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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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Wednesday, May 27, 2020 From Conversations on Health Care, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter welcome engineer, data analyst and Silicon Valley entrepreneur Tomas Pueyo whose current work compares different countries' approaches and outcomes for containing COVID-19. ~~~ How is North Dakota faring with the 2020 Census? And what added challenges are presented by the pandemic? Joining us is the state census office manager, Kevin Iverson.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - Nancy Joyner is the President of Honoring Choices North Dakota, a non profit organization that provides education about advance care planning. During the crisis, people are home and spending more time with families. It’s the perfect time to talk about what they want in the event they become incapacitated. ~~~ As the country’s leaders balance restarting the economy with public health concerns, Mark Trahant, editor of Indian Country Today, looks back on the Spanish Flu pandemic. ~~~~When Eliza Blue first came to South Dakota, she didn't think she would stay long. She was a city girl, a suburban woman, and a successful folk musician with gigs and albums and fans. Why on earth would she plant roots in northwestern South Dakota (one of the most remote areas in the country) raising chickens and herding sheep? She explains in a conversation with South Dakota Public Broadcasting’s Lori Walsh, as they discuss her new book, “Accidental Rancher.” We also share an essay from Eliza on this year’s lambing season.

Sunday, May 24, 2020 - News director Dave Thompson with a COVID-19 North Dakota update. ~~~ Dr. Joan Connell chairs the North Dakota Physician Advisory Committee for the Department of Health. The committee has been advising state leaders during the pandemic. She joins us to discuss the committee’s work. ~~~  “Carbon Cowboys'' is a new documentary series about farmers who have reduced carbon emissions with regenerative grazing. Filmmaker Peter Byck joins us. And with the pandemic, he reports that the farmers he profiled have seen increased sales, since they often market direct to consumers. Among the farmers featured is Gabe Brown of Browns Ranch near Bismarck.

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Friday, May 22, 2020 - Michelle Kommer, commissioner of the North Dakota Department of Commerce, discusses the economic turmoil spawned by the pandemic, and the efforts to minimize the hardships. She visits with John Harris in an excerpt from the Prairie Pulse television show. ~~~ Most coronavirus cases and deaths have been centered in large urban areas, but rural hospitals have still been preparing for the arrival of the virus. As Jonathan Ahl reports for Harvest Public Media, the preparations for a virus that may not come are putting some rural hospitals in danger. ~~~ News director Dave Thompson recaps the week’s news. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews “Jumanji: The Next Level.”

Thursday, May 21, 2020 - In another episode of Conversations on Healthcare, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. John Halamka, president of the Mayo Clinic Platform, a partnership with multiple entities seeking to improve healthcare through better data. They discuss the “five phases” to a “new normal” as precursors fully reopening society. That includes isolation, contact tracing, vaccine development, and testing for infection and antibodies. ~~~ Tom Isern shares a Plains Folk essay, “Good Shepherds.” ~~~ We have a “Postcard from the Prairie” from Eliza Blue. And aside from her delightful skills as an essayist, she’s also a performing musician, and we’ll listen to one of her songs. ~~~ Sue Balcom joins us for a “Main Street Eats” conversation about French bread.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 - “Carbon Cowboys'' is a new documentary series about farmers who have reduced carbon emissions with regenerative grazing. Filmmaker Peter Byck joins us. And with the pandemic, he reports that the farmers he profiled have seen increased sales, since they often market direct to consumers. Among the farmers featured is Gabe Brown of Browns Ranch near Bismarck. ~~~ Harvest Public Media reports on the prospect of disposing of hogs that can’t make it to market. ~~~ Public’s Tim Wollenzien of Prairie Public’s education division joins us to talk about StoryCorps Connect, which quickly developed new technology to continue the gathering of loved one interviews during the time of pandemic. The audio and a still photo from each interview goes into the archive at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, a part of American history for future generations. ~~~ Chuck Lura shares a Natural North Dakota essay about mink.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2020 - Dr. Joan Connell chairs the North Dakota Physician Advisory Committee for the Department of Health. The committee has been advising state leaders during the pandemic. She joins us to discuss the committee’s work. ~~~  The coronavirus forced a rapid transformation of our education system this spring. In an episode of Education Mindset, a new podcast brought to you by North Dakota United, Watford City EL coordinator Mari Rasmussen and EL instructor Pamela Albright explain how they stayed connected despite the challenges thrown their way.

Monday, May 18, 2020 - West Fargo's Liberty Middle School has a podcast focusing on issues facing teens and their mental health, called "It's OK Not to be OK." It's garnered praise from North Dakota First Lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum and recently won 2nd place in a state STEM competition. We visit with one of the hosts, Hailey Boehme and teacher advisor Holly Erickson. ~~~ While schools are closed across the country, students are missing out on more than just face-to-face time with teachers. Especially in rural areas, they could also be missing an important healthcare link: school nurses. Lee Gaines reports for Harvest Public Media.In the spirit of his popular books Love Poems for Married People and Love Poems for People with Children, John Kenney now presents Love Poems for Anxious People. It’s welcome wit and wisdom in this age of coronavirus, and he visits with our director of radio, Bill Thomas. ~~~ Sticking with poetry, we share another episode of Poetry from Studio 47 with host Patrick Hicks.

Sunday, May 17, 2020 - News director Dave Thompson begins our show with the latest news on the pandemic in North Dakota. ~~~ Joy Ryan, head of the North Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch. For almost 70 years the Ranch operations in Minot, Bismarck and Fargo have helped thousands of at-risk children, and they’ve managed to keep it going during the pandemic, but not without challenges. ~~~ Lee Frelich, the director of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Forest Ecology, explains how global warming will change the landscape.

Friday, May 15, 2020 - In a conversation conducted via Zoom, Kirsten Baesler, ND Supt. of the Department of Public Instruction, is John Harris’s guest in this week’s Prairie Pulse show. ~~~ In a Natural North Dakota essay, Chuck Lura sheds some light on how the Bald Hill dam got its name. ~~~ Dave Thompson is here for our weekly news chat. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews the big screen version of the hit play “Cats.”

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