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Friday, October 12 – North Dakota has one of the hottest, most important senate races in the country. In September, we heard from Congressman Kevin Cramer. Today we hear from incumbent Heidi Heitkamp. ~~~ The Center for Public Integrity has released a story today about obstacles to voting for residents on the Standing Rock reservation. Joining us to discuss the report is CPI reporter Carrie Levine. ~~~ A new movie review from Matt Olien: “Venom.”

Thursday, October 11 – We preview this month’s episode of “Why” Philosophical Discussions About Everyday Life” with host Jack Russell Weinstein, UND professor of philosophy. This month his guest is professor Derek Black as they explore the question, “Is there a right to education and literacy?” ~~~ Dave Thompson joins us a day early for our weekly news chat. ~~~ A Plains Folk essay from Tom Isern titled “The Power of Serving.” ~~~ Sue Balcom’s topic this week is apples. ~~~ Doug and Ashley have our What’s Happening calendar of events.

Wednesday, October 10 – At this week’s Gamechanger Ideas Festival in Bismarck, one of the featured presenters is Caitlin Doughty, a “mortician, activist, and funeral industry rabble-rouser.” Among her many death-related interests are death denial in Western society, the rise of home funerals, and green burials. ~~~ A report from the scene at Sauerkraut Day in Wishek. We visit with organizer Kelly Brown.

Tuesday, October 9 – Ron Smith is here to answer some of the late season lawn and garden questions that keep coming in. ~~~ We visit with Randall Christmann, candidate for the North Dakota Public Service Commission.

Monday, October 8 – We visit with Adam Arvidson, author of Wild and Rare. It’s a book of compelling stories of Minnesota’s endangered species, the landscapes that nurture them, and the people who are discovering their secrets. ~~~ Public broadcasting personality Rick Steves visited North Dakota last week. He stopped by our studio to explain why he’s pro on Measure 3. ( We’ll have opponent voices on Measure 3 on future shows.)

Friday, October 5 – NPR reporter Don Gonyea is in North Dakota to cover the Cramer-Heitkamp race as the Kavanaugh decision reaches its climax. ~~~ News director Dave Thompson stops by for our weekly discussion of the latest headlines. ~~~ We’re off to the movies with Matt Olien. This week he reviews “The House With a Clock in its Walls.”

Thursday, October 4 – The North Dakota Medical Reserve Corps assists in disaster situations around the country. A team is recently back from helping in North Carolina in the wake of hurricane Florence. Here to tell us about that experience and how others can volunteer for the Medical Reserve Corps is are Tim Wiedrich section chief with the North Dakota Department of Health and volunteer Cliff Black, who, among other emergency positions, is a flight paramedic with Trinity Hospital in Minot.

Wednesday, October 3 – Our conversations with candidates continues with David Thompson, the Democrat-endorsed candidate for attorney general, who is seeking to unseat incumbent Wayne Stenehjem. ~~~ Chuck Lura shares a Natural North Dakota essay on ergot, a fungus that can create some problems. ~~~ Robin Reynolds of Dacotah Clayworks in Hebron is one of the many attractions at this year’s NOTSTOCK at Minot State. She’ll be conducting ceramics demonstrations tomorrow through Saturday.

Tuesday, October 2 – In our latest conversation with statewide candidates, we visit with Joshua Boschee, who is seeking election as North Dakota Secretary of State.  ~~~ The 1941-42 Elbowoods Warriors Basketball Team was inducted into the North Dakota Native Hall of Honor this year. We share a profile produced by Makoche studios of Bismarck. ~~~ Anastasia Higginbotham writes and illustrates books for children, and she's not afraid to tackle the big issues of our time. Her previous books help parents talk to their kids about death, divorce, and sex.

Monday, October 1 – We continue our candidate visits with Kelly Armstrong the Republican nominee for North Dakota’s lone seat in the US House of Representatives. ~~~ A Natural North Dakota essay from Chuck Lura on the Draconids meteor shower, which will peak this coming weekend. ~~~ The search for legal assistance is challenging for immigrants and migrants in rural areas … they may have to travel hundreds of miles or run into people posing as attorneys. For Harvest Public Media, Chad Davis explores the difficulties and solutions.