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2 below zero

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2 below zero is a nonprofit dedicated to creating thoughtful, thought-provoking public radio documentaries. It was founded by Todd Melby and Diane Richard, a pair of Minneapolis-based producers and reporters. They are also a couple, with kids/stepkids, a mortgage and a French bulldog named Foxy to prove it.


Radio stories produced by Todd and Diane have aired on national public radio shows such as Marketplace, The World and Only a Game. And on lots of individual public radio stations, including Chicago Public Media, Minnesota Public Radio, Prairie Public and New York Public Radio. Their work has won multiple national journalism awards, including a pair of Edward R. Murrow awards and a Sigma Delta Chi award from the Society of Professional Journalists. In addition, Todd is the recipient of a Localore grant from the Association for Independents in Radio. That grant resulted in the project Black Gold Boom: How Oil Changed North Dakota.

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Caption: Frances McDormand as Police Chief Marge Gunderson., Credit: Gramercy Pictures
The 1996 movie "Fargo" stirred widespread curiosity about snowy winters, funny accents and bloody mayhem on the frozen tundra of North Dakota and M...

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  • Added: Jun 27, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 11
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After moving from Wyoming to North Dakota during the height of the oil boom, Steve Brown started a water hauling company. Now it's the summer of 20...

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  • Added: Aug 09, 2015
  • Length: 01:43
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Oil tankers rumble on lots of roads near Mandaree and New Town, North Dakota. Both towns are on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, home to the M...

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  • Added: Aug 09, 2015
  • Length: 03:15
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Caption: Don Williams of Ross, N.D., Credit: Todd Melby
Fewer rigs. Fewer trucks. Fewer jobs. With oil prices down, there's a lot less activity in North Dakota's oil patch. Don Williams, who lives and wo...

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  • Added: Aug 07, 2015
  • Length: 01:55
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Caption: Williston, North Dakota isn't "dust" on Google Maps anymore., Credit: Ben Garvin
After moving to North Dakota, Kendra Hill's husband doubled his wages. Now the young couple have two kids and a new house. By the summer of 2015, t...

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  • Added: Aug 07, 2015
  • Length: 01:57
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"I grew up in the place," she says. "It's pretty hard to leave."

  • Added: Sep 26, 2014
  • Length: 01:50
Caption: Calvin Fields rollin' coal in Williston, North Dakota., Credit: Todd Melby
"Rolling coal is more than a thing. I almost call it a movement."

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  • Added: Sep 26, 2014
  • Length: 01:54
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Oscar Everetts in Ray, North Dakota., Credit: Phil Batta
Cooking ribs for roughnecks.

  • Added: Sep 26, 2014
  • Length: 02:12
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He's got the same last name as the oilfield billionaire, but Phil Hamm hasn't got the cash.

Bought by MPR News Stations


  • Added: Sep 26, 2014
  • Length: 02:09
  • Purchases: 1
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What do you get when you cross a poet and an oilfield worker? Mathew Henderson. He lives in Toronto, but his first job out of high school was in th...

  • Added: Jan 31, 2014
  • Length: 24:12
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The oil boom of western North Dakota is mostly a man’s game. The number of men working on rigs tripping pipe far outweighs the few female faces fou...

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  • Added: Jan 30, 2014
  • Length: 05:47
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Before joining the oil boom, young Tait Salzer labored on a South Dakota cattle ranch, which he thought was man's work. Then he got a job as roughn...

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  • Added: Jan 30, 2014
  • Length: 01:37
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Brian Martindale drives truck in North Dakota oil country, but his family is back home in Minnesota. Martindale is married with three young childre...

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  • Added: Jan 30, 2014
  • Length: 02:00
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Elsie Ejismekwu is a trucker and cabbie in Watford City, North Dakota. Divorced and a mother of five, she moved to the Bakken oilfields for the wor...

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  • Added: Jan 30, 2014
  • Length: 02:53
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A visit to the Williston Basin Blowout, a night of mixed martial arts fights in Williston, North Dakota. For 30 bucks, attendees witnessed 10 fight...

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  • Added: May 16, 2013
  • Length: 01:59
  • Purchases: 1
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When Nathina St. Pierre moved to Watford City, North Dakota, she received lots of attention from men. “It was flattering at first,” she said. But i...

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  • Added: May 16, 2013
  • Length: 04:37
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To make it in the Bakken boom, North Dakota newcomers need to work hard and make sacrifices. But what exactly are those sacrifices? Black Gold Boom...

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  • Added: Sep 09, 2012
  • Length: 05:56
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They arrive in oil country by train, bus and automobile looking for work. Or if they're like Robby Reid, they shove everything they own into a back...

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  • Added: Aug 03, 2012
  • Length: 03:09
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Bryan Johnson lives in Spearfish, South Dakota, and sells fire-retardant clothes to oil workers in Watford City, North Dakota. Before moving to Spe...

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  • Added: Jul 25, 2012
  • Length: 02:21
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While other boys were working on paper routes or not at all, Richard Karpe labored on drilling rigs. Today, he supervises a truck operation near Wa...

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  • Added: Jul 22, 2012
  • Length: 02:33
  • Purchases: 1