Bill Thomas joins us with a conversation about art provoking discomfort, an excerpt of a panel discussion with writers Nicholas Galanin, Marlon James, and Lauren Markham. On a second theme, the authors discuss the research required for the work they do. ~~~ Chuck Lura shares a Natural North Dakota essay about Scoria. ~~~ A grand opening is coming up for the Northwest Arts Center and the Walter Piehl Gallery at Minot State. Here to tell us about this new facility Avis Veikley, director of the Northwest Arts Center. ~~~ Matt Williams is the CEO of Knowledge Works, a organization providing students with personalized learning experiences. Knowledge Works has a presence in more than 30 states, including North Dakota. Williams visits with host Tom Gerhardt in this excerpt of the Cutting Ed podcast.