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

  • The Siege of Fort Abercrombie

    You know how when you’ve been living with a project for a long time, you’re happy finally to move it off your desk. Which is what I did this week with a 101-page report to the National Park Service, its subject: the Siege of Fort Abercrombie, 1862. Then I had to write an executive summary […]

  • Vineyards in Grassy Places

    To begin with a really bad pun: when you labor in the vineyard long enough, the work eventually has its rewards. Since 2002 my Suzzanne and I have been pursuing a line of historical research in a particular grassland region of New Zealand—a district known as the Lindis, in Central Otago. This is in the […]

  • 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 […]

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