Mitch Albom on The Timekeeper, Characters and Narratives (audio)

Mitch Albom is one of those rare people in the 21st Century who you truly can say is a renaissance man. Sportswriter, author, screenwriter, songwriter, radio talk show host, pianist… the man does it all. But more than what he does as a professional, it’s the endless array of things he does to help people […]

ESPN College GameDay in Fargo… and The Headgear Pick (video)

Tuscaloosa, Baton Rouge, South Bend, Ann Arbor… these are some of the cities that come to mind when you think of the near-iconic Saturday morning college football preview show on ESPN, College GameDay. On September 21, 2013, the “circus” (as host Chris Fowler called it on my radio program) came to Fargo, North Dakota. Fargo, […]

Counterterrorism Expert Dr. Jarret Brachman (audio)

Recently I was following several stories that centered upon al Qaeda. In each case, I saw references to someone named Dr. Jarret Brachman. I made a few phone calls about this Dr. Brachman, asking some questions about him to acquaintances who are dialed into the areas of Homeland Security and counterterrorism. Turns out, to borrow from former […]

How to Carry On: Lisa Fenn and Dartanyon Crockett (audio)

In 2009 ESPN aired a feature of what seemed would be the story of a couple of young men, Dartanyon Crockett and Leroy Sutton, attending high school on the wrong side of town in Cleveland. Both were talented wrestlers with unique, and seemingly insurmountable, obstacles in their way. A story of individulas attaining a level of excellence in […]

Going Up North, to The Cabin, at The Lake (audio)

When I moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota more than a decade ago, there were cultural things I needed to learn about the region that would, allegedly, help me to assimilate. Specifically, things like knowing popular food items, participating in outdoor activities, and… learning MV, or Minnesota Vernacular. When I moved to Fargo, North Dakota, it was much the […]

Clint Hill: Before, During and After November 22, 1963 (audio)

Clint Hill is a native of Larimore, ND, born in 1932.  17 days after his birth he was dropped off at the North Dakota Children’s Home. Growing up in Washburn, ND, he later attended and graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN.  Shortly thereafter he enlisted in the Army and was selected for Army Intelligence School.  After graduating, […]

POLITICO's Philip Ewing on Iraq, Iran and Israel (audio)

POLITICO’s Philip Ewing on Iraq, Iran and Israel (audio)

Philip Ewing is the senior defense reporter for POLITICO. Previously he was their Pentagon correspondent and the managing editor for news at An expert on affairs in the Middle East, in particular Iraq and Afghanistan, he joined the program to discuss the escalating sectarian violence in Iraq, what card Iran might play, the effect […]

USA Today's Christine Brennan on Redskins controversy (audio)

USA Today’s Christine Brennan on Redskins controversy (audio)

USA Today sportswriter Christine Brennan has been an outspoken critic against the NFL’s Washington franchise’s continuing use of the name “Redskins.” She is hardly alone as there are many who would like to see the name go away sooner than later. Similarly, there are seemingly just as many on the other side – including fans, […]

Kate Inglis on her new book, "Flight of the Griffons" (audio)

Kate Inglis on her new book, “Flight of the Griffons” (audio)

Several years ago I became acquainted with a wonderful photographer from Halifax, Nova Scotia named Kate Inglis. Over time what I came to learn was as brilliant as her photography was, she was an even better writer. Her first book, “The Dread Crew: Pirates of the Backwoods,” was a rollicking romp for kids involving pirates… […]

Dr. Gordon Marino: Do What You Love... Or Maybe Not (audio)

Dr. Gordon Marino: Do What You Love… Or Maybe Not (audio)

Dr. Gordon Marino is a professor of philosophy at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. He’s also authored many articles that have appeared in Atlantic Monthly, New York Times Magazine, Wall Street Journal, American Poetry Review and many other periodicals. Most recently Marino wrote A Life Beyond ‘Do What You Love’ for The New York Times. Considering the amount of play that phrase […]

Jeffrey Sachs on XL Pipeline, Shadow Lobbying, the CBO and More (audio)

Jeffrey Sachs on XL Pipeline, Shadow Lobbying, the CBO and More (audio)

Renowned economist, and Director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University, Jeffrey Sachs has been a frequent guest on this program for a number of years now. We’ve discussed everything from the economy to healthcare to sustainable development. This time around was no different. No matter the amount minutes we get with Jeffrey, it never […]

Adventures of a Church-Goer (audio)

Adventures of a Church-Goer (audio)

When you attend church, the degree of difficulty in how you’re able to navigate your way through a service depends upon a variety of factors. Do you have children? Can you sing? Do you have Olympic-like ability in gymnastics because strength, agility, speed and focus are crucial elements in whether or not you’ll survive and […]

Diversity in Hiring (audio)

Diversity in Hiring (audio)

How do you hire the “right” person for a job? Is it purely skills? Does name recognition come into play? And does gender and color play a role? Should they play a role?  

Mollie: Turtle Lover or Turtle Hunter? (audio)

Mollie: Turtle Lover or Turtle Hunter? (audio)

On the program today I asked listeners if they ever had encountered an odd situation with an animal or “sea creature” when they were visiting the lake (Note: In the Upper Midwest, don’t ask which lake… the question is met with immediate resistance, followed only by “….the lake.”). The question stemmed from an Associated Press story of a […]

Oregon Ducks Track Standout Laura Roesler (audio)

Oregon Ducks Track Standout Laura Roesler (audio)

During the recent Downtown Street Fair in Fargo, Oregon Ducks track standout and Fargo South graduate, Laura Roesler stopped by my broadcast location to say hello. I’ve known Laura since her senior year of high school when she first came into my studio for an interview. On this warm but pleasant July day, she looked […]