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  • Deb Nelson: Bakken Outlook ~ Helping Victims of Sex Trafficking

    Tuesday, January 9
     Vision West ND, a consortium of the energy producing counties in western North Dakota recently commissioned an updated study to help them plan for future employment, population, and housing needs. Here to discuss this updated outlook is Deb Nelson of DLN Consulting, a Dickinson firm serving as administrator for the Vision West group. ~~~ The problem of sex trafficking is often an unrecognized problem, but in 2016, 72,000 ads appeared on Back Page selling women or children in North Dakota. Here to discuss the issue is Lisa Hanson, founder of “The Next Step ND,” a financial and relationship building program for survivors of human trafficking. This Friday, a community event called “Purses for a Purpose” will be held in Fargo to help trafficking victims. ~~~ More and more people are walking illegally into Canada as President Trump cracks down on immigrants in the United States. The increased number is testing a nation that historically welcomes refugees. The story from NPR’s Lorne Matalon in a story first heard on yesterday’s Morning Edition.

  • Clay Jenkinson ~ Glyphosate Weed Killer ~ Snowmobile Race ~ Books to Read in 2018

    Monday, January 8 –
    “Into the Amazon” is a new television documentary from American Experience. It’s the story of Theodore Roosevelt’s harrowing expedition down a tributary of the Amazon River. It debuts tomorrow night on PBS at 8 central. Clay Jenkinson is one of the scholars interviewed, and he joins us to discuss his involvement with the project. Clay is a distinguished scholar of the humanities at Bismarck State College and the founder of the Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State University. ~~~ Glyphosate is a controversial ingredient in the popular weed killer Roundup. Several lawsuits allege that the chemical causes cancer. Monsanto, which makes the weed killer, has joined several agricultural groups to sue California over warning labels about cancer on Roundup. Harvest Public Media reports. ~~~ Would you go on a cross-country snowmobile race that’s over 500 miles long and takes three days? Brian Nelson of USXC Racing tells us about the upcoming International 500 from Winnipeg to Bemidji, Minnesota. Brian is a two-time winner of the I-500, which has quite a history. ~~~ Need book suggestions for 2018? The Washington Post’s Book Editor Ron Charles has you covered. He visits with Todd Zwillich from The Takeaway.

  • Sustainable Food Systems ~ St. John’s Bible Exhibit Extended ~ News Discussion ~ Movie Reviews

    Friday, January 5 – Cass Clay Food Partners and Ugly Food of the North are two organizations working to create healthy, sustainable food systems. They launched a speaker’s series this morning.We hear from three members of the group Growing Together, A Community Garden Ministry.~~~ We share an excerpt from this week’s Prairie Pulse television show as guest host Barb Gravel visits with Maureen Kelly Jonason, the executive director of the Heritage Hjemkomst Interpretive Center. ~~~ In a Natural North Dakota essay, Chuck Lura discusses merlins. ~~~ Our weekly chat with news director Dave Thompson. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews two new movies: “The Disaster Artist” and “All the Money in the World.”

  • Governor Doug Burgum on Education ~ Food Trends with Chef Rosey

    Governor Doug Burgum

    Thursday, January 4 –
    Earlier on Main Street we previewed the new Cutting Ed Podcast, a collaboration of North Dakota United, Prairie Public, the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction and philanthropist Ted Dintersmith. We’ll be airing portions of those conversations, and today we feature host Tom Gerhardt’s visit with Governor Doug Burgum. ~~~ The sales of grass fed beef have soared in recent years. Fans say raising cattle as much as possible on grass, instead of bulking them up with grain at feedlots, leads to beef that’s healthier and better for the environment. Yet, that very grass may be changing in ways that’ll affect beef production. Alex Smith reports for Harvest Public Media. ~~~ We continue our conversation about food trends with Chef Tim Rosendahl of Rosey’s Bistro in Fargo. ~~~ Doug and Ashley have our What’s Happening calendar of events.



  • Geoengineering and Climate Change ~ Mark Trahant Commentary ~ Blizzard Bluegrass ~ Winter Gardening

    Dr. Douglas MacMartin

    Wednesday, January 3 – Could geoengineering mitigate the effects of climate change? It’s an approach inspired by volcanic eruptions that cause cooling by injecting sulfur dioxide into the stratosphere. Joining us is Dr. Douglas MacMartin, a senior research associate at Cornell University. ~~~ UND journalism professor Mark Trahant commentary as congress faces new pressure to cut federal spending. Visit Mark’s blog at ~~~ Jill Weise of the band Cotton Wood stops by for a preview of the Blizzard Bluegrass weekend. ~~~ Horticulturist Ron Smith is here for a mid-winter conversation about seed catalogs, rabbit damage, houseplant care, and low temperature impacts on outdoor plants.

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