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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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Monday, March 12 – At the suggestion of a “furry” listener who attended the 2017 Midwest FurFest in Illinois, we visit with a featured speaker at that event, Joe Strike, author of “Furry Nation.” He joins us to discuss furry fandom, a subculture of people interested in animal characters with human personalities and characteristics. ~~~ Tom Isern has this week’s Plains Folk essay, “History as a Public Good.” ~~~ On this “National Arts Advocacy Day,” we take the occasion to introduce Kim Konikow, the new executive director of the North Dakota Council on the Arts.

Friday, March 9 – UND philosophy professor Jack Weinstein previews this month’s episode of WHY? Philosophical Discussions about Everyday Life when he’ll visit with cartoonist and comics theorist Scott McCloud. We also learn about the philosophy for senior discussion group he leads in Grand Forks. ~~~ News director Dave Thompson stops by to discuss the latest headlines. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews “Game Night,” and he’ll also recap the Oscar awards.

Thursday, March 8 – What role does a library play in capturing history? Mark Holman is the library director at Sitting Bull College on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. The reservation was the site of the Dakota Access Pipeline protest, which captured international attention in 2017. He spoke with Lisa Johnson at KUMD in Duluth about A presentation he put together, “Standing Rock: A Librarian’s Response.” ~~~ First Friday at B is a monthly meet-up about food and food issues. Yoke Sim Gunaratne is the executive director of Cultural Diversity Resources.

Wednesday, March 7 – Bismarck State College alumna Kari Warberg Block started the EarthKind company, offering natural methods for pest control. She shares her experiences as a female entrepreneur. ~~~ The White House is laying out ideas to revive rural areas. Grant Gerlock reports for Harvest Public Media. ~~~ The late historian Elwy

n Robinson wrote The History of North Dakota, a book that turned out to be important even outside the state. Robinson is the remembered in a new exhibit at UND. NDSU History Professor Dr. Tom Isern weighs in on Robinson’s legacy.

Tuesday, March 6 – Randi Kay Olsen joins us to discuss her new e-book on cultivating self love. Her self-care blog can be found at ~~~ NDSU history professor Tom Isern shares a Plains Folk essay titled “Reading the Plains.” ~~~ Prairie Public Director of Radio Bill Thomas attended the North Dakota Poetry Out Loud competition in Bismarck. He shares a few of his favorite poems.

Monday, March 5 – Ehren Tool is an artist and veteran. The marine served in the Gulf War and now makes ceramic cups telling other veteran’s stories. He’s working with Project UNPACK, an oral history project focusing on veterans. Also joining us is Josh Zeis, lead artist for the project. ~~~ South Dakota artist Dick Termes practices a unique and captivating style of painting, creating optical illusions on spheres. He is traveling to Bismarck to work with students and install a permanent piece at Bismarck State College.

Friday, March 2 – It’s time for our monthly Editors’ Roundtable. Our guests are Prairie Public News Director Dave Thompson, KFYR Managing Editor and Anchor Monica Hannan, and Tony Bender, owner of Redhead Publishing, which prints the Ashley Tribune and the Wishek Star. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews “Hostiles.”

Wednesday, February 28 – Myriad Mobile developed the app Bushel to help farmers get real-time information. The app won a $20,000 ag innovation prize. We hear from Myriad Mobile CEO Jake Joraanstad. ~~~ Local or shipped long distances, organic or conventional, fresh fruits and vegetables are packed with vitamins, minerals and other nutrients our bodies need. Farmers’ decisions can affect how healthy our food is, but Harvest Public Media’s Amy Mayer says it’s hard to measure their precise impact.

Tuesday, February 27 – A film made in western North Dakota is premiering on Wednesday. The Badlands Girl is a 20-minute short film from filmmaker and University of Mary theatre director Dan Bielinski. We’ll hear from him, and Gracie Burns, a student who worked on the film. ~~~ Allen “Jack” Kleinsasser is the author of a two-volume memoir of his life in the Dakotas. They’re a series of short essays, glimpses into life in the past.