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UND Athletics ~ North Dakota Covid Update
Tuesday, January 31, 2023 - Veterans Story Preservation Day will be Monday, February 6th at the Fargo Air Museum. Every veteran has a story worth being told and the Museum will preserve history by conducting a 30 minute audio and/or visual recorded video of Veterans from all service branches. We visit with Ryan Thayer, Executive Director/CEO; and Max Sabin, Collections Manager, from the Fargo Air Museum. ~~~ Veterans’ oral histories can sometimes involve trauma. There’s even an effort to name an overpass in Jamestown "Hidden Wounds Veterans Overpass." At the suggestion of a listener, we explore the problem of PTSD as we visit with Amanda McMahon, executive director of the Prairie Recovery Center in Raleigh, North Dakota. In addition to PTSD, we’ll also learn about the other services they provide.
Journalists Roundtable: the Legislative Session ~ Matt Olien Reviews "Empire of Light"
Friday, January 27, 2023 - Our monthly Journalists Roundtable will hone-in on the news from the state legislature. Along with our own Dave Thompson, we welcome special guest Joel Crane of KFYR. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews “Empire of Light,” and discusses the Academy Award nominations.
Explorer and environmentalist Lonnie Dupre ~ Poet Patrick Hicks ~ Sue Balcom
Arctic explorer and environmentalist Lonnie Dupre will be speaking about climate change and his polar explorations in Moorhead on Saturday. ~~~ Poetry from studio 47 comes to us from Patrick Hicks, a writer in residence and a member of the English faculty at Augustana University. Today he profiles poet and North Dakota native, Debra Marquart. ~~~ Sue Balcom is talking about those expensive eggs on Main Street Eats.
Philosophical Currents: Academic Freedom
Wednesday, January 25, 2023 - Philosophical Currents is our monthly deep dive into a current issue with UND philosophy professor Jack Weinstein. This month’s topic explores academic freedom and the role of tenure.
Bloody Sunday Forum at UMary ~ Natural North Dakota ~ Plains Folk Essay ~ Libraries and Healthy Communities
Tuesday, January 24, 2023 - The University of Mary is presenting its 8th Annual Bloody Sunday Forum, examining peace and reconciliation issues stemming from “The Troubles” in Northern Ireland (1968 – 1998). We visit with featured guest Ronan McCloskey, a renowned filmmaker from Northern Ireland; and Dr. Michael Taylor, professor of education at the university. ~~~ Today we share a Natural North Dakota essay, “Hugh Glass and Grizzly Bears.” ~~~ Tom Isern has a Plains Folk essay, “Two Guys in a Dugout.” ~~~ Betty Adams is the director of the West Fargo Library. She discusses the future of the library, services and programs that are available for patrons, and the role libraries play in healthy North Dakota Communities.
The Mineta-Simpson Institute ~ Saving Bobcats ~ Horticulturist Ron Smith ~ TellTale Folklife and Stories
Monday, January 23, 2023 - The Mineta-Simpson Institute at Heart Mountain works to preserve and share the history of Japanese Americans incarcerated at the Heart Mountain War Relocation Center during World War II. The institute is named after the late Norman Mineta who served in Congress and also served in the cabinets for Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush and after former longtime Senator Al Simpson.~~~ Bobcats were hunted to near extinction in parts of the country, and states began putting them on protected species lists. But the bobcat has made a huge comeback, and now it’s hunted in nearly every state. Juanpablo Ramirez-Franco of Harvest Public Media reports. ~~~ The days are getting longer! Horticulturist Ron Smith is here with some mid-winter tips as we look toward spring. ~~~ In another episode of TellTale, Dakota Folklife and Stories, we hear from folk singers as they discuss the emotional effect and purpose of Das Schicksal, a traditional Germans-from-Russia Catholic funeral song.