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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 6 – Jack Russell Weinstein joins us to preview this Sunday’s episode of “Why? Philosophical Discussions About Everyday Life.” His guest this month is UND history professor Eric Burin, who weighs in on the NFL and the apparent blackballing of quarterback Collin Kaepernick. ~~~ Trade disputes with China, Mexico and Canada threaten to slash U-S food exports by billions. Frank Morris reports for Harvest Public Media. ~~~ News director Dave Thompson joins us to discuss the latest headlines. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews “Jurassic World, Fallen Kingdom.”

Thursday, July 5 – We learn about the James Memorial Art Center in Williston from Deana Novak, vice president of the board of directors. On Friday, the center will honor Mexican artist Frida Kahlo on her 111th birthday. There’s also an exhibit of Minot artist Kim Whittemore, known for her whimsical style. ~~~ Tom Isern has this week’s Plains Folk column, “Watermelon and Thistles.” ~~~ Chuck Lura shares a Natural North Dakota essay on Swamp Ragwort. ~~~ Sue Balcom of The Root Sellers farm outside Mandan joins us to talk about food producers and inclement weather.

Tuesday, July 3 – Prairie Public Production Manager Barb Gravel produces the show Prairie Musicians. She joins us with a preview of who’s on this season. ~~~ Director of Radio Bill Thomas drops by with excerpts from StoryCorps. He spoke with mobile-booth facilitators Madison Mullen and Savannah Winchester about their lives on the road recording oral histories. ~~~ In a constantly connected world, we are constantly bombarded with information.

Monday, July 2 – A growing number of communities are adopting no-sort recycling, relying instead on companies that have automated sorting. Today we learn how that works from Bill Keegan, president of Dem-Con, a solid waste processing company.  ~~~ Poet Tim Murphy died this weekend. Murphy drew on his experience as a political conservative, alcoholic, abuse victim, gay man, Boy Scout, and reborn Catholic to inform his poetry. We revisit a conversation with Murphy when his book, Devotions, was released.

Friday, June 29 – Our monthly Editors’ Roundtable discussion of events with news director Dave Thompson and special guests, Steve Wagner of The Forum and Monica Hannon of KFYR TV in Bismarck. ~~~ StoryCorps had its Bismarck kick-off event. Director of Radio Bill Thomas shares a couple highlights. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews The Incredibles 2, a sequel 14 years in the making.

Travels with Darley

Thursday, June 28 – Darley Newman is the host of Travels with Darley on PBS and Amazon Prime. The crew just wrapped up filming an episode in North Dakota, tentatively airing this winter. ~~~ Baseball umpires don’t get paid more if games go into extra innings. From NPR’s Morning Edition, Shankar Vedantam looks into how that affects the calls they make. ~~~ Ahh, the dog days of summer.

The Language Conservancy

Wednesday, June 27 – The Language Conservancy (TLC) works to revive endangered languages. Alex Fire Thunder is an instructor for the Lakota Summer Institute at United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck. This year, The Lakota Summer Institute is partnering with StoryCorps, the oral history project. ~~~ Tom Isern shares a Plains Folk essay, Successful Gardening.

Tuesday, June 26 – A petition is circulating in Fargo that would allow for to approval voting for local elections. We learn what that is with Jed Limke of Reform Fargo. ~~~ From NPR’s Morning Edition, Allison Aubrey reports on a tick bite that’s causing allergies to red meat and allergies. Cases used to be only in the south east, but the range is expanding, with cases reported in Minnesota. ~~~~ Biology professor Chuck Lura shares a Natural North Dakota essay on the Franklin ground squirrel.

Monday, June 25 – James Leiman is the new senior manager of Economic Development Initiatives at the Commerce Department. As such, he has a lot on his plate. We’ll learn about various economic development efforts, intermodal transportation, and workforce challenges. We’ll also discuss the online trend in retail and what that might mean for the state.

Friday, June 22 – Dr. Donald Warne has been named Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Director of the Indians into Medicine (INMED) program at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He visits with Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter on the show Conversations on Health Care. Flinter is Senior Vice President and Clinical Director of the Community Health Center, Inc. and is a family nurse practitioner.