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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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Jamestown Regional Medical Center

Friday, April 3, 2020 - In a podcast provided from the Jamestown Regional Medical Center, emergency medicine doctor Steve Inglish comments on the preparations to receive COVID-19 patients.~~~ Tom Isern shares a Plains Folk essay, “pioneers of the Box Social.~~~ In another episode of Poetry from Studio 47, Patrick Hicks profiles Eleanor Wilner, and reads “High Noon at Los Alamos.” ~~~ Dave Thompson is here with this week’s news chat. ~~~ While spending a lot of time at home, why not check out some classic movies? Matt Olien joins us with some highly recommended suggestions.

ND Dept. of Commerce

Thursday, April 2, 2020 - The North Dakota Department of Commerce wants to better understand how the Coronavirus pandemic is impacting businesses. Here to explain the purpose of the survey, invite businesses to participate, and discuss the support available is Shawn Kessel, deputy commerce commissioner. You can take the survey here.  ~~~ Wendy Ross, superintendent of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, where admission is free during this time of social distancing. ~~~ Sue Balcom is here for another episode of Main Street Eats, a timely conversation about a well-stocked pantry.

Bemidji State University

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - Anton Treuer has authored “The Language Warrior’s Manifesto, How to Keep Our Languages Alive No Matter the Odds.” Treuer is professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University, and he joins us to discuss the importance of revitalizing indigenous languages and cultures. ~~~ The most recent stimulus package passed by Congress included $9.5 billion for agricultural producers impacted by coronavirus. That includes farmers markets. With shelter-in-place orders occurring across the country, there have been runs on grocery store shelves, with basic food items sometimes hard to come by. People are still allowed to go to farmers markets and produce stands, but as Harvest Public Media’s Dana Cronin reports, farmers worry that those customers won’t return come harvest season. ~~~ Dennis Woltering is a retired television reporter and anchor who worked in North Dakota for several years. He joins us today from his home in New Orleans, one of the nation’s hotspots for COVID-19 ~~~ In a Postcard from the Prairie, Eliza Blue reflects on anxiety in these times of stress.


Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - Professor David Flynn chairs the Department of Economics and Finance at UND. He joins us to discuss the double-whammy North Dakota faces from low oil prices and the pandemic. The state will be facing a sharp decline in revenue, and likely higher expenses. ~~~  New York is the epicenter of COVID-19 in the US. Former MSUM professor Jennifer Tuttle now lives in Queens, teaching theatre in New York City. She shares what it’s like in NYC right now.  ~~~ The television service of Prairie Public is now offering special weekday afternoon programming on the World Channel called “At Home Learning.” It features science and history education oriented towards grades 6-12. Joining us to discuss this and other resources available for kids and teachers at home is Tim Wollenzien.

Monday, March 30, 2020 - Our March Journalists Roundtable with news director Dave Thompson will feature special guests Renée Jean, assistant managing editor of the Williston Herald; and Matt Von Pinnon, editor of The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead.

Sunday, March 29 - On our Sunday morning show, we’ll get an update on developments with the COVID-19 pandemic from our news director, Dave Thompson. ~~~ We’ll hear about the impact of the pandemic on the Great Plains Food Bank from its president, Melissa Sobolik.~~~  Clay Jenkinson will talk about his new book, Theodore Roosevelt: Naturalist in the Arena.

Friday, March 27 - We suspend our usual Friday movie review to have a more comprehensive conversation with reviewer Matt Olien about the impact the pandemic is having on the release of films and the film industry in general.~~~ Dave Thompson is here for our weekly conversation about the latest news. ~~~ Governor Walz of Minnesota has issued a Stay at Home executive order. But what does that mean if you’re homeless? Joining us to discuss the challenges being faced by homeless shelters is Sue Koesterman, executive director of Churches United for the Homeless.

Thursday, March 26, 2020 – Amid COVID-19, many people are finding themselves working or learning from home. For some, the transition is pretty easy, but that can depend on what you know about your digital options. It’s called digital literacy and today we learn about Microsoft TechSpark. This effort to boost digital literacy pairs tech professionals with teachers, startups and more. North Dakota's Microsoft campus is home to one of the nine regions across the US and Mexico. Taya Spelhaug is a TechSpark manager. She's John Harris' guest on Prairie Pulse. ~~~ Have a little extra time at home? You could try making long-fermentation breads like sourdough. Sue Balcom joins us for Main Street Eats. ~~~ In today’s What’s Happening segment, we learn about an option available during these times when we can go out to enjoy live music. LIVE@Livewire will present a number of live-streamed concerts featuring well-known regional artists. During each episode, money is raised for the musicians through donations made at  100% of proceeds go to the musicians. The live broadcast can be found on Livewire's Facebook page and at We visit with Kent Kolstad, the founder, president and technical director of the Fargo-based live event production company.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 – The Great Plains Food Bank is one of the many organizations facing uncharted territory as they cope with the consequences of the corona virus. Here to discuss how the crisis has affected demand, supply, and internal operations is Melissa Sobolik, food bank president. ~~~ 100 years ago was the great March blizzard of 1920. Tom Isern remembers some of the victims in his weekly Plains Folk essay. ~~~ The Heartland Marimba Quartet of Waterloo, Iowa is coming to Grand Forks and Minot. Prairie Public music host Scott Prebys, a marimba player himself, visits with the founder of the quartet, Matthew Coley.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 – “Theodore Roosevelt, Naturalist in the Arena” is a new book inspired by a symposium of the same name that was held in Dickinson in 2017. Joining us to discuss the book is Clay Jenkinson, one of the editors. He’ll also tell us about a new film about Roosevelt and popular culture. ~~~ The Conversations on Healthcare podcast has been a welcome resource for us during the corona virus outbreak. Today we share another excerpt, as hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with US Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro about the Families First and the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Act, two bills passed in Congress to address the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic. Congresswoman DeLauro discusses the need for more resources for testing and for health systems support, the need for paid sick leave and family leave, the rise of telehealth to meet demand and the need for the public to heed the warnings to stay home through the worst of the crisis.