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Moorhead photographer Wayne Gudmundson’s black and white photographs are admired not only for their beauty, but also for their cultural significance-they capture the grandeur of Gudmundson’s native prairie landscape with focus that evokes a meaningful sense of place. The Emmy-award winning program 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.

Painting with Paulson Series 9 includes 13 30-minute shows that teach important painting basics, plus bonus materials that show techniques for using glaze and achieving amazing results with special effects. Also included in this new series is a tour of a location in California that inspired one of Buck’s paintings and line drawings of Buck’s paintings that can be downloaded on a computer and printed to use as guides.

To film Global Energy and Carbon: Tracking Our Footprint, Prairie Public visited middle-class homes in three very different environments, Minneapolis, Cameroon, and Delhi, to document a “typical” family’s impact on the environment and workable strategies they can employ to reduce their carbon footprints.

In Golfing Gems: The Best Small Town Courses, Prairie Public’s Matt Olien explores our region’s best small town golf courses. Folks in the Upper Midwest love their golf. In fact, North Dakota, Minnesota, and Manitoba have among the highest per capita rates of golfers in all of North America. This hour long travel show proves why.

A Photographer’s View of Iceland travels with photographer Wayne Gudmundson to to the island nation, where the beautiful landscape and friendly people have inspired countless artists to capture the sights and explore its volcanic majesty.

Prairie Artists profiled three artists from North Dakota received Bush Fellowships recognizing for enduring body of work: traditional storyteller Mary Lousie Defender Wilson, musician Keith Bear and visual artist Walter Piehl.

Filmed in scenic Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Manitoba locations through the four seasons,the Emmy-award winning documentary Homesteading blends interviews with historians, the stories told by descendents of homesteaders, and dramatic readings from pioneer diaries and letters to paint a picture of the people who struggled to create a life for themselves on the prairies.

Prairie Public and Read North Dakota presented An Evening with S.D. Nelson at the historic Fargo Theatre where the children’s author and illustrator discussed the influences his Native American heritage and growing up in North Dakota have had on his work.

Artist and teacher Buck Paulson is celebrating 10 seasons on public television! In this two-disk companion DVD to the tenth Painting with Paulson series, Buck demonstrates his favorite techniques and new painting processes, including the use of palette knifes to enhance surface intensity. Along with the 13 30-minute programs is a short Buck Paulson film biography and line drawings of Buck’s paintings that can be downloaded on a computer and printed to use as guides.

Prairie Public’s new arts and culture anthology program Prairie Mosaic kicks off its first season traveling across Manitoba, Minnesota, and North Dakota in search of the personalities, culture, and art that make the prairie region distinctive.

It’s All Earth and Sky! was the reaction of one German-Russian immigrant when she arrived on the plains of the Midwest. Like many others who came to the region seeking a land of promise and opportunity, she and her family endured—and prevailed—on this rich, expansive landscape. The hour-long documentary is the sixth documentary in Prairie Public’s series about the legacy of the Germans from Russia. It is a co-production of Prairie Public Broadcasting and the North Dakota State University Libraries.

Are you curious about the changes America’s new health care legislation will have on you, your family, or your business? In an important new program from Prairie Public and AARP The Health Care Law: What It Means, North Dakota Senator Kent Conrad helped answer questions and address concerns.

Prairie Public and Ducks Unlimited have teamed to produce this documentary about one of the most threatened biomes on the planet—a biome that is in our own backyard. America’s Grasslands: A Threatened National Treasure explores the uniqueness of this resource, the complicated reasons we’re losing grassland, and the efforts of ranchers and conservationists to protect it.

The hotly contested Face To Face: Election 2010 series included debates with candidates for the Senate and Congressional races for Minnesota’s 7th District and North Dakota seats in our nation’s capitol. The series also included a moderated discussion between adherents and proponents of North Dakota’s proposed Constitutional Amendment #1.

Prairie Pulse returned with its eighth season featuring host John Harris and the newsmakers of our region.


After 40 years of public service–18 of them as a US Senator–Byron Dorgan decided not to run for reelection in 2010. Prairie Public followed Byron Dorgan In The Halls Of Congress through a typical day as he navigates through all the surprising tasks required of a senator.

Hydrogen: Nature’s Fuel tells the story of hydrogen through a series of intriguing interviews from those working on cutting-edge hydrogen technologies. The program explains to viewers every step of the process, including how hydrogen is created, how it is transported and dispensed, and how it is used in fuel cell vehicles and other end uses.

The weekly news program Legislative Review brought legislative leaders to the Prairie Public studios to recap significant bills and disucss important issues being address by the 2011 North Dakota Legislature.

Prairie Mosaic brought more profiles of the talented artists, musicians, writers, and artisans who live and work in the prairie region.

Recorded live in the Prairie Public television studios, Prairie Musicians presents a series of 30 minute performances by area talents including The Johnson Family Band, Tim Sparks, Brenda Weiler, Elisa Korenne, Cotton Wood, Shadd Piehl, 8th Street String Quartet, and Jazz Arts Group of Fargo-Moorhead.

Wetlands–and the loss of wetlands–impact flooding and water quality. Wetlands: The Drain Game produced by Prairie Public and Ducks Unlimited Canada, investigates wetlands in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

The white chalky substance you see in farm fields indicates too much salt in the soil, and that salt can ruin crops and make it virtually unproductive. Salt of the Earth explores the cause of salinity and potential solutions, some of which can be controversial.

Fish really is brain food! Fish, Mercury and Nutrition: The Net Effect outlines the many benefits of eating ocean fish and clarifies the risk of mercury exposure for the population with the most to gain (or lose): unborn and young children.

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.

The ninth season of Prairie Pulse continues to bring engaging interviews with regional newsmakers, musicians, local artists, and special segments about the history, heritage, and culture of the prairie region.

Walter Piehl: Sweetheart of the Rodeo documents how this North Dakota visual artist and Minot State University art professor combines an expressionistic style with literal and interpretive investigations of many facets of Western American life.

The half-hour documentary Water: The Lifeblood of Energy describes the connection between water and energy and how cities and utilities across the western United States are using combinations of collaboration, conservation, and new technology to squeeze more use out of every precious drop of water.

Twenty-five hundred fourth-grade students and 250 adults attended this year’s Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Young People’s Concert: Meet The Orchestra. Prairie Public was there to record it, so you can enoy it too.

In order to raise awareness of the suffering that follows one of North Dakota’s worst disasters, Minot: When The Water Recedes tells the story of the flood through first hand accounts of Minot residents who are trying to pick up the pieces and make plans for the future.

To shine a spotlight on an important piece of prairie history, Steamboats on the Red examines the history of steamboat transportation on the Red River and the impact this important trade route had on the development of the region.

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