Al Berger is a Ph.D at the University of North Dakota’s History Department. He joined us to talk about how monuments to Confederate soldiers and leaders ought to be treated in the wake of the riot in Charlottesville.
Slavery, its aftermath and how the United States healed itself after the Civil War certainly merits study to understand, but can a nation that communicates in 140 characters handle such a debate?
Mark Jendrysik, Professor of Political Science & Public Administration at the University of North Dakota joins us to talk about whether the nation has outgrown its need for political parties or if they still contribute to furthering the common good.
I THINK THEY SHOULD BE BANNED… THEY HAVE CLEARLY OUTLIVE THEIR USEFULNESS IF THEY EVER HAD ANY. Jendrysick will weigh in on the subject.
Scott Hennen, the Host of Hot Talk on KCNN in 1997, joins MacTalk to discuss the events surrounding keeping KCNN on the air during the Flood and the key role that he and the station played in the information flow to citizens in the aftermath the Flood.
Hennen also discusses the Flood itself, the media coverage, the fierce post-flood debates, The Angel and much more. Truly interesting stuff.
In a personal discussion, Hennen recounts Hugo Magnuson’s fine voice and singing while appearing as a guest on his 100th Birthday and interviewing Ralph Engelstad the morning of the opening of Ralph Engelstad Arena.
Jim Scanlan, the Head Women’s Hockey Coach at Bemidji State University and longtime East Grand Forks Senior High Boy’s Hockey Coach joins the program to reflect on events twenty years ago during the Flood of 1997 and it’s aftermath.
Steve Wasvick, Bergstrom Electric’s Branch Manager in Grand Forks and the President of the Grand Forks Planning and Zoning Commission joins us to discuss the work he did leading up to the Flood of 1997 and the then the work during the Flood and Post-Flood. Steve represents the huge number of contractors that worked tirelessly for months without days off to restore services to citizens in need.
Twenty years after the Flood of 1997, Mike Berg & Greg Lotysz join MacTalk to discuss their memories of the fight to save the City, the difficult work in the direct aftermath of the Flood and the view from twenty years removed.
From a historians perspective, contemporary political events in the United States are concerning. Al Berger, historian at the University of North Dakota, discusses things that have gotten his attention from propaganda to fake news to mass deportations.
“What we’re seeing is some very disturbing tendencies. We are not approaching a slippery slope, we are on a slippery slope. This has happened before” he expressed in an interview on MacTalk with Mike McNamara.
“We are seeing, on the table right now, things that if you go back to Germany in the 1930’s were the first step in the Holocaust. Not on the horizon but there. Mass deportations of people defined as ‘alien, other.'”