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Jamie Parsley


(after Bertold Brecht)

After these
dark times

will we
still sing?

Yes, we
will sing.

We will sing
loudly and clearly

about these
dark times.

Emily Vieweg -- "Jungle Gym"

Sep 28, 2020

Text of the poem is below.

More about Emily here.
and her new book here.

Jungle Gym 

I feel like I’m failing – 

galloping down a metal slide, 

thighs burning from the sticking –


Remember this feeling:

It is 98 degrees in St. Louis

in August and you are just trying 

to play at recess

when The Gorilla dares you to climb

Parking Lot Easter Service with the Waddingtons

Sep 24, 2020
Courtey of Seth Waddington

Bill Thomas: It's the spring of 2020 and a pastor in Southwest North Dakota wants to do a safe Easter service. He calls on a band for help, a band of brothers. Here's Matthew Musacchia, who looked into what happened for the North Dakota Council On the Arts.

Peiper Bloomquist

Bill thomas: Hi, this is Bill Thomas at Prairie Public. When the pandemic descended on us, a lot of people wondered rightly about being able to continue. You can imagine that this would especially apply to a project for older people, since they have repeatedly been identified as very vulnerable. But at the Burleigh County Senior Center, they used an Arts for Life grant from the North Dakota Council On the Arts to do a poetry project based on a sort of template, Where I'm From. Lisa Bennett works at the Burleigh County Senior Centers where she did this project. And she reads from a poem produced, in spite of the pandemic.


Sep 11, 2020

Matt likes this sci-fi spy thriller, but it's complicated!

Matt says this film is special.

Ennio Morricone Remembered

Sep 8, 2020

You may not know the name Ennio Morricone, but you almost certainly know his work. The late composer gave the world some 400 scores for TV and film, including the theme for The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, widely considered one of the most influential soundtracks of all time. Prairie Public’s Matt Olien and Scott Prebys offer an ode to Morricone.

The Great American Folk Show is a little place on the radio where we commune with you to share stories, sing songs, and talk to some good people with great voices.

Episode Five features visual artist, composer, and singer David Garza; Banjoist, singer, jean maker, and founding member of Old Crow Medicine Show Willie Watson; Toad the Wet Sprocket founding member Glen Phillips, and singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Tomo Nakayama

Plus, we’ll visit with ND Associate Poet Laureate Bonnie Larson Staiger, and hear more Notes from the Badlands by Joe Wiegand.



Aug 27, 2020

Matt doesn't recommend this violent film, noting a lack of meaningful depth

 It takes a lot of people to get a film made. Of course actors and directors tend to get top billing for setting the tone of the film, but music is critical. It can get your heart beating, or swooning. Matt Olien is Main Street’s resident movie buff. Scott Prebys, host of Prebys on Classics and Prebys on Jazz on Prairie Public, is quite the music buff. Their worlds overlap in this conversation about some of their favorite film composers.