Dakota Datebook

Dakota Datebook radio features air weekdays at 8:41 am, 3:50 pm, 5:44 pm and 7:50 pm CT on Prairie Public.

Recent Shows

  • Operation Skywatch, 1952

    Friday, April 24, 2015

    The 1950s has been called the “Decade of Fear,” for in the time of the Cold War, the worst fear was of “the Bomb” – the atomic bomb. In 1949, Russia tested its first atomic bomb, and defense experts feared the Soviets would launch a sneak attack on the U-S.  To guard against such an […]

  • The New Nickel

    Thursday, April 23, 2015

    In 1803, North Dakota tribal leaders received a medal from the strange troop hauling flatboats up the Missouri. It had an image of a man on one side – his name was Jefferson, they were told – and on the other side, clasped hands and a peace pipe overlapping a hatchet.  200 years later, in 2003, […]

  • Happy Chandler

    Wednesday, April 22, 2015

    Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis was elected as baseball’s first Commissioner in 1921, following the “Black Sox” scandal during the 1919 World Series, when eight players from the Chicago White Sox were accused of throwing the series against the Cincinnati Reds. Landis was hired to oversee the game, and he placed a lifetime ban on the […]

  • Red River Flood of 1882

    Tuesday, April 21, 2015

    It’s springtime in the Red River Valley of the North.  It’s a time when nervous crowds congregate on the riverbank to stare anxiously at the dark and sullen river.  The muddy water forms eddies and swirls that quickly disappear as the river laboriously carries away the runoff of the melting snows that had formed a […]

  • Stuart’s Stranglers

    Monday, April 20, 2015

    In the late 1800s, cattle rustling posed a serious danger to the cattle business on the open range.  One of the most influential of the cattlemen was Granville Stuart.  He wrote that the cattlemen were as peaceable and law-abiding as could be found, but they had $35,000,000 worth of property spread over some 75,000 square […]

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