March 4, 1973 - Paul Scofield reads Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn acceptance speech for Nobel Prize in Literature. Solzhenitsyn was awarded prize the 1970 Nobel Prize in Literature "for the ethical force with which he has pursued the indispensable traditions of Russian literature," but was unable to attend ceremony in Stockholm, due to Soviet government.
April 1, 1973 - Connie Goldman examines Minnesota's parole system by looking in detail at one of its recent decisions. The release of Bill Rankin, convicted of three felonies, aroused a storm of public protest that eventually reached the Governor's office. We hear both Rankin and the critics of his release in this program.
May 13, 1973 - Part two of the MER documentary series, A Sense of Place. Program is titled “Prairie People, River Folk and Denizens of the Big Lake Region”, and focuses on how geography influenced the settlement of various regions in the state.
May 20, 1973 - Part three of the MER documentary series, A Sense of Place. Program is titled “A Region Within Walls”, and looks at the lives of mothers of young children.
May 27, 1973 - Part four of the MER documentary series, A Sense of Place. Program is titled “How You Gonna Keep 'Em Down on the Farm?”, and focuses on changes and challenges of farming in the region.
June 3, 1973 - Part five of the MER documentary series, A Sense of Place. Program is titled “Mining, Music and Much Ado about Sports”, exploring the relationship between a miner and the giant corporation he works for. Includes questions of Iron Range work in the region, excerpts from early works of Margaret Culkin Banning, and examples of ethnic music.
June 10, 1973 - Part six of the MER documentary series, A Sense of Place. Program is titled “All the News that's Fit”, and is a study of how journalism influenced regional feeling as the state grew. Program includes material from old newspapers, comment from humanists, a look at new radical journalism, how the coming of radio pulled regions together, the effects of television, and projections about cable potential. Also includes Interviews with people living in rural areas who are on the cable now and excerpts from Jane Swisshelm's book "Half a Century" talking about her radical journalism in Saint Cloud a hundred years ago.
June 17, 1973 - Part seven of the MER documentary series, A Sense of Place. Program is titled “More Than One Wilderness”. The daily life of a real wilderness dweller, and the new young and not so young wilderness people. Sigurd Olson speaking about his life in the wilderness. This in contrast to the lives of people on the move, living in a Twin Cities apartment complex... a new kind of wilderness. Group discussions dealing with what its like living in Minnesota.
June 24, 1973 - Part eight of the MER documentary series, A Sense of Place. Program is titled “The New Doctor on Old Main Street”, Discusses if physicians being adequately prepared to live in small communities and community reaction to them. Focus on a physician-associate from the University's Rural Physician Associate Program and his family. Also includes readings from Sinclair Lewis' "Mainstreet" and the Litchfield doctor who wrote "The Making of a Surgeon", as well as interviews with cooperating physicians, University of Minnesota instructors, and townspeople.
July 1, 1973 - Part nine of the MER documentary series, A Sense of Place. Program is titled “Just One Studded Tire”, and looks at the problems of people living on state borders. What do the boundaries prevent them from doing? Interviews with people about their lives, government officials trying to make things work, people providing goods or services across state borders with historical perspective and comments from governmental and academic regionalists.