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, […]

The CGP Receives 3rd Consecutive Best Radio Show Nomination

The CGP Receives 3rd Consecutive Best Radio Show Nomination

The Christopher Gabriel Program has aired on 970 WDAY and since June 8, 2009. The program has had a wealth of remarkable guests from the worlds of sports, entertainment, politics, science and more, coming from right here in Fargo to as far away as Australia, Israel and South Africa. Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners, […]

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 […]