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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, November 21, 2019 – On this date 399 years ago, the Mayflower Compact was signed aboard the Mayflower. It was the first governing document of the Plymouth Colony, written by the Puritans fleeing religious persecution by King James of England. Here to discuss that historic document and its relationship to the US Constitution is Julia Ernst, associate professor of law at UND. She was inspired to research this topic by her mother, Janet, who has flew in from Michigan earlier this year when we recorded this conversation, which first aired in February. ~~~ Chuck Lura shares a Natural North Dakota essay on the state’s natural attractions. ~~~ Sue Balcom is here for a Main Street Eats conversation about bread. ~~~ Doug and Ashley have our What’s Happening calendar of events.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 – Amazon released its list of the best books of 2019 last week. Today we discuss that list with some North Dakota booksellers. Joining us are Val Stadick of Main Street Books in Minot, and Greg and Josie Danz of Zandbroz Variety in Fargo. ~~~ Today is the Transgender Day of Remembrance. We take the occasion to share an excerpt from the Breaking Barriers Oral History project, choosing an interview that sheds some light on the transgender experience as we hear from DD DuShane.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 – Microgreens are nutritional powerhouses, with nutrient levels up to 40 times higher than their full-grown counterparts. Dustin Smith of Tanglewood Fresh Specialty Produce Co. is on the Pride of Dakota holiday show circuit highlighting the benefits of microgreens. ~~~ 2019 started throwing farmers curve balls in January with the government shutdown that closed many Agriculture Department offices. Then came spring flooding and summer drought. Export tariffs underscored it all and farm incomes continued a five year slide. Harvest Public Media’s Amy Mayer reports on how farmers are coping a dip in the ag economy. ~~~  Naturopathic doctor Alli Svobodny joins us to continue a discussion on toxins. This time, the focus is obesogens, the toxins that cause weight gain and make it difficult to lose weight.

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Monday, November 18, 2019 – Adopted kids can feel like they're at a crossroads, especially when their birth and adopted parents have different cultural, religious, or racial backgrounds. Artist Brad Kahlhamer's birth parents are native. His adopted parents aren't. He explores this in his show, A Nation of One, currently on display at the Plains Art Museum. ~~~ In this week’s Trahant Reports, Mark Trahant explores the relationship between Native nations, and energy companies. ~~~ In an excerpt from the Prairie Pulse television show, John Harris visits with Edwin Jonas of the Blacktail Mountain Ranch Co. of Walhalla about his Highmont breed of beef cattle, a hybrid he developed.  ~~~ Ever feel guilty when you take a little time for yourself? Self-care coach Randi Kay shares why healing yourself is important.

Friday, November 15, 2019 – A common frustration among people with disabilities is that other people can't seem to see beyond the disability. An upcoming exhibition, Artist First, aims to challenge such perceptions and raise awareness about accessibility at museums. Sherry Shirek founded Arts Access for All after losing her vision to diabetes. Her husband Jesse, with low vision since birth, is an artist. They're looking for submissions from artists with disabilities.

Thursday, November 14, 2019 – Satellite sensing of methane releases from fracking operations is being used to help investors avoid risk. Could this influence the oil and gas industry? Here to discuss the technology and its ramifications is Mark Kriss, CEO of Geofinancial Analytics, Inc. ~~~ We remember Professor James Sugihara with a excerpt of his appearance on Main Street last year when NDSU honored him on the occasion of his 100th birthday. The esteemed NDSU professor passed away on Tuesday. ~~~ Sue Balcom is here with another Main Street Eats discussion. Today’s topic is mushrooms. ~~~ Doug and Ashley have our What’s Happening calendar of events.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 – A Moth Mainstage event takes place Thursday night at the Fargo Theatre. Here with an update is Chloe Salmon, producer and director for tomorrow’s event. ~~~ On November 17th, the Lake Agassiz Concert Band will premiere the 9th and final symphony of James Barnes, one of 25 participating musical groups with exclusive performing rights.  To make this event even more special, composer Barnes will be on hand to guest conduct the piece. Here to tell us about this intriguing project is Monte Grise, Lake Agassiz Concert Band's Creative Director. ~~~ “Neither Wolf Nor Dog” is a small, self-distributed, independent film, which came out in 2017. It’s coming back for a screening as part of Native American Heritage Month events at Minot State. Today we share a conversation from last March with filmmaker Steven Lewis Simpson. ~~~ Prairie Public is one of six media outlets selected to help develop rural resources for the Molly of Denali television show. Here to discuss the show and its Rural Education Initiative is Tim Wollenzien from Prairie Public’s education division.

Tuesday, November 12 – Today the Bush Foundation announces five winners of the Bush Prize for Community Innovation with awards of up to $500,000. There’s a North Dakota winner, but we can’t reveal that until Tuesday. Tune in to meet a representative from the winning organization. ~~~ Tom Isern shares a Plains Folk essay titled “Fair Chase.” And he visits with us about the new audio book for “Pacing Dakota,” which is a compilation of his essays. ~~~ Mark Trahant shares commentary from the Native American perspective. Today he addresses the impeachment investigation. ~~~ Representing the North Dakota chapter of Moms Demand Action, Cheryl Biller joins us to explain how the group is working to promote gun safety with policies that also respect Second amendment rights.

Monday, November 11, 2019 –  November is Native American Heritage Month. Laura Youngbird is the Plains Art Museum's Director of Native American Programs. She helped organize a screening of "Warrior Women" about the women of the American Indian Movement. ~~~It’s Veterans Day today, and last year, Prairie Public partnered with the State Historical Society of North Dakota collecting oral history interviews of Vietnam vets. We share three excerpts from “Prairie Memories:  The Vietnam War Years.” ~~~ War efforts are not limited to soldiers and their families. On this Veterans Day, we look at two ways those on the home front help. In an excerpt from The Dakota Journalists Podcast, we hear from long-time newspaper journalists about their role in keeping the public informed. And gardening is a pretty peaceful activity. Learn the important parts it has played in both world wars with Markus Krueger, programming director with the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County.

Sunday, November 10, 2019 – A repeat of our conversation with philosophy professor Jack Russell Weinstein as he tackles the biggest question of all – what is the meaning of life? ~~~ Gabe Brown talks about his experience with regenerative agriculture and pilot projects involving 100-thousand acres. ~~~ We get some tips on canning and pickling from a recent First Fridays at B discussion about food.