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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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Sunday, March 7, 2021 - Prairie Public is now carrying the Indian Country Today newscast. Mark Trahant, a frequent commentator on Main Street, is the editor. He’s also a former professor of journalism at UND. The show airs Monday through Friday at 11pm Central. ~~~ Charley Johnson of the Fargo-Moorhead Visitors and Convention Bureau joins us to discuss the impact of the pandemic on the hospitality industry. He also explains his concern about House Bill 1298, which would restrict the participation of transgender students in athletics.

Friday, March 5, 2021 - Tom Brosseau visits with Ashley Thornberg about the Great American Folk Show, which is coming up on Sunday. ~~~ News director Dave Thompson joins us. The legislature is back at it. He’ll have the latest. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews “Willow.”

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  Thursday, March 4, 2021 - Prairie Public is now carrying the Indian Country Today newscast. Mark Trahant, a frequent commentator on Main Street, is the editor of Indian Country Today, and a former professor of journalism at UND. He joins us to discuss this new program and some of the news they’ve been following. The show airs Monday through Friday at 11pm Central. ~~~ More than than 20 years ago, Black farmers across the country won a discrimination lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Today, advocates and experts are saying more is needed to repair the decades of discrimination. Harvest Public Media’s Seth Bodine reports on the efforts by the government to help Black farmers. ~~~ In this week’s Natural North Dakota, biologist Chuck Lura elucidates on The Power of Wonder. ~~~ In today’s Main Street Eats, Sue Balcom says St. Patrick’s Day means cabbage!

Wednesday, March 3, 2021 - In an excerpt of the Prairie Pulse television show, host John Harris visits with Dennis Beck, about a new North Dakota non-profit, the “Wall of Honor.” It’s an effort to salute local heroes in North Dakota using digital indoor billboards. ~~~ TellTale: Dakota Folklife and Stories is a collection of narratives about life on the North Dakota plains. Today we share an episode about a time when people with a communicable disease could be committed to a sanitarium. ~~~ A story about new ways to bring art to elders amid the pandemic as reported by Bill Thomas in a “Little Stories” report. ~~~ Capitol Shakespeare is presenting a free performance of Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll House.” The play is considered as the birth of modern theater. It depicts a woman’s suffering in a man’s world. Joining us is Kayli Stanger, who has the lead role as Nora.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021 - A book and upcoming PBS special dives into the right-to-die movement. We visit with Diane Rehm, author and host of When My Time Comes: Conversations About Whether Those Who Are Dying Should Have the Right to Determine When Life Should End. She interviews doctors, religious leaders, as well as terminally ill patients and their loved ones  about the misconceptions and realities of dying in 21st century America. ~~~ Tom Isern shares a Plains Folk essay, “Matching Wits with the FITs.”

Monday, March 1, 2021 - Steve Wingate discusses his new novel, released today, The Leave-Takers. It’s his second novel for the Flyover Fiction Series published by the University of Nebraska Press. The series is dedicated to stories of the Great Plains. Wingate is an associate professor of English at South Dakota State University. ~~~ Charley Johnson of the Fargo-Moorhead Visitors and Convention Bureau joins us to discuss the impact of the pandemic on the hospitality industry, and he also explains his concern about House Bill 1298, which would restrict the participation of transgender students in athletics.

Sunday, February 28, 2021 - Dave Thompson starts us off with a Sunday morning news summary. ~~~ We had two interviews related to the power grid last week, and we feature them today for Main Street Weekend. With power outages in Texas causing rolling blackouts as far north as Minnesota and North Dakota, we visited about the nation’s energy grid with Tony Clark, who served on the North Dakota Public Service Commission and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. ~~~ We follow that with John Bagu, who lives off that grid. He discusses what it takes to become energy self-sufficient.

Friday, February 26, 2021 - This month’s Journalists Roundtable with new director Dave Thompson will feature special guests Amy Dalrymple Molter of the Bismarck Tribune, and Jacob Notermann of KFYR. Bills in the legislature that made it to crossover, and perhaps some that didn’t, will be major points of discussion.

Thursday, February 25, 2021 - Diana D’Amico Pawlewicz is the author of “Blaming Teachers: Professionalization Policies and the Failure of Reform in American History." She’s John Harris’s guest in an excerpt from the Prairie Pulse television show. ~~~ Harvest Public Media reports on the importance of broadband in bridging the rural-urban divide. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews “Judas and the Black Messiah.” ~~~ Sue Balcom is here for Main Street Eats. Today's topic is vegetable jerky.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021 - The UND School of Law will be hosting a national Indian law competition on Friday and Saturday. And Friday will also feature a tribal flag ceremony. The five American Indian tribes of North Dakota have presented their national flags to the law school for permanent display. Here to tell us about the events, and about the Northern Plains Indians Law Center at UND, is James Grijalva, UND professor of law. ~~~ Tribes are watching closely as Deb Haaland faces confirmation as Interior Secretary. The hope is for a secretary who deeply understands tribal issues and is ready to act accordingly. She’s appearing at Senate confirmation hearings this week. Indian Country Today’s Mark Trahant comments. ~~~ A Page Turner event on March 7 will feature the first eight students of the Little Mo Writers Incubator Project. Here to tell us about that and other literary events is Sue Skalicky, program coordinator with Humanities North Dakota. ~~~ Speaking of writers, here’s Eliza Blue with this month’s Postcard from the Prairie.

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