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Monday, March 26 – More from the UND Writers Conference panel discussion on “Art and Politics” with Nicholas Galanin, Marlon James, and Lauren Markham. We also share an interview as Bill Thomas sits down with Lauren Markham. ~~~ Over the weekend, hundreds of thousands of people protested and demonstrated against gun violence. We hear from two participants who attended the Moms Demand Action FM event. ~~~ Bob Dambach, director of television, joins us with a preview of a new Prairie Public documentary, “Coal, Engine of Change.” It looks at the history and future of coal.

Friday, March 23 – Tim and Christine Baumann, co-directors of the International Music Camp near Dunseith, North Dakota are here to preview this summer’s activities at the camp. ~~~ Bill Thomas attended the UND Writers Conference on Thursday. Today he shares an excerpt from one of the panel discussions. The theme was “Art and Politics,” and we hear from writers Nicholas Galanin, Marlon James, and Lauren Markham. ~~~ Our weekly news chat with Dave Thompson. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews “A Fantastic Woman.”

Thursday, March 22 – Filmmaker Andrew Kightlinger joins us to discuss “Tater Tot & Patton” a drama shot in South Dakota that makes its North Dakota premier tomorrow at the Fargo Film Festival. ~~~ Chuck Lura shares a Natural North Dakota essay about porcupines and salt. ~~~ Chef Tim Rosendahl is here with this week’s food topic, honey. ~~~ Ashley and Erik Deatherage have this week’s What’s Happening calendar of events.

Wednesday, March 21 – Bill Thomas visits with Jamie Parsley, associate poet laureate of North Dakota. They discuss his newest collection of poetry, "Only Then" from Pilgrim Soul Press. ~~~ Another excerpt from the Cutting Ed podcast as Tom Gerhardt visits with Oakes superintendent Kraig Steinhoff and principal Brandon Bata about their switch to flex mod scheduling. ~~ Allison Veselka is an assistant curator at the Barnes County Museum. For over a year, she’s been working on a research project called North Dakota Women at War.

Tuesday, March 20 – Rich Sommer grew up in Minnesota, went to Concordia College in Moorhead, starred in the hit TV show Mad Men, and now he’s coming for the Fargo Film Festival for the screening of “A Crooked Somebody,” in which he plays Michael Vaughn, a self-professed psychic who gets himself into a world of trouble. ~~~ Meet cellist Diego Rodriguez, acclaimed performer, conductor and educator. Originally from Venezuela he’s currently studying and teaching at UND. On April 6th, he’ll perform music written entirely by North Dakotan and inspired by North Dakota.

Monday, March 19 – Hidden Wounds is a new book exploring life after combat. Wahpeton writer Robert "Tully" Chambers, a retired trauma surgeon, had a couple goals in mind: he wanted a strong female lead; and he wanted to help readers understand the complicated world of PTSD. ~~~ Tom Isern shares a Plains Folk column, “Dead Buffalo Lake.” ~~~ Bill Thomas visits with David Grann, one of the featured guests at this year’s writers’ conference at UND.

Friday, March 16 – In Japan, March is the time of the girls festival, called Hina Matsuri.  As part of that, many households and public places set up a symbolic display of dolls.  Bill Thomas talks with Vern Hunter of the Northern Plains Botanic Garden Society about a doll display given to the society by a city in Japan, in connection with the creation of a Japanese garden here. ~~~ A report on the advantage of finding a niche when it comes to community supported agriculture in this piece from Harvest Public Media’s Madelyn Beck.

Thursday, March 15 – Lutheran Social Services is sponsoring a conference for people who work with refugees. Joining us to discuss the “Building Bridges” conference, is Shirley Dykshoorn, vice president for senior and humanitarian services at LSS. ~~~ Montana filmmaker Casey Anderson’s newest film “The Mountain Lion and Me” debuted this week on the Smithsonian Channel. Anderson is best-known as a host and explorer on Nat Geo Wild. He discusses the making of the film with Maxine Speier of Montana Public Radio.

Wednesday, March 14 – Kirsten Baesler, the ND superintendent of the Department of Public Instruction, joins us to discuss a number of issues facing education in the state. ~~~ EdCamp North Dakota is a professional development opportunity for educators with a unique twist, with the participants determining the agenda. Prairie Public’s Darcy Bakkegard joins us to explain.

Tuesday, March 13 – Amanda the Great is an online comic strip created by Amanda El-Dweek of Watford City. She joins us to discuss the art of expression through comics and the opportunities for online publishing.