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  • Wednesday, June 29, 2022 - North Dakota is seeing more diversity within its youth population, but researchers say they face a tougher road in securing a brighter future. According to Kids Count, nearly one in four children in North Dakota is a person of color. However, because of discriminatory policies in place their families are less likely to achieve economic security. We visit with North Dakota Kids Count Dir. Xanna Burg. ~~~ Bison were hunted to near extinction at the same time as the European cow was brought to the Americas. Cattle quickly became the most dominant meat eaten here. But as Harvest Public Media’s Jonathan Ahl reports, combining those two breeds into something better is a niche market that some hope becomes more widespread. ~~~ Tom Isern shares a Plains Folk essay titled: “Cattle Kings’ Prayer.” ~~~ The Pembina County Historical Museum has the ambitious goal of gathering all of the county's cemetery records into a central, searchable, location available to the public. Special contributor Brandi Malarkey visits with Zelda Hartje, Administrator for the Pembina County Historical Museum.
  • Tuesday, June 28, 2022 - “Growing Small Towns” is an effort to tell the story of small-town life in a more accurate, nuanced way. It’s headquartered in Oakes, where Brandi Malarkey recently caught up with muralist LesleyAnne Buegel. ~~~ What books best represent North Dakota? Prairie Public intern Nick Rommel spoke with bookstore representatives from around the state to get their thoughts. ~~~ Katie Hoerth is a poet, and she recently won an award from NDSU, their annual "Poetry of the Plains and Prairies" award. She talks with Bill Thomas about plains and prairies, metaphors, and poetically likening herself to a spent farm field.
  • Monday, June 27, 2022 - UND philosophy professor Jack Russell Weinstein will be here for "Philosophical Currents," a discussion inspired by current events. Today’s theme is "what does it mean to be conservative or to be liberal?" ~~~ Tom Isern has a Plains folk essay, "Their Best Days Are Over." ~~~ We travel to Antler, about an hour north of Minot, where they're restoring the Antler Town Square Building for use as a museum. Brandi Malarkey visits with Mark Jorgenson of the Antler Historical Society.
  • Friday, June 24, 2022 - Atypical Brewery and Barrelworks in Minot took home gold in the experimental wood-aged beer category of the 2022 competition for their Gin and Spruce. Ashley Thornberg visited with Nick Holwegner, co-owner and CFO, and Eric Johnson, co-owner and head brewer. Eric begins by explaining why they call it Atypical. ~~~ Among her many projects, Minot artist Cera Pignet designs Atypical’s beer labels. She visits with Ashley Thornberg about her multi-faceted art career, including work related to National Parks. Hear longer version of the conversation here. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews “Lightyear,” the new animated film from Pixar.
  • Thursday, June 23, 2022 - Special contributor Brandi Malarkey continues her series on American Rescue Plan Grant recipients with a tour of the Nome Schoolhouse. ~~~ Sue Balcom’s topic this week on Main Street Eats is “Dairy Month.”
  • Wednesday, June 21, 2022 - Carl Griffin and Greg Reed attended Moorhead State College in the 1960s and 70s as part of Project E-Quality, an affirmative action program developed to bring Black, Hispanic, and Indigenous students to the school. On this Juneteenth week, we visit with Carl and Greg. They’ll discuss their experience coming to Moorhead, and also their efforts around the Juneteenth holiday.
  • Tuesday, June 21, 2022 - Increasing deposit amounts, rent hikes and wrongful evictions is leading to growing homeless populations in communities all across North Dakota. One community action group in Bismarck is advocating for tenants’ rights by holding a series of forums to address predatory housing tactics. ~~~ Tom Isern shares a Plains Folk essay titled “What We Call This Place.” ~~~ What is a Western? That is the name of a book by Josh Garrett Davis, about movies and books and art. HumanitiesND invited him in for a webinar as part of their One Book One ND series. Bill Thomas shares an excerpt from that event.
  • Monday, June 20 - Folks in the small town of Buxton are working to restore some of the town's beloved buildings. The effort is called Buxton in Bloom. Bobbi Hepper Olson visits with special contributor Brandi Malarkey. ~~~ A new book just released explores the jazz scene in Fargo. It’s called Fargo Jazz. Ashley Thornberg visits with musician Russ Peterson and photographer/writer W. Scott Olsen.
  • Friday, June 17, 2022 - Dakota Spotlight is a true-crime podcast brings light to stories from the Upper Midwest. The new episode is about an unsolved missing persons case out of the Wishek/Napoleon area. Joining us are the producers, Jeremy Fugleberg and James Wolner. ~~~ Dave Thompson is here for this week’s news chat. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews “Jurassic World Dominion.”
  • Thursday, June 16, 2022 - Heather Keeler an enrolled citizen of the Yankton Sioux Tribe and a MN legislator. She believes representation matters. So much so, she made a business out of it. ~~~ Chuck Lura shares a Natural North Dakota essay about “Summer Constellations.” ~~~ Bill Thomas visits with Mindi Schmitz, executive director of The Arts Center in Jamestown, for an update on the Hanson Arts Park and plans for this summer's Downtown Arts Market. ~~~ Sue Balcom is here for Main Street Eats. Today we’re talking about Father’s Day.