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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

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Rank #1: TEDxFargo Highlights ~ News Chat with Dave ~ Review: "Where'd You Go Bernadette"

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Friday, August 23, 2019 – TEDxFargo featured a number of compelling speakers last month. Today day we share two more of those presentations as we hear from Aneela Idnani the co-founder and CEO of HabitatAware; and Dave Power of the Perkins School for the Blind. ~~~ Our weekly discussion of the latest headlines with news director Dave Thompson. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews “Where’d You Go Bernadette?”
Aug 23 2019
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Rank #2: The Greenway Takeover Festival ~ Sue Balcom on Tomatoes

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hursday, August 22, 2019 – The Greenway Takeover Festival is coming up in Grand forks. Here to tell us about this multiple day event, which has as its genesis the flood of ’97, is organizer Tricia Lunski. The event will even have a Prairie Public Day! ~~~ According to the Chartis Center For Rural Health, more than 600 rural hospitals across the nation are vulnerable to closure. That includes 33 percent of the rural hospitals in North Dakota. From NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday, we share a story about the challenge of providing emergency care for rural residents when rural hospitals close. ~~~ A story from Richard Peterson in an excerpt from the Dakota Journalists podcast about his time in Saigon during the Vietnam war. Peterson is the former press editor for the Benson County Farmers Press. ~~~ Chuck Lura shares a Natural North Dakota essay, “Pembina Escarpment.” ~~~ Sue Balcom is here for Main Street Eats. Here topic today is sweet cherry tomatoes. ~~~ And we'll also have our What's
Aug 22 2019
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Rank #3: Education Innovation Summit ~ Trahant Reports ~ Dakota Journalists Podcast Excerpts

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019 – Joining us to report on the Governor’s Innovative Education summit is Kirsten Baesler, North Dakota’s Superintendent of Public Instruction. ~~~ We share two more excerpts from the Dakota Journalists podcast. The devastating flood of 1997 destroyed much of Grand Forks, including the Grand Forks Herald Building. That didn’t stop them from putting out a daily paper. Former Editor and Publisher Mike Jacobs shares how they turned adversity into a Pulitzer. The newspaper business has also been good to Marilyn Hagerty. The longtime Grand Forks Herald columnist has thousands of columns to her name. Of them, one stands out; her review of the Olive Garden went viral, garnering her much praise and sharp criticism. She shares her experience.
Aug 21 2019
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Rank #4: Cyber Safety for Children ~ Cory Steiner at TEDx

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019 – As the school year nears, we discuss a new study that suggests social media can harm mental health due to cyber bullying and poor sleep. The “Children’s Internet Usage Study” also found that 40% of the children surveyed admitted to connecting with a stranger online. The study was conducted by the Center for Cyber Safety and Education. Joining us is the center’s director, Patrick Craven. ~~~ NPR's David Greene talks to Mark Trahant, editor of the news site Indian Country Today, about why Democratic presidential candidates are paying so much attention to Native American voters this year. ~~~ Summer is quickly coming to an end as many schools in North Dakota start classes this week. Dr. Cory Steiner is a passionate educator who says we have a moral obligation to educating our kids. He spoke at July’s TEDxFargo. ~~~ Chuck Lura shares a Natural North Dakota essay on the Red Tailed Hawk.
Aug 20 2019
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Rank #5: Riverboat Cruise for Dakota Datebook ~ Plains Folk Essay ~ Horticulturist Ron Smith

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Monday, August 19, 2019 – On Saturday we’ll be hosting the launch of the Dakota Datebook Book aboard the Lewis and Clark Riverboat on the Missouri River. That got us thinking that it might be interesting to learn more about the boat – its story, the various cruises offered, and what you can see when you’re aboard. Joining us is Aaron Barth, executive director of the Fort Abraham Lincoln Foundation, which operates the riverboat. ~~~ NDSU history professor Tom Isern shares a Plains Folk essay, “The Town Herd.” ~~~ Horticulturist Ron Smith’s inbox continues to gather questions. He stops by with some of the latest issues facing homeowners.
Aug 19 2019
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Rank #6: Main Street Weekend, August 18

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Sunday, August 18, 2019 – Highlights from the week ... The Arab women who cover the news in their part of the world face unique challenges. Zahra Hankir, a Lebanese-British journalist, compiled and edited a book about their experiences titled “Our Women on the Ground: Essays by Arab Women Reporting from the Arab World.” ~~~ Fargoan Mary Ann Phillips recounts her retirement adventure—this summer she traveled to Tanzania to climb the tallest mountain on the African continent, Mount Kilimanjaro. ~~~ And Sue Balcom talks about gooseberries in a segment of Main Street Eats.
Aug 18 2019
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Rank #7: Clarinetist and Entrepreneur Joanna Lin ~ News Chat with Dave ~ Matt Reviews "The Farewell"

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Friday, August 16, 2019 – Davies High School senior and clarinetist Joanna Lin represented Fargo in the National Youth Orchestra 2 this summer. She’s also the founder and executive director of Resonate, an organization reaching out to rural communities across North Dakota to provide students with inspiration, exposure, and education to help them become passionate musicians and artists. ~~~ Flooding on the Mississippi has marooned many Midwest commodities for months, affecting the grain trade. Madelyn Beck reports. ~~~ Dave Thompson is here with this week’s discussion of topics in the news. ~~~ Matt reviews “The Farewell.”
Aug 16 2019
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Rank #8: Climing Kilimanjaro ~ Sue Balcom on Gooseberries

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Thursday, August 15, 2019 – Mary Ann Phillips recently climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa. She trained for it climbing parking ramps in Fargo! ~~~ Gulf of Maine lobstermen are casting around far and wide for new kinds of bait, now that federal regulators have cut herring quotas by 70 percent. Possible solutions could come from the Midwest. Fred Bever has this story. ~~~ A commentary from Mark Trahant about food security. ~~~ Sue Balcom is talking gooseberries in this week’s “Main Street Eats.” ~~~ We have our What’s Happening calendar of events.
Aug 15 2019
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Rank #9: National Breastfeeding Month ~ Plains Folk Essay ~ Human Resources

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019 – We continue our monthly observance of Hunger Free North Dakota ’s 10 th year as we visit with Colleen Pearce and Kim Hinnenkamp about the special supplemental program for Women Infants and Children, known as WIC. August is also National Breastfeeding Month. ~~~ Tom Isern shares a Plains Folk essay, “Ice Age.” ~~~ It’s an interesting time for businesses and non-profits alike when it comes to managing human resources. Here to discuss trends that affect everything from harassment to workplace theft is Dustin Ulmer of Pro Resources.
Aug 14 2019
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Rank #10: Zahra Hankir ~ Gateway to Science

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019 – Zahra Hankir is a Lebanese-British journalist who writes about the intersection of politics, culture, and society in the Middle East. She has compiled essays from nineteen Arab female journalists in a collection titled “Our Women on the Ground: Essays by Arab Women Reporting from the Arab World.” ~~~ Chuck Lura shares a Natural North Dakota essay on plants that are part of the members of the Apiaceae family, also known as the carrot or parsley family. ~~~ We get an update on the goings-on at the Gateway to Science in Bismarck from Beth Demke, executive director.
Aug 13 2019
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