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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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  • Sunday, July 25, 2021 - It’s estimated that up to 25,000 North Dakotans have fallen behind on rent during the pandemic, and there’s an effort to help them thanks to millions of dollars in federal aid -- but in North Dakota, most of that money is going unclaimed. Here to help spread the word is Carmel Froemke with the Community Action Partnership of North Dakota which is training staff members to handle urgent cases. ~~~ Correcting myths and looking at the evolution of Native American identity over the last 400 years is the mission of The 400 Years Project, a pictorial collection of Native American life. It includes original photos, text essays and a digital library of Native photographers from the mid-1800s to the present. Project founders Sarah Stacke, Sheena Brings Plenty and Brian Adams want to address colonization while centering the Native voice.~~~ Many of us have had the experience of preparing for a funeral or a celebration of life and trying to track down some important piece of remembrance. Bill Thomas talks with Heather Steinmann, who asked us for help in just such a task.
  • Friday, July 23, 2021 - “The Future of Food” is the topic of an event coming up in Bismarck soon. It will feature an impressive group of well-known speakers, all visionaries in the field of food production and soil conservation. Joining us with details is Darrell Oswald of the Burleigh County Soil Conservation District. ~~~ Dave Thompson is here for a deeper dive into the latest news stories. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews “Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain.”
  • Thursday, July 22, 2021 - State climatologist Adnan Akyuz is here to discuss the latest drought report, and he’ll also comment on the early fire season that has dimmed our skies. ~~~ Many of us have had the experience of preparing for a funeral or a celebration of life and trying to track down some important piece of remembrance. Bill Thomas talks with Heather Steinmann, who asked us for help in just such a task. ~~~ Sue Balcom is here with a discussion of cover crops in this week’s episode of Main Street Eats.
  • Wednesday, July 21, 2021 - It’s estimated that up to 25,000 North Dakotans have fallen behind on rent during the pandemic, and there’s an effort to help them thanks to millions of dollars in federal aid -- but in North Dakota, most of that money is going unclaimed. Here to help spread the word is Carmel Froemke with the Community Action Partnership of North Dakota which is training staff members to handle urgent cases. ~~~ Tom Isern shares a Plains Folk essay titled “Fisherman’s Dream.” ~~~ The Sleepy Hollow Summer Theatre is in mid-season, having just finished up a production of Frozen, Jr. with a ten-night run that broke attendance records. And they’re following that up with Footloose, which opens Thursday. We visit with Footloose director Casey Paradies. ~~~ Bluegrass Goes Pink is back! Jill Wiese is here to tell us about this popular summer event, which is returning to Cross Ranch State Park.
  • Correcting myths and looking at the evolution of Native American identity over the last 400 years is the mission of The 400 Years Project, a pictorial collection of Native American life. It includes original photos, text essays and a digital library of Native photographers from the mid-1800s to the present. Project founders Sarah Stacke, Sheena Brings Plenty and Brian Adams want to address colonization while centering the Native voice.
  • Tuesday, July 20, 2021 - With Lutheran Social Services closing, the resettlement efforts for refugees in North Dakota has been taken up by Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services. Here to discuss the changeover and the outlook for resettlements in North Dakota is the director of the program, Dan Hannaher. ~~~ Correcting myths and looking at the evolution of Native American identity over the last 400 years is the mission of The 400 Years Project, a pictorial collection of Native American life. It includes original photos, text essays and a digital library of Native photographers from the mid-1800s to the present. Project founders Sarah Stacke, Sheena Brings Plenty and Brian Adams want to address colonization while centering the Native voice.
  • Monday, July 19, 2021 - Capitol Shakespeare is back! They’ll be performing Julius Caesar in the Prairie Amphitheater on the Capitol grounds in Bismarck. Joining us to talk about the resumption of performances is artistic director Erin Weichel and visiting guest director Steve Grossman of Chicago’s Still Point Theatre Collective. ~~~ Chuck Lura talks about catbirds in another Natural North Dakota essay. ~~~ The Fargo Airsho is coming up this week. We get a preview from Mike Haugen as he visits with John Harris in an excerpt of the Prairie Pulse television show.
  • Sunday, July 18, 2021 - Music host Scott Prebys visits with Geoffrey Littlefield, the author of “Nelson Riddle: Music With a Heartbeat.” Littlefield takes a deep dive into the genius of Riddle, with first-hand accounts from Riddle’s son and with never-before-seen photographs and anecdotes about Riddle’s experiences with legends such as Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, and North Dakota’s Peggy Lee. ~~~ North Dakota native Nicole Rodenburg is currently based in New York City, working as an actor and filmmaker. As a director, her first feature film was selected for the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival. She joins us to discuss “Glob Lessons,” which involves a road trip through North Dakota!
  • Friday, July 16, 2020 - There’s been a lot of fuss about teaching Critical Race Theory in schools. But just what the heck is that? On the one hand, it gets characterized as criticism of America, and on the other hand as honest history. To get a more nuanced understanding of what this all means for North Dakota’s schools, we visit with Nick Archuleta, president of ND United, which represents teachers and other public employees. ~~~ Dave Thompson is here for a deeper dive into the latest news stories. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews “Black Widow.”
  • Thursday, July 15, 2021 - Nationally, about 4% of children live in households that do not include their parents. Most often, they’re with grandparents or other relatives. North Dakota is now offering a new program to provide support for those caregivers. Christiana Pond is the project navigator for “Kinship-ND.” ~~~ We share a clip from Sunday’s Great American Folk Show as we hear from the Irish duo “The Breath.” ~~~ Tom Isern shares a Plains Folk essay, “Swimming Under the Fire Hall. ~~~ Sue Balcom is here with another episode of Main Street Eats. Today’s topic is garden pests.