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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.

The sharp-tailed grouse have put on their dancing shoes!  The males, that is.  As dawn breaks across the grasslands over much of North Dakota from roughly April through May, the sounds of what can be described as the faint muffled hammering of a jackhammer along with an abundance of clucking and cackling can occasionally be heard off in the distance.  Those sounds, which may carry for a half a mile or more, announce the annual courtship displays of the male sharp-tailed grouse.  The objective, of course is to impress the judges, the hens, that they are the best mate around. 

If I use the word “pastoralism,” it’s usually misunderstood. People think I’m talking about clergymen, possibly of the Lutheran variety--when really I’m speaking of what we in the United States generally call “ranching.” In the rest of the English-speaking world that’s pastoralism, and if practiced on the open range, that’s “extensive pastoralism.” And the open range is referred to as “waste lands.”


Sunday, April 11, at 5pm:

Tune in for Why? Philosophical Discussions About Everyday Life.

In this new episode, host Jack Russell Weinstein is joined by Danielle LaSusa to discuss "The Philosophy of Motherhood."

Friday, April 9, 2021 - Jack Russell Weinstein joins us to talk about the upcoming episode of “WHY, Philosophical Discussions About Everyday Life.” This week’s topic is “Talking to Mothers About Motherhood,” and his guest is Danielle LaSusa. 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. ~~~ News director Dave Thompson updates the action at the ND Legislator, along with other news of the week. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews “One Night in Miami.”


On this date in 1915, several prairie fires whipped North Dakota.  A number of these fires were reported to have started from burning haystacks, and spread by wind gales up to 50 miles an hour. One local report noted: "More than 250 square miles of range were burned … several towns were threatened, one man lost his life, two others were seriously burned and thousands of dollars worth of hay, buildings, and stock were destroyed."


The history of smallpox in North Dakota spans centuries. The terrible disease devastated the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara people in 1781. Years later, in 1804 along the Missouri River near the mouth of the Heart River, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark saw earth lodge villages abandoned due to the duel threats of smallpox and Yanktonai raids.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 - From the acclaimed Ojibwe author and professor Anton Treuer comes an essential book of questions and answers for Native and non-Native young readers. It's a companion volume to one published earlier for adults, both titled “Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask.”  ~~~ Wildfires threatened the tourist town of Medora last week. Here to discuss that close call and to tell us about the upcoming tourist season is Maria Miller, the new executive director of the Medora Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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Apr 7, 2021


The Mexican civil war erupted in 1910. For the most part, the violence remained south of the Rio Grande. But when the United States pulled their support from Mexican revolutionary Francisco ‘Pancho’ Villa, he felt betrayed.

A North Dakota legislator recently spoke of transgenderism as “obviously unnatural,” but is it really? Joining us to share some transgender history and science is activist Faye Seidler. She is also administrator and co-founder of the Harbor Health Clinic.