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Hosted by Chuck Lura, a biology professor at Dakota College in Bottineau. Chuck has a broad knowledge of “Natural North Dakota” and loves sharing that knowledge with others. Since 2005, he has written a weekly column, “Naturalist at Large,” for the Lake Metigoshe Mirror. His columns also appear under “The Naturalist” in several other weekly newspapers across North Dakota. Natural North Dakota is supported by NDSU Central Grasslands Research Extension Center and Dakota College at Bottineau, a ...
 
A social satire, Main Street became a best-seller soon after its publication, fascinating readers with its biting humor and realistic portrayal of small-town communities. Published in 1920, the novel follows Carol Milford as she moves to a conventional small town, where she encounters its conceited residents characterized by their ignorance, hypocrisy, and smugness, while simultaneously being the target of their careless ridicule. Furthermore, the novel efficiently exemplifies the dividing l ...
 
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Monday, September 27, 2021- Each month we make a thoughtful examination of a current issue in an episode we call Philosophical Currents with UND philosophy professor Jack Russell Weinstein. This month we discuss socialism. ~~~ Chuck Lura shares a Natural North Dakota essay on the sounds of fall. ~~~ October is National Arts & Humanities Month, and …
 
Fall is officially here. Labor Day is in the rearview mirror, school has started, and of course the equinox occurred on the 22nd. With the coming of fall, many among us wait in eager anticipation for the leaves to turn color. Every year about this time we get anxious to see the trees put on their annual color display. The fall colors are delightful…
 
Friday, September 24, 2021 - For this month’s Journalists Roundtable, news director Dave Thompson is joined by Cecile Wehrman, editor for Journal Publishing, which puts out the Crosby Journal and the Tioga Tribune; and Jack Zaleski, columnist and former editorial page editor for Forum Communications. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews Clint Eastwood’s new film…
 
Thursday, September 23, 2021 - The COVID-19 pandemic interrupted life as we know it, forever changing our idea of normal. Concordia College's "Work in the Job Revolution" symposium features speakers looking at the changing nature of work, and how to prepare students. We visit with presenter Kweilin Ellingrud, senior partner, McKinsey & Company, a g…
 
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 neu…
 
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 Philos…
 
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 app…
 
I recently read a study about the Dakota skipper. The Dakota skipper is a small butterfly, with a wingspan of around one inch. Coloration is variable between the sexes with the upper wing surface of males a towny-orange to brown while females are a darker brown and spotted. The underside of males is dusty yellow-orange and females gray-brown with s…
 
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 Tho…
 
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 Imp…
 
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 ho…
 
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 previe…
 
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…
 
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 R…
 
Have you ever heard of milk sickness? It is caused by consuming contaminated milk containing a toxin from the white snakeroot plant (Ageratina altissima). I had not heard of the sickness or the plant until recently, assumedly because the sickness is rare to nonexistent, and the plant uncommon or rare and not widely distributed in North Dakota.…
 
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 …
 
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.…
 
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 Her…
 
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 eco…
 
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 …
 
I have heard a few complaints on all the tree sap that has dripped on cars this summer. My car is usually parked under the canopy of some ash, aspen, and oak. Little drops of that stuff are all over the car, and it has not been easy to clean it off the windshield! But it is probably not sap!על ידי Chuck Lura
 
I recently noticed some Impatiens growing amongst some cattails in Turtle Mountain. It is always a treat to see this interesting plant, also known as jewelweed, or touch-me-not.Two species of touch-me-nots are native to North Dakota. The more common and widely distributed species is the spotted touch-me-not (Impatiens capensis). It can be found rou…
 
I recently noticed something small and dead lying on the hiking and biking trail at Lake Metigoshe. It was obviously a small mammal, grayish brown, with the total length, including tail, of maybe three inches. It also had a long-pointed snout and small eyes. That is a shrew! Based on what I could determine, it was probably a masked shrew, which is …
 
A friend recently told me all about the Baltimore orioles they had been observing, complete with a cell phone picture of the oriole feeding on a half an orange at their feeder.Most everyone is familiar with the Baltimore oriole, but it might surprise you that North Dakota has three species of orioles. The Baltimore oriole and the orchard oriole ran…
 
If you like watching falling stars, you are in for a treat. We are already into one of the best meteor showers, and with a little luck, it could turn out to be the best show of the year.The Perseids Meteor Shower began on July 17 and will run through August 24 with the peak viewing period coming up on the night of August 12th and early morning hour…
 
Have you been hearing this bird song this summer? We have been hearing these calls frequently this summer emanating from a small thick stand of aspen and shrubs. It sounds like there are several birds in there. But occasionally we get the opportunity to see the source, which is a catbird, or gray catbird to be more precise. No doubt some of you rec…
 
I have heard about someone getting quite excited recently about seeing a scarlet tanager in Turtle Mountain. Scarlet tanagers, as the name implies are bright red with jet black wings and tail. They are also known as black-winged red birds, and have been described as “red with a capital R” or “blindingly gorgeous.” In size they are a little larger t…
 
Friday, June 25, 2021 - Have you ever watched an old film that has cringe-worthy content by today’s standards? The Turner Classic Movie channel addresses that by reframing the films with discussions that acknowledge the problems. Here to expand upon this practice is Prairie Public movie critic Matt Olien. ~~~ We wrap up our conversations about the …
 
Summer will officially arrive this Sunday. The summer solstice will occur on Sunday, June 20, at 10:32pm CT. The summer solstice, of course, is when the northern hemisphere will be tilted furthest toward the sun than at any other time of the year. And it will also be the sun’s highest arch at midday for the year. It is all because of the earth’s an…
 
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