Friday, June 29, 2007
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Monday, June 25, 2007
Saturday, June 23, 2007
John Ydstie is a host and correspondent at National Public Radio and is a native of Wolford, N.D. Among his NPR pieces are several in which he reflects on his upbringing in North Dakota. One of the best was about playing in the finals of the Class B basketball tournament for his high school, a good evokation of the state's smallest towns and the spotlight of Class B sports.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Monday, June 18, 2007
Not Kent, but ex-Canadian and erstwhile media mogul Conrad Black is on trial in Chicago for allegedly using his publicly held company as a personal expense account and in general being a weasel. Part of the evidence against him is the millions of bucks he directed to himself through questionable non-compete agreements in the sale of his media holdings, including the Jamestown Sun.
Trial account in the Toronto Globe and Mail. The Jamestown mention is about two-thirds into the article.
Saturday, June 16, 2007
A blog from the National Association of Manufacturers ("The business of America is business," according to Coolidge) visits North Dakota and says the state's healthy attitude toward the energy industry can help reverse outmigration. It's true that with gas prices above $3 oil companies will want to explore new sources, but it would nice for the state to develop through a less volatile industry. It probably looked like the sky was the limit for the oil industry in Williston around 1979. But that didn't last long.
Nice headline, though.
Friday, June 15, 2007
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Here's an article in the Stars and Stripes about an airman in Okinawa who gets caught ripping off his buddies' packages at the post office. But then there's this weird non sequitur near the end of the story. Are they saying North Dakota makes people want to smoke pot? Was that really relevant to the story? Was it to make the point that he's a dumbass?
Monday, June 11, 2007
Friday, June 08, 2007
Belated. Gary sends his regards via "The Writer's Almanac."
The link opens a RealAudio file of the program. Here's a link to the text.
(I'll try to get less Public Radio-oriented here. Rob the Say Anything Guy might start fingering me as a mouthpiece of the left.)
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
If you're a liberal elitist like me, you love the hell outta the National Public Radio, maybe while driving your hybrid car to a wine tasting or a protesting.
NPR has a nice, homey feature called StoryCorps, in which people interview their grandmas and talk about all sorts of touching stuff. From the archives, here are some North Dakotans telling stories about their childhoods. I like stories.