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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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Friday, September 18 - Meet Jonah Lantto of The Good Talk Podcast in Minot. It’s in its second season as it strives to provide new perspectives and new ways of thinking, and they don’t mind a little humor along the way. ~~~ Dave Thompson is here with this week’s news discussion. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews “The New Mutants.”

Thursday, September 17 - The Digital Press at UND has published a new title: “Sixty Years of Boom and Bust: The Impact of Oil in North Dakota, 1958-2018.” Joining us is the editor, Kyle Conway, a scholar of the Bakken oil boom. He’s a UND graduate, a former member of the faculty, and now an assistant professor at the University of Ottawa. ~~~ Sue Balcom is here with another episode of Main Street Eats.

Wednesday, September 16 - A new program starts this weekend on Prairie Public. Live Wire Radio is a variety show including comedy, guest interviews, and musical performances. It revels in the quirky local character of Portland, Oregon, where it originates. Joining us is the host, Luke Burbank. ~~~ Tom Isern shares a musical Plains Folk essay, "The Farmer is the Man." ~~~ Chuck Lura is here for Natural North Dakota episode about crickets. ~~~ We replay a Native American Hall of Honor profile from 2017 as we remember former UTTC president David Gipp, who passed away this week.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 - As part of our continuing interviews with statewide candidates, today we meet with Shelley Lenz, candidate for governor. ~~~ Prairie Public television programming is now livestreaming. Program manager Chris Meissner joins us to tell us about that, and also to share news of the new fall season.

Monday, September 14, 2020 - The stress brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting our health. A new partnership between UND and Sanford health aims to expand healthcare offerings across the state. The first phase of that partnership -- the website, -- offers free mental and behavioral health resources. Ashley Thornberg spoke with Dr. Stephen Wonderlich vice president of Research at Sanford Health, and Dr. Andrew McLean, Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences. ~~~ Is North Dakota poised for a Post-COVID clean energy boom? That the prediction in a new report. Joining us are the report authors, Jill Gigstand and Frank Manzo IV.

Friday, September 11, 2020 - Jack Weinstein joins us for a preview of WHY?, Philosophical Discussions about Everyday Life when he’ll visit with Berit Brogaard, author of HATRED: Understanding Our Most Dangerous Emotion. ~~~ News director Dave Thompson joins us for this week’s discussion of the latest headlines. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews the new movie “Tenet,” a sci-fi spy thriller.

Thursday, September 10, 2020 - Deborah Davis is one of the featured presenters at the Theodore Roosevelt Symposium next week. She is the author of “Guest of Honor: Booker T. Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, and the White House Dinner That Shocked a Nation,” which won the prestigious Phillis Wheatley Award for best work of History in 2013, and was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. ~~~ Commentary from Mark Trahant. ~~~ Much of what is now farmland in the Great Plains was once native prairie. And in some places - like the Kansas City area - the land is now being converted back to its original state. Mackenzie Martin reporting for Harvest Public Media has the story. ~~~ Sue Balcom is here for a discussion of gardening in September.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020 - Vasyl Tkach, UND professor of biology, is the newest president of the American Society of Parasitologists, a group of some 700 scientists studying parasites. ~~~ tom Isern shares a Plains Folk essay, "Texas Cowboy." ~~~ September is recognized as "Hunger Action Month." It’s particularly meaningful amid the pandemic, as many families may be facing food insecurity for the first time. Joining us to discuss the problem, and how "food helpers" have sprung to action to help, is Karen Ehrens, the coordinator for the Creating a Hunger Free North Dakota Coalition.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020 - Meet Brain Kroshus, the current chair of the Public Service Commission, running for reelection. ~~~  Did you get a lot of yardwork done over the Labor Day weekend? Ron Smith did. The horticulturist joins us with some late season observations.

Friday, September 4, 2020 - Here’s a family event that’s still happening. It’s outdoors, has social distancing and should be quite a show. It’s the 18th annual hot air balloon rally in Medora next weekend. And it coincides with a kite fest. If you’ve never been to a kite fest, be prepared for quite a display. These aren’t your typical school-yard kites! Here to tell us more is Kaelee Knoell of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation. ~~~ You may not know the name Ennio Morricone, but you almost certainly know his work. The late composer gave the world some 400 scores for TV and film, including the theme for The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, widely considered one of the most influential soundtracks of all time. Prairie Public’s Matt Olien and Scott Prebys offer an ode to Morricone. ~~~ News director Dave Thompson is here for our weekly news chat. ~~~ Matt Olien also has his weekly movie review, “The Personal History of David Copperfield.”