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Prairie Public Broadcasting is a trusted public service dedicated to building an exciting and productive future for the prairie and its people. Prairie Public Broadcasting offers a window on the world through national and regional television and radio programming; creates a forum for the most important issues facing our region with locally produced, topical programming; partners with others to foster education for all ages; and utilizes digital technology and Web services to expand those valued services. Beginning with a single television transmitter in Fargo, Prairie Public Broadcasting has grown to become the premier broadcaster of public television and radio services throughout the prairie region.


Doctor Herbert Wilson was born in Bethel, Vermont, on this date in 1921. Wilson was a physician at Fort Berthold for 43 years before retiring. Herbert’s college education was interrupted by World War II, which turned his life in a new direction. He served on B24s as a navigator and gunner. While in England, he met Lilian May Osborne, a corporal in the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force. They married in 1945.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - The expansion of the Child Tax Credit (CTC) in the American Rescue Plan is projected to decrease child poverty by 40%. That’s expected to have an outsized effect on rural areas where the poverty rate is often higher. Since poverty and food insecurity are so closely linked, we’ve invited Karen Ehrens of Hunger-Free North Dakota to discuss the potential. ~~~ Tom Isern shares a Plains Folk essay titled "Cattle Kings and Trick Horses." ~~~ Dr. Ryan Yonk, is undergraduate programs director for the Center for the Study of Public Choice and Private Enterprise at NDSU, but he also has considerable expertise when it comes to the US Constitution. And that’s the focus of his discussion in this excerpt from Prairie Pulse television show with host John Harris.

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President Biden is giving an address on plans to withdraw all remaining U.S. troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that prompted America's involvement in its longest war.


Diphtheria was a wicked disease that killed many children in North Dakota’s early years. It is caused by bacteria that produce a deadly toxin in the nose, mouth and throat, forming a membrane from dead tissue that can suffocate a person. Diphtheria often sickened whole families, and children were especially vulnerable. In 1898, a Zeeland-area couple lost six of their eight children, in just 26 days. 

  Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - A program called Sources of Strength is helping improve the overall well being of kids at Minot’s Central Campus. Program director Jennifer Harbaugh explains how it works. ~~~ Eliza Blue shares a Postcard from the Prairie essay on spring bird. ~~~ Speaking of spring, horticulturist Ron Smith stops by to discuss the problems the dry weather can bring for gardeners.


Banner newspaper headlines across the nation announced the sudden death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt on this date in 1945. The country’s only four-term commander-in-chief passed away from a massive cerebral hemorrhage, launching Vice President Harry Truman into the presidency.  

Monday, April 12, 2021 - The North Dakota State Hospital in Jamestown is a psychiatric hospital, and today it’s hosting the first of several job fairs in an effort to address a workforce shortage. Here to discuss the extent of the problem and the impact of the pandemic is Superintendent Dr. Rosalie Etherington, and director of nursing, Lesli Scharbrough. ~~~ Before you rush to do lawn cleanup, Chuck Lura suggests you wait a bit. In today’s Natural North Dakota essay, we learn about the beneficial insects that are still sheltering in dead trees and beneath the leaves. ~~~ Is there a problem when it comes to fair housing in North Dakota? And just what does fair housing mean? We’ll ask Kelly Gorz, associate director of the High Plains Fair Housing Council in Grand Forks.

Traveling Jenny

Apr 12, 2021

Western history has a way of making legends out of men or animals, and sometimes it is difficult to separate the facts from the legend. On this date in 1936 one such legend was roaming the bad lands of the Killdeer Mountains at the head of a herd of cattle. Known as Traveling Jenny, she was the Monarch of the Plains and belonged to the William Connolly spread near Killdeer.

Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Danielle LaSusa, philosophical Coach and Consultant. LaSusa has a Ph.D. in Philosophy, a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies, and a passion for helping new moms with the difficult realities of motherhood.

Sunday, April 11, 2021 - News director Dave Thompson starts us off with a recap of the week's headlines. ~~~ Season five of the Dakota Spotlight podcast shines new light on the disappearance of Williston’s Barbara Louise Cotton. Ashley Thornberg visits with creator and host James Wolner and Cotton’s childhood friend, Sandee Evanson. ~~~ Acclaimed Ojibwe author and professor Anton Treuer joins us to discuss the new young readers edition of his adult book titled “Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask.”