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Main Street, hosted by Doug Hamilton and with contributor Ashley Thornberg, keeps its finger on the pulse of Prairie Public's broadcast region. Find the Main Street archives here.

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Thursday, November 15 – Joining us to discuss issues facing family caregivers is Amy Goyer, AARP’s family and caregiving expert. There are more than 60,000 family caregivers in the state. ~~~ Mark Trahant shares some post-election observations about the growing political involvement of Native Americans. ~~~ Tom Isern has this week’s Plains Folk essay, “Listening to Junk.” ~~~ Root Seller Sue Balcom’s topic this week is Thanksgiving. ~~~ Doug and Ashley have our What’s Happening calendar of events.

Wednesday, November 14 – Imagine Thriving is an organization concerned about the mental health of school children. They work with local school staff, health providers and other members of the community to identify the barriers to mental wellness. Joining us to discuss their work and what they’ve learned is executive director Heather Zinger. ~~~ Chuck Lura shares a Natural North Dakota essay on the Leonid Meteor Shower.

Tuesday, November 13 – The recycling industry continues to evolve, involving global relationships. Joining us to dive more deeply into the world of recycling is Beth Porter, author of “Reduce, Reuse, Reimagine: Sorting Out the Recycling System.” ~~~ To help with the recycling effort, cities have an interest in knowing how their efforts are working. And as Ashley Thornberg reports, that means digging through the trash to find out. ~~~ Prairie Public "Ask A" events are an opportunity for people of different backgrounds to get to know one another better.

Monday, November 12 – Today we’re dedicating our broadcast to a pervasive, underreported, and severely misunderstood crime; acquaintance rape. That’s when victims know their attacker. It makes up the vast majority of rape cases and is the subject of the book Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town.

Friday, November 9 – Sunday is the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, the end of World War I. War will be the topic that day on the WHY radio show with UND philosophy professor Jack Russell Weinstein. His guests will be Jessica Wolfendale and Matthew Talbert, authors of “War Crimes: Causes, Excuses, and Blame.” Jack joins us with a preview. ~~~ In this week's Plains Folk essay NDSU history professor Tom Isern shares some thoughts about the centennial of The Great War. ~~~ News director Dave Thompson joins us with a discussion of the latest headlines.

Thursday, November 8 – Yolanda Kondonassis is is the best-known harpist in the world, and she’ll be the featured with the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra in performances this weekend as part of the Masterworks Series at NDSU. Also joining us is symphony executive director Linda Boyd. ~~~ Commentary from Jamestown’s Bruce Berg. Today he shares some thoughts about Tolstoy, the great Russian writer. ~~~ Last week we heard about the challenges of farmland transfers. But who will take over for the retiring farmer?


Wednesday, November 7 – We discuss the election with political science professor Kjersten Nelson of NDSU and our very own Dave Thompson. ~~~  Mark Trahant, editor of Indian Country Today, shares an essay on how Native American candidates fight stereotypes.  ~~~ In an excerpt from this week’s Prairie Pulse television show, host John Harris visits with Howard Barlow, as they discuss his memoir, “From Gutenberg to the Internet in the Flash of a Prairie Lifetime and Other Prairie Stories.” ~~~ From this summer’s TEDxFargo event, we hear from Jerry White.

Tuesday, November 6 – One of the entries in the 2018 North Dakota Human Rights Film & Arts Festival is “Dodging Bullets.” It’s a documentary on historical trauma produced by a group of Native and non-Native filmmakers that explores how the trauma of colonization remains deeply embedded in Native communities. Joining us is co-director Bob Trench. ~~~ We’ll also hear about another festival selection, “Home, The Homeless Crisis in North Dakota.” Co-directors Sean Coffman and Sonya Jensen join us.

Monday, November 5 – The Badlands Conservation Alliance is “a Voice for Wild North Dakota Places.” Laura Anhalt is the Alliance’s wellness coordinator. She visits with John Harris in this excerpt from the Prairie Pulse television show. ~~~ Moorhead State English professor Kevin Zepper has a new book of poetry out titled “Moonman.” We’ll also hear a clip from “Lines and Notes,” a poetry performance that also features pianist Teri Manno. ~~~ Robert Wood is a professor of political science and public administration at UND.

Friday, November 2 – It’s our monthly Editors’ Roundtable show as we lead up to Tuesday’s mid-term election. As always, we’re joined by news director Dave Thompson and two special guests. This month they are Forum Communications columnist Mike Jacobs, and city editor for the Bismarck Tribune, Kimberly Wynn.