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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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Friday, April 16, 2021 - Difficult race relations go back to the very founding of this country. For many, there is still work to be done. The Minot-based non-profit Strengthen ND is hosting Working in Indian Country, a virtual series to support relationship building, understanding, and equitable working relationships in Native and non-Native communities. We speak with Strengthen ND’s Executive Director Megan Laudenschlager and series facilitator Larry Keown who wrote the book, Working In Indian Country: Building Successful Business Relationships with American Indian Tribes. ~~~ News director Dave Thompson is here for our weekly news chat. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews “Hillbilly Elegy.”

Sunday, April 18, 2021 - We begin with a news recap from Dave Thompson ~~~ University of Mary professor Dan Bielinski is producing a film based on the last lynching in North Dakota. It’s called “End of the Rope,” and he’s been auditioning actors in preparation of filming. ~~~ The expansion of the Child Tax Credit (CTC) in the American Rescue Plan is projected to decrease child poverty by 40%. That’s expected to have an outsized effect on rural areas where the poverty rate is often higher. Since poverty and food insecurity are so closely linked, we’ve invited Karen Ehrens of Hunger-Free North Dakota to discuss the potential. ~~~ Tom Isern shares a Plains Folk essay titled "Cattle Kings and Trick Horses."

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Thursday, April 15, 2021 - University of Mary professor Dan Bielinski is producing a film based on the last lynching in North Dakota. It’s called “End of the Rope,” and he’s been auditioning actors in preparation of filming. ~~~  Recent wildfires in the state offer a glimpse into one of the biggest fears of early settlers. Today, in  another episode of TellTale: Dakota Folklife and Stories, we hear about the fears of early farmers. ~~~ Sue Balcom is here with Main Street Eats. Today’s topic is spelt, a grain similar to wheat.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - The expansion of the Child Tax Credit (CTC) in the American Rescue Plan is projected to decrease child poverty by 40%. That’s expected to have an outsized effect on rural areas where the poverty rate is often higher. Since poverty and food insecurity are so closely linked, we’ve invited Karen Ehrens of Hunger-Free North Dakota to discuss the potential. ~~~ Tom Isern shares a Plains Folk essay titled "Cattle Kings and Trick Horses." ~~~ Dr. Ryan Yonk, is undergraduate programs director for the Center for the Study of Public Choice and Private Enterprise at NDSU, but he also has considerable expertise when it comes to the US Constitution. And that’s the focus of his discussion in this excerpt from Prairie Pulse television show with host John Harris.

  Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - A program called Sources of Strength is helping improve the overall well being of kids at Minot’s Central Campus. Program director Jennifer Harbaugh explains how it works. ~~~ Eliza Blue shares a Postcard from the Prairie essay on spring bird. ~~~ Speaking of spring, horticulturist Ron Smith stops by to discuss the problems the dry weather can bring for gardeners.

Monday, April 12, 2021 - The North Dakota State Hospital in Jamestown is a psychiatric hospital, and today it’s hosting the first of several job fairs in an effort to address a workforce shortage. Here to discuss the extent of the problem and the impact of the pandemic is Superintendent Dr. Rosalie Etherington, and director of nursing, Lesli Scharbrough. ~~~ Before you rush to do lawn cleanup, Chuck Lura suggests you wait a bit. In today’s Natural North Dakota essay, we learn about the beneficial insects that are still sheltering in dead trees and beneath the leaves. ~~~ Is there a problem when it comes to fair housing in North Dakota? And just what does fair housing mean? We’ll ask Kelly Gorz, associate director of the High Plains Fair Housing Council in Grand Forks.


Sunday, April 11, 2021 - News director Dave Thompson starts us off with a recap of the week's headlines. ~~~ Season five of the Dakota Spotlight podcast shines new light on the disappearance of Williston’s Barbara Louise Cotton. Ashley Thornberg visits with creator and host James Wolner and Cotton’s childhood friend, Sandee Evanson. ~~~ Acclaimed Ojibwe author and professor Anton Treuer joins us to discuss the new young readers edition of his adult book titled “Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask.”  

Friday, April 9, 2021 - Jack Russell Weinstein joins us to talk about the upcoming episode of “WHY, Philosophical Discussions About Everyday Life.” This week’s topic is “Talking to Mothers About Motherhood,” and his guest is Danielle LaSusa. LaSusa has a Ph.D. in Philosophy, a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies, and a passion for helping new moms with the difficult realities of motherhood. ~~~ News director Dave Thompson updates the action at the ND Legislator, along with other news of the week. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews “One Night in Miami.”

Thursday, April 8, 2021 - A statewide survey by the Institute of Policy and Business Analytics at UND offers some interesting insight into attitudes and behaviors related to the pandemic. Here to discuss the results are professors Jason Jensen and David Flynn. Jenson, a professor of political science and public administration, is the executive director of the Institute. Flynn, a professor of economics and finance, is the institute’s research director. ~~~ Northern border security isn’t something we think about very often, but Senator John Hoven visited the Burke County Sheriff’s Department on Wednesday to review security issues, discuss a shortage of resources due to the challenges at the southern border, and what impact that may be having for local law enforcement. We chat with Burke County Sheriff Shawn Brien. ~~~ Sue Balcom discusses halva, a confection from western Asia.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 - From the acclaimed Ojibwe author and professor Anton Treuer comes an essential book of questions and answers for Native and non-Native young readers. It's a companion volume to one published earlier for adults, both titled “Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask.”  ~~~ Wildfires threatened the tourist town of Medora last week. Here to discuss that close call and to tell us about the upcoming tourist season is Maria Miller, the new executive director of the Medora Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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