Prairie Public

Public media organization

Prairie Public Broadcasting is a trusted public service dedicated to building an exciting and productive future for the prairie and its people. Prairie Public Broadcasting offers a window on the world through national and regional television and radio programming; creates a forum for the most important issues facing our region with locally produced, topical programming; partners with others to foster education for all ages; and utilizes digital technology and Web services to expand those valued services. Beginning with a single television transmitter in Fargo, Prairie Public Broadcasting has grown to become the premier broadcaster of public television and radio services throughout the prairie region.

Mumford and Sons criticized for posing with provocative academic, Henry Rollins and Iggy Pop join William Shatner on his first Christmas album and Will Ferrell enlists all-star band for charity concert. 


The Great Depression of the 1930s did not feel so “great” to those suffering from unemployment, bank failures, or drought. The Depression was in full “3-D” – it was ‘Dire,’ ‘Disastrous,’ and “Dreadful.’  How did North Dakotans endure those Depression years from 1929 through 1940?

Here is one of those stories.

Dickey Betts of The Allman Brothers Band to undergo brain surgery after fall, Bob Dylan and Fleet Foxes ready big box sets, Jim James announces tour of swing states to help get out the vote and the late producer Richard Swift puts out new single on day his family scatters his ashes in Oregon. 


September 23 at 5 pm
This one-hour special goes way beneath the #MeToo to explore like "How, and when, did male dominance get started in the first place? (Spoiler: The cave men didn't invent patriarchy, and it's been around for only a fraction of human history.) From the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and PRX.

September 9 at 5pm:

Should we still read Shakespeare? This is a harder question than one might think. This week, Jack Russell Weinstein's guest is Adam Kitzes, a Professor of English at the University of North Dakota. He is the author of The Politics of Melancholy from Spenser to Milton and has written numerous articles about Shakespeare and teaching literature.

The Butterfly Effect

Sep 20, 2018

On this date in 1906, the Courier Democrat of Langdon, North Dakota reported on an unsettling and slightly alarming phenomena. A particular species of insect had appeared in “unprecedented numbers.” Concerned citizens were sending specimens to the North Dakota Agricultural College.  However, the colleges reported that there was no cause for concern. The mysterious insect was none other than the harmless monarch butterfly.

Mark Knopfler gets nostalgic on new album, Nick Cave joins Marianne Faitfhull for haunting new single and Apple Music debuts new song search function using lyrics. 


Letters from France

Sep 19, 2018

On this date in 1918, many North Dakota soldiers were serving their country in the War, and when they wrote home, it was common for the recipient to give the letter to the local newspaper, which would then print it, so everyone would know what was going on.

Twitter goes crazy over credit card commercial, Bob Seger turns a page and German doc says Russian riotter poisoned.   


Albert Grass

Sep 18, 2018

John Grass, or Charging Bear, was a beloved leader of the Teton Sioux and an ardent supporter of the war effort.  July of 1917, although weakened by a prolonged illness, the elderly chief accepted the vice-chairmanship of the Red Cross for Sioux County.  He stated that as a young man he went to war many times, but his thoughts were not of death but of honor.  Although it caused him great grief to see his children going into battle, there was joy in his heart to know they were not cowards.

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