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Thursday, March 21, 2019 – The National Wildlife Federation is taking a contrarian view about ethanol in fuels, arguing that this renewable fuel actually does more environmental harm than good. Joining us to explain is David DeGennaro, NWF policy specialist. ~~~ A report on refugee workers in meatpacking from Harvest Public Media. ~~~ Mark Trahant shares a commentary about the federal budget. ~~~ NDSU historian Tom Isern shares a Plains Folk essay titled “Heart of Dakota.” ~~~ Sue Balcom joins us for another Main Street Eats conversation. Today she discusses kuchen. ~~~ Doug and Ashley have our What’s Happening calendar of events.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 – With the Fargo Film Festival in full swing, we take the opportunity to talk about the film “Rosewood Ledge” with the writer-director, Trey Chapman, and actors Kristin Rudrud, Michael Bonini, and Maritza Veer. ~~~ Chuck Lura is here with another Natural North Dakota essay. Today’s topic is Glacial Lake Agassiz. ~~~ March is problem gambling awareness month. Lisa Vig at Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota joins us to discuss the brain chemistry of gambling addiction.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 – When it comes to health concerns for transgender patients, they don't have many options. Faye Seidler is a longtime activist for transgender rights and she runs the Harbor Health Clinic in downtown Fargo. She visits with John Harris in this excerpt from next Friday’s Prairie Pulse television show. ~~~ There’s a special bankruptcy code for U-S family farms, Chapter 12, allowing them to restructure their debt and go back to producing food. In part two of Harvest Public Media’s report on farm bankruptcy, Esther Honig reports that today’s farmers sometimes have to go so far into the red that there is no relief. ~~~ Minot State University alumnae Veronica (Cavallo) Pinnick is a research associate at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. This Thursday she returns to Minot where she’ll give a talk titled, “Searching for the Fingerprints of Life in our Solar System using Mass Spectrometry.” She joins us with a preview.

Monday, March 18, 2019 – Who Killed Lt. Van Dorn? That question is the title of a film chosen for this week’s Fargo Film Festival. Zach Stauffer is the reporter, producer, and cinematographer. He joins us to share a story about Lt. Wes Van Dorn, who died in a helicopter crash off the coast of Virginia and the subsequent investigation that uncovered a long history of negligence and institutional failings around that model of helicopter. ~~~ Another film at the festival is titled “Riplist.” It’s a light-hearted documentary about a local deadpool, including members of the Prairie Public staff. ~~~ An increasing number of farmers filed for bankruptcy in many states in 2018, raising alarm over the apparent downturn in the farm economy. But economists say if you go by the all of the numbers, the ag sector at large is getting by. Harvest Public Media’s Grant Gerlock has more in part one of a two-part report. ~~~ In an excerpt from the Cutting Ed podcast, host Tom Gerhardt visits with Williston High School’s director of bands, Eric Rooke. Eric recently received a special honor.

Friday, March 15, 2019 – Travis Rosenbluth is one of the co-founders of Harvestable, a service that helps local growers market to restaurants. He just returned from the South By Southwest festival where Harvestable was one of 16 start-ups in the world selected for special recognition. ~~~ A corruption scandal in Canada has raised new questions about Indigenous values and leadership, and it has inspired today’s commentary from Mark Trahant. ~~~ News director Dave Thompson is here for our weekly news chat. ~~~ And Matt Olien reviews a new movie: “Captain Marvel.”

Educator William Fritz ~ Sue Balcom on St. Pat's

Mar 14, 2019

Thursday, March 14 – If you’re a math major, you might not think you should to take art classes, or vice versa. Educator William Fritz prefers a multidisciplinary approach, and says all students stand to gain from taking ag classes….even those who didn’t grow up on a farm, or think they want to run one. He’s a National AgriScience Teacher Ambassador in Rolla and he joins Tom Gerhardt in this excerpt from The Cutting Ed podcast to share how he uses his background to guide how he teaches. ~~~ Tom Isern Shares a Plains Folk essay titled “The Shame of Noah.” ~~~ Chuck Lura shares a Natural North Dakota essay, “Prairie Fire.” ~~~ Sue Balcom of the Root Sellers farm near Mandan joins us for another episode of Main Street Eats. Today’s topic is St. Patrick’s Day. ~~~ What’s Happening calendar of things to do … weather permitting!

Wednesday, March 13 – The cost of care late in life can be daunting. Here to discuss the economics of long-term care are Kathleen Ujvari of the AARP Public Policy Institute and Mike Chaussee, advocacy director for AARP North Dakota. ~~~ Carl Jones of the National Weather Service in Grand Forks joins us for a discussion of the unusual and quite powerful storm called a bomb cyclone that’s about to hit much of the region. ~~~ Emily Beck, executive director of the Fargo Theatre, shares a preview of the Fargo Film Festival in this excerpt from Friday’s Prairie Pulse television show with host John Harris.

Hunger Free ND ~ Author Victoria Johnson

Mar 12, 2019

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 – The Hunger Free North Dakota Coalition is celebrating 10 years of helping people. Karen Ehrens and Lori Capouch join us to discuss the group’s various efforts, including the Rural Grocer Initiative, which seeks to address the continuing loss of rural grocery stores. There’s been a 15% drop in just 5 years. ~~~ The National Book Awards at Concordia College in Moorhead takes place this Thursday and Friday. Today we visit with Victoria Johnson, non-fiction finalist for "American Eden: David Hosack, Botany and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic." She’ll be one of the featured guests during The Reading and Conversation with the Authors event on Thursday. Johnson is an associate professor of urban policy and planning at Hunter College in NYC.

Monday, March 11, 2019 – Norma Baker-Flying Horse is a fashion designer from New Town who’s hitting the big time. She just had a show as part of Paris Fashion Week, and she's the first contemporary Native American fashion designer to have one of her gowns worn at the Oscars. She’s just back in the state and joins us to discuss her career and her style of design. ~~~ Commentary from Mark Trahant, who wonders about the possibility of a presidential primary in Indian Country.  ~~~ Chuck Lura shares a Natural North Dakota essay on lichens. ~~~ We know we should eat well and exercise, but what role does design play in the equation? From office buildings to menus, how and when we interact with food impacts how we eat. That was the topic for this month’s presentation at First Fridays at B. Today we share some highlights from presenters Michelle Draxten, Rory Beil, and Mary Larson.

Friday, March 8, 2019 – Ag is big business in North Dakota and some of the success can be credited to the Bank of North Dakota, the only state-owned bank in the country. 100 years ago, the bank started as a way to combat out-of-state, predatory lenders who took advantage of North Dakota farmers. Mike Jacobs is the former editor and publisher of the Grand Forks Herald. For the bank's centennial year, he wrote, "The Bank of North Dakota: From Striving to Thriving.” He speaks with host John Harris in this excerpt of the Prairie Pulse television show. ~~~ “Neither Wolf Nor Dog” is a small, self-distributed, independent film, which came out in 2017. It has been called the “most-successful South Dakota film since Dances with Wolves.” It scores 95% on Rottentomatoes, and it’s coming back for screenings this weekend in Bismarck. We first visited with filmmaker Steven Lewis Simpson two years ago, and he joins us to share the story of his film’s success. ~~~ News director Dave Thompson joins us for a deeper dive into the news of the week. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews “Everybody Knows.”