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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 the Main Street archives here.

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Monday, August 27 – Environmental journalist Ben Goldfarb has written “Eager, the Surprising Secret Life of Beavers, and Why They Matter.” The reviews have been off the charts: “engrossing, enthralling, engaging … a super-fantastic read … amusing and informative … a page-turner. Highly recommend.”  ~~~ Mark Trahant is the editor of Indian Country Today.

Friday, August 24 – Casey Buchmann is running for the Public Service Commission in North Dakota. It’s an important state agency that oversees regulations for mines, utilities, telecommunications, energy infrastructure, railroads, grain elevators, pipelines and more. Four candidates are vying for two of the commission’s three seats. ~~~ Congress will soon make final changes to the five-year farm bill that oversees everything from research budgets to hunger programs.

Thursday, August 23 – Fargoan Carol Kapaun Ratchenski’s book of poetry “A Beautiful Hell” is finding new expression in the form of a stage presentation. She joins us, along with Lauri Baker who adapted the book for stage, and Carrie Wintersteen of Theatre B, the director. ~~~ A Plains Folk essay from Tom Isern titled “Farm on the Great Plains.” ~~~ Sue Balcom of the Root Sellers farm near Mandan joins us to discuss a common harvest time preparation: salsa.

Wednesday, August 22 – Writer Martin Case joins us for a discussion of his new book, “The Relentless Business of Treaties,” which explores how indigenous lands became private property. Taking Minnesota as a case study, he describes how the individuals behind the treaties shaped them to further their own interests. ~~~ The Mountain West News Bureau was launched earlier this year. It’s a partnership of public media stations that serve Wyoming, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, and Utah.

Tuesday, August 21 – Every election year, we invite all the candidates seeking statewide office. We start our coverage with Jim Dotzenrod, the Democratic candidate for ag commissioner. He’s challenging incumbent Doug Goehring. ~~~ Speaking of politics, we share another Mark Trahant commentary regarding the Lt. Governor candidates in Minnesota, both of which are Native American women. ~~~ We’ve been hearing about the problem of blue-green algae ruining parts of the Florida coast, but it can also be a problem in area lakes and wetlands.

Bismarck filmmaker Samuel Sprynczynatyk had a scare recently – he was near death after having a heart attack at age 30. He and his girlfriend and film producer Medora Frei join us to discuss the experience.  

Monday, August 20 – Last week the Environmental Working Group released results of testing that found the herbicide glyphosate in popular foods made with oats. Here to tell us more about the EWG organization and to discuss the concern about the chemical appearing in food is toxicologist Alexis Temkin. ~~~ Up to 43% of our recycling ends up in the landfill because of contamination. We share an interview from The Takeaway.

Friday, August 17 – Roger Schobinger was known across North Dakota for speaking on the issue of HIV & AIDS. On August 1st, he passed away at the age of 63.  Today we share an excerpt from a conversation he recorded for the Red River Rainbow Seniors oral history project called “Breaking Barriers: Harvesting LGBTQ Stories from the Northern Plains.”  He visits with volunteer Bob Stone. ~~~ Next year will mark the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, which featured an incredible lineup of iconic rock starts.

Thursday, August 16 – Dr. Tom Cowan returns to Main Street to discuss his just-released book, “Vaccines, Autoimmunity, and the Changing Nature of Childhood Illness.” Over the past fifty years, rates of autoimmunity and chronic disease have exploded. Cowan argues for a direct causal relationship with the increase in vaccines typically given to American children. He says the goal of these vaccines is precisely what we’re seeing – the provocation of immune responses.

Wednesday, August 15 – Are the weeds particularly bad this year? Seems like it. We’ll ask that question and much more as Ron Smith is here live to take your lawn and garden questions. Call 888-755-6377 or email us at mainstreet at ~~~ Tom Isern shares a Plains Folk essay titled, “500 Babies.”