Lisa Napoli on the Founding Mothers of NPR

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 - With NPR celebrating 50 years, and radio on Prairie Public celebrating 40 years, we're delighted to visit with Lisa Napoli, the author of "Susan, Linda, Nina & Cokie: The Extraordinary Story of the Founding Mothers of NPR."

"Where Are You From," A Conversation about Neurodiversity ~ Environmentalist and Climate A...

Tuesday, September 21, 2021 - "Where are you from?" It's a normal question when it's about geography. But in the case of John David Berdahl, it was more about his headspace. Berdahl is autistic. He's asked that question so much, he started a podcast and web series to talk about Asperger's syndrome and neurodiversity. He joins us, along with his neurodivergent friend and web series guest, Heather Zinger. ~~~ In an excerpt from the Conversations on Healthcare Podcast, we hear from renowned writer, environmentalist and climate activist Bill McKibben, whose seminal 1989 book "The End of Nature" was among the first to warn of the climate crisis. He says if we don't pass President Biden's reconciliation bill, which has the most sweeping climate change legislation ever proposed in the US, "we won't get another chance."

"Where Are You From," A Conversation about Neurodiversity ~ Environmentalist and Climate A...

One Book One ND: Erdrich, Marquart, and Vinz

Monday, September 20, 2021 - Today we feature a conversation from the latest One Book One ND online event with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Louise Erdrich, author/poet Debra Marquart, and their mentor and poet Mark Vinz in a conversation about connection, friendship, writing, and so much more! It's moderated by Tayo Basquiat, a professor of Philosophy at Bismarck State College.

Main Street Weekend for September 19th

Sunday, September 19, 2021 - We discuss "TR's Western Friends" with historian Duane Jundt and Roosevelt scholar Clay Jenkinson. It's a preview of the upcoming Theodore Roosevelt Symposium on the theme "Western Scenes, Western Friends." ~~~The Mediterranean diet is one of the most healthful, delicious ways of eating on the planet, but how can we apply these dietary principles here in the Midwest? A new book offers some answers. Here to discuss "Midwest Mediterranean" are two of the contributors, Megan Myrdal and Peter Schultz.

Daycare as Infrastructure ~ News Director Dave Thompson ~ Matt Reviews "The Card Counter"

Friday, September 17 - A recent Kids Count report argues that the state could benefit by considering child care a form of infrastructure that can be good for the economy. Here to discuss the report and the need are Xanna Burg, Kids Count coordinator for North Dakota; and Jessica Haak, board member with the North Dakota Women's Network. ~~~ Dave Thompson provides a deeper dive into some of the week's biggest news stories. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews "The Card Counter," starring Oscar Isaac.

Daycare as Infrastructure ~ News Director Dave Thompson ~ Matt Reviews "The Card Counter"

"Warfare on the Great Plains" ~ Naturalist Chuck Lura ~ Eliza Blue Essay ~ Sue Balcom

Thursday, September 16, 2021 - Andrew Clark is the chief archaeologist for the State Historical Society of North Dakota. He joins us to preview his upcoming presentation at the Heritage Center about a book he co-authored titled "Archaeological Perspectives on Warfare on the Great Plains." ~~~ Chuck Lura shares a Natural North Dakota essay about Impatiens, which are also known as jewelweed, or touch-me-nots. ~~~ Eliza Blue shares a Postcard from the Prairie. ~~~ Sue Balcom is here for a discussion of Savory pies and sweet desserts using garden vegetables.

"Warfare on the Great Plains" ~ Naturalist Chuck Lura ~ Eliza Blue Essay ~ Sue Balcom

TR Symposium Preview ~ Blood Supply Shortage

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 - We discuss "TR's Western Friends" with historian Duane Jundt and Roosevelt scholar Clay Jenkinson. It's a preview of the upcoming Theodore Roosevelt Symposium on the theme "Western Scenes, Western Friends." ~~~ Blood plasma is in short supply. Here to discuss the situation in North Dakota, the uses for plasma, and how to donate is Jennifer Bredahl, regional director for Vitalant Blood Donation.

