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Main Street

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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. Find our older Main Street archives here.

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Thursday, January 16, 2020 – In an excerpt from the Prairie Pulse television show, we hear from Melissa Markegard, Fargo Cass Public Health tobacco prevention coordinator, who comments on the problems caused by vaping. ~~~ Chuck Lura shares a Natural North Dakota essay on porcupines. ~~~ Patrick Hicks of Augustana College in Sioux Falls discusses South Dakota poet Linda Hasselstrom in this episode of Poetry from Studio 47. ~~~ Sue Balcom joins us with another Main Street Eats segment. Today’s topic is cheese buttons. ~~~ Ashley and Christine have our What’s Happening calendar of events.

Michelle Keller

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 – Sabbaticals, which typically involve a year away from work, allow time for researching, writing a book, or deepening your connection to your work in a meaningful way. They're not uncommon in academic settings, and now there’s an effort to use the concept to help artists. Brandon LaPlante and Britta Anderson are teaming up as “The Tired Artists” to raise money to fund sabbaticals for local, established artists. They join us, along with David Borlaug of The Capital Gallery, which is serving as the project's fiscal host. ~~~ Speaking of the arts, Bill Thomas shares some highlights from the North Dakota Governor's Awards for the Arts as we learn about two of the recipients, John Gross of Napoleon, honored in the category of cultural treasure; and Annette Hovey of New Rockford, honored for Arts in Education.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 – Erik Deatherage visits with Bismarck singer-songwriter Kris Kitko. Kris will be one of the featured performers from across the state at this year’s “Celebration of Women and Their Music.” ~~~ A Plains Folk essay from Tom Isern: “Some Gang of Hobos.” ~~~ Brian Turner’s poetry about war is featured in another episode of Poetry from Studio 47, which comes to us from Patrick Hicks at Augustana University. ~~~ Dave Thompson visits with the interim president of Dickinson State University, Stephen Easton.

Monday, January 13, 2020 – As you might imagine, a chiropractor could be in high demand at a rodeo. Christina Kraft found that out when she volunteered at rodeos to help contestants and clowns. In today’s conversation with Ashley Thornberg, she also discusses post-concussion syndrome, chiropractic for children and farmers, and even livestock and pets.

Sunday, January 12, 2019 - On our weekend highlight show: The United Way in Bismarck is starting 2020 out expanding its reach with the area’s first 24-hour emergency shelter. Executive Director Jena Gullo joined our Dave Thompson to share how community support made it happen. ~~~ An arts and humanities update as we visit with Kim Konikow of the North Dakota Council on the Arts, and Brenna Gerhardt of Humanities North Dakota.

Friday, January 10, 2020 – Jack Russell Weinstein, host of “WHY? Philosophical Discussions About Every Day Life,” joins us for a preview of this Sunday’s conversation when he’ll visit with Adam Hosein of Northeastern University in Boston on the topic of “A Philosophical Look at Immigration and Migration.” ~~~ A report on land values from Harvest Public Media. ~~~ News director Dave Thompson is here for our weekly discussion of the headlines. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews “The Irishman” and “Marriage Story.”

Thursday, January 9, 2020 – An arts and humanities update as we visit with Kim Konikow of the North Dakota Council on the Arts, and Brenna Gerhardt of Humanities North Dakota. ~~~ A blending of Arts and Humanities as we share a “Poetry from Studio 47” episode featuring Christine Stewart.

~~~ Sue Balcom is here for Main Street Eats. Today’s topic is “Greening up Your Winter.” ~~~ Ashley and Christine have our What’s Happening calendar of events.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 – From “The Write Question” from Montana Public Radio, Sarah Aaronson visits with CMarie Fuhrman about her nonfiction and work as co-editor of the anthology, Native Voices.  In this groundbreaking anthology of Indigenous poetry and prose, Native poems, stories, and essays are informed with a knowledge of both what has been lost and what is being restored. It presents a diverse collection of stories told by Indigenous writers about themselves, their histories, and their present. ~~~ Kayla Pridmore of the Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society visits with Matt Olien in a conversation from the Prairie Pulse television show.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 – Mark Watne is president of the North Dakota Farmers Union. He recently sat down with Prairie Pulse Host John Harris to talk about the challenging times farmers are facing. ~~~ As specialized skills like data-focused farming gain traction among young farmers, some ag education programs want to make higher education more accessible by banding together. Harvest Public Media’s Christina Stella has more. ~~~ Tom Isern shares a Plains Folk essay titled “Song of the Open Road.” ~~~ We visit with Staci Lola Drouillard, author of “Walking the Old Road.” It’s the story of a once vibrant, now vanished Ojibwe village, and a vital chapter of the history of the North Shore.

Monday, January 6, 2020 – The United Way in Bismarck is starting 2020 out expanding its reach with the area’s first 24-hour emergency shelter. Executive Director Jena Gullo joined our Dave Thompson to share how community support made it happen. ~~~ 1917 was a big winner at last night’s Golden Globes, even though it’s not going to be widely available in theatres until the end of the week. Movie Critic Matt Olien stops by to share his thoughts on this. ~~~ “Dreaming of a Vetter World” is a documentary about Nebraska farmer David Vetter from Filmmaker Bonnie Hawthorne. Her film tells how David and his father Donald Vetter, disappointed with the results of chemical agriculture, developed an organic management system that allows them to farm in harmony with nature. They now consider the soil their most important crop. The film is showing in Aberdeen and Fargo, as a lead-up to the Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture convention in Fargo.

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