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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 14, 2021 - It’s impossible to overstate COVID’s impact on health care workers. Today we visit with Dr. J’Patrick Fahn at CHI St. Alexius in Bismarck about his personal experience working at a hospital during a pandemic. ~~~Tom Isern shares a Plains Folk essay, On a Quest, where he goes off in search of homesteader W.H. Hamilton. ~~~ For this week’s Main Street Eats, Root Seller Sue is anxious to get back to growing food. She’s taking a look at the weather folklore of our area. 

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 - Humanities ND is hosting its Gamechanger Ideas fest online, with a focus on democracy in these difficult times. This Thursday, featured speaker Yaël Eisenstat, former CIA analyst and U.S. Diplomat, explores how social media threatens our democracy.  We visit with Program Coordinator Sue Skalicky. ~~~ Mark Trahant, editor of Indian Country Today, reflects on what 2020 meant for his news outlet, and how to best tell the COVID-19 story as it impacts indigenous peoples. ~~~ US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo has been appointed for a third term, making her only the second laureate to receive such an extension since the position was established in 1943. Today we share an interview with Harjo from a year ago when she spoke with Lori Walsh, host of “In The Moment '' on South Dakota Public Broadcasting.

Threshold Producer Nick Mott

  Tuesday, January 12, 2021 - The Threshold Podcast examines environmental concerns. Today we visit with Founder and Executive Producer Amy Martin about their special episode on drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. ~~~ We continue on conversations about industries dramatically impacted by the global pandemic. Today we hear from the state’s Director of Tourism, Sara Otte Coleman. 

Monday, January 11, 2021 - Secrets of the Viking Stone is a new show on the Science Channel. Peter Stormare, known for his role in FARGO, and history enthusiast Elroy Balgaard set out to solve the mystery of the famed Kensington Runestone. We visit with Stormare.

Biologist Chuck Lura talks about hills, mountains, and buttes in this week’s Natural North Dakota essay, Mountain Removal Project.

Laurel Reuter is the executive director of the North Dakota Museum of Art. We check in with her in our series of interviews looking back on how the global pandemic impacted organizations across the state. 

  Sunday, January 10, 2021 - We get the latest COVID news from Dave Thompson. ~~~ Tom Isern shares a Plains Folk essay, Song Catchers. ~~~ We air the radio play, Persistence, about the fight for women’s suffrage.

  Friday, January 8, 2021 - Nick Hacker chairs the State Board of Higher Education. We look back on the many changes of 2020 and what they can expect for 2021. Tom Isern shares a Plains Folk essay, Song Catchers. ~~~ News Director Dave Thompson has his weekly news debrief. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews “Promising Young Woman.”

  Thursday, January 7, 2021 - Jack Russell Weinstein is a philosophy professor at UND. Today he joins us for a philosophical perspective on what happened yesterday in Washington D.C. when an armed mob besieged the US Capitol. ~~~ Sue Balcom joins us for this week's Main Street Eats with her New Year's Resolution to get the feel of losing weight by decluttering and deep cleaning your home!

  Tuesday, January 5, 2021 - We continue our conversations about industries dramatically impacted by the global pandemic. Today we hear from Alex Rydell, president of the North Dakota Funeral Directors Association. ~~~ There’s a new film coming out called Nomadland. It’s about people who follow their work going, wherever they're needed. Think custom combiner or oil patch workers. In the case of the lead character, played by Frances McDormand, an older woman finds her social security and pension won’t cover her expenses. She takes a job with Amazon. The film is based on the book, Nomadland: Surviving America in the 21st Century. Back in September 2018, Director of Radio Bill Thomas spoke with author Jessica Bruder, a journalist who studies subcultures and economic justice.   

Sunday, January 3, 2021 - We re-air our conversation with Charles Denyer about his book, “Texas Titans: George H.W. Bush and James A. Baker, III: A Friendship Forged in Power.” He visits with guest host Rick Collin. ~~~ Chuck Lura is here with a Natural North Dakota essay on the Pine Siskin.


  Monday, January 4, 2021 - 2020 had major implications for everyone. Today we visit with Kirsten Baesler, North Dakota's State Superintendent of Public Instruction to get a recap of how educators and policy makers coped. ~~~ Megan Laudenschlager of Strengthen ND is John Harris’s guest in an excerpt from the Prairie Pulse television show.