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  • Arctic explorer and environmentalist Lonnie Dupre will be speaking about climate change and his polar explorations in Moorhead on Saturday. ~~~ Poetry from studio 47 comes to us from Patrick Hicks, a writer in residence and a member of the English faculty at Augustana University. Today he profiles poet and North Dakota native, Debra Marquart. ~~~ Sue Balcom is talking about those expensive eggs on Main Street Eats.
  • Wednesday, January 25, 2023 - Philosophical Currents is our monthly deep dive into a current issue with UND philosophy professor Jack Weinstein. This month’s topic explores academic freedom and the role of tenure.
  • Tuesday, January 24, 2023 - The University of Mary is presenting its 8th Annual Bloody Sunday Forum, examining peace and reconciliation issues stemming from “The Troubles” in Northern Ireland (1968 – 1998). We visit with featured guest Ronan McCloskey, a renowned filmmaker from Northern Ireland; and Dr. Michael Taylor, professor of education at the university. ~~~ Today we share a Natural North Dakota essay, “Hugh Glass and Grizzly Bears.” ~~~ Tom Isern has a Plains Folk essay, “Two Guys in a Dugout.” ~~~ Betty Adams is the director of the West Fargo Library. She discusses the future of the library, services and programs that are available for patrons, and the role libraries play in healthy North Dakota Communities.
  • Monday, January 23, 2023 - The Mineta-Simpson Institute at Heart Mountain works to preserve and share the history of Japanese Americans incarcerated at the Heart Mountain War Relocation Center during World War II. The institute is named after the late Norman Mineta who served in Congress and also served in the cabinets for Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush and after former longtime Senator Al Simpson.~~~ Bobcats were hunted to near extinction in parts of the country, and states began putting them on protected species lists. But the bobcat has made a huge comeback, and now it’s hunted in nearly every state. Juanpablo Ramirez-Franco of Harvest Public Media reports. ~~~ The days are getting longer! Horticulturist Ron Smith is here with some mid-winter tips as we look toward spring. ~~~ In another episode of TellTale, Dakota Folklife and Stories, we hear from folk singers as they discuss the emotional effect and purpose of Das Schicksal, a traditional Germans-from-Russia Catholic funeral song.
  • Friday, January 20, 2023 - Charity Lutheran Church in Bismarck recently participated in a mission trip to Ukraine. Joining us to talk about the experience is the Reverend Brad Miller. ~~~ Dave Thompson is here for our weekly news chat. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews “Glass Onion, a Knives Out Mystery.”
  • Thursday, January 19, 2023 - Christy Goulet joins us to discuss the latest news regarding the use of place names seen as offensive in the indigenous community. ~~~ Consumers have experienced higher food prices at the grocery in the last couple of years, especially for eggs. Kendall Crawford reports for Harvest Public Media…on what's behind the increase. ~~~ Sue Balcom says it's not too early to be digging into the seed catalogs and getting serious about planning the garden.
  • Wednesday, January 18, 2023 - The Fargo Moorhead Indigenous Association is working to build a Native American Center. We visit with interim executive director Brandon Baity. ~~~ High Plains Fair Housing Center has seen quite a rise in calls for help. Kelly Gorz, associate director for the center, joins us to discuss the difficulties renters are having with discrimination, rent hikes and more.
  • Tuesday, January 17, 2013 - Michael Miller was recently appointed director emeritus of NDSU Libraries. He joins us to reflect on his career and the pioneering work done on the history of North Dakota’s Germans from Russia. ~~~ Spotted Tail was a Sicangu Lakota leader. His life is the focus of an upcoming virtual History Talks presentation sponsored by the South Dakota State Historical Society. We visit with Richmond Clow, professor emeritus of Native American Studies at the University of Montana. He wrote the book, “Spotted Tail: Warrior and Statesman.”
  • Monday, January 16, 2023 - Erika Bolstad is a journalist who came to North Dakota in search of mineral rights and the legacy of the great-grandmother who homesteaded the land. She wrote about the search in her book, “Windfall: The Prairie Woman Who Lost Her Way and the Great-Granddaughter Who Found Her.” ~~~ People in Selma, Alabama, are celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's legacy — even as they clean up after a series of large tornadoes roared across the state last week killing six people. ~~~ One of Martin Luther King Junior’s most important confidants was a Jewish businessman from New York named Stanley Levison, has remained largely hidden from public view. This story comes to us from Matthew Schuerman of WNYC. ~~~ In an episode of TellTale, Dakota Folklife and Stories we hear from elders in central North Dakota as they reminisce about staying warm and having fun during the harsh cold winters of their childhoods.
  • Friday, January 13, 2023 - Humanities ND is hosting a series of Chautauqua events. Joining us is executive director Brenna Gerhardt and Chautauqua performers George Frein and Bruce Henderson. ~~~ Dave Thompson joins us for this week’s news recap. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews “The Whale.”