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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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Sunday, April 25, 2021 - Dave Thompson starts us off with a news update. ~~~ "A Native Nancy Drew." That's what author Angeline Boulley always wanted in a young adult thriller. And that's who she created in Daunis Firekeeper, a determined teen who reluctantly joins forces with the FBI to investigate a pervasive meth ring. We visit about Boullley's first novel, Firekeeper's Daughter, which has already been optioned for a Netflix series. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews “Godzilla vs. Kong” and makes his Oscar predictions. The Academy Award ceremony is tonight.

Friday, April 23, 2021 - Self-compassion is the relationship we have with ourselves. It decreases anxiety and depression, and increases overall mental health. Melissa Dahl is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor. She’ll be presenting on self-compassion at an upcoming Chamber event, where she’ll discuss the role of self-compassion in the workplace. ~~~ Tom Isern shares a Plains Folk essay, “A Cloud in the West.” ~~~ News director Dave Thompson is here for our weekly news chat. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews “Godzilla vs. Kong” and has a few Oscar predictions.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - Writer Glenn Frankel worked for many years at the Washington Post where he won a Pulitzer Prize, and he’s the bestselling author of books about movie making, having written “The Searchers” and “High Noon.” His new book, just out, is “Shooting Midnight Cowboy,” and he visits with Prairie Public movie critic Matt Olien. 

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - "A Native Nancy Drew." That's what author Angeline Boulley always wanted in a young adult thriller. And that's who she created in Daunis Firekeeper, a determined teen who reluctantly joins forces with the FBI to investigate a pervasive meth ring. We visit about Boulley's first novel, Firekeeper's Daughter, which has already been optioned for a Netflix series. ~~~ Saturday is Independent Bookstore Day, so we thought we’d share an essay from Wendy Welch, the author of “The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap: A Memoir of Friendship, Community, and the Uncommon Pleasure of a Good Book.” Her book explores what it means to open an independent bookstore at a time when physical books seem to be disappearing. Allison Quantz reports.

Monday, April 19, 2021 - The television documentary 'American Oz', airs tonight on PBS. It explores the life of author L. Frank Baum, including the time he spent in Dakota Territory. We visit with filmmaker Randall MacLowry. ~~~ Midwest Murder is a podcast that dives into the Midwest’s most famous murder cases, and what laws might have changed because of those crimes. The show’s going on tour with stops across North Dakota. We visit with host Jonah Lantto and researcher ShaunAnne Tangney.

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.

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