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3 & 7pm weekdays CT

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

Horticulturist Ron Smith is here to answer some of the lawn and garden questions that keep coming in from our listeners. ~~~ In today’s feature on Women’s History Month, we learn about Deborah Sampson, an American woman who disguised herself as a man in order to serve in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. ~~~ News director Dave Thompson is here with this week’s discussion of the latest headlines. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews “Beauty and the Beast.”

Tom Isern and Suzzanne Kelly are back from another trip of historical research in New Zealand, where they’ve been exploring the commonalities and differences between the plains down under and the plains region here in America. We’ll hear about their latest adventures. ~~~ Ann Green is known as “printer to the Province” of Maryland. She was employed in Philadelphia with Benjamin Franklin & Andrew Bradford. Green occasionally advertised the sale of "Choice good Coffee” and “very good Chocolate.” She’s the subject of today’s feature for Women’s History Month.

For almost a year, hundreds of people occupied a strip of land along the Missouri River to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline. Today we share a documentary on the issue from Inside Energy and reporter Nicky Ouellet. ~~~ Mary Prince was a Bermudian woman, born into slavery. Her autobiography, The History of Mary Prince (1831) was the first account of the life of a black woman to be published in the United Kingdom.

The Williston Police Department has faced some interesting times as it has grown to meet the challenges associated with the oil boom. To help residents understand more about the work they do they’ll be holding a Citizens Police Academy next month. Here to tell us more is Lt. Detective Amy Nickoloff. ~~~ We continue our series on Women’s History Month with the story of Pocahontas.

Great Plains Food Bank ~ Fargo Film Festival

Mar 20, 2017

Matt Olien visits with Steve Sellent of the Great Plains Food Bank in this excerpt from the Prairie Pulse television show. ~~~ It’s the first day of spring, the vernal equinox. Ashley shares the results of a survey on the equinox and spring from National Today, a website started by Marlo Anderson of Mandan. The website shares a little something about every day of the year. ~~~ Chuck Lura shares a Natural North Dakota essay called, ruffed grouse. ~~~ Matt Olien stops by to preview the upcoming Fargo Film Festival, now in its 16th year.

Ready with your pent-up lawn and garden questions? The horticulturist is in. Ron Smith is here for the first half of the show to take your calls and emails. ~~~ Today’s Women’s History Month story features Sally Hemings. ~~~ News director Dave Thompson joins us for our Friday news chat. ~~~ A movie review from Matt Olien, “Kong: Skull Island.”

The Citizens Local Action Energy Network, or CLEAN, is looking to establish network of fast-charging stations for electric vehicles across North Dakota. They hope to fund it with money available from a fraud settlement involving Volkswagen. Here to tell us about it are C.L.E.A.N. team leaders Ed Gruchalla and Paul Jensen. ~~~ On today’s feature for Women’s History Month, we feature Mercy Short and her encounter with seventeenth-century witchcraft fears.

Plains Folk Essay: Waking Up Just in Time

Mar 16, 2017

Natural North Dakota: Spring Equinox

Mar 16, 2017

Bare soil and high winds are a recipe for the erosion of valuable top soil. We get the lowdown from Rita Sveen, district conservationist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Walsh County, where the recent snow cover will help. ~~~ Some states have jumped onto the solar bandwagon with gusto.  Rachel Waldholz reports for Inside Energy. ~~~ Today’s Uppity Women in History essay is about Hannah Duston, a mother of 12 captured during the Raid on Haverhill.