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Montana Symphony Orchestras
6:02 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Helena Symphony's 60th Season Opens With Sibelius's Fifth Symphony

Stephen Cepeda, Helena Symphony concertmaster and violin soloist in Brahms's Violin Concerto, Saturday, September 20th, 2014, 7:00pm.

Michael Marsolek talks with Helena Symphony Music Director, Allan R. Scott, about the Symphony's 60th anniversary season, which opens Saturday, September 20th, 2014, 7:00 p.m., at the Helena Civic Center.

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Eleanor Roosevelt
3:17 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Driving Mrs. Roosevelt

Allen Secher is a MTPR host and producer of "You Must Remember This"

Have you ever had the opportunity to sit and converse with greatness, and to be enveloped in their aura?

For five days, in June of 1955, I was afforded that incredible experience as the driver for Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt. Permit me to expand.

In the 50's one could still work their way through college. One of my jobs was as a campus guide for the PR department of my school, Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. The annual Board meeting and Arts Festival were held each June.

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Documentary Special
11:13 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Ready to Work

09/18/2014 - Vocational education was once a staple of American schooling, preparing some kids for blue-collar futures while others were put on a path to college. Today the new mantra is “college for all.” But not everyone wants to go to college, and more than half of jobs don’t require a bachelor’s degree. Many experts say it’s time to bring back career and technical education.

This American RadioWorks documentary explores how vocational education is being reimagined.

Documentary Special
11:13 am
Thu September 18, 2014

The New Face of College

09/11/2014 - Just 20 percent of college-goers fit the stereotype of being young, single, full-time students who finish a degree in four years. College students today are more likely to be older, part-time, working, and low-income than they were three decades ago. Many are the first in their families to go to college.

This American RadioWorks documentary shows how universities are adapting to serve these new students. It explains changing demographics, and explores what colleges must do to remain engines of social mobility.

Documentary Special
11:12 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Greater Expectations: The Challenge of the Common Core

09/04/2014 - The United States is in the midst of a huge education reform. The Common Core State Standards are a new set of expectations for what students should learn each year in school. The standards have been adopted by most states, though there’s plenty of controversy about them among activists and politicians. Most teachers, however, actually like the standards.

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Documentary Special
11:11 am
Thu September 18, 2014

The Science of Smart

08/28/14 - Researchers have long been searching for better ways to learn. In recent decades, experts working in cognitive science, psychology, and neuroscience have opened new windows into how the brain works, and how we can learn to learn better.

In this program, we look at some of the big ideas coming out of brain science. We meet the researchers who are unlocking the secrets of how the brain acquires and holds on to knowledge. And we introduce listeners to the teachers and students who are trying to apply that knowledge in the real world.

Documentary Special
11:10 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Is Death Final? - An Intelligence Squared Debate

08/14/2014 - If consciousness is just the workings of neurons and synapses, how do we explain the phenomenon of near-death experience? By some accounts, about 3% of the U.S. population has had one: an out-of-body experience often characterized by remarkable visions and feelings of peace and joy, all while the physical body is close to death. To skeptics, there are more plausible, natural explanations, like oxygen deprivation. Is the prospect of an existence after death “real” and provable by science, or a construct of wishful thinking about our own mortality.

Documentary Special
11:01 am
Thu September 18, 2014

America Abroad Special - Global Waer Scarcity: Combating Drought

08/07/2014 -Americans, and especially Californians, have had a big dose of severe drought this year. Though it hit the state hard, farmers were the most effected. They continue to worry about the threat the water shortage poses to their multi-million dollar almond, kiwi and walnut crops. The answer has been to irrigate crops with water that is pumped up from underground stores. The problem is that so many farmers are digging so fast and pumping so much water, that the aquifer levels are in danger of depletion. That puts the agriculture industry ultimately at risk.

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YA Fiction
9:44 am
Thu September 18, 2014

James Dashner's Journey From Accountant To Wildly Successful Author

Utah author James Dashner talks about a few of the 16 books he's written, including The Maze Runner, which is now a feature film. He also describes the process of turning his childhood dream to be an author into reality.

About the book:

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Mountain West Voices
5:00 am
Thu September 18, 2014

A Long, Long Walk: A Woman Hikes Solo From Mexico To Canada

Kayla Murchison
Credit Clay Scott

We meet Kayla Murchison along the Continental Divide Trail in Montana, 4 1/2 months and 2800 miles into her quest to traverse the spine of the continent from Mexico to Canada.

(Broadcast: Mountain West Voices, 9/17/14)

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