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  • Thursday, September 28, 2023 - Ashley is on location at Minot’s Hostfest. We begin with Jeremy Woeste, supervisor of member relations for the Basin Electric Power Cooperative. ~~~ Patrice Johnson, a.k.a. Nordic food geek and meatball historian, is a cultural communicator specializing in Nordic foodways. And finally, we meet up with the comedy duo Williams & Ree. The award-winning duo offers a humorous take on political correctness and conformity. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews “Pearl,” a prequel to the 2022 film “X.” The prequel is subtitled “an X-traordinary Origin Story.”
  • Wednesday, September 27, 2023 - Dr. Michael Patrick Cullinane is a celebrated historian of American politics and an award-winning author. He is professor of U.S. history and the Rob and Melani Walton Chair of Theodore Roosevelt Studies at Dickinson State University. He joins us to preview tonight’s Republican presidential debate. ~~~ Sue Balcom is here for Main Street Eats. ~~~ Tom Isern has this week’s Plains Folk essay, “Double Tragedy in Edgeley.”
  • Tuesday, September 26, 2023 - We're airing a new show on Prairie Public. It's called “The Middle.” Hosted by Jeremy Hobson, the show focuses on middle America and its often overlooked but important voices. The Middle will air at 3pm Central on Fridays. ~~~ Naomi Oreskes is the co-author of The Big Myth: How American Business Taught Us to Loathe Government and Love the Free Market. She’ll be in North Dakota next week, making appearances in Valley City, Fargo and Bismarck.
  • Philosophical Currents: explores language and social issues, BirdNote: tree climbing birds.
  • We're airing a new show on Prairie Public called “The Middle.” Hosted by Jeremy Hobson, the show focuses on Middle America and its often overlooked, but important, voices. The Middle will air Fridays at 3pm, beginning September 29.
  • Friday, September 22, 2023 - In the past decade or so, more and more indigenous language and immersion schools have been funded and built across Indian Country. Sir Timoti Karetu is an elder of the Maori in New Zealand. He has made it his mission to revitalize indigenous languages around the world. He and a dozen other representatives recently visited the US on a 5 city tour. Special contributor Alicia Hegland-Thorpe covered his stop in Bismarck. ~~~ Director of radio Bill Thomas gives us a preview of the new Friday program that begins next week. “The Middle,” hosted by Jeremy Hobson, will facilitate a conversation focused on overlooked but important voices. ~~~ News director Dave Thompson is here for our weekly news chat. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews “A Haunting in Venice,” the latest film based on a book by Agatha Christie.
  • Thursday, September 21, 2023 - In an excerpt from the “Conversations on Health Care” podcast, two leading experts in LGBTQ+ health issues discuss what the Human Rights Campaign calls a “state of emergency.” Dr. Marwan Haddad is the immediate past chair of the HIV Medicine Association and the medical director at the Center for Key Populations at Community Health Center, Inc. Dr. Carl Streed is the president-elect of the US Professional Association for Transgender Health and the research lead for the GenderCare Center at Boston Medical Center. They visit with hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter. ~~~ Tom Isern is here with another Plains Folk essay. This one is titled “Quite a Historical Character. ~~~ NOTSTOCK is Minot State's signature arts event, held every fall since 2007. It gets underway today and runs through Saturday. From a recent episode of The Great American Folk Show, here’s host Tom Brousseau with a preview. ~~~ In this week’s episode of Main Street Eats, Sue Balcom has some tips for wrapping up your garden as we head into fall.
  • Wednesday, September 20, 2023 - Main Street visits with Jeffrey B. Simon about his groundbreaking lawsuit against fossil fuel companies to help end man-made heatwaves and the death they cause, similar to his case regarding the U.S. opioid epidemic where he secured $2+ Billion settlements against pharmaceutical companies. ~~~ This May, Yoga Infinity opened its doors in Lamoure, ND. In addition to offering chair yoga, hot yoga, mom and baby classes, and children’s dance classes, Yoga Infinity is teaming up with the Dakota Goat Company to provide a unique exercise experience: Goat yoga! We visit with Yoga Infinity owner, Julie Waldie.
  • Tuesday, September 19, 2023 - Last spring, the UND doctoral program in Indigenous Health graduated its first students. Now as the new school year is underway, we get an update on the program from Dr. Melanie Nadeau, interim chair, graduate program director. ~~~ Horticulturist Ron Smith is here with lawn and garden tips as we ease into fall.
  • Monday, September 18, 2023 - Ami Vitale, National Geographic photographer and founder of Vital Impacts is speaking at an upcoming symposium at Concordia College about the importance of image making and storytelling. We also visit with symposium organizer and English professor Scott W. Olsen. ~~~ Meet the producers and hosts of Chainz 2 Changed, a podcast recorded inside the walls of the North Dakota State Penitentiary. Zach Schmidkunz has been incarcerated for 20 years and is serving a 30-year sentence. Antonio Stridiron, known throughout the prison as "Dread" has been incarcerated for 16 years and is serving a life sentence. Both are also mentors at U.N.I.T.Y. Village, a restoring-promise housing unit for young adults between the ages of 18 and 25.