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Main Street Weekend

Sundays at 10:00am CT
  • Hosted by Doug Hamilton and Ashley Thornberg

Main Street Weekend is a compilation of the best of the previous week's Main Street programs with Doug Hamilton and Ashley Thornberg.

Sunday, September 20 - News director Dave Thompson begins our show with a North Dakota pandemic update. ~~~ Two new programs debuted Saturday night on Prairie Public. Snap Judgment and Live Wire Radio. Today we visit with Luke Burbank, the host of Live Wire, who explains how it started and what it’s all about. ~~~ And in that same vein, we talk with Jonah Lantto of The Good Talk Podcast in Minot. It’s in its second season as it strives to provide new perspectives and new ways of thinking, and they don’t mind a little humor along the way.

Sunday, June 21, 2020 - We begin with a news update from Dave Thompson ~~~ The pandemic is exacerbating the already difficult times for nursing homes, we visit with Shelly Peterson, president of the North Dakota Long Term Care Association.~~~ A discussion of antibody testing of blood donors and the need for convalescent plasma with Cliff Numark, the chief marketing officer for Vitalant blood bank, which has donation centers in Fargo, Bismarck and Minot.

Sunday, June 14, 2020 - We begin with an update from news director Dave Thompson. ~~~ Jack Russell Weinstein joins us for a preview of his WHY radio show when his guests Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett discuss why income equality makes society stronger. ~~~ Long delays in naturalization ceremonies mean no voting come election time for many new Americans. Here to discuss that and a number of other issues arising from the pandemic is immigration attorney Anna Stenson.

Sunday, May 31, 2020 - Our Sunday morning show will feature a coronavirus pandemic update from news director Dave Thompson—and two discussions from last week’s shows. ~~~ Nancy Joyner, president of Honoring Choices North Dakota will talk about advance care planning. ~~~ And head of the North Dakota census office, Kevin Iverson, will tell us how the statewide count is progressing.

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.

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.

Sunday, May 10, 2020 - News director Dave Thompson starts us off with the latest North Dakota news on the pandemic. ~~~ Jack Russell Weinstein previews the WHY? Radio show, which explores the topic: “What is the difference between a religion and a cult?” ~~~ The Tundra project at the Energy and Environmental Research Center in Grand Forks recently received a large grant to further its work on capturing carbon when coal is used for energy. But how does research proceed on Tundra, or any of the many projects at the EERC, during this time of pandemic? Joining us for an update is CEO Charles Gorecki.

Sunday, April 19, 2020 - We rebroadcast last Monday's Covid-19 Interactive Town Hall with Dr. Paul Carson, Professor of Practice in Public Health at NDSU and Director of Antimicrobial Stewardship at Sanford Health; and Dr. Donald Warne, director of the Public Health Program and the Indians into Medicine Program at the University of North Dakota Medical School. ~ Tom Isern shares a Plains Folk essay, "Hardwood."

Sunday, April 5, 2020 - Dave Thompson updates the latest North Dakota COVID-19 news, and in highlights of the previous week’s pandemic conversations, we visit with professor David Flynn, who chairs the Department of Economics and Finance at UND. He discusses the double-whammy North Dakota faces from low oil prices and the pandemic; Shawn Kessel of the North Dakota Department of Commerce tells us about their survey that seeks to better understand how the pandemic is impacting businesses; and Wendy Ross, superintendent of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, where admission is free.

Sunday, March 29 - On our Sunday morning show, we’ll get an update on developments with the COVID-19 pandemic from our news director, Dave Thompson. ~~~ We’ll hear about the impact of the pandemic on the Great Plains Food Bank from its president, Melissa Sobolik.~~~  Clay Jenkinson will talk about his new book, Theodore Roosevelt: Naturalist in the Arena.