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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.

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Friday, January 19 – We’ll learn about the proposed refinery for western North Dakota as we visit with Laura Grzanic of the Badlands Area Resource Council, and PSC commissioner Julie Fedorchak. ~~~ News director Dave Thompson joins us with our weekly discussion of the latest headlines. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews “Molly’s Game” and Paddington 2.”

Thursday, January 18 – Rae Katherine Eighmey is an award-winning author, food historian, and cook. Her latest is “Stirring the Pot with Benjamin Franklin: A Founding Father’s Culinary Adventures.” ~~~ Dave Thompson joins us to reflect upon the legacy of John Andrist, publisher and legislator. ~~~ Chef Tim Rosendahl of Rosey’s Bistro in Fargo is here for a discussion of lemons. ~~~ Doug and Ashley have our What’s Happening calendar of events.

Wednesday, January 17 – What are the possible effects for learning via screen time for toddlers? Findings on this topic by Dr. Gabrielle Strouse will be published in next month's issue of the "Journal of Experimental Child Psychology." Strouse is an assistant professor in the division of counseling and psychology at the University of South Dakota, and she visits with Lori Walsh, of South Dakota Public Broadcasting’s “In The Moment.” ~~~ UND Journalism Professor Mark Trahant shares an essay on the costs of global warming.

Tuesday, January 16 – Paul Connors, the Canadian Consul General to Minneapolis, spoke to the Chamber of Commerce in Bismarck last week, and he also sat down with news director Dave Thompson. ~~~ A Plains Folk essay from NDSU history professor Tom Isern. ~~~ The Cass Clay Food Commission is the only commission of its kind in North Dakota. It works to help communities have strong food systems. That might mean healthy food at high schools or researching what laws protect people and animals. Abby Gold is on the commission’s steering committee.

Monday, January 15 – Dr. Peter Huff, professor of theology at the University of Mary in Bismarck is the featured speaker for this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration. He joins us to preview the state’s annual observance. ~~~  The Kitchen Sisters, Davia Nelson & Nikki Silva, bring us a profile of Georgia Gilmore, a fearless cook who secretly fed — and funded — The Civil Rights Movement. ~~~~ Rozanne Junker has written “Renatus’ Kayak:  A Labrador Inuk, An American G.I.

Friday, January 12 – Jack Russell Weinstein is a UND philosophy professor and the host of “Why? Philosophical Discussions about Everyday Life.” He stops by to preview this Sunday’s episode of “Why?” when he visits with Al Gini, a professor of business ethics at Loyola University in Chicago. ~~~ A Plains Folk essay from from NDSU history professor Tom Isern: “Stock Growers.” ~~~ Our Friday chat with news director Dave Thompson. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews

"Darkest Hour" and "Downsizing."

Thursday, January 11 – UND’s most prominent women’s hockey players of all time are twin sisters Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux. They’re two-time Olympic silver medalists, and now they’re heading back to the Olympics. Jocelyne joins us by phone from Florida. ~~~ It’s been almost a year now since the Dakota Access Pipeline got the go-ahead for completion. On June 1st, the crude oil began flowing, and since then, the pipeline has leaked at least five times, though the spills were relatively small, ranging from a 20 gallon leak in North Dakota to 168 gallons in Illinois.

Wednesday, January 10 – From The Cutting Ed Podcast, host Tom Gerhardt speaks with Cory Steiner about customized learning. Steiner is superintendent at Northern Cass. The school is piloting a three-year program aimed at meeting students where they’re at. ~~~ Millions of people are unable to control their eating, says Joan Ifland, PhD.

Vision West ND, a consortium of the energy producing counties in western North Dakota recently commissioned an updated study to help them plan for future employment, population, and housing needs. Here to discuss this updated outlook is Deb Nelson of DLN Consulting, a Dickinson firm serving as administrator for the Vision West group. ~~~ The problem of sex trafficking is often an unrecognized problem, but in 2016, 72,000 ads appeared on Back Page selling women or children in North Dakota.

  Monday, January 8 – “Into the Amazon” is a new television documentary from American Experience. It’s the story of Theodore Roosevelt’s harrowing expedition down a tributary of the Amazon River. It debuts tomorrow night on PBS at 8 central. Clay Jenkinson is one of the scholars interviewed, and he joins us to discuss his involvement with the project. Clay is a distinguished scholar of the humanities at Bismarck State College and the founder of the Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State University.