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

In an excerpt from the Prairie Pulse television show, we hear from Sammi Jones, author of “Derby Girl: A Memoir,” as she visits with host John Harris. ~~~ NDSU historian Tom Isern shares a Plains Folk essay titled “Sully’s Rock.” ~~~ The Trump administration has put on hold a decision to ban the chemical chlorpyrifos, which is used on a number of crops in North Dakota.

Summer Movie Preview ~ News Chat with Dave

May 19, 2017

Friday, May 19 – It’s our annual summer movies preview show. Our own Matt Olien is joined by fellow film buffs Tony Tilton and Brittney Goodman. ~~~ News director Dave Thompson is here for our weekly discussion of the latest headlines.

Leigh Paterson and Amy Sisk of the Inside Energy team preview their new TV documentary called “Beyond Standing Rock." It will be shown Sunday at 2 PM at the North Dakota Heritage Center, followed on Monday by an airing on Prairie Public TV at 9:30. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword." ~~~ The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture is a well-known leading research facility at Iowa State. However, it recently lost state funding.

Wednesday, May 17 – The New York Kammermusiker returns to North Dakota again this summer. This popular double-reed chamber music ensemble has several stops planned, including a visit with one of their biggest fans, Talukan, an orangutan at the Chahinkapa Zoo who’s been practicing on the recorder in anticipation of their return. Kammermusiker director Ilonna Pederson is our guest. ~~~ Tom Isern shares a Plains Folk essay, Mr. Abell’s Round Barn.

Agriculture is big business in north Dakota. The website shows 90 percent of the state's total land area is used for ag. Understanding soil health is critical for any successful farmer. Testing the soil can mean driving or walking from point to point. UND student Aaron Kempfert wants to use drones to speed up the process.  He’s a senior studying mechanical engineering. He recently presented at a student design expo at UND’s College of Engineering and Mines. He visited with Main Street’s Ashley Thornberg.

Horticulturist Ron Smith is here live to take your calls and emails as gardening season is now well underway. ~~~ UND student Aaron Kempfert hopes to speed up soil testing by using drones. Ashley Thornberg visited with him during the recent UND Engineering & Mines design expo..

A discussion of music in film as classic music host Scott Prebys and movie critic Matt Olien sit down to compare notes. ~~~ Ashley Thornberg’s visit to the UND Engineering yielded several interesting conversations. Today, we hear from Joshua Dahn, Tyarn Miller, and Tierra Novacek about their ideas for better cell phone covers. ~~~ The prospect of the US backing out on large international trade deals could have implications for the sale of agricultural products overseas, as Harvest Public Media’s Kristofor Husted reports.

The theme of this weekend’s WHY? Radio show is “What a food magazine tells us about the world.” Show host Jack Weinstein stops by to preview his conversation with the editorial director of Cherry Bombe magazine, Kerry Diamond. ~~~ What we eat...and what we grow...will likely change along with the climate.

Chef Rosey: Raisins

May 11, 2017

Green Card Voices is a multimedia effort to share stories from immigrants. The Minneapolis-based company worked with high school students in Fargo for the book,  Green Card Youth Voices: Immigration Stories From A Fargo High School Anthony Fridgen reports. 

The book is available at Fargo bookstores or online at