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Judy Smith
3:11 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Judy Smith: feminist, social justice advocate and friend of MTPR, dies.

Judy Smith
Credit Eliza Wiley Independent Record

Western Montana feminist, social justice advocate and long-time Montana Public Radio commentator, Judy Smith, has died after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Edward O'Brien has more on the life and legacy of a woman remembered as a "warrior" by those who knew her.

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2014 Senate Race
2:51 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Former Republican Lt. Gov. files for Senate as Democrat

Former Lt. Gov. John Bohlinger poses for a picture in his Helena home Thursday.
Credit Dan Boyce

Former Republican Lieutenant Governor John Bohlinger said Thursday he would be the Democratic candidate most able to defeat Congressman Steve Daines in the 2014 Senate Race.

The 77 year-old Bohlinger announced his Senate bid during a Tuesday dinner party held by the Lewis and Clark County Democratic Central Committee, but it was largely overshadowed by Daines announcing his Senate ambitions during a high-profile gathering in Bozeman on Wednesday.

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Commentary
2:09 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

A Harvest for All

A Harvest for All

We reap a bountiful harvest.  Many Montana kitchens fill with aromas of applesauce simmering on stovetops and later, pumpkin pies and Thanksgiving turkeys.  We stock pantry shelves with garden bounty.  If nothing else, we sit down tonight to dinner and have the luxury of not thinking about hunger until the morning—most of us, that is.

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Conservation Pioneer
10:14 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Pioneer conservationist reflects on his 50 years of activism

Conservationist Brock Evans

Like many, Brock Evans fell in love with Glacier National Park the minute he set eyes on it - and his first visit there as a young man began his lifelong commitment to conservation.

Evans is a past lobbyist for the Sierra Club, and current president of the national Endangered Species Coalition. His career as an environmental activist spans 50 years. Evans returned to Montana this week to lecture and visit old friends.

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2014 Senate Race
3:03 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Daines officially announces Senate bid

Congressman Steve Daines pauses during his announcement that he will jump into Montana's 2014 U.S. Senate Race.
Credit Dan Boyce

Congressman Steve Daines officially announced his intentions Wednesday to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Senator Max Baucus in 2014.

"Montanans fundamentally understand that our federal government is too big, it is too powerful, it spends too much and it interferes too often with our daily lives," Daines told the crowd of a couple hundred supporters at the Holiday Inn in Bozeman.

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Environmental Nonfiction
12:00 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Doug Peacock Looks into The Shadow of the Sabertooth

In the Shadow of the Sabertooth: A Renegade Naturalist Considers Global Warming, the First Americans and the Terrible Beasts of the Pleistocene

During this program filmmaker and naturalist Doug Peacock talks about his latest book, In the Shadow of the Sabertooth: A Renegade Naturalist Considers Global Warming, the First Americans and the Terrible Beasts of the Pleistocene.

About the Book:

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Toxic Feminine Products
10:43 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Feminine care products may not be as safe as you think

New report on feminine care products safety
Credit Women's Voices for the Earth

Almost all women use some form of feminine care product - from tampons to sprays - but how toxic are these products?

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Farm to School
6:49 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

What one school is doing to maximize the amount of local veggies in its lunches

Whitefish School District reports spending 30% of it's food budget on farm-to-school, the state wide average is 12%.
Katrin Frye

Getting fresh fruits and veggies onto kids’ plates is one of the goals of local farm-to-school efforts. This idea of buying local is going national with support from the U-S Department of Agriculture. The USDA recently conducted a census of schools across the state and the country.

USDA Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services Kevin Concannon said the farm-to-school model fits in with new school meal requirements calling for schools to serve fruits and vegetables every day.

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Affordable Care Act
3:32 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Study says uninsured Montanans likely to buy plans through Obamacare

A screenshot from the Affordable Care Act insurance website, healthcare.gov.

Few uninsured Montanans go without coverage voluntarily, says a new report released Monday by the University of Montana Bureau of Business and Economic Research.

“That means that had insurance been available, they would have taken it,” said the bureau’s Interim Health Care Research Director, Paul Polzin.

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Jazz Pioneer
10:20 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Pioneer jazz sax player mentors young women

Jazz musician Madaline "Mad" Duran

When saxophone player Madaline "Mad" Duran started playing jazz in the late 60's, there weren't a lot of women jazz instrumentalists.

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