Immigration Address
5:14 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Tonight: President Obama's Prime Time Address

Credit Pete Souza, The Obama-Biden Transition Project (CC-BY-3.0)

Tune in at 6 p.m. for special coverage as President Obama addresses the nation on his plan to use executive actions to reform existing immigration policies.

Wilhelm "Willy" Burgdorfer
4:44 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Scientist Who Discovered The Cause Of Lyme Disease Dies

Willy Burgdorfer, who discovered the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, passed away today at the age of 89 in Hamilton.
Credit National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

A Montana man who discovered the underlying cause of Lyme disease died Monday in Hamilton.

Dr. Wilhelm "Willy" Burgdorfer was born in Switzerland where he earned his undergraduate and PhD degrees in Zoology, Parasitology and Bacteriology.

Burgdorfer moved to Montana's Bitterroot Valley in 1951 to work as a research fellow at Hamilton's Rocky Mountain Laboratory. He became a U.S. citizen in 1957 and then joined the staff at R.M.L as a medical entomologist.

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Tracy Stone-Manning
4:40 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Gov. Names Tracy Stone-Manning Chief Of Staff

Governor Steve Bullock's longtime Chief of Staff is leaving and is being replaced by Tracy Stone-Manning, the current Director of the Montana Department of Environmental Quality.

Bullock's outgoing chief of staff, Tim Burton, is leaving to lead the Montana League of Cities and Towns; a nonprofit association of 129 Montana municipalities. Burton says Stone-Manning is an excellent choice.

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Student Response
3:53 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

A Response To Norman Maclean's 'Young Men and Fire'

For the last several years, Robert Stubblefield has invited me to talk about The Write Question with students in one of the classes he teaches at the University of Montana. We talk about specific programs, which, if students have done their homework assignments, they've listened to. Then I answer questions about the process of reading, interviewing, and creating programs for radio and the Web.

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Performing Arts
12:27 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Headwaters Dance Company Presents "Power and Strength"

Brian Gerke, Kevin Wall, and Kaila June Gidley


“Power and Strength”

NOV. 20-22, 7:30 p.m. nightly

+ Saturday matinee at 2 p.m.

in Missoula at MCT Center for the Performing Arts


Based near the Continental Divide in Missoula, Montana, Headwaters Dance Company is a professional, contemporary dance, repertory company, which was founded in 2004 by Artistic Director Amy Ragsdale.

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Courthouse Interview
9:27 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Missoula Couple Among First Same Sex Licensees

Serena Early and Leslie Burgess were at the Missoula County Courthouse before the clerk's office opened this morning.
Credit Eric Whitney

Serena Early and Leslie Burgess spoke with MTPR News Director Eric Whitney this morning as they waited for one of Montana's first same sex marriage licenses.

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Pea Green Boat
6:00 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Poetry Club In Session Today on The Pea Green Boat

Join us today and have some fun

While we read poems one by one.

Enjoy the rhythms and the rhymes

Poetry club means real good times!

Marcia and Marilor and Barbara join Annie today for the November session of Poetry Club. New poems, old favorites, limericks and ballads - you'll hear them all. Join us today on the Pea Green Boat for the fun at 4:00p.m.

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Musician's Spotlight
5:00 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Sam Bush

Credit courtesy of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival

Mandolin virtuoso and Newgrass pioneer Sam Bush returns to Musician's Spotlight for a visit with host John Floridis.

(Broadcast: "Musicians' Spotlight," 11/20/14. Listen weekly on on the radio Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., or via podcast.)

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Join In!
9:11 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

MTPR Generation Listen

Were you a backseat baby listening to NPR in the 80s and 90s? Kudos to your smart parents! If you discovered public radio on your own, welcome!

Generation Listen is a movement to connect the next generation of public radio listeners to their local stations. We look forward to exchanging ideas and having smart conversations online, over the air and at events.

Join in! Contact Membership Manager Anne Hosler at

Attorney General Will Appeal
7:28 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Gay Marriage Plaintiffs React To Judge's Ruling

These are the four couples who sued to overturn Montana's ban on gay marriage.
Credit Courtesy ACLU of Montana

For certain Montana residents today will be one of those days when they remember where they were when they heard the news. Sue Hawthorne was out shopping with her sister when, as she puts it, her phone started ‘exploding’ with calls and texts from friends. Federal Judge Brian Morris had ruled in a lawsuit in which Hawthorne was a plaintiff. Her marriage to Adel Johnson of Helena, performed in Washington state several months ago, was now legally recognized in Montana:

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