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Interview program of the Prairie Public radio network, the NPR affiliate serving North Dakota and bordering areas.

Wednesday, February 22 – It’s the first-ever prediction of a nova, and it should result in a new star in the sky. Joining us to explain his prediction is Larry Molnar, professor of astronomy and physics at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. ~~~ California filmmaker Morissa Maltz came to Standing Rock to talk to Dakota Access Pipeline protestors and ended up making a friend. She visits with Chris Laughery of South Dakota Public Broadcasting’s “In The Moment.” ~~~ “500 Women in Science” started over concerns that arose during the last presidential campaign.

"Deep Nutrition" with Dr. Cate Shanahan

Feb 21, 2017

Dr. Cate Shanahan says vegetable oils are linked to dementia, migraines and fatigue, and consumers in the US are overdosing on them. She joins us to discuss her book, “Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food.” ~~~ An Inside Energy report from the pipeline protest site from Amy Sisk. ~~~ Carrie Lee Skogberg Eastmen is the author of Immigration: Examining the Facts.

On this Presidents’ Day, we look into the life and times of President Andrew Jackson with NPR’s Steve Inskeep. He wrote the book, Jacksonland: President Andrew Jackson, Cherokee Chief John Ross, and a Great American Land Grab. We re-air a conversation with Inskeep from June 2015. ~~~ William Henry Harrison had a short presidency. It lasted just a month before he died. But he did accomplish a lot before he took office.

Brian Wisenden is chair of the Biosciences Department at Minnesota State University Moorhead. Today he reprises for us his recent Science Cafe presentation titled "Sex and Violence: Understanding behavior of the human animal from an evolutionary perspective." ~~~ Via our studio in Fargo today, Governor Doug Burgum appeared on NPR’s “Hear & Now” show. We share an excerpt as he makes the case for getting the Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp cleaned up.

North Dakota Navy Ships ~ Chef Rosey on Basil

Feb 16, 2017

Quite a number of US Navy ships have been named for people and places connected to North Dakota, and that's the subject of a "Sensational Sundays" presentation coming up this Sunday at the North Dakota heritage Center in Bismarck.  Here to preview his presentation is Bob Wefald, a retired captain in the Navy Reserve. ~~~ Low crop prices have some farmers looking for ways to supplement their incomes. One possibility: producing for farmers markets. Bryan Thompson reports for Harvest Public Media.

Wednesday, February 15 – The What Works Cities initiative is an effort to use data and statistical analysis to improve city functions. Fargo is one of 63 cities participating, with more expected to join. It sounds a bit like baseball’s cyber metrics, but here with a more thoughtful explanation is Fargo community development administrator Dan Mahli, and city planners Aaron Nelson and Tyrone Grandstrand. ~~~ Harvest Public Media’s Kristofor Hustad looks into student debt and its impact on small farms. ~~~ We have a chance to visit with NPR journalist Lulu Garcia Navarro.

Susan Ricci, the director of the Museum of the American Bison in South Dakota visits with Cara Hetland of South Dakota Public Radio. She reprises a recent presentation called “American Bison: A Survival Story.” ~~~ Continuing with a historical theme, NDSU professor Tom Isern shares a Plains Folk essay called “The Death of Albert T.

Journalist Jenni Monet is covering the Dakota Access pipeline protest for the Center for Investigative Reporting, Indian Country Media Network, PBS Newshour, and High Country News. She joins us with the latest from the site, including getting caught up in a recent police raid. ~~~ Illegal immigration... refugee resettlement... the lagging rural economy... all issues that helped define the 2016 election.

This weekend we’ll be airing the 100th episode of “WHY? Philosophical Discussions About Everyday Life.” Ashley Thornberg visits with host Jack Russell Weinstein and they share an excerpt from Sunday’s show that features Ms. Magazine co-founder Gloria Steinem, and the magazine’s first editor, Suzanne Braun Levine.

Jodi Rae Ingstad is “joyologist.” She spreads kindness and joy at the Griggs County Care Center, a long-term care facility in Cooperstown. She’s also organized efforts to feed the hungry. She recently won $100,000 from the KIND foundation and she plans to use the money to foster young children. ~~~ Bruce Berg has a challenge for film reviewer Matt Olien in an essay he calls “Parental Guidance.” ~~~ Rural landowners could decide fate of the Keystone XL pipeline. We get that story from Harvest Public Media’s Grant Gerlock.