to find homes in communities across the state. Thirty years later, I Am A Person is reviewing the historical context and investigating the outcome of that reformation. In this 60-minute documentary, the people who have been most affected by the change speak out—to explore what is possible when people with developmental disabilities are provided with the care they need to live full and happy lives, and to build awareness about how they contribute to their communities through both their work and social capital.
Producer: Kim Stenehjem Editor: Heidi Nelson Executive Producer: Bob Dambach Production funding provided by North Dakota Association of Community Providers through a grant from The North Dakota State Council on Developmental Disabilities and by the members of Prairie Public.
This DVD includes all 13 30-minute episodes in the cultural magazine series. “Indian Pride” showcaess the unique lifestyles of North America’s 562 Indian nations—honoring the historical past with enthusiasm for contemporary culture.
The Germans from Russia Heritage Collection of North Dakota State University and Prairie Public Television are proud to introduce this specially commissioned sculpture by nationally recognized artist, Nellie Kranz-Edwards of Butte, ND.
Numerous museums and historical societies including the State Historical Society of North Dakota and the International Peace Garden have already had Nellie design for them. Six of the artist’s eight children are involved in hand-casting and hand-painting each piece with as much skill as their mother. As a reminder of your own Germans from Russia heritage, or as a unique birthday, anniversary, or Christmas gift for someone special, this keepsake will be the kind of gift you will be proud to give — and you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you are helping to support the important work of the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection and Prairie Public. The “Iron Cross Memorial Keepsake” is full of fine detail. Rich in symbolism from the cross itself to wheat; prairie grass and hearts to prairie roses and the shawl which the German-Russian women wore. Gold/bronze pulver is used to highlight much of the artwork, which hangs on a handsome walnut and brass stand, complete with brass engraving. The inscription reads “Prairie Crosses, Prairie Voices.”
“It’s all earth and sky!” was the reaction of one German-Russian immigrant when she arrived on the plains of the Midwest. “It’s All Earth and Sky,” a 60-minute documentary, is the sixth in Prairie Public’s series about the legacy of the Germans from Russia. In it, five representative Germans from Russia who have attained success and stability share their insights on the process of becoming American.
Immigration implies departure as well as arrival. Transport from one country to another may mean deportation; it inescapably includes exile, whether voluntary or forced, and brings disruption to families in the old country and in the new. Immigrants require courage and fortitude, even when they are weak and poor. Like many others who have come here seeking a land of promise and opportunity, Germans from Russia have suffered, and the have prevailed. This program features interviews with Arthur Flegel, Debra Marquart, Al Neuharth, Henry Schmick, and Brian Schweitzer.
Taped live in North Dakota with renowned Jefferson scholar Clay Jenkinson, this 60-minute DVD is a fascinating first-person cultural commentary about Lewis and Clark’s North Dakota journey through the eyes of the man who ordered the famous expedition—Thomas Jefferson.
Clay Jenkinson—humorist, essayist, and social commentator—is considered one of the finest students of the life and achievement of Thomas Jefferson. He’s the man behind the Jeffersonian musings on public radio’s “The Thomas Jefferson Hour.”
Music of the Germans from Russia performed in German by John Gross.
Tracks Include 1. “Kleiner Mann und grosse Frau” (Small Husband and Large Wife) 2. “Es resien nach Frankreich” (They Travel To France) 3. “Morgenrot” (Sunrise) 4. “Ich bin der Doktor Eisenbart” (I Am Dr. Eisenbart) 5. “Ei, wie geht’s im Himmel zu” (How Are Things In Heaven) And 15 more!
Most of us don’t give a second thought about the wealth of history and culture that shapes our dining habits and taste preferences. Our recipes, menus, ceremonies, and etiquette are directly shaped by our country’s rich immigrant experience, the history and innovations of food preparation technology, and the ever-changing availability of key ingredients.
“Key Ingredients” explores four aspects of our complex relationship with food: Entrepreneurial Spirit Many people prefer to eat foods grown by people they know and using local resources. Eating Implications If you are what you eat, does it also matter when, where, and with whom you eat? Seed Savers Who are the keepers of the seeds? And are older varieties of seeds important? Economic Efficiencies Do we sacrifice lifestyle and sense of community when we strive for efficiency in agriculture? Executive Producer: Bob Dambach Associate Producers: Sarah Smith Warren, Dean Hulse, and Dakota Goodhouse
What began as a search for oil became the story of geologic CO2, enhanced oil recovery, and geologic CO2 sequestration–a 100-year journey from a drill hole venting CO2 in the desert of northern New Mexico–to a technology for managing carbon dioxide emissions from large industrial sources like power plants.
“Reducing Our Carbon Footprint: The Role of Markets” was produced by Prairie Public Broadcasting in collaboration with the Plains CO2 Reduction (PCOR) Partnership, led by the University of North Dakota’s Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC).
The June 2011 summer flood in Minot, North Dakota, devastated nearly half the city’s homes. Could the disaster have been avoided? And what is being done to assure it doesn’t happen again?
Minot Rebuilding Dreams chronicles Minot’s recovery and mitigation efforts to present a portrait of a city on the road to recovery.
