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

Kari Tauring is a Minneapolis-based Nordic folk musician, dancer, and storyteller.  She’s one of the many people participating in the Scandinavian Hjemkomst and Midwest Viking Festival this week in Moorhead.

Natural North Dakota: Western Meadowlark

Jun 21, 2017

Wednesday, June 21 – Two Wheelchairs and a Baby is a story featuring the efforts of a disabled couple from Minnesota to have a child. It comes to us courtesy of the Death, Sex, and Money podcast from WNYC Studios in collaboration with  ~~~ In this week’s Natural North Dakota with Chuck Lura we learn about North Dakota’s state bird, the Western Meadowlark~~~ There's no shortage of coffee shops. Tea cafes though, that's a different story.

Zeeland Hall’s historic designation will be celebrated on Sunday. Here to share the story of the historic building are NDSU professor of history Tom Isern, and UND football coach Bubba Schweigert.  Coach Schwigert’s grandfather was foreman for the building’s construction, his dad was a well known fan in the stands, and Bubba remembers attending many events in the hall. ~~~ There’s an effort to improve global funding for maternal and child health, and local chapters are playing a role.

Plains Folk Essay: Mystery of the Martyrs of Walhalla

Jun 19, 2017

Monday, June 19 – Author Todd Harburn is traveling the region doing some research and presenting on his new book, “A Surgeon With Custer at the Little Big Horn” It’s the story of James DeWolf, based on his diary and letters. He joins us by phone in Jamestown. ~~~ More history as NDSU history professor Tom Isern shares a Plains Folk essay called “Mystery of the Martyrs of Walhalla.” ~~~ The farmers who grow fruits like apples and peaches depend on bees to pollinate their orchards, but study after study suggests those critically important pollinators are at-risk.

It Won’t Be Easy. An Exceedingly Honest and Slightly Unprofessional Love Letter to Teaching is a new book from Tom Rademacher, Minnesota’s 2014 Teacher of the Year. It covers race, gender, attention spans, and hormones and the difference between memorizing and learning. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews “It Comes at Night.” ~~~ The legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder lives on in a new book called “Pioneer Girl Perspectives: Exploring Laura Ingalls Wilder.” Editor Nancy Tystad.

Employees have a right to expect a safety-minded work environment, but that hasn’t always been the case. The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women is a new book from author Kate Moore. It tells the story of women who painted radium onto watches, airplane gauges, and other instruments. The radium slowly poisoned the young women, who had to fight against deceitful companies, sexism, and even their neighbors to get little, if any, compensation for their injuries.

Eric Bergeson of Bergeson Nursery in Fertile, Minnesota has authored a new book called “Successful Gardening on the Northern Prairie.” He has a book signing this Thursday at Zandbroz Variety in Fargo, where the book has been flying off the shelves. ~~~ We share an encore conversation with artist Beau Theige.

Mary Roach is the science writer behind the new book, Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War. It’s an insightful and funny peek behind the curtain of military science, from life-altering medicine, to the role of stink bombs in combat. ~~~ Precise Agriculture helps farmers track conditions, and drones are playing an increasing role. Prairie Public intern Dima Vitanova spoke with Kevin Krieg at the recent Drone Focus 2017 event in Fargo. Krieg is a software segment manager for John Deere.