Main Street

Weekdays at 3pm and 7pm CT
  • Hosted by Prairie Public

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

Dr. Ilona Jerabek, president of PsychTests, joins us to discuss the fascinating results of their study about narcissist personality disorder – a disorder in which a person has an inflated sense of self-importance. ~~~ Mark Trahant weighs in on the soon-to-be vacant senate seat in Minnesota, which will be open following Sen. Al Franken’s resignation.

This Sunday at 5, Prairie Public presents “Why? Philosophical Discussions About Everyday Life.”  Host Jack Russell Weinstein will visit with philosopher Heather Douglas, known for her thoughts on science. Jack joins us with a preview of the show he has titled “What Does Science Policy Have to do With Democracy?” ~~~ Tom Isern shares a Plains Folk essay, “Shell Shocked.” ~~~ News director Dave Thompson joins us for our weekly discussion of topics in the news, and Matt Olien reviews “Lady Bird.”

Ranchers and natural predators like wolves and bobcats are often at odds. Do they have to be? From the Food and Environment Reporting Network, writer Kristina Johnson travels to Montana to report on "predator coexistence."~~~ Speaking of wildlife, Chuck Lura shares a Natural North Dakota essay on the Geminid Meteor Shower. ~~~ How can rural towns hang on to some of the wealth that might otherwise leave as children head for the big city, taking their inheritance with them? That’s the theme of a story from Frank Morris, reporting for Harvest Public Media.

In January, American Experience premieres a new documentary on PBS that tells the remarkable story of the 1914 journey by Theodore Roosevelt to chart an unexplored tributary of the Amazon River. Joining us with a preview is John Maggio, the writer, director and producer of Into the Amazon. ~~~ Most of the major poultry producers in the U-S have stopped using antibiotics in chicken feed to protect humans from drug-resistant diseases.

“Does Free Expression Always Make Us Smarter and Stronger?” That’s the theme of a lecture and panel discussion Wednesday sponsored by the Northern Plains Ethics Institute at NDSU. How should universities balance its values of free speech and non-discrimination? Is there a place for inflammatory language? The featured speaker is Dr. Jeff Snyder of Carleton College. He joins us to preview his talk, “Threats to Free Expression on Campus Undermine Teaching and Learning.” ~~~ Commentary from UND professor Mark Trahant on tax reform. ~~~ A new podcast will showcase innovation in education.

Monday, December 4 – Caroline Fraser has written “Prairie Fires, The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder.” It fills gaps in Wilder’s autobiographical writings, drawing on unpublished manuscripts, letters, diaries, and land and financial records. Fraser joins us from Iowa City, one of the stops on her book tour.  ~~~ The Takeaway is launching a series on the future of both major US political parties. Today, we hear from Deputy Chair of the Democratic National Committee, Rep. Keith Ellison, (D-MN).

Our monthly Editors’ Roundtable with news director Dave Thompson and special guests, Christopher Bjorke, Grand Forks Herald news editor; and Tony Bender of several central North Dakota papers, like the Ashley Tribune and Wishek Star. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews “The Florida Project.”

The Milken Educator Awards are considered the “Oscars of teaching.”  Among this year’s honorees is Adam Gehlhar, principal at Jamestown High. He joins us to discuss the approaches to education that caught the eye of the Milken Family Foundation. ~~~ Commentary from Bruce Berg: “Jamestown College to the University of Jamestown.” ~~~ It’s not cheap to treat water that’s been polluted by farm runoff, a challenge for cities surrounded by farmland. Des Moines, Iowa, tried to strengthen the federal Clean Water Act by forcing more regulations on farmers, but its plan didn’t work.

Wednesday, November 29 – Dr. Donald Fixico of Arizona State University joins us to discuss his new book, “That’s What They Used to Say, Reflections on American Indian Oral Traditions.”  The book offers insight into the oral traditions at the heart of native cultures. ~~~ A Magical Medora Christmas is on the road, touring in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota. The show features past stars of the Medora Musical plus current Medora Musical co-host, Bill Sorensen, who joins us by phone from the troupe’s stop in Minot.

Time Management Essay from Self-Care Coach Randi Kay

Nov 28, 2017

Managing time is no easy task. Self-care coach Randi Kay wants to help. From her Simple Self-Care podcast, she shares an essay, Time Is On Your Side.