Colonel Michael Price from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Gregg Wiche from the U.S. Geological Survey, Tom Carroll from FEMA in Denver, and members of the International Souris River Board offer their perspectives.
The one-hour documentary also features the residents who are coping and rebuilding their city, including many who still live in the massive FEMA trailer park on the outskirts of town.
This DVD also includes part one of the two-part Minot series, Minot: When the Water Recedes, which premiered in September 2011, and a 30-minute update filmed in May 2013 with Prairie Public news director Dave Thompson; Minot Mayor Curt Zimbelman; and Lt. Col. Kendall Bergmann, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Producers: Matt Olien and Dave Thompson Editor: Cassie Larson Videographer: Dave Geck Executive Producer: Bob Dambach Captioning: Armour Captioning Production funding provided by the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation and by the members of Prairie Public.
Of the factors that will shape North Dakota’s future, water is the least understood and least talked about by the state’s citizens. During a time when the American public spends more than $10,000 a minute on designer water, very little attention is paid to the water than gushes so obediently from their kitchen faucets. In this 60-minute documentary on DVD, “More Precious Than Gold” examines the important issues facing North Dakota and poses the questions the region must answer about its future.
What must we do to improve the supply and quality of water on the Indian reservations, to rural residents, to small communities with antiquated infrastructure, and to large population centers outgrowing their current water sources? How will we supply water to our growing population centers in times of drought? Will we be able to meet our own water needs and the demands of upstream and downstream concerns? How can we answer concerns about biota transfer? What can be done to ensure that every North Dakotan has an adequate supply of high quality, affordable water?
This DVD includes MOTHER NATURE IN CHARGE: DEVILS LAKE THE DILEMMA and MOTHER NATURE IN CHARGE: DEVILS LAKE LIFE STORIES, a total of nearly 90 minutes of informative, in depth analysis of the Devils Lake water situation.
MOTHER NATURE IN CHARGE: DEVILS LAKE LIFE STORIES examines the plight of the area’s frustrated residents, including horse farm owner Tammy Tollefson, whose only access in and out of her property is a duck boat, and Dan Webster, a farmer who has already had to burn one farm to the ground and is trying to keep his operation above water, so to speak. Harriet Horner-Larson, now living in Fordville, has been forced to raze two houses because of raging waters and unlivable conditions. And miles away, in Churchs Ferry, mayor Paul Christenson is nearly the last man standing as the tiny town is on the verge of de-consolidating.
MOTHER NATURE IN CHARGE: DEVILS LAKE THE DILEMMA focuses on the new outlet, the concerns of downstream residents in Valley City and farmers in the Devils Lake Basin, and some recollections from former North Dakota Senator Mark Andrews.
Executive Producer: Bob Dambach Associate Producer: Matt Olien Editor: Ben Stommes Production funding provided by Ramsey National Bank & Trust Co., Devils Lake; Bergstrom Cars, Devils Lake; Nodak Electric Cooperative, Grand Forks; Devils Lake Basin Joint Water Resource Board; and by the members of Prairie Public.
This 60-minute Prairie Public local television documentary chronicles the history of the road now known as I-94. The production, which premiered on the non-profit network in May 2007, chronicles how the evolution of North Dakota’s primary east-west route influenced the state’s development. Original music by Chuck Suchy.
North Dakota’s troubadour, Chuck Suchy, performs on stage at the Fargo Theatre in a concert taped for broadcast by Prairie Public Broadcasting now available on DVD. He’s joined on stage by “A Prairie Home Companion’s” Peter Ostroushko and well-known musicians Joel Sayles and Joe Savage backing up the music on bass, pedal steel, dobro, harmonica, jaw harp and banjo.
“The Old Red Trail Concert” includes a live performance of Suchy’s original music from Prairie Public’s local documentary about the history of the road now known as I-94. The production, which premiered on the non-profit network in May 2007, chronicles how the evolution of North Dakota’s primary east-west route influenced the state’s development.
The CD soundtrack includes Suchy’s original music from Prairie Public’s local documentary about the history of the road now known as I-94, plus three previously recorded Chuck Suchy songs.
“The Old Red Trail” CD audio soundtrack features the original music of Chuck Suchy, North Dakota’s troubadour. Suchy was joined in the studio by “A Prairie Home Companion’s” Peter Ostroushko and well-known musicians Joel Sayles and Joe Savage on mandolin, fiddle, bass, pedal steel, dobro, harmonica, jaw harp and banjo.
For decades, “downtown” was the hub of the economic and social lives of rural residents across North Dakota. But today, these same downtowns are struggling to maintain their vitality and in some cases even their sense of identity.
As the rural population declines and the state’s agriculture-based economy struggles, boarded buildings and empty storefronts now dominate once prosperous streets. Seeking to reverse years of decline, some local organizations are taking steps to revitalize their communities. Across the state, community groups and entrepreneurs with vision are rehabilitating old buildings and putting them to new uses, helping small towns preserve their identity and quality of life. The 60-minute documentary Old To New: Remodel, Restore, Revitalize will showcase the history of change affecting small town economies, explore the reasons why so many rural business districts are failing, and examine some of the new ideas being implemented today and their implications for community leaders.
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