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Plains Folk is a commentary devoted to life on the great plains of North Dakota. Written by Tom Isern of West Fargo, North Dakota, and read in newspapers across the region for years, Plains Folk venerates fall suppers and barn dances and reminds us that "more important to our thoughts than lines on a map are the essential characteristics of the region — the things that tell what the plains are, not just where they are."
 
Exploring the evolving identity of the American West. Produced by Wyoming Public Media and PRX, The Modern West takes you on a sound-rich journey into some of America's most iconic landscapes. Guided by host Melodie Edwards' personal connection to the region, it's an unflinching look at the American West--its problematic history, its modern-day struggles and resilience, and how its present and future are being shaped.
 
Stories of things that happened in North Dakota and vicinity. Sitting Bull to Phil Jackson, cattle to prairie dogs, knoefla to lefse. In partnership with the Historical Society of North Dakota, and funded by the North Dakota Humanities Council, a nonprofit, independent state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the program do not necessarily reflect those of the North Dakota Humanities Council or the National ...
 
A podcast about the intersection of public health, cultural history, and war in Kansas. School closures, mask mandates, infection waves, front line workers, debates over the disease’s origin, disparities in health care access, quarantine fatigue. All of these descriptions could easily apply to both 2020 and 1918. In the midst of the current Covid-19 pandemic, many have started looking back to the last global health catastrophe of this magnitude - the 1918 influenza pandemic, also known as th ...
 
More than just a place to keep books, libraries are places that change lives by offering access to information, technology, community spaces, and real live people to help you navigate. We talk to the people who use libraries, work in libraries, and know stuff about libraries. We look at trends and history and the good things that libraries do to make their communities better.
 
Every 2 nd and 4th Tuesday evening at 6:00PM, WCBU airs Outside the Horseshoe prior to the live broadcast of Peoria City Council meeting. Each program features Peoria Public Radio News Director Tanya Koonce as she previews some of the top issues on the council agenda, or delves into an important topic in city politics and government. Tune in to WCBU before each Peoria City Council meeting for this program, or catch the podcast of each episode.
 
In 1982, Toby Evans, The host of Dead, But Not Gone, began to dialogue with the unseen realms when the voice of her Higher Self broke through the sound barrier of her ordinary reality. Life as she knew it, began to change. She transitioned from a public school Art teacher to a modern day, shamanic, Earth Steward creating one of the largest seven-circuit labyrinths in the United States. As “Keeper” of The Prairie Labyrinth, www.prairielabyrinth.com she transformed a five-acre field of native ...
 
Go behind the book with authors Katie Salidas, Jason LaVelle, and David Jones, as they give you an inside look at all aspects of the publishing industry. Meet the authors working their way to the top of the slush piles, and see what it takes to bring a story from idea to print.
 
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Monday, January 18 - Dr. Donald Warne is the director of the Indians into Medicine program at the University of North Dakota. Today he shares how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted indigenous people. ~~~ Sarah Elmquist Squires is the new head of the North Dakota Newspaper Association. We learn about her background and where she hopes to take the ND…
 
Arikara, or Sáhniš as called by its people, is part of the Caddoan language family, a group of languages that comes from the Caddo dialect, which is over 3000 years old. It is made up of languages spoken around the Missouri and Mississippi River Valleys. Apart from Arikara there are four other distinct Caddoan languages: Caddo, Wichita, Kitsai, and…
 
Sunday, January 17, 2021 - Secrets of the Viking Stone is a new show on the Science Channel. Peter Stormare, known for his role in FARGO , and history enthusiast Elroy Balgaard set out to solve the mystery of the famed Kensington Runestone. We visit with Stormare. ~~~ It’s impossible to overstate COVID’s impact on health care workers. Today we visi…
 
If I had one wish, it would probably be time travel. And one of the first places I would go would be the Great Plains of North America before European influence to see for myself those immense herds of bison on their native range. There may have been up to 30 million or more bison on the plains of North America. What a sight that must have been!…
 
Friday, January 15, 2021 - Yesterday, we heard from a doctor at CHI St. Alexius in Bismarck about working in an urban hospital during a global pandemic. Today we get perspectives from rural hospital personnel at Unity Medical Center in Grafton. We talk with CEO Alan O’Neil, CEO and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Matthew Viscito. ~~~ Mark Trahant, editor…
 
