The protest at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation has caught fire. Its camp is now larger than most small towns in North Dakota. The protest is not just about an oil pipeline from North Dakota to Illinois. It's about water. Journalist John Fleck, who's spent decades writing about water disputes in the West, tells Anne Strainchamps how the Standing Rock protest figures into this history.
You may not know his name, but to tens of thousands of Native Americans, Bronson Koenig is their hero. He's a star player on the Wisconsin Badgers, an NBA hopeful, and a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation. And now, he's a Standing Rock protester. Steve Paulson caught up with Koenig just before he joined the protest in North Dakota.
What is water? When Anne Strainchamps asked Wisconsin's Poet Laureate, Kimberly Blaeser called up the story and myth of the Anishinaabe. Blaeser says growing up on the White Earth Reservation, surrounded by lakes, made her who she is today.
Writer Terry Tempest Williams recommends the novel "Tracks" by Louise Erdrich. Erdrich, one of the great writers of the Native American Renaissance, is a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians.
One of the most horrific episodes in American history occurred on December 29, 1890. The U.S. Cavalry surrounded an encampment of Lakota on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota and massacred some 300 people. The details of the carnage of the Wounded Knee Massacre are almost unbearable. As Black Elk, the Lakota medicine man who witnessed the massacre, put it, “Something else died there in the bloody mud, and was buried in the blizzard. A people’s dream died." This tragedy is the bleak backdrop for Jonis Agee's new novel, "The Bones of Paradise." Set 10 years after the Wounded Knee Massacre, all the characters in her novel - from white cattle ranchers to the Lakota - are wrestling with the ghosts of the massacre. Agee tells Steve Paulson about the origins of her novel.
Here's an Anishinaabe poem and creation story by Kimberly Blaeser, the Poet Laureate of Wisconsin. It's the story of the lowly muskrat, and it reminds us that we are constantly building new worlds - and have been doing so since before the beginning of time.
When Donald Trump described his offensive remarks about women as "locker room talk," he implied that it's normal for men to engage in macho sexual braggadocio in gender-segregated spaces like men's locker rooms. Two academic researchers trace hidden assumptions about gender and sexuality in other sex-segregated spaces: public restrooms and sex ed classes. This episode produced in collaboration with www.theconversation.com