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Energy Issues and Answers: Oil Well Reclamation

Prairie Public's news director Dave Thompson is investigating the issues surrounding hundreds of North Dakota oil wells that are being plugged and returned to agricultural land.

Learn more in this new, several-part digital series.

Little Stories

The North Dakota Council on the Arts documented how quickly artists and communities across the state pivoted during the pandemic to make sure art was central to new ways of gathering. Hear reports of how it went in these Little Stories.

Prairie Public Podcasts

Listen to your favorite Prairie Public radio programs and segments on your own time by subscribing to our podcasts! Search and subscribe to Prairie Public podcasts on your favorite podcast app.

Breaking Barriers

In Breaking Barriers, hear excerpts from the Red River Rainbow Seniors' oral history project, “Breaking Barriers: Harvesting LGBTQ Stories from the Northern Plains,” which features stories from folks who grew up back when being “out” was socially unacceptable.

The Cutting Ed

The Cutting Ed celebrates great teaching practices, innovation, inspiring and thoughtful conversations about the public education system. This program is produced weekly by North Dakota United in partnership with Ted Dintersmith, the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction, and Prairie Public Education Services.

Dakota Datebook

Sitting Bull to Phil Jackson, cattle to prairie dogs, knoefla to lefse — Dakota Datebook has provided your daily dose of North Dakota "on this day" history every weekday since 2003.

Dakota Datebook: 100 Years of Women Voting

The effort for women's suffrage roiled North Dakota for years, along with the rest of the country. The 19th Amendment finally became law in 1919, so it's a good time to look back at the characters, their arguments and actions, the defeats, close calls, and victories.

Dakota Datebook: 100 Years of Women Voting is a Prairie Public radio series and podcast in cooperation with the State Historical Society of North Dakota and the North Dakota Woman Suffrage Centennial Committee, and it’s generously funded by the North Dakota Humanities Council, a nonprofit, independent state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Dakota Datebook: Remembering Theodore Roosevelt

Our 26th president, Theodore Roosevelt, was a lauded statesman, orator, and storyteller. He wrote more books than any other president and, indeed, more than most authors and intellectuals. To commemorate him and his North Dakota legacy, Roosevelt scholar and re-enactor Steve Stark has made selections from his speeches, books, and letters for this special Dakota Datebook series, Remembering Theodore Roosevelt.

Hunger Free ND

Main Street's Doug and Ashley host conversations with people who are working in the Hunger Free North Dakota Coalition. Hear about rural grocery stores, getting children excited about nutrition, Meals on Wheels, mothers and food, and more in Hunger Free ND.

Main Street

Main Street, hosted by Doug Hamilton with co-host/producer Ashley Thornberg, keeps its finger on the pulse of Prairie Public's broadcast region.

Main Street Eats

Sue Balcom, owner of the Root Sellers Farm, is a blogger, author of four books, farmer’s marketer, fabric artist, self-described bread head. And now, Sue chats with Doug Hamilton and Ashley Thornberg on Main Street Eats, a weekly segment, to talk about community, family, and culinary traditions of North Dakota. For cool!

Matt Olien's Movie Reviews

Television producer Matt Olien doubles as Prairie Public's resident movie critic for Matt Olien's Movie Reviews. Matt uses his background in film studies and extensive knowledge of movie history to review a current film. Stay tuned until the end, where he's quizzed with obscure Oscar trivia.

Prairie Public Music News

Prairie Public Music News is a fun, conversational recap of stories from the world of roots, rock, and alternative music; the digital spectrum; milestones from music history; and music birthdays. Get the scoop on upcoming releases and get wise to new artists you'll be talking about tomorrow. Erik Deatherage takes you on a two-minute journey of news from the cool and diverse genres of music you hear on Prairie Public every day.

Natural North Dakota

Chuck Lura has a broad knowledge of "Natural North Dakota"and loves sharing that knowledge with others. Since 2005, Chuck has written a weekly column, “Naturalist at Large,” for the Lake Metigoshe Mirror, and his “The Naturalist” columns appear in several other weekly North Dakota newspapers. Lura has been a biology professor at Dakota College at Bottineau since 1984, and he publishes research on ecological aspects of grasslands in the northern Great Plains.

North Dakota Legislative Review

Listen each week as news director Dave Thompson hosts conversations with newsmakers in the capital. North Dakota Legislative Review airs each week throughout the session.

Plains Folk

Plains Folk is a commentary devoted to life on the great plains of North Dakota. Written by Tom Isern of West Fargo, North Dakota, and read in newspapers across the region for years, Plains Folk venerates fall suppers and barn dances and reminds us that "more important to our thoughts than lines on a map are the essential characteristics of the region — the things that tell what the plains are, not just where they are."

Poems for the Moment

Prairie Public asked North Dakota writers to select one of their poems to serve as a commentary on the current point in history. Poems for the Moment is a broadcast and podcast series and funded by a grant from the ND Humanities Council.

Poetry Out Loud North Dakota

High school students from around North Dakota perform poems by poets from Shakespeare to the current Poet Laureate, Joy Harjo.

Each episode of Poetry Out Loud North Dakota has recitations from the statewide contest (17 schools in 2020). The students studied the poems to understand the meaning and worked on creating the best performance, and the results are intense and often moving.

The Thomas Jefferson Hour

Thomas Jefferson was a man of the Enlightenment, a student of human nature and gentlemanly behavior, and he applied this to his personal life as well as to both the national and world wide challenges he faced during the forming of our nation. Nationally acclaimed humanities scholar and award-winning first-person interpreter of Thomas Jefferson, Clay Jenkinson, portrays Jefferson on The Thomas Jefferson Hour as he answers listener questions while in the persona of Jefferson.

StoryCorps North Dakota

StoryCorps recorded interviews in Bismarck from June 28-July 27, 2018, as part of its cross-country MobileBooth tour. In the MobileBooth, two people are able to record a meaningful conversation with one another about who they are, what they’ve learned in life, and how they want to be remembered. A selection of locally recorded stories aired on Main Street and Morning Edition, and have been published as the podcast StoryCorps North Dakota.

TellTale: Dakota Folklife and Stories

Enjoy a glimpse into the folklife — and the heart — of North Dakota! TellTale: Dakota Folklife and Stories is a collection of narratives describing the shared personal experiences and lore of life on the North Dakota plains.

TellTale is produced in partnership with Dakota Legacy, elder care and service organizations statewide, and North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA). This effort is supported in part by a grant from NDCA, which receives funding from the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Uplifted is a podcast a blog and a journey, from stories of adversity to new insights for a better life. Think of it as mindfulness taken off the mat and put into practice. Each short episode begins with a story of a personal challenge that, through awareness, leads to new insights and calmer, more positive ways of responding.

Why? Philosophical Discussions About Everyday Life

Join host Jack Russell Weinstein as he engages in philosophical discussions about the most common-place topics on Why? Philosophical Discussions About Everyday Life. Weinstein is a professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at the University of North Dakota, and is also the director of The Institute for Philosophy in Public Life.