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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, October 29, 2020 - In the final story from Ashley’s visit to Minot, she stops by the iconic Blue Rider Bar to meet the new owner. ~~~ Chuck Lura shares a Natural North Dakota essay on Red-Bellied Snakes and Harris’s Sparrows. ~~~ A preview of Sunday’s Great American Folk Show with Tom Brosseau.. ~~~ Sue Balcom discusses Halloween in this week’s installment of Main Street Eats.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - Having a good idea for a business or community project is just the first step. It can be difficult to know where to go from there. The Minot based non-profit Strengthen ND supports rural development across the state, from writing grants to identifying who benefits from your idea. We learn more from executive director Megan Laudenschlager  ~~~ Agriculture policy is not getting much attention in the run up to the presidential election. But farmers are looking closely at what they might be able to expect from four more years of Donald Trump versus a Joe Biden administration. Harvest Public Media’s Jonathan Ahl reports. ~~~ In an excerpt from the Conversations on HealthCare podcast, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with US Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut, whose critically acclaimed new book examines America’s long, unique history of violence and its embedded gun culture. His book, “The Violence Inside Us: A Brief History of an Ongoing American Tragedy”, examines the birth and growth of America’s gun culture, the conditions that perpetuated it, and his quest to pass sane gun laws in response to the Sandy Hook School shooting.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - “The Majority” is a smart and funny play that explores the imperatives and imperfections of democracy. It’s making its US premiere at Theatre B and online, so anyone can attend from the comfort of their home. It’s also going to be interactive, with audience members affecting the story by voting, using an app developed by Theatre B. Here to explain is the director, Tucker Lucas. ~~~ We remember Marilyn Hudson, tribal historian for the three affiliated tribes, who passed away last Thursday. ~~~ Chuck Lura shares a Natural North Dakota essay on willow and goldenrod galls. ~~~ We continue our stories highlighting Minot as Ashley visits with Jazmine Schultz of Prairie Sky Breads.

Monday, October 26, 2020 - The parent child relationship is never easy to navigate. It’s even more complicated when religious and political views differ. American Gospel is the latest book from author and English professor Lin Enger. He explores a complex father son relationship between Enoch and Peter Bywater, after Enoch publicly predicts the apocalypse. ~~~ Commentary on political advertising from Mark Trahant. ~~~ Ashley Thornberg returns from a road trip to Minot where she appeared on the Good Talk online show, which is recorded in front of a live audience. Along the way she gathered several interviews, and today we share her conversation with Val Stadick of Main Street Books.

Sunday, October 25, 2020 - We begin with a pandemic update from Dave Thompson. ~~~ We visit with NDSU assistant professor of history, Donald Johnson, author of ”Occupied America, British Military Rule and the Experience of Revolution.”  The book chronicles the everyday experience for people under occupation as the British sought to end the revolution. ~~~ “Tell Tale: Dakota Folklife and Stories” is a new project from the North Dakota Council on the Arts. It’s a collection of narratives describing the shared personal experiences and lore of life on the North Dakota plains. Employing interviews with senior citizens, it’s part of the Art for Life Program, which seeks to improve the emotional and physical health of elders through art and artist interaction. Joining us are state folklorist Troyd Geist, and Makoche Studios producer David Swenson.

Friday, October 23, 2020 - Fall is a great time to escape with a book. If you have kids at home looking for adventure, you might want to check out Duluth author Margi Preus. The New York Times Bestselling author writes for kids, middle schoolers, and young adults. She visited with Ashley Thornberg about a new mystery, The Silver Box. ~~~ Dave Thompson joins us for our weekly news chat. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews “The Kid Detective.”

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Thursday, October 22, 2020 - Green Dot Bystander Intervention is a bystander education approach that aims to address domestic violence. Here to discuss Green Dot and whether domestic violence is on the rise during these tense times, is Sharayah Robinson of Valley City Green Dot. October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. ~~~ Eliza Blue shares a Postcard from the Prairie, an amusing story of traveling with little ones. ~~~ October is Dyslexia awareness month, and Decoding Dyslexia North Dakota is an organization that supports children and adults who have that condition. Here to tell us more is outreach coordinator Anna Hoover. ~~~ Sue Balcom joins us for another episode of Main Street Eats. Today’s she’s talking about popcorn, and an old favorite, the popcorn ball.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 - Health care is incredibly complex, as is the network that oversees and regulates it. In the ‘90s, Congress passed a law regulating the cost of some prescription drugs. Connecticut Attorney General William Tong is going after pharmaceutical giants for what he says is violating that law. He visits with Conversations on Health Care podcast hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter. ~~~ We share an interview clip with noted historian Hiram Drache, who passed away Saturday, age 96. ~~~ Commentary on the presidential campaign from a Native American perspective from Mark Trahant. ~~~ Jasmin Child Care preschool serves kids from nine ethnic backgrounds, striving to provide cultural competency. We learn more from development director Sky Purdin, who grew up in the US, Thailand, and Finland.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - US Representative Kelly Armstrong joins us as we continue our conversations with statewide candidates. ~~~ “Tell Tale: Dakota Folklife and Stories” is a new project from the North Dakota Council on the Arts. It’s a collection of narratives describing the shared personal experiences and lore of life on the North Dakota plains. Employing interviews with senior citizens, it’s part of the Art for Life Program, which seeks to improve the emotional and physical health of elders through art and artist interaction. Joining us are state folklorist Troyd Geist, and Makoche Studios producer David Swenson.

Monday, October 19, 2020 - We visit with NDSU assistant professor of history, Donald Johnson, author of ”Occupied America, British Military Rule and the Experience of Revolution.”  The book chronicles the everyday experience for people under occupation as the British sought to end the revolution. ~~~ Tom Isern shares a Plains Folk essay titled “A Farmer’s Son.” ~~~ Our interviews with candidates on the statewide ballot continue as we meet Josh Gallion, who is seeking the office of auditor.

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