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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, July 6, 2020 - The Medora Musical resumed performances on June 19th, amid a number of measures to make the opening as safe as possible for the performers, volunteers and patrons. Here with an update on the challenge and to report on how it’s going is Justin Fisk, marketing & communications director for the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation. ~~~ Tom Isern shares a Plains Folk essay, “Winning on Points.” ~~~ A new four-part season of Threshold premieres tomorrow night here on Prairie Public. This season will focus on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. We visit with the show’s founder and executive producer, Amy Martin.

Sunday, July 5, 2020 - Thomas Jefferson scholar Clay Jenkinson joins us to discuss his new book, “Repairing Jefferson’s America: A Guide to Civility and Enlightened Citizenship.” And he has another new book, “Bring Out Your Dead,” a book of essays related to the pandemic.


  Friday, July 3, 2020 - 100 years after the passage of the 19th Amendment, The Vote tells the dramatic story of the hard-fought campaign waged by American women for the right to vote, a transformative cultural and political movement that resulted in the largest expansion of voting rights in U.S. history. The Vote premieres on the series American Experience July 6-7 on PBS. We visit with Michelle Ferrari, the writer, director and producer. ~~~ The Transmission Times shares highlights of life across the US during COVID-19. 

Thursday, July 2, 2020 - Matt Olien returns for a special film discussion. This week, he discusses his list of favorite actors and actresses. ~~~ Commentary from Mark Trahant about the national debate about mascots and symbols. He says it’s not about statues, flags and monuments … it’s really about the national story. What kind of country is this … and what kind of country should this be? ~~~ Sue Balcom is here for Main Street Eats. Today’s topic is potato bugs. ~~~ Eliza Blue shares another Postcard from the Prairie.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020 - Claudia Berg has retired as the director of the State Historical Society of North Dakota has retired. She joins us to introduce the new director, Bill Peterson, who comes to us from the Arizona Historical Society. ~~~ A Plains Folk essay from Tom Isern: “Boys on Duck Creek.” ~~~ Tom Brosseau visits with Ashley Thornberg about the 3rd episode of the Great American Folk Show, which is coming up on Sunday.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 - Every month our Journalists Roundtable features a discussion of topics in the news. Joining host Doug Hamilton and news director Dave Thompson today are special guests Dave Kolpack of the Associated Press; and Monica Hannon, managing editor at KFYR-TV. ~~~ Chuck Lura shares a Natural North Dakota essay titled "June Beetles and White Grubs."

Monday, June 29, 2020 - Thomas Jefferson scholar Clay Jenkinson joins us to discuss his new book, “Repairing Jefferson’s America: A Guide to Civility and Enlightened Citizenship.” And he has another new book, “Bring Out Your Dead,” a book of essays related to the pandemic.

Sunday, June 28, 2020 - A news update from Dave Thompson tops the show. ~~~ Prairie Public contributor Meg Luther Lindholm has created a new podcast called “Uplifted.” She joins us to introduce the series and we share one of the episodes. ~~~ Helping Native Americans thrive is the mission of the Native American Development Center, and they recently received an important grant to assist in that effort. Bill Thomas visits with founder and executive director Lorraine Davis about Native, Inc. ~~~ Commentary from Bruce Berg: “Blow-by-Blow.”

Friday, June 26, 2020 - John Harris visits with Governor Doug Burgum in an excerpt from the Prairie Pulse television show. They discuss the pandemic, the economy, and the racial unrest that has troubled the nation. ~~~ News director Dave Thompson joins us for our weekly news chat. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews the new Spike Lee film, “Da 5 Bloods,” which, until theatres reopen, is available on Netflix.

Thursday, June 25, 2020 - Prairie Public contributor Meg Luther Lindholm has created a new podcast called “Uplifted.” It’s a look at personal/global problems through a spiritual (non-religious) lens. She joins us to introduce the series and we share one of the episodes. ~~~ Climate change and the environmental damage caused by large-scale agriculture have researchers searching for ways to increase productivity without furthering harm. Harvest Public Media’s Amy Mayer reports. ~~~ Sue Balcom is here for another episode of Main Street Eats. Today’s topic is pineapple weed, or wild chamomile. ~~~ Tom Isern shares a Plains Folk essay titled “Homesteaders Lament.”

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