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3 & 7pm CT weekdays
  • Hosted by Doug Hamilton, Ashley Thornberg

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

Monday, November 13 – A decade into North Dakota’s shale fracking boom, the state consistently produces one million barrels of oil per day. That amount is second only to Texas, making this rural state a huge player not just on the national oil scene, but globally as well. What will the second decade of the Bakken play hold for the state? Inside Energy’s Amy Sisk has that story. ~~~ Inside Energy reporter Amy Sisk has spent the last few years covering news in North Dakota, but now she’s moving on. Her last day on the job was Friday.

This Sunday’s Prairie Public Presents will be another episode of “WHY? Philosophical Discussions About Everyday Life.”  Host Jack Russell Weinstein stops by to preview his visit with utilitarian philosopher Peter Singer of Princeton University. ~~~ A Plains Folk essay from Tom Isern: “The Plantsman.” ~~~ News director Dave Thompson is here with our weekly discussion of topics in the news.

We visit with farmed comedian Cheech Marin. He’s speaking today at UND about his expansive collection of Chicano art and his advocacy for minority artists. ~~~ The broadcast debut of Prairie Memories: the Vietnam War Years is tonight at 8pm on our television service. It’s a compilation of oral history highlights. Here’s one of those stories from Richard Krajewski. ~~~ Chef Tim Rosendahl is here with this week’s food topic: Bison. ~~~ Doug and Ashley have our What’s Happening calendar of events.

Touring the Welk Homestead Historic Site

Nov 8, 2017

Winnipeg's Proposal for Amazon's New HQ

Nov 8, 2017

Amazon recently closed the window for proposals from communities hoping to become the site of the company’s next big headquarters.  They'll declare the winner in a few months . North Dakota made some rumbles about making a pitch, but it was pretty clear the criteria ruled out the state. However, some close neighbors gave it a shot, including Winnipeg.  Greg Dandewich, works for Economic Development there and visits with Bill Thomas about the proposal, and calls it an intense and unique experience.

Natural North Dakota: Finch Forecast

Nov 8, 2017

Today’s Natural North Dakota essay from Chuck Lura discusses the Winter Finch Forecast.

Wednesday, November 8 – The annual Christmas Bird Count is coming up. Here with a preview is Keith Corliss, avid birder and volunteer instructor for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. ~~~ Speaking of the bird population, today’s Natural North Dakota essay from Chuck Lura discusses the Winter Finch Forecast. ~~~ Another crop birds are fond of is sunflowers. It’s a crop poised for change, due to advances in genetic knowledge, as Amy Mayer reports for Harvest Public Media.

Marcella van de Bovenkamp is a Christian woman living in Israel, devoted to building a relationship between Jews and Christians. She was recently in South Dakota where she spoke with Lori Walsh, host of South Dakota Public Broadcasting’s “In The Moment.” ~~~ Journalist and UND Professor Mark Trahant shares on essay on climate change.

Monday, November 6 – As part of Native American Heritage month, a number of events are taking place across the state, and that includes an appearance by Winona LaDuke at the Plains Art Museum this Thursday. Winona joins us to preview her talk and reflects on other issues facing Native Americans. ~~~ Dr.

Mara Liasson is the national political correspondent for NPR. She was also the White House correspondent all through the Clinton years. She’s speaking at the University of North Dakota College of Business & Public Administration next week. She joins us with a preview of her remarks. ~~~ The Trump administration is following through with promises to ease regulations on the agriculture industry. The latest rule to be withdrawn would have made it easier for livestock producers to raise objections if they thought meatpackers weren’t giving them a fair price.