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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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Monday, September 16, 2019 – Tommy Kenville of ISight RPV Services is participating in the DisruptWell Summit workforce discussion, and there will also be a news conference event about his new hybrid drone – a plane that is gas and battery powered and has vertical take-off and landing capabilities. ~~~ In this week’s Trahant Reports, Mark Trahant offers a commentary on the 50th Anniversary of the book, “Custer Died for Your Sins.” ~~~ To celebrate Constitution Day, the UND School of Law is hosting a lecture by Professor Richard F. Duncan, University of Nebraska College of Law. His topic is "Electoral Federalism from 1789 to 2020: The Presidency & the Senate.” He joins us with a preview.

Sunday, September 15, 2019 – We’ll hear about a Department of Public Instruction program that serves hundreds of North Dakota residents, of all ages, who live with severe visual impairment. North Dakota Vision Services started as the State School for the Blind. Its mission has evolved over the years and we talk with instructor and coordinator Ken Dockter. ~~~ We get an expert’s analysis of the year-long trade war with China from Thomas Wahl, an international trade expert and professor of agribusiness and applied economics at North Dakota State University. ~~~ Harvest Public Media reports on what happens to wind farms when they’re service cycle ends.

Friday, September 13, 2019 – The 3rd annual DisruptWell Summit is coming up in Bismarck. The summit acknowledges how disruptive technology or innovation creates a new market and value network, disrupting the existing market. Such innovation improves a product or service in ways the market does not expect – a shift in how business is done. Joining us are the summit’s executive director, Deb Seminary; and featured presenter Heidi Stephens Metz. ~~~ News director Dave Thompson discusses the latest headlines. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews "Ready or Not."

Thursday, September 12, 2019 – The Heritage Education Commission’s 44th Annual Family History Workshop is coming up. It attracts people from all across the region, offering 20 classes for all skill levels - novice to professional. Here to discuss genealogy, this year’s event, and other activities of the commission is the organization’s president, Margaret Zeren; and guest speaker Alice Hoyt Veen, genealogist. ~~~ Sue Balcom joins us with a discussion of farmers market etiquette on today’s Main Street Eats. ~~~ Doug and Ashley have our What’s Happening calendar of events.

China Trade and Tariffs ~ Sweet Corn Feature

Sep 11, 2019

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 – Dr. Thomas Wahl is a professor in the Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics at North Dakota State University.  His research focuses on trade policy, consumers’ attitudes, international marketing and trade, and food demand. He’s been very active in studying our relationship with China, and he joins us to share some insights amid the current trade war. ~~~ Most of the corn grown in the United States goes into livestock feed and ethanol. But people in the Midwest will gladly wait in line for an ear of fresh, hot corn on the cob. Harvest Public Media’s Amy Mayer reports.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 – It’s National Direct Support Professionals Week. DSPs are the folks who help people with developmental disabilities. We visit with Dori Leslie, vice president of CHI Friendship; and Steve Schultz, direct support professional, about this important profession and the various services those workers provide. ~~~ Tom Isern: “Wolf Hunters.” ~~~ Here with an update from the education division of Prairie Public is Darcy Bakkegard, teacher ambassador & professional development coach.

Monday, September 9, 2019 – Horticulturist Ron Smith is here to take your lawn and garden questions as the growing season winds down. We’re also in our fall membership drive, so there’s two phone numbers today. Talk to Ron at 888-755-6377, and make a donation to Prairie Public at 800-359-4145.

Main Street Weekend

Sep 8, 2019

Sunday, September 8, 2019 – The show features an objective voice on the effects of the year-long trade war between the US and China. NDSU market economist Frayne Olson will focus on the impact on soybeans. Olson says the numbers don’t lie—soybean sales to a critically important market have plummeted—leaving producers and businesses related to soybean production wondering about the future. ~~~ We preview of WHY: Philosophical Discussions about Everyday Life from host Jack Russell Weinstein. His topic: “Why do we need a new translation of the Hebrew Bible?” The discussion looks at the influence that time and translators have on texts that are central to faith communities. ~~~ Chuck Lura will share a Natural North Dakota essay about a species of woodpecker.

Thursday, September 5, 2019 – The North Dakota School for the Blind has been around for more than a century, and it continues to provide valuable services. It’s part of North Dakota Vision Services that provides assistance for many of the 6000 North Dakotans that have severe visual impairment. Here to tell us more about the continuing mission of the agency is Ken Dockter, the coordinator of adult services. ~~~ We get a preview of this weekend’s UTTC Pow-Wow from Katt Chapin and LuAnn Poitra. It’s the 50th anniversary of the pow-wow. ~~~ Tom Isern shares a Plains Folk essay titled “Prairie Wolves. ~~~ Sue Balcom is here for a Main Street Eats discussion of chokecherries. ~~~ Doug and Ashley have our What’s Happening calendar of events.

The Native American Hall of Honor recongnizes those who've gone above and beyond representing their tribes and cultures. Today, we share the story of 2019 inductee John Smith.