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Big Birds and Electrical Poles
8:00 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Live Wires, Dead Birds

Note the long plastic component: it's called a conducting insulator, and it prevents a bird from touching the middle electrical line.
Credit Rick Harness and EDM International, Inc.

"Fieldnotes," November 3rd & 4th, 2013: "Raptor Electrocution," by Jessica Lindsay. http://www.montananaturalist.org/

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MTPR Live Re-Creations
8:39 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

"War of the Worlds" Audio

If you missed the live broadcast on October 30th, 2013, there's no cause for alarm; here it is, tentacles, tote bags, and all: Montana Public Radio's 75 anniversary re-enactment of the 1938 Orson Welles-Mercury Theatre radio drama, "War of the Worlds," along with director Ray Ekness's

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Demersville
4:53 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

A cemetery that lives on after its town died

Katrin Frye

Before the railroad came through and made Kalispell, Kalispell, there was Demersville (de-MARS-ville). The small community had an eatery, saloon, hotel, and mercantile, but died practically overnight when in 18-91 the railroad came through the Flathead several miles north of the fledgling town. Flathead Reporter Katrin Frye takes us to all that remains of Demersville, the cemetery.

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"Montana" Novel
11:34 am
Thu October 31, 2013

“Montana” is a mystery (novel)

Jacket of Gwen Florio's mystery novel "Montana"

For over 30 years, Gwen Florio covered the news - everything from war in Afghanistan to crime in Missoula - as a print reporter. The recent release of her mystery novel, "Montana", marks the debut of her new career as a full-time author.

In this feature interview, Florio talks with News Director Sally Mauk about the new novel - and how she came to write a mystery.

 

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Fangs and Stencils
10:29 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween! NPR sends this greeting from their Balkans Bureau

And here are here are stencils for carving your NPR pumpkin, and an opportunity to submit photos of your masterpiece.

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Healthcare
10:08 am
Thu October 31, 2013

The transgendered face unique personal and healthcare challenges

Lynsey Bourke (L) and Erin Armstrong (R)
Credit Edward O'Brien

The transgendered have unique healthcare needs that can be challenging for both the patient and - in some cases - the physician.

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Inside MTPR
5:29 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Watch MTPR perform War of the Worlds LIVE!

This aired on October 30, 2013. For audio of the performance, please click here.

Tonight at 7:30 PM watch a live video stream of MTPR staff performing War of the Worlds.

If you have questions about the video stream please contact ivy.wells@mtpr.org

Commentary - October 30th, 2013
10:19 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Alzheimer's