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Friday, January 18 – Pete Stenberg has been teaching and coaching in Minot for 28 years. In this excerpt from the Cutting Ed podcast, host Tom Gerhart visits with Stenberg on location at the Roosevelt Park Zoo in Minot to learn how the zoo provides a hands-on, cross-disciplinary opportunity for students. ~~~ NDSU history professor Tom Isern shares this week’s Plains Folk essay, “River of Stories.” ~~~ News director Dave Thompson is here for a discussion of the latest headlines. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews “Mary Poppins Returns.”

Thursday, January 17 – Beth Slette, the West Fargo Superintendent of Schools, is John Harris’s guest in this excerpt from Friday’s Prairie Pulse television show. ~~~ Speaking of education, retired English teacher Bruce Berg shares an essay called “The Lit Test.” ~~~ Part two of our conversation about food trends in the new year with Sue Balcom of the Root Sellers farm near Mandan. ~~~ Ashley and Bill Thomas have our What’s Happening calendar of events.

Wednesday, January 16 – On February 1, 1960, four African American college students sat down at a lunch counter at Woolworth’s in Greensboro, North Carolina, and politely asked for service. Their request was refused. When asked to leave, they remained in their seats. Their passive resistance and peaceful sit-down demand helped ignite a youth-led movement to challenge racial inequality throughout the South. Joining us today is 3 Affiliated Tribes member and Bismarck resident Joseph McNeil, Jr., the son of one of those protestors.

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Tuesday, January 15 – Carol Ford, is one of the presenters at next week’s Food and Farming Conference sponsored by the Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society. She joins us to preview her remarks about growing veggies all winter long. ~~~ Alison Brennan of the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development has been exploring ways to address the opioid epidemic. She joins us to discuss some of the strategies her working group has identified.

Monday, January 14 – Lutheran Social Services Abound Counseling provides clinical counseling services across the state. One of the needs involves farm stress. Here to discuss the problem and the services available is Becky Kopp Dunham, Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. ~~~ Winter is a time for farmers to regroup, fix equipment and start planning for spring. They’ll do this regardless of whether the U.S. and China strike a trade deal … even if it means sticking with crops targeted by tariffs. Harvest Public Media’s Madelyn Beck reports.

Friday, January 11 – UND philosophy professor Jack Russell Weinstein joins us for a preview of Sunday’s “WHY? Philosophical Discussions about Everyday Life.” This week’s guest is UND English professor Kim Donehower, for a show titled “What Is Literacy?” ~~~ NDSU history professor Tom Isern has this week’s Plains Folk essay, “Green Books.” ~~~ Dave Thompson joins us with a discussion of the latest headlines. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews “The Favorite,” and also comments on the Golden Globe awards.

Thursday, January 10 – Electoral expert Frances Rosenbluth and political theorist Ian Shapiro are the authors of “Responsible Parties: Saving Democracy from Itself” from Yale University Press.  They make the interesting argument that decentralized political decision-making has actually led to a government and political system that’s less effective and less able to address public concerns. ~~~ Sue Balcom is here for a discussion of what’s in for 2019 when it comes to food. ~~~ Ashley and Bill Thomas have our What’s Happening calendar of events.

Wednesday, January 9 – As you begin to plan your New Year, we visit with bestselling author Geneen Roth. She’s the author of This Messy Magnificent Life:  A Field Guide to Mind, Body, and Soul. It’s a sometimes counterintuitive look at self-criticism, and Roth provides a new way to view our lives. ~~~ Mark Trahant shares some thoughts on the growing number of women in elective office.

Tuesday, January 8 – As the state's new legislative session is in its first full week of duties, we revisit a conversation about government and the role journalists have in holding officials accountable. The Good Government Summit, held in April 2018, was supported by ThinkND, the Northern Plains Ethics Institute, Humanities ND, and the Bush Foundation. ~~~ Minnesota guitarist Tim Sparks and bassist James Buckley have collaborated on a new CD titled “Jukebox Dreaming.” It’s an instrumental take on some top hits, plus a couple original tunes.

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Monday, January 7 – What is a naturopathic doctor, and how do they differ from an MD? What are the limits of ND practice? Joining us to answer those questions and to offer some health tips is naturopathic doctor Alli Svobodny. ~~~~ Meet Holly Brown-Borg, distinguished professor of Biomedical Sciences at UND. In November, she was named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for her contributions to the biology of aging.

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