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Features and interviews from our daily radio show, Main Street, hosted by Ashley Thornberg and Craig Blumenshine.
  • North Dakota humanities scholar and author Clay Jenkinson is best known for his portrayal of Thomas Jefferson on The Thomas Jefferson Hour. The show is now transforming, and he joined Main Street to introduce his new show, "Listening to America."
  • Dr. Gabriela Balf-Soran is a psychiatrist in Bismarck. She joined Main Street to comment on how North Dakota's recent legislation on transgender care will affect the state's medical community and transgender children.
  • Moorhead teacher Rebecca Meyer-Larson is the winner of the Citation Award from the National Federation of State High School Associations. This nationwide award is the highest honor given to a coach or director.
  • Gabby Johnson presents two poems, and talks about them and herself. Debra Marquart, ND native, Poet Laureate of Iowa, and guest at POL, also reads two of her poems.
  • Next week, the North Dakota Women's Network is hosting WE Rise 2023 — a free learning experience that helps women run for office.
  • More than 45 million Americans have an addiction to drugs or alcohol. 94% of them never get treatment. This from a January report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Today Ashley Thornberg is exploring The Ridge Recovery Center and its holistic approach to recovery.
  • North Dakota Cyber Madness is hosting its second-annual tournament on February 16-17 at Bismarck State College. Students from across the state will team up and compete to address some of today’s biggest cybersecurity issues.
  • What does our Short and Sweet Membership Drive have to do with the Japanese poetry form of haiku? We’ll explain as we learn about haiku from Dr. ShaunAnne Tangney, a retired professor of English at Minot State University. Tangney has a haiku habit — she's been writing one every day for nearly three years.
  • Spotted Tail was a Sicangu Lakota leader. His life is the focus of an upcoming virtual History Talks presentation sponsored by the South Dakota State Historical Society. We visit with Richmond Clow, professor emeritus of Native American Studies at the University of Montana. He wrote the book, “Spotted Tail: Warrior and Statesman.”
  • Humanities ND is hosting online "Chautauqua & Chat" events that feature hour-long performances by a scholars who impersonate significant historical figures. Bill Thomas visits with executive director Brenna Gerhardt and Chautauqua performers George Frein and Bruce Henderson.
  • State Historical Society of North Dakota Director Dr. Bill Peterson and Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann of the North Dakota National Guard discuss the next steps relative to a planned North Dakota Military History Museum at the North Dakota Heritage Center.
  • Rick Steves, the beloved public radio and television travel expert, joins Main Street to look ahead to traveling in the new year.