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.

Forget-Me-Not Day

Sep 24, 2018

Supporting America’s troops has taken different forms throughout the years. The Great War was still in recent memory when various groups spread out throughout Bismarck-Mandan to sell handmade forget-me-nots to honor and support disabled American military veterans in 1937. On this date, the Bismarck Tribune reported that Governor Bill Langer had declared the following day as “Forget-Me-Not Day.”

Weasel Punchers

Sep 22, 2018

When was the last time you saw a weasel? No, not one of the fur-bearing species; we do see them occasionally, furtively. I’m talking about a machine called the Weasel, a rugged vehicle that played a historic role here on the northern prairies.

I learned about the Weasel from a fine book written by David W. Mills and published by North Dakota State University Press - Operation Snowbound: Life Behind the Blizzards of 1949. Mills tells the story of the military mobilizations that helped the people of the northern plains get through one of the hardest winters they ever experienced.


Sep 22, 2018

Ergot has been in the news recently. Ergot (Claviceps purpurea) is a parasite of our cereal grains rye, wheat, barley, and oats, as well as other grasses including quackgrass and smooth brome. There are some heavy infestations of ergot in some grain fields this year.

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 5pm:
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.