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Monday, April 26, 2021 - UND philosophy professor Jack Weinstein joins us for another episode of “Philosophical Currents,” when we look at current issues through a philosophical lens. This month's topic involves the racially-charged events in Minneapolis, and how watching them from afar changes our experience of them and what they mean to us.

Kelsey Timmerman: Where Am I Giving

Apr 6, 2021

Kelsey Timmerman's Website.

Humanities North Dakota Website

Listen to this hour long version of the webinar in which Kelsey talks about how his footloose travels led him to very revealing insights about how clothing production (his first book), food production (his second) and philanthropy (the latest). 

"Asian Hate"

Mar 29, 2021

Today we begin a new monthly conversation with UND professor Jack Russell Weinstein called “Philosophical Currents.” Once a month Jack will join us for a philosophical discussion about current matters facing society. Our topic for the first episode is the impulse to hate people of another ethnicity.

After taking a year off due to the pandemic, the ND Native American Hall of Honor is once again accepting nominations. Joining us is Scott Davis, outgoing executive director of the ND Indian Affairs Commission. He’ll also discuss several other matters he’s been watching.

Persistence: Woman Suffrage in North Dakota

Dec 16, 2020
Jenna Chase

This play follows the history of the effort to get women the vote in North Dakota, with humor and drama. 

It was written by Kathleen Coudle-King in consultation with Barbara Handy-Marchello, former UND history faculty member, and Susan Wefald, North Dakota’s first woman to serve on the North Dakota Public Service Commission.


White Lies, from NPR's Investigations Team, is a seven-part series that tells the story of one of the most significant unsolved murders of the Civil Rights era.

Co-creator and co-host Chip Brantley spoke with Main Street's Ashley Thornberg about the program and the 50-year-old unsolved case.

Born in the 50s, Jan served in the military and got married, but finally came to grips with who she truly was.

Governor Walz of Minnesota has issued a Stay at Home executive order. But what does that mean if you’re homeless? Joining us to discuss the challenges being faced by homeless shelters is Sue Koesterman, executive director of Churches United for the Homeless.

Mark Trahant shares an essay on the census, and its importance for Indian Country.

Martin Cross served as chair of the Three Affiliated Tribes from 1944 to 1946, and from 1950-1956. He fought the building of Garrison Dam and demanded that Congress treat the people of Fort Berthold fairly. He is also known for helping organize the National Congress of American Indians, an organization that gave American Indian tribes greater political power through a unified voice. He’s also one of this year’s inductees into the North Dakota Native American Hall of Honor. We share a profile produced by Makoche studios.