"The Butterfly Effect" ~ Horticulturist Ron Smith

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 - "The Butterfly Effect" is a documentary by Minnesota filmmaker Deb Wallwork. It's airing September 23rd on Prairie Public. It's humorous and lyrical as it features portraits of rural people who are saving the monarch butterfly, one milkweed at a time. Deb is originally from the Fargo area, and she joins us for a preview. ~~~ Horticulturist Ron Smith is along with an eye toward fall, and dare we even say winter?

Midwest Mediterranean

Monday, September 13, 2021 - The Mediterranean diet is one of the most healthful, delicious ways of eating on the planet, but how can we apply these dietary principles here in the Midwest? A new book offers some answers. Here to discuss "Midwest Mediterranean" are two of the contributors, Megan Myrdal and Peter Schultz. ~~~ The International Day of Listening is coming up. Here to discuss the importance of listening is the founder of the event, Sheila Bentley.

Main Street Weekend for September 12

Sunday, September 12, 2021 - A Song for Liv is the latest book from photographer and retired professor Wayne Gudmundson. It explores his family's roots from Iceland to North Dakota. ~~~ Sue Balcom is here for this week's episode of Main Street Eats. Today she's talking about hummingbirds.~~~ Matt Olien reviews "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings," the latest superhero film based on Marvel Comics.

What is Machine Learning ~ Dovetails in Tall Grass ~ Movie Review

Friday, September 10, 2021 - UND philosophy professor Jack Russell Weinstein is here to preview this Sunday's WHY radio show when he'll discuss "What is Machine Learning and Why is it Important to Philosophy?" His guest on Sunday will be Emily Sullivan, assistant professor of philosophy at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands. Her research explores the intersection between philosophy and data and computer science. ~~~ Samantha Specks is the author of Dovetails in Tall Grass: A Novel. The book was inspired by the true story of the thirty-eight Dakota-Sioux men hanged in Minnesota in 1862. It's a powerful tale of two young women connected by the fate of one man. She visits with Lori Walsh, host of In The Moment on South Dakota Public Radio. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings," the latest superhero film based on Marvel Comics.

XWA Air Show ~ Historian Tom Isern ~ Sue Balcom on Hummingbirds

5702 - Thursday, September 9, 2021 - This Saturday, the Williston Basin International Airport will host the inaugural XWA Air Show. Joining us for a preview is Airport Director Anthony Dudas. ~~~ NDSU history professor Tom Isern has a Plains Folk essay titled "Hundreds of Ballads." ~~~ Sue Balcom is here for this week's episode of Main Street Eats. Today she's talking about hummingbirds.

Wayne Gudmundson: "A Song for Liv" ~ Scott Davis: ND Native American Hall of Honor

Wednesday, September 8, 2021 - A Song for Liv is the latest book from photographer and retired professor Wayne Gudmundson. It explores his family's roots from Iceland to North Dakota. ~~~ After a year off due to the pandemic, new inductees to the North Dakota Native American Hall of Honor will be celebrated during a ceremony at the North Dakota Heritage Center and State Museum in Bismarck tomorrow. Here to preview that event and to introduce us to the three 2021 honorees is Scott Davis, former Indian Affairs Commissioner.

Wayne Gudmundson: "A Song for Liv" ~ Scott Davis: ND Native American Hall of Honor

Open Mind ND ~ Springboard for the Arts

Tuesday, September 7, 2021 - Open Mind ND works with people and families living with mental health concerns. We visit with President Ryan Randall. ~~~ Springboard for the Arts has announced its newest Rural Regenerator Fellows. These artists work in small cities and towns across the Midwest. Annie Hough writes educational plays about nature and ecosystems.

"The Good Hand" with Michael Patrick F. Smith

Monday, September 6, 2021 - On this Labor Day, we feature a conversation about working in the oil patch. It's an excerpt from a One Book One North Dakota webinar as Bill Thomas visits with Michael Patrick F. Smith, the author of "The Good Hand."

