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Friday, October 19 – Charles Tuttle is seeking to become North Dakota’s lone representative to Congress, running as an independent in support of President Donald Trump. He visits with Matt Olien. ~~~ Chuck Lura shares a Natural North Dakota essay about leopard frogs. ~~~ Our weekly news chat with Dave Thompson. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews “A Star is born.”

Thursday, October 18 – Meet Haitian journalist and tour operator Acenel Laurent, who’s in North Dakota to speak at the annual convention of the Episcopal Diocese of North Dakota on behalf of the Diocese’s “Haitian Outreach Committee.” Also joining us is committee chair Andrea Stomberg. ~~~ The 55th Annual North Dakota-Manitoba District Auditions for the Metropolitan Opera take place this Saturday in Grand Forks, and the public is welcome to attend. Here to extend that invitation is Royce Blackburn, associate professor of music at UND.

Wednesday, October 17 – We hear the pro and con regarding Measure 3. We begin with proponent David Owen. Then “Vote No on 3” spokesperson Norm Robinson.

Tuesday, October 16 – We visit with Mac Schneider, candidate for US Congress. ~~~ In another Natural North Dakota essay, Chuck Lura discusses whooping cranes. ~~~ Harvest Public Media’s Amy Mayer looks at the changing job opportunities on the farm. ~~~ An ambitious season of theatre is underway at Bismarck State College.

Monday, October 15 – Jeannie Brandt is one of the 4 people seeking one of the two spots open on the Public Service Commission. ~~~ We share another profile from the North Dakota Native American Hall of Honor. Today we hear about 2018 inductee Pat Gorneau. ~~~ Mark Trahant reports on a rule change that affects Native American voters in North Dakota. ~~~ A number of World War I observances will be taking place across the state on the 100th anniversary of the war’s end. Joining us is one of the moderators, Darrell Dorgan.

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Friday, October 12 – North Dakota has one of the hottest, most important senate races in the country. In September, we heard from Congressman Kevin Cramer. Today we hear from incumbent Heidi Heitkamp. ~~~ The Center for Public Integrity has released a story today about obstacles to voting for residents on the Standing Rock reservation. Joining us to discuss the report is CPI reporter Carrie Levine. ~~~ A new movie review from Matt Olien: “Venom.”

Thursday, October 11 – We preview this month’s episode of “Why” Philosophical Discussions About Everyday Life” with host Jack Russell Weinstein, UND professor of philosophy. This month his guest is professor Derek Black as they explore the question, “Is there a right to education and literacy?” ~~~ Dave Thompson joins us a day early for our weekly news chat. ~~~ A Plains Folk essay from Tom Isern titled “The Power of Serving.” ~~~ Sue Balcom’s topic this week is apples. ~~~ Doug and Ashley have our What’s Happening calendar of events.

Wednesday, October 10 – At this week’s Gamechanger Ideas Festival in Bismarck, one of the featured presenters is Caitlin Doughty, a “mortician, activist, and funeral industry rabble-rouser.” Among her many death-related interests are death denial in Western society, the rise of home funerals, and green burials. ~~~ A report from the scene at Sauerkraut Day in Wishek. We visit with organizer Kelly Brown.

Tuesday, October 9 – Ron Smith is here to answer some of the late season lawn and garden questions that keep coming in. ~~~ We visit with Randall Christmann, candidate for the North Dakota Public Service Commission.

Monday, October 8 – We visit with Adam Arvidson, author of Wild and Rare. It’s a book of compelling stories of Minnesota’s endangered species, the landscapes that nurture them, and the people who are discovering their secrets. ~~~ Public broadcasting personality Rick Steves visited North Dakota last week. He stopped by our studio to explain why he’s pro on Measure 3. ( We’ll have opponent voices on Measure 3 on future shows.)