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Main Street
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Main Street, hosted by Doug Hamilton and Ashley Thornberg, keeps its finger on the pulse of Prairie Public's broadcast region.

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  • Monday, October 25, 2021 - UND has established a stand-alone Department of Indigenous Health, furthering the school’s tradition in the field of indigenous health and health equity. Guest host Carol Kapaun Ratchenski visits with doctors Donald Warne and Allison Keliher. ~~~ In an excerpt from the Prairie Pulse television show, host John Harris discusses the controversy over confederate monuments with Ashley Baggett, assistant professor of history at North Dakota State University.
  • Sunday, October 24 - Main Street host Doug Hamilton has been on extended medical leave as he deals with acute myeloid leukemia. He recently received a bone marrow transplant and joins us to discuss this experience, explain the process and tell us what’s ahead as he prepares to resume his duties here at Prairie Public. ~~~ Ashley dives into an unusual way to interact with cold weather in a visit to a remarkable gathering at the Missouri River. ~~~ Biologist Chuck Lura shares a Natural North Dakota essay on Baltimore Orioles.
  • Friday, October 22, 2021 - Bemidji State professor Anton Treuer joins us to discuss the publication of five Ojibwe language books. Sixteen first speakers have teamed with linguists, teachers, and Ojibwe language experts to create this new literature for Ojibwe language learners. The stories reflect a rare authenticity as they transmit cultural values, increase vocabulary, and reinforce identity. ~~~ News director Dave Thompson is here for our weekly news chat. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews “The Last Duel,” a film from director Ridley Scott.
  • Thursday, October 21, 2001 - From Concordia to the Metropolitan Opera! Baritone Christopher Kenney plays Chester in "Fire Shut Up in My Bones," the Met's first performance of an opera by a Black composer. The performance will stream in movie theatres Saturday, October 23. ~~~ TellTale: Dakota Folklife and Stories is a collection of narratives describing the shared personal experiences and lore of life on the North Dakota plains. They feature interviews with senior citizens, many of whom are in eldercare facilities. The most recent episodes feature veterans. Today we hear from Vietnam Veteran David Daeley. ~~~ Sue Balcom has some tips for buttoning up your garden in this week’s Main Street Eats.
  • Wednesday, October 20, 2021 - Main Street host Doug Hamilton has been on extended medical leave as he deals with acute myeloid leukemia. He recently received a bone marrow transplant and joins us to discuss this experience, explain the process and tell us what’s ahead as he prepares to resume his duties here at Prairie Public. ~~~ We talk poetry with Jamie Parsley, a poet, priest, and one of the associate poet laureates of North Dakota. He also discusses ministry in the time of covid.
  • Tuesday, October 19. 2021 - Artist Dawn Kopp is working to make Bismarck known as the mosaic corridor. Ashley stops by to learn about her large-scale mosaic that’s in the works for downtown. ~~~ Some schools are making farm work into classwork. As Harvest Public Media’s Katie Peikes reports, they’ve built chicken coops and sheep pens near their playgrounds in ways that seem to pay off in the classroom. ~~~ Concordia College has received an "A" in the Tucker Report For Women In College Coaching, the only college in the MIAC to get an A, though MIAC itself still gets good marks, too. We visit with Concordia athletic director Rachel Bergeson.
  • Monday, October 18, 2021 - Ashley dives into an unusual way to interact with cold weather in a visit to a remarkable gathering at the Missouri River. ~~~ Tom Isern shares a Plains Folk essay titled “Deeper Significance in the Neighborhood.” ~~~ The Conversations on Health Care podcast has been an important resource during the pandemic, allowing us to share information from leading experts. Today we hear from Dr. Ofer Levy, a member of the FDA COVID Vaccine Advisory Panel. Among the topics discussed is the review process to authorize vaccines for children.
  • Sunday, October 17, 2021 - Two authors and their continued search for identity. We start with Tom Rademacher. He’san English teacher and Minnesota’s Teacher of the Year in 2014. His new book, “Raising Ollie,” is the story of his nonbinary, art-obsessed child; a new school where Ollie could flourish; and how raising Ollie led the author into insights about himself. ~~~We visit with Minnesota author Linda LeGarde Grover, author of Gichigami Hearts: Stories and Histories from Misaabekong. It’s a collection of twelve loosely connected essays and autobiographical stories that orbit around Linda’s family’s history and Ojibwe life in Duluth, Minnesota in the twentieth century. ~~~ Biologist Chuck Lura shares a Natural North Dakota essay on chipmunks.
  • Friday, October 15, 2021 - Ever told yourself or your kid to take a deep breath?….It helps us relax when we’re angry, sad, or panicking. Yoga is all about breathing and mindful movement. Ashley visits with yoga teachers Allison Rissel, Sigrid Strebe, and Bonny Fetch, who make the North Dakota Yoga Conference happen. ~~~ Chuck Lura shares a Natural North Dakota essay. ~~~ News director Dave Thompson is here for his weekly news chat. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews the new Bond film, “No Time to Die.”
  • Thursday, October 14, 2021 - Bringing art to unexpected places is a passion of artist Nicole Gagner, the founder of Meadowlark Mercantile. She got a grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts to use old snack vending machines for art vending. Gagner partnered with Justin Cancilliere, the executive director of the BisMan Writers Guild to put homemade ‘zines in one of those machines. ~~~ Tom Isern shares a Plains Folk essay called “Searchlight for Cowboy Ballads.” ~~~ Anton Treuer is known for, among other things, writing "Everything you Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask." Recently he appeared in a webinar as part HumanitiesND’s Gamechanger series. We share an excerpt as he visits with Russ McDonald, President of United Tribes Technical College. ~~~ Sue Balcom discusses garlic in today’s episode of Main Street Eats.