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Public Affairs

Issues and stories about matters of social or political concern.

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.

September 23 at 5pm:
This one-hour special goes way beneath the #MeToo to explore like "How, and when, did male dominance get started in the first place? (Spoiler: The cave men didn't invent patriarchy, and it's been around for only a fraction of human history.) From the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and PRX.

ND U.S. House Debate

Sep 12, 2018

September 16 at 5pm:
This one-hour debate between candidates Kelly Armstrong (R) and Mac Schneider (D) will be moderated by Dave Thompson.

Blue Dot: Wildfires

Sep 12, 2018

September 2 at 5pm:
The catastrophic wildfire season in the west has been called "the new normal?" But is it? And what could normal even mean when confronted by such extreme events. We asked three experts to weigh in on the science of wildfire.

August 12 at 5pm:

This month's Why: Philosophical Discussions About Everyday Life show is recorded live with host Jack Russell Weinstein at the Concordia Language Village. They'll discuss the controversy around the naming of one of the language villages.  

August 5 at 5pm:
"Testimonies," hosted by Meg Luther Lindholm, creates a space for vibrant and open conversation with people who share a similar life experiences and challenges. In this episode, we delve into the plight of missing and murdered indigenous women and children. Learn about the challenges of raising and protecting children in this kind of climate, and how historical human trafficking and discriminatory and indifferent law policing contributed to the thousands of Native women who have gone missing and have never been found.