Main Street Weekend for September 5th

Sunday, September 5, 2021 - 5694 - Tuesday, August 31, 2021 - Thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Spirit Room will be holding a Big Read event around US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo and her book American Sunrise. We take the occasion of that announcement to share a special production about Joy Harjo that comes to us from PRX and the "Writing the Southwest" project. ~~~ Sue Balcom talks about Labor Day and the many food festivals that take place around the world at this time of year. She even talks about eating rattlesnakes. ~~~ Speaking of rattlesnakes, that's the subject in this episode of TellTale: Dakota Folklife and Stories.

"Sadie Breaks the Silents" ~ Tom Isern ~ News Chat with Dave ~ Matt Reviews "Candyman"

Friday, September 3, 2021 - MSUM professor and filmmaker Tom Brandau's final film, "Sadie Breaks the Silents," will premiere next week. Tom passed away in March from cancer. Joining us is his wife and creative partner Janet. She and other collaborators have worked to complete the film and will feature it at a screening of Tom's work that includes films from his youth and college days. The event at the Fargo Theatre is free and open to the public. ~~~ Tom Isern shares a Plains Folk essay titled "Man by the Name of Crego." ~~~ Dave Thompson is here for our weekly news chat. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews "Candyman," a supernatural slasher film directed by Nia DaCosta.

"Sadie Breaks the Silents" ~ Tom Isern ~ News Chat with Dave ~ Matt Reviews "Candyman"

Jack Wood, a Magic Hero ~ Minot's Notstock ~ Sue Balcom

Thursday, September 2, 2021 - Jack Wood, co-founder of the Growing Together Community Gardens in Fargo has won the RCA Magic Hero Award for his community service. He joins us to discuss the gardening ministry he started in 2006 as a way to provide a safe place for New Americans to make new friends while growing food and relationships. ~~~ Chuck Lura shares a Natural North Dakota essay about the Baltimore Oriole. ~~~ This Sunday's Great American Folk Show will include a conversation about Notstock at Minot State. It's an interactive arts event. In this excerpt, Tom Brosseau chats with Notstock founders Laurie Geller and Bill Harbort. ~~~ Sue Balcom talks about Labor Day and the many food festivals that take place around the world at this time of year.

Rabbi Jeff and Mindy Glickman ~ A Profile of Dave Thompson

Wednesday, September 1, 2001 - Rabbi Jeff and Mindy Glickman modeled the power of giving when they traveled the United States in Seymour, the RV. A month and 12,000 miles later, they have returned with a better understanding of the distinct needs of many local communities. Tour To The Wonderful, phase 2 is the giving part of the tour. The Glickman's are becoming members of many congregations and donating to many community organizations, including a surprise $10,000 matching grant for Prairie Public! ~~~ Whether you've lived in North Dakota all your life, or only for a spell, chances are you recognize the voice of Prairie Public's Morning Edition anchor, Dave Thompson. He's been a part of Prairie Public's radio presence ever since the first day of broadcasting 40 years ago. And as we celebrate that during this one-day member drive, we share a profile of Dave, prepared by our operations director, Erik Deatherage.https://www.turntothewonderful.com/glee

Joy Harjo Documentary ~ Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear

We do not have licensing rights to share the documentary about Joy Harjo online, but you can listen to an excerpt here:http://www.unm.edu/~wrtgsw/harjo.htmlThe audio in our Main Street podcast will begin with our segment with Governor Beshear of Kentucky.Tuesday, August 31, 2021 - Thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Spirit Room will be holding a Big Read event around US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo and her book American Sunrise. We take the occasion of that announcement to share a special production about Joy Harjo that comes to us from PRX and the "Writing the Southwest" project. ~~~ With the Delta Covid infections currently surging in North Dakota, hospitalizations and deaths are expected to peak in the coming weeks. Meanwhile masking in schools has been a much-debated topic. Today, in an excerpt from the Conversations on Health Care podcast, we hear from a state that is already experiencing that peak. Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear comments on the dire situation in his state.