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

We travel to Grand Forks for his year’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Summit and Expo where our coverage begins with a conversation with UND president Mark Kennedy. ~~~ A report from Inside Energy on re-using oil field wastewater as an alternative to injecting it back into the ground from Joe Wertz of StateImpact Oklahoma.

North Dakota has been chosen for the Bee Integrated Demonstration Project, a study to determine best practices for managing healthy bee colonies.  Joining us to explain is Julie Shapiro of the Honey Bee Health Coalition.

The North Dakota Department of Agriculture is looking for input from farmers in order to assess the extent of damage caused by the pesticide dicamba. Joining us is state agriculture commissioner Doug Goering. Find the survey HERE. ~~~ Ashley Thornberg will be flying to Nebraska on Monday with meteorologist Fred Remer to experience the eclipse. Today she and Fred chat in advance of that journey. ~~~ News director Dave Thompson joins us for our weekly discussion of the latest headlines.

Last November we heard about an ambitious project to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 1997 flood in Ada, Minnesota. Ada-Borup band director Richard Tuttle had commissioned Karl Swenson, a talented 14-year-old from Kindred to compose the music for the project. They join us with an update, and are happy to announce that the video documentary, “Come Hell and High Water,” is now available online.

Pads and tampons are a necessity, not a luxury. This is the mindset fueling 17-year-old Bridget McManamon. The Moorhead, MN high school student is leading an effort to empower women and improve access to menstrual necessities. She started the charitable organization Herstory to help young women lacking the money or know how for proper feminine health. She says it boosts confidence and well being. Here's her speech from this summer’s TEDxFargo. 

McManamon is also active in speech and theater. She plans to study Political Science and Women's Studies in college. 

Wednesday, August 16 – After a year of giving out monthly grants of $1,000, we get an update on the Awesome Foundation of Cass Clay from Brandi Malarky.  We’ll hear about interesting efforts they’ve funded, how people anywhere can apply for grants, and how you can start an Awesome Foundation in your community. ~~~ High school student Bridget McManamon is on a mission to improve access to tampons, pads, and other menstrual necessities. We hear her speech from this summer’s TEDxFargo.

Poet Twinkle Zaman ~ Adoption Revolution

Aug 15, 2017

Tuesday, August 15 – Life stages often get lumped into a ten-year spread. Your eighties, fifties, twenties. Twinkle Zaman is a twentysomething. She spends a lot of time thinking and writing about what that means. In fact, Twentysomething is the name of her latest poetry book. She reflects on love and friendships, and being in that phase of life where you’re not a kid, but you’re maybe not quite an adult yet – and you can feel stuck.

Dr. Judy Orloff, says a bad mood is contagious. How can you avoid absorbing other person’s emotions, “catching” their blue-flu?  Dr.

Jack Russell Weinstein joins us to discuss why humans evolved to become artists.  It’s a preview for this Sunday’s episode of “WHY? Philosophical Discussions About Everyday Life” when Jack visits with Valerius Geist, professor emeritus of environmental science at the University of Calgary.

Online education has led to an enrollment drop at traditional colleges. Here to discuss that trend and the potential for remote learning is Dani Babb, the CEO of “The Babb Group," an educational consulting firm.