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Thursday, February 20, 2020 – Dr. Jerry Hatfield is the former director of the National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment in Ames, Iowa. He’ll be speaking at the “Farming for the Bottom Line” conference next week at Bismarck State College on the subject of “Future Directions & Challenges for Agriculture.” He joins us to preview his remarks. ~~~ Over 13 million American households get their drinking water from private wells. Yesterday, we heard about contamination concerns involving those wells. They don’t have testing requirements for water quality, meaning dangerous contamination can go unchecked. But as Harvest Public Media’s Christina Stella reports, that blind spot has led to a push in rural communities to learn how to test their private wells. ~~~ Sue Balcom is here for Main Street Eats. Today’s topic is designer fruits. ~~~ Doug and Christine McClellan have our What’s Happening calendar of events.

Sunday, February 23, at 5pm:

Intelligence Squared Presents: Is Parenting Overrated?

What shapes us more: our DNA, or the way we’re raised? This debate, commonly recognized as “nature versus nurture,” has drawn disagreement for thousands of years. So which one matters more? Emerging genetic research indicates that the scale may be tipping toward biology – but not all trust the research. 

Vague fears of nuclear war can lurk like green monsters hiding under the bed. In 1945, the grim destructive power of atomic weapons became clear at Hiroshima.

After Russia built atomic bombs in 1949, fears of nuclear war led to fallout shelters and Civil Defense brochures entitled “Survival in a Nuclear Attack.”

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 – Filmmaker Sam Sprynczynatyk joins us to discuss his feature length documentary, “Kindred Creatures.” It explores life as a farm animal, animal rescues, and the work of animal sanctuaries. ~~~ Federal regulations require public drinking water to be regularly tested, but private wells are exempt, and some experts say water, often tainted by fertilizer, can be a risk. Brian Grimmett reports for Harvest Public Media. ~~~ Naturopathic doctor Alli Svobodny visits with Ashley about SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder. ~~~ In another episode of Poetry from Studio 47, Patrick Hicks profiles Maria Mazziotti Gillan.

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Democratic presidential candidates are debating once again, this time in Las Vegas ahead of Saturday's caucuses in Nevada.

Follow NPR's live analysis and updates below.

February is Black History Month. In North Dakota, the African American population has grown, though historically the numbers were few. But there have been African Americans in the state as long as there have been white people. Early records indicate that the earliest came as slaves of explorers and traders. In fact, the first non-Native born here was an African American baby.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 – North Dakota attorney Lilie Schoenack has begun a “Campaign for a Non-Partisan President.” She joins us to describe her idea, which she hopes will ease the nation’s political tensions. ~~~ Mark Trahant shares a commentary on the ongoing process to select a challenger in the presidential election ~~~ The Prairie Public education department always has cool projects going on. Tim Wollenzien fills us in on the Ignite Learning Summit, the Molly of Denali Rural Education Initiative, his weekly webchats, and Spark grants that help teachers equip their classrooms.

In the early 1900s Marc Klaw and Abraham Lincoln Erlanger were among the biggest names in entertainment. Based in New York City, they produced Broadway shows and owned a chain of theaters. They also took shows on the road to major cities across the country.

Monday, February 17th – On this Presidents’ Day, we share an encore episode of Main Street as presidential scholar Rick Collin of Bismarck visits with David Eisenhower, co-author of “Going Home To Glory: A Memoir of Life with Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1961-1969.” David is the grandson of the famous general and President. Also contributing to the book was David’s wife, Julie Nixon Eisenhower, daughter of President Richard Nixon. ~~~ Nominations are being sought for the 2020 class of inductees to the North Dakota Native American Hall of Honor. Today we go back to the Hall of Honor’s first year, 2016, as we hear comments from Scott Davis, executive director of the North Dakota Indian affairs commission; and listen to a profile of the very first inductee, Anthony McDonald.

Alfred Dickey was the first lieutenant governor of North Dakota. He was also a citizen of Jamestown and a supporter of the public good. So, in January of 1901, he called a meeting with the intention to create a free reading room for Jamestown. 

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