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Child Labor

Feb 12, 2020

In the early part of the Twentieth Century, child labor was common. Professor J.M. Gillette from the University of North Dakota addressed child labor in his sociology class. On this date in 1915, Gillette said it wasn’t unique to big cities. He said that North Dakota also had to face up to the problem of child labor.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 – Filmmaker Dirk Wierenga is documenting life along US Highway 2 from Michigan to Montana. He expects to complete the project over the next year, at which time he’ll be offering “Route 2 Elsewhere” to PBS. He joins us from our studio in Grand Forks. ~~~ Commentary from Mark Trahant, reflecting on the federal budget. President Trump released his proposed budget on Monday. ~~~ With Valentine’s Day coming up, horticulturist and wine enthusiast Ron Smith is here to talk flowers, wines and some tips on starting plants early for spring planting.

Pomp's Birthday

Feb 11, 2020

Sacagawea gave birth to Jean Baptiste Charbonneau on this date in 1805. Lewis and Clark were wintering at Ft. Mandan and had hired Touissant Charbonneau and his pregnant wife Sacagawea as interpreters for the next leg of their Corps of Discovery Expedition. Meriwether Lewis wrote about the birth, saying, “…one of the wives of Charbonneau was delivered of a fine boy.”

Monday, February 10, 2020 – An arts and humanities update for February as we visit with Kim Konikow of the North Dakota Council on the Arts, and Brenna Gerhardt of Humanities North Dakota. ~~~ Poetry from studio 47 comes to us from Patrick Hicks, writer in residence and a member of the English faculty at Augustana College in Sioux Falls. Today he profiles David Allen Evans. ~~~ Chuck Lura comments on the Great Backyard Bird Count in his Natural North Dakota essay. ~~~ The final episode of Antiques Roadshow’s visit to Bonanzaville in West Fargo airs tonight. During that June event, Ashley Thornberg visited with line producer Jill Giles for a behind-the-scenes special that will also air tonight. ~~~ Who should elders trust with their money? The answer might surprise you. NDSU will be co-hosting an elder financial abuse webinar, and here with a preview and instructions on how you can participate is Jane Strommen, Extension gerontology specialist.

In the early days of Great Plains settlement, fire was a threat. Driven by the wind, it could sweep across grasslands and crops. It might be started by lightning or human error. Fires deliberately set to burn off vegetation could get out of control.

Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Lisa Herzog, associate professor at the University of Groningen, as they explore the conflict between financial incentives and morality.

On our Sunday morning highlight show we talk with Grand Forks native Andrew Towne, who was part of a six-man crew that rowed the perilous Drake Passage to Antarctica, and set several worlds records! Towne is no stranger to adventure—he’s climbed the tallest mountain on each of the world’s seven continents. The Drake Passage row will be featured in an upcoming Discovery Channel documentary. ~~~ We hear from Dr. David Warne who helped start a new doctorate in indigenous health at the University of North Dakota—the first of its kind in the world. ~~~ And NDSU history professor Tom Isern will share a Plains Folk essay about a new book that offers new insights about the Non-Partisan League in North Dakota.

Four for the League

Feb 8, 2020

“At heart, the story of the Nonpartisan League is about leadership,” writes Terry L. Shoptaugh, author of Sons of the Wild Jackass: The Nonpartisan League in North Dakota. His focus on the NPL elite is old-fashioned political history, but it makes significant contributions to understanding our political heritage on the northern plains.

It is that time again. The Great Backyard Bird Count is coming up next weekend, Friday February 14 through Monday the 17. It is a joint project of the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society. As many of you know, it is an effort in which amateur birders can help scientists better understand the population dynamics and movements of birds.