The Plant Detective
9:46 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Datura: Delirium, Broomsticks, And Divination

Datura metel. (CC-BY-2.0)
Credit David Dickerson

Medicinal use of datura - also known as moonflower - is so ancient, no one is sure where the plant originated. Two important nervous system depressor drugs, atropine and scopolamine, are derived from it. Oracles in the Americas and Greece used it for divinations. Witches in medieval Europe applied it to their skin in ointments. And when modern-day researchers experimented (a risky proposition; one of the researchers died) with those old witches' recipes, they reported intense dreams of flying. Broomstick, anyone?

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Field Notes
9:45 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Mount Aeneas In Autumn

Mount Aeneas, Swan Mountains, Flathead National Forest, Montana. (CC BY 2.0)
Credit Liz Rohde

"Mount Aeneas," by Margo Whitmire.

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Campaign Beat
4:06 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

'Deceitful' Mailers & More Outside Spending On Montana Supreme Court Races

Linda McCulloch, Montana Secretary of State held a press conference Oct. 23 to call attention to a 'deceitful' mailer that appears to come from her office.

"Campaign Beat" recaps the recent House and Senate debates, looks at another outside funded ad in a Montana Supreme Court race, and talks about the mailer that's spawned outrage among many Montanans.

"Campaign Beat," our weekly political analysis program, appears on Fridays throughout the fall election season. Former MTPR news director and now senior news analyst, Sally Mauk, hosts the program. She's  joined by Lee newspapers Capitol reporters Chuck Johnson and Mike Dennison.

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Pledge Week
3:58 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Top 10 Things MTPR Program Director Michael Marsolek Does After Pledge Week

Top 10 things MTPR Program Director Michael Marsolek does after a 100-hour work week during the pledge drive:

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Montana Farmers Union
3:43 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Montana Farmers Union Meets In Great Falls

Credit USDA

Hundreds of Montana farmers are in Great Falls discussing issues that affect not only their bottom line, but our food supply.

The 99-year-old Montana Farmers Union is holding its annual meeting and convention that lasts through tomorrow. Farmers face challenges that go far beyond crop yields and market prices.

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Flathead Lake Biological Station
4:27 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Flathead Lake Bio Station Gets Funding For Research Boat Fixes

Flathead Lake Biological Station research boat, Jessie-B.
Credit Courtesy Flathead Lake Biological Station

The Flathead Lake Biological Station has received funding to fix up one of their oldest research boats. The Jessie-B is a research vessel used for long term monitoring and has been the main boat for working on Flathead Lake. Tom Bansak, a research scientist and Development Coordinator at the station says the Jessie-B is also 25-years-old and in need of repair.

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U.S. Senate Race
4:04 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Interview With U.S. Senate Candidate Steve Daines

U.S. Senate candidate Steve Daines joined MTPR for an interview on Oct. 21.
Credit Courtesy photo

Tonight we have the fourth in a series of in-depth interviews with the four major party candidates for Montana’s U.S. House and Senate seats.

In this extended interview, we hear from Republican Steve Daines, who’s running for Montana’s seat in the U.S. Senate. He spoke with Montana Public Radio News Director Eric Whitney.

Listen to the extended version below. Due to technical problems, the extended interview did not go the full 30 minutes like the interviews with other candidates.

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Political Mailer
4:00 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Montana Secretary Of State Calls Out 'Deceitful' Political Mailer

Montana Secretary of State Linda McCulloch says this mailer is deceitful because the use of the Great Seal of Montana makes it appear to be a voter guide from the SOS office.

Have you received an official-looking mailer that rates the political leanings of Montana's four nonpartisan Supreme Court candidates?

If so, take a close look at it; the flier features an image of Montana's state seal and compares the candidates' political ideologies to those of President Obama and former Republican Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.

Problem is, it's a fake. The state of Montana has nothing to do with these mailers.

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Commentary -October 23rd, 2014
3:06 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Imparted Montana Values and the Election

Yesterday would've been my father's 95th birthday. On Monday, my mother will be celebrating her 95th with all six of her sons and some of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren with her.

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Documentary Special
2:00 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

American Spirit: A History of the Supernatural

10/30/2014 - On this Halloween special, the History Guys explore Americans' relationship with ghosts, spirits, and witches throughout our nation's history. Why were colonists so fearful of New England "witches"? How is it that progressive social reformers found a home in the Spiritualist movement of the 19th century? Why do new media technologies always conjure talk of the undead? Can social upheaval help explain our history with the ineffable?