Thursday, August 16 – Dr. Tom Cowan returns to Main Street to discuss his just-released book, “Vaccines, Autoimmunity, and the Changing Nature of Childhood Illness.” Over the past fifty years, rates of autoimmunity and chronic disease have exploded. Cowan argues for a direct causal relationship with the increase in vaccines typically given to American children. He says the goal of these vaccines is precisely what we’re seeing – the provocation of immune responses. ~~~ Mark Trahant, editor of Indian Country Today, shares a commentary on Native American women, and more women in general, seeking political office. ~~~ In this week’s Natural North Dakota essay, Chuck Lura tells us about the Blanket Flower. ~~~ Sue Balcom of the Root Sellers farm near Mandan joins us with a discussion of composting. ~~~ Doug and Ashley have our What’s Happening calendar of events.