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Friday, December 14 – The North Star Chapter of Germans from Russia has published a second anthology of member memories. “Watermelons and Thistles” features 35 essays and poems about growing up as Germans from Russia, and it’s available from the Germans From Russia Heritage Collection at NDSU. Joining us to discuss the project is Carol Just. ~~~ Chuck Lura shares a Natural North Dakota essay about the common carp. ~~~ News director Dave Thompson joins us for our weekly discussion of the headlines. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

Thursday, December 13 – Our Fargo radio studio overlooks the immense Block 9 project. When finished it will be the second tallest building in the state. Here to discuss the complexities and challenges are three representatives of McGough construction: Derek Hoeschen, general manager; and Keith Leier, project manager. ~~~ A Plains Folk essay from Tom Isern, drawing upon his address at a citizenship ceremony in Fargo. ~~~ Sue Balcom of the Root Sellers’ farm near Mandan stops by for this week’s Main Street Eats segment to talk about pfeffernusse.

Wednesday, December 12 – Butterfly Coins are intended to inspire and track the effect of random acts of kindness. A Butterfly Coin in your pocket is a constant reminder to look for an opportunity to help someone. You then give them a Butterfly Coin with the hope they’ll pay the kindness—and the coin—forward. Dr. Bruce Pedersen, a veterinarian in Watford City, is co-founder of this recently launched project. ~~~ Harvest Public Media’s Grant Gerlock, Amy Mayer and Esther Honig break down the key parts of the pending farm bill.

Tuesday December 11 – In an excerpt from Friday’s Prairie Pulse television show, host John Harris visits with Kelly Armstrong, congressman-elect for North Dakota. ~~~ We share another StoryCorps excerpt recorded in Bismarck last summer. ~~~ Mark Trahant comments on the federal budget and the investigations involving the White House. ~~~ The Cutting Ed podcast is back for a second season. Today we share an excerpt from host Tom Gerhardt’s visit with Heidi Demars, who works with teachers and schools across the state as part of her Mindful You, Mindful Me practice.

Monday, December 10 – This holiday season real and virtual shopping carts are loaded with stuff. Randi Kay is a yoga instructor, massage therapist, and host of the Simple Self Care podcast. She wants you to think about experience-based gifts, either for yourself or others. She visited with Ashley Thornberg about the power of travel.

Friday, December 7 – The Santa Run in Bismarck helps improve the lives of those facing addiction. This year’s run will feature a special guest: Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Craig Mitchell, who started the Midnight Mission Running Club to help people dealing with addiction and homelessness. The club inspired a documentary titled “Skid Row Marathon,” which will screen tonight in Bismarck. We visit with Judge Mitchell and Bismarck judge David Reich.

Thursday, December 6 – Jack Russell Weinstein joins us with a preview of this Sunday’s “Why? Philosophical Discussions About Everyday Life” when he’ll be discussing police ethics with Luke Hunt of Radford University in Virginia. ~~~ Chuck Lura shares a Natural North Dakota essay about the upcoming Geminid Meteor Shower. ~~~ A new technology allows scientists to turn off certain genes in a plant or animal. Its applications range from human medicine to plant breeding, but it’s already mired in controversy. Harvest Public Media’s Amy Mayer reports.

Wednesday, December 5 – A new report by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law estimates that 77,000 LGBT youth in the U.S. ages 13 to 17 will undergo conversion therapy attempts. The therapy is the subject of the new film “Boy Erased,” and it’s a practice the American Psychiatric Association strongly opposes. Here to discuss the issue is NDSU Professor Christi McGeorge, who did a research study on reparative/conversion therapists.

Tuesday, December 4 — “The Children of Lincoln” is a new book from Professor William Green of Augsburg University. It’s subtitled “White Paternalism and the Limits of Black Opportunity in Minnesota 1860-1876.”  Dr. Green joins us to discuss this interesting slice of the reconstruction era. ~~~ NPR is inviting students around the country to create a podcast, then — with the help of a teacher — compete for a chance to have their work appear on NPR.

Monday, December 3 – Poems inspired by the life and work of Bob Dylan are the theme of a new book, Visiting Bob, published by New Rivers Press. Joining us to discuss the project are editors Thom Tammaro and Alan Davis. ~~~ We share another story from NPR reporter Jeff Brady who recently visited North Dakota to get an update from the oil patch. In a story that first aired on Morning Edition last Thursday, Brady reports on the lingering tension over the Dakota Access Pipeline.