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Monday Poems
6:50 am
Mon September 1, 2014

"The Hermit's Work

They'll wonder
that I left

my things—

my name on folded forms,
the job I did.

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Home Ground Radio
5:00 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Doug Chadwick: The Grizzly Bears Of Mongolia's Gobi Desert

Credit Hunter J. Causey

Wildlife biologist Doug Chadwick, author of numerous books and articles about natural history and conservation, and longtime resident of grizzly bear habitat in Montana, describes himself as a "bear groupie."  Ursos arctos gobiensis, a Gobi Desert sub-species of grizzly bear,

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The Food Guys
5:00 am
Sun August 31, 2014

Green Beans

Green beans. PD, USDA.
Credit USDA

Jon and Greg a share pet peeve: undercooked green beans in restaurants. "I think they wave a match near them to pretend to warm them up," says Greg. He prefers beans cooked just enough to bring out their flavor, but not so much as to create what Jon calls "the sodden cabbage effect."  Greg recommends basil pesto or miso as flavoring for blanched or sautéed green beans. Jon wonders where the strings in stringbeans have gone.

(Broadcast: The Food Guys, 8/31/14)

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Front Row Center
5:00 am
Sun August 31, 2014

Bare Bait Dance Presents "Settle"

Michael Marsolek talks with Joy French, Director of Missoula's Bare Bait Dance, and choreographer Rachel Oliver, whose new multi-media, multi-generational dance piece, "Settle," opens Bare Bait's fourth season.

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The Plant Detective
5:00 am
Sat August 30, 2014

Mexican Yam

In the 1930s, scientists trying to synthesize estrogen and progesterone for therapeutic uses - and possibly to create a new kind of contraceptive - faced an obstacle: they needed an abundant, cheap source of the hormones for mass production. Chemist Russell Marker discovered a way to extract progesterone from plants, and began searching for one that could yield enough of the hormone. After searching for a decade, he found it: the wild Mexican yam.

(Podcast: The Plant Detective, 8/30/14)

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Crown Guitar Festival
5:03 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Students Live And Breathe Guitar At The Crown Guitar Festival

Josh Achiron, one of the Crown Guitar Festival scholarship students, on stage opening for Lee Ritenour and Friends.
Credit Christopher Allen

When you talk with the artists, guitar instructors, and organizers of the Crown Guitar Festival in  Bigfork, Mont., there’s one subject that comes up again and again: the maturity and skill of the young scholarship students who travel from across the country to learn from the greats.

For five years, the Crown of the Continent Guitar Foundation has held a week-long guitar workshop and concert-series at Flathead Lake Lodge.

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Montana Politics
4:50 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Candidate Debates: Here's What We Know

Will the Montana House and Senate candidates debate?

Will the Montana House and Senate candidates debate? Here's what we know.

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Montana News
3:00 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Campaign Building, Debates And The Industrial Workers of the World

Amanda Curtis on the UM campus.
Credit Josh Burnham

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Amanda Curtis was in Missoula yesterday presenting a six-point-plan that she says would help Montanans struggling with student debt.

After her prepared remarks, Curtis spoke with Edward O'Brien about a few topics including conservative criticism of her family's association with an organization some say has radical leanings.
First though, Curtis offers her assessment of the campaign-building effort:

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Crown Guitar Festival & Workshop
2:30 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Listen To Lee Ritenour's Crown Guitar Festival Concert On MTPR

Lee Ritenour and Friends under the big white tent at the Crown Guitiar Festival and Workshop
Christopher Allen

Lee Ritenour and Friends played at the Flathead Lake Lodge in Bigfork on Wednesday. Two opening acts, 16 year-old Josh Achrion, and the John Beasley Circle, warmed up the nearly sold-out crowd under the big white tent. Guitarists John Oates and Mike Stern joined Ritenour on stage during the encore.

We'll be replaying the Lee Ritenour and Friends show tonight at 7:30 p.m. Tune in on the air or online, and be sure to check out our photos from the show.

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Bill Raoul Obit
11:15 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Memorial Service Details For Bill Raoul

Bill with his two best buddies, Oscar and Edmund.
Credit Marilyn Bruya

Earlier this week we told you about the passing - the death (he HATED euphemisms) - of University of Montana Professor of Drama Emeritus, Bill Raoul.*

Thanks to our friends at the UM School of Theatre & Dance we can now pass along details of his memorial service:

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