Wednesday, April 4 – There’s been a lot of concern regarding the preservation of pensions for both public and private employees. Here to help explain is Dennis Kooren, who chairs two organizations seeking to protect pensions. Kooren drove for UPS, one of the many companies moving away from defined benefit plans. ~~~ Farmland and grazing land has been disappearing across the U.S. over the last few decades, and is perhaps most evident on the edges of big cities. Harvest Public Media’s Erica Hunzinger reports on how communities are handling this transition. ~~~ Opera often generates thoughts of classic performances, but a contemporary theme is the subject in “Soldier Songs,” which traces the shift in perception of war from the age of 6 to the age of 66. A touring performance by the Newspeak ensemble of New York will be hosted by the Fargo-Moorhead Chamber Opera this weekend. Joining us is FMCO artistic director David Hamilton, composer David T Little and principal performer Christopher Burchett.