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Public Affairs

Issues and stories about matters of social or political concern.

December 9 at 5pm:

Host Jack Russell Weinstein and his guest Luke Hunt will discuss "What are the Limits of Power?"

December 2 at 5pm:

Itzhak Perlman invites you to his Chanukah Radio Party. Join the superstar violinist as he tells the story of the Jewish festival of lights, and shares his favorite recordings for the holiday – some serious, some silly. This engaging one-hour special includes numbers from Itzhak Perlman’s radio-addicted childhood in Israel; evocative songs in Yiddish and Ladino; classical music that revolves around the Maccabee heroes of the story; and Chanukah gems by American folk singers. The master storyteller also regales you with jokes and memories, plus tales of three classic Chanukah symbols: the menorah, the latke, and, of course, the dreidel. A good time for the whole family, at Itzhak Perlman’s Chanukah Radio Party! 

November 25 at 5pm:

Red states, blue states – when it comes to our environment, are we really two different Americas? New Yorker writer Eliza Griswold spent time in southwestern Pennsylvania to tell the story of a family living on the front lines of the fracking boom. Berkeley professor Arlie Hochschild traveled to Louisiana to escape what she calls the “bubble” of coastal thinking. Both writers emerged with books that paint an honest portrait of a misunderstood America. On today’s program, tales of the people whose lives have been impacted by America’s craving for energy, the choices they’ve made, and their fight to protect their families and their environment.

November 18 at 5pm: 

Featuring the popular poetry of the time before and during the Great War: the Music Hall songs; the songs the soldiers sang; the poems that served as recruitments in verse; and a sampling of the serious poems, from the War Poets, many of whom died in the trenches. Those who survived against the odds, devoted the rest of their lives to honoring their comrades by telling and retelling the truths of that war. 

November 11 at 5pm:

Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Matthew Talbert and Jessica Wolfendale, co-authors of the book, War Crimes: Causes, Excuses, and Blame.

October 28 at 5pm:

If you drove through the Bakken a few years ago, you would have seen dozens of new hotels, RV parks and mobile homes that popped up when the oil rigs rolled into town.

Tune in as reporters Amy Sisk and Todd Melby examine the Bakken's changing housing landscape.

October 21 at 5pm:

In PLAYING GOD, a divine comedy from SNL's Alan Zweibel, God (Bill Buell), over the objections of a heavenly assistant ("Curb Your Enthusiasm" star Susie Essman), challenges a self-involved doctor (Scott Adsit) to a squash match for his faith. Then, from the beloved narrator of the Harry Potter audiobooks and the playwright of Venus in Fur comes a wickedly clever whodunit, THE MYSTERY AT TWICKNAM VICARAGE by David Ives.

October 7 at 5pm:

For the United States, tensions are rising with both allies and adversaries. Rogue states are racing to master new technologies and create weapons of mass destruction. And faith in international institutions is seemingly deteriorating. What does this all mean for U.S. national security? Panelists include Derek Chollet, Stephen F. Cohen, Reuel Marc Gerecht, John J. Mearsheimer, and Kori Schake.

September 30 at 5pm:

At Prairie Public's "Ask A" event,  participants — either curious askers or Native American answerers — joined in very short conversations. Similar to speed dating, they then switched to the next participant for new questions and answers after an allotted time. The participants eventually came together for more conversation over lunch, and their reactions to the event were recorded for this broadcast. Listen here.

Ask A Native American, August, 2018

Oct 1, 2018
Troy Davis

Prairie Public's "Ask A Native American" event paired up 8 Native and 8 non-Native people for one-on-one conversations -- 8 minutes, and you'd switch partners.  We were worried that it might be dull, or it might be too contentious. We had not done something like this before.  We gathered in the North Dakota Heritage Center on a Saturday morning in August of 2018, with people chatting as we dealt with some last minute substitutions.  After a brief orientation, we started.