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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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Tuesday, May 29 – An update from Montana with Eric Whitney, news director for Montana Public Radio. Among the topics for discussion: historic flooding this spring, oil lease lawsuits, forest fires and grizzly bears. ~~~ In today’s Natural ND essay, Chuck Lura discusses snipes, nighthawks, and bitterns. ~~~ A Supreme Court case out of Oklahoma could remake the notion of tribal sovereignty.

Friday, May 25 – In this week’s Prairie Pulse television show, host John Harris visits with Greg Tehven executive director of Emerging Prairie, an organization devoted to promoting the area’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. ~~~ Undergrad enrollment in the U.S. is down for the sixth straight year. A report from NPR’s Elissa Nadworny. ~~~ Commentary from Bruce Berg: “Games People Play.” ~~~ Our weekly chat with news director Dave Thompson. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews Deadpool 2.

Thursday, May 24 – According to Triple A, millions of people have engaged in extreme road rage, and 9 out of 10 believe aggressive drivers are a serious threat to their personal safety. Here to discuss some tips for handling road rage and aggressive drivers is Ross Cascio, who will also explain what his job as a Krav Maga instructor has to do with aggressive driving. ~~~ Chuck Lura shares a Natural North Dakota essay on “Red Winged Blackbirds.

Wednesday, May 23 – “Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior’s Life & Legacy” is a biography based on the oral history passed down to his descendents. We visit with writer William B. Matson. ~~~  Tom Isern shares a Plains Folk Essay, “The Land Where the Farmer is King.” ~~~ Harvest Public Media reports on GMO labeling for an important crop to this area, sugar beets. ~~~ An effort is underway to save the Monarch butterfly. Joining us is Terry Steinwand, director of the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.

Tuesday, May 22 – The Great American Baking Show wants you! Casting Producer Mary Fanto tells us about the show and invites you to apply to be a contestant at ~~~ Dairy farmers are feeling the pressure as an over-supply has depressed prices. Nicole Erwin of Ohio Valley Resource reports for Harvest Public Media. ~~~ In another excerpt from the Cutting Ed podcast, Host Tom Gerhardt visits with Rugby High School History teacher Kevin Leier.

Monday, May 21 – This year’s Dakota Cowboy Poetry Gathering will include a new exhibit called the “Poet-Painter-Poet” project, in which a poem inspires art, and the art subsequently inspires two new poems. Here to discuss the project and the overall gathering are Jonathan Odermann and Bill Lowman. ~~~ Chuck Lura shares a Natural North Dakota essay on Russian thistle. ~~~ Today is National Strawberries and Cream Day.

Friday, May 18 – It’s time for our annual Summer Movies Preview! Ashley visits with our in-house movie critic Matt Olien and special guests Brittney Goodman and Tony Tilton. ~~~ News director Dave Thompson his here for our weekly discussion of the latest headlines.

Thursday, May 17 – As the Memorial Day holiday nears, we get a highway safety reminder about drinking and driving. North Dakota ranks second in the United States for fatal accidents involving drunk drivers. 6.62 deaths per 100,000 residents. That number comes from a study done by Value Penguin, a consumer research company. Joining us is the author of the study, Joe Resendiz. ~~~ Jennifer Walcott Goldstein is a lifelong educator, working as a teacher, teacher coach and administrator.

Wednesday, May 16 – North Dakota Tourism director Sara Otte Coleman is John Harris’s guest in this excerpt from the Prairie Pulse television show. ~~~ Legal representation can be difficult to come by, or very expensive in rural areas. Harvest Public Media’s Amy Mayer looks at unbundled legal services as a middle ground option.  ~~~ Sue Balcom of the Root Sellers farm near Mandan joins us for a discussion of seasonal eating.

Tuesday, May 15 – Leah Juelke is the 2018 North Dakota teacher of the year. She and students Aline Uwase and Van Tran join us to discuss the “Journey to America” writing project in which students write and publish their immigrant stories. ~~~ NDSU English professor Bruce Maylath is the co-founder of the Trans-Atlantic & Pacific Project, which has linked students in writing and translation courses