Why I don’t watch the NFL and John Lotysz’s father was a laborer at Auschwitz

We talk the news headlines of the day:

— How old is too old to be a member of Congress?

— Permits for garage sales in EGF?

— Why Mac doesn’t watch the NFL

— John Lotysz grew up in Thunder Bay, his father was a member of the Polish Resistance during World War II, we’ll talk about it.

Stanley Lotysz
Working for the US Army Guarding German POW’s
Austria 1946

HOW TO TREAT OUR CONFEDERATE MONUMENTS: Al Berger

Albert Berger
Historian
University of North Dakota

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?

We also discusses the need to learn from our history and not hide it for the sake of our own comfort.  No community is immune to it, Grand Forks has wrestled with memorializing Charles Thurber who was lynched from the Sorlie Bridge in 1882 since before 1997.

PLAGUED BY POLITICAL GRIDLOCK, IS IT TIME TO CHANGE THE U.S. CONSTITUTION? Mark Jendrysik

Mark Jendrysik
Professor of Pol Sci
University of North Dakota

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.

Tuesday, June 06 2017 – Hour 2: REMEMBERING NORMADY — Harris Holman

73 Years ago today today, June 6, 1944, Americans, Canadians and Brits went ashore on the beaches of Normandy France to open a second front in the European Theater of Operations of World War II.

We’ll listen to live audio from CBS and the BBC from that day and then to a 2001 interview with US Army Ranger SSG Harris Holman of Hatton ND who went ashore with the Rangers that day.

20 YEARS LATER: Scott Hennen

Scott Hennen
Partner at Bakken Beacon Media/Great Plains Media

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.

You can find Scott and his broadcasts here.

 

 

20 YEARS LATER: Steve Wasvick

Steve Wasvick
Bergstrom Electric
President, Grand Fork Planning & Zoning Commission

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.

CONCERNED ABOUT THE FUTURE: Albert Berger

Albert Berger
Historian
University of North Dakota

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.'”

Color him concerned.