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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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Friday, July 20 – Bill Thomas, our director of radio, participated in last night’s StoryCorps event in Bismarck. He joins us to share two of the excerpts presented. First we hear from Kurdistan natives Abdullah and Berivan Ali, who risked everything to become Americans, choosing Bismarck for a very specific and curious reason. Second, we hear from Gary Anderson and his niece Cathryn Sprynczynatyk. They tell a story of DNA and a surprising family discovery.

Thursday, July 19 – The prospect of legalized sports betting raises a number of interesting points of discussion. It’s a potentially huge business, with a lot of support from the major sports leagues. It may or may not come to North Dakota, but a number of other states are moving forward on making it available, often in cooperation with Native tribes. With mobile technology seeming unlimited, will we even see gambling apps? Here to visit with us are Kathryn Rand and Steven Light.

Wednesday, July 18 – Horticulturist Ron Smith is live today, here to take your lawn and garden questions. Call in at 888-755-6377, or you can email any time to mainstreet at

Tuesday, July 17 – Insurance can be tricky to navigate. Mary Wakefield is the former acting deputy secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. Earl Pomeroy is a former North Dakota insurance commissioner and US Congressman. They are raising awareness about how preexisting conditions can impact North Dakotans. They spoke with Prairie Public's Todd McDonald. ~~~ Paul and Lydia Zondo grew up in Liberia during the First Liberian Civil War. They recently visited the StoryCorps mobile recording studio in Bismarck to share their story.

Monday, July 16 – Philosophy professor Christopher James Preston at the University of Montana has written a book titled "The Synthetic Age Outdesigning Evolution, Resurrecting Species, and Reengineering Our World." He visits with Sarah Aaronson, host of “The Write Question,” a show from Montana Public Radio featuring authors from the western United States. ~~~ “Brain drain” is the scourge of communities that watch young people grow up, go off and never return.

Friday, July 13 – Earlier this week, NDSU held its fourth annual Conference on Food for Health. Bill Thomas talks with some of the participants, and with Kalidas Shetty, conference organizer.  The conference featured international food scientists and regional people working with indigenous foodways. The themes included food security, public health, climate resilience, and environmental sustainability. ~~~ Dave Thompson is here for a discussion of the recent headlines. ~~~ Matt Olien has this week’s movie review, “Won’t you be my Neighbor,” the story of Mr. Rogers.

Thursday, July 12 – “WWI Pilots and Their Planes” is the topic of a presentation coming to the Prairie Village Museum in Rugby. Joining us with a preview of his talk is Glenn Blackaby, director of the Dakota Territory Air Museum in Minot. ~~~ Kevin Locke is a Lakota and Anishinaabe storyteller, recording artist, educator, and flute player. He is most known for his hoop dance. Locke told his story to Madison Mullen of StoryCorps -- the oral history project now recording in Bismarck.

Wednesday, July 11th – The annual END-WET swimming race on the Red River recently took place, and for the first time on the 36-mile course there was a 100% finish rate. Eighteen solos and one team had entered the water at Belmont Park, and the same number made it to downtown Grand Forks. Up next for this extreme racing group is the Wilderman, and in the fall there’s the Halloween Double Feature. Joining us to discuss extreme racing is End Racing’s Joel Larson. ~~~ A report from Harvest Public Media’s Ester Honig on the prospect of hemp being legalized by the farm bill.

Tuesday, July 10 – News director Dave Thompson starts us off with a discussion of the severe storm that hit the Watford City area last night. ~~~ Say the words alternative school and you might picture kids in trouble with the law, but alternative schools help a variety of students who might otherwise get lost in the shuffle of traditional education. In an excerpt from the Cutting Ed podcast, host Tom Gerhardt speaks with Grand Forks Community School teacher Eileen Zygarlicke. ~~~ Storycorps is currently open for business in Bismarck, recording conversations for posterity.

Monday, July 9 – Immigration attorney Anna Stenson joins us for a conversation about immigration issues in the news and what an immigration lawyer is able, and unable, to help with. ~~~ Mark Trahant is the editor of Indian Country Today. He shares his thoughts on the resignation of EPA head Scott Pruitt. ~~~ Can small steps impact the global environmental movement?