Plains Folk

Plains Folk, a commentary devoted to life on the great plains of North America, is now a special weekly feature on Main Street. Written by Tom Isern of West Fargo, North Dakota, and read in newspapers across the region for years, Plains Folk venerates fall suppers and barn dances and reminds us that “more important to our thoughts than lines on a map are the essential characteristics of the region–the things that tell what the plains are, not just where they are.” You can hear Plains Folk once a week during Main Street, weekdays at 3 pm CT with a repeat at 7 pm CT.

To read more Plains Folk commentaries, click on the “archives” link.

Recent Shows

  • Reapers of the Dust

    Lois Phillips Hudson is one of those North Dakota authors whom we claim as one of our own, who we think should be read, but whom few people have read. Her works dwell upon the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, and family misfortune. Most who read them feel good about it in the way of […]

  • Rammed Earth

    I have been getting some scolding from people close to me on account of a recent adventure in New Zealand—not quite a misadventure, but just a stumble away from one. It has to do with a panoramic video I shot, standing inches from the precipice under my left shoulder overlooking gold-mining spoils, and panning around […]

  • The World of Letters

    It has become a commonplace to refer to the writing of letters – real letters, with stamps on them – as a lost art. People who say this usually are self-consciously literary types. They reflect on the beautiful correspondence carried on by great authors.   Letter-writing is embedded, however, in the history and culture of […]

  • Waking Up Just in Time

    I’m not sure how it was going to end, but I think I awoke from this dream just in time.   Lots of you know what I’m talking about when I say I am in the fourth week of a persistent infection characterized by a deep and violent cough. My producers here at Prairie Public […]

  • Big Dogs and Deep Pockets

    A year ago I had a group of my research students going deep into the records of the Cass County District Court, records conveniently lodged in North Dakota State University Archives. They investigated every case where a citizen brought suit against one of the region’s great railroad corporations, the Northern Pacific or the Great Northern. […]

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