Spilling Ink the show that takes you behind the book to meet the authors and professionals in the publishing industry. #writerscommunity #writingcommunity #indieauthor #authortube Our Guest Tonight David Whalen https://www.correcthandedcomics.com/ Our Hosts Katie Salidas https://www.katiesalidas.com/ J.E. Taylor https://jetaylor75.com/ Jason LaVell…
 
Meriwether Lewis and William Clark found many ways to occupy their time during the winter of 1804-05 at Fort Mandan near present day Washburn, North Dakota. They met regularly with the neighboring Mandans and Hidatsas, with whom they traded, provided medical care and shared dances and other gatherings. The men of the Corps of Discovery hunted the s…
 
Thursday, January 14, 2021 - It’s impossible to overstate COVID’s impact on health care workers. Today we visit with Dr. J’Patrick Fahn at CHI St. Alexius in Bismarck about his personal experience working at a hospital during a pandemic. ~~~ Tom Isern shares a Plains Folk essay, On a Quest, where he goes off in search of homesteader W.H. Hamilton. …
 
From spreading disease to forced assimilation, we hear so much about the damage white settlers caused for native peoples, but we hear less about the amazing resistance that Indigenous people engaged in. One form of resistance is survivance, which is defined by Gerald Vizenor as, “…an active sense of presence, the continuance of native stories, not …
 
Wednesday, January 13, 2021 - Humanities ND is hosting its Gamechanger Ideas fest online, with a focus on democracy in these difficult times. This Thursday, featured speaker Yaël Eisenstat, former CIA analyst and U.S. Diplomat, explores how social media threatens our democracy. We visit with Program Coordinator Sue Skalicky. ~~~ Mark Trahant, edito…
 
William Guymer was born at Jamestown, North Dakota, in 1925. After graduating from Jamestown High, Bill entered the US Navy in March of 1943 during World War II. After basic training, Guymer became a Gunnery Mate and was assigned to the USS Mazama. The Mazama was a large Navy ammunition ship that served in the Pacific. Navy ammunition ships were na…
 
Tuesday, January 12, 2021 - The Threshold Podcast examines environmental concerns. Today we visit with Founder and Executive Producer Amy Martin about their special episode on drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. ~~~ We continue on conversations about industries dramatically impacted by the global pandemic. Today we hear from th…
 
Monday, January 11, 2021 - Secrets of the Viking Stone is a new show on the Science Channel. Peter Stormare, known for his role in FARGO , and history enthusiast Elroy Balgaard set out to solve the mystery of the famed Kensington Runestone. We visit with Stormare. Biologist Chuck Lura talks about hills, mountains, and buttes in this week’s Natural …
 
On this date in 1912, readers of the Washburn Leader learned that women were no longer content to take a backseat when it came to farming. The article stated the outdoor life was luring women to the Great Plains. Within the previous two years, many women had chosen farming over teaching, clerking in stores, or doing secretarial work. While noting t…
 
Friday, January 8, 2021 - Nick Hacker chairs the State Board of Higher Education. We look back on the many changes of 2020 and what they can expect for 2021. Tom Isern shares a Plains Folk essay, Song Catchers. ~~~ News Director Dave Thompson has his weekly news debrief. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews “Promising Young Woman.”…
 
Thursday, January 7, 2021 - Jack Russell Weinstein is a philosophy professor at UND. Today he joins us for a philosophical perspective on what happened yesterday in Washington D.C. when an armed mob besieged the US Capitol. ~~~ Sue Balcom joins us for this week's Main Street Eats with her New Year's Resolution to get the feel of losing weight by de…
 
Normally, a New Year’s Eve observance means nighttime partying, silly hats, and cautious expectations about hangovers at dawn’s early light. But many citizens getting ready for the year 2000 were hoping there would be no massive ramifications to humanity’s reliable companion: technology. By today’s date in 2000, there was relief that the world’s te…
 
On this date in 1913, Olaus Abelseth was celebrating his mother’s birthday, and felt fortunate to be alive, having survived the sinking of the Titanic. Abelseth was a laborer and sailor from Norway. He came to America years before the Titanic existed with his brother Hans around 1902 or 1903. He lived in Hatton where he worked at different farms ar…
 
Tuesday, January 5, 2021 - We continue our conversations about industries dramatically impacted by the global pandemic. Today we hear from Alex Rydell, president of the North Dakota Funeral Directors Association. ~~~ There’s a new film coming out called Nomadland. It’s about people who follow their work going, wherever they're needed. Think custom …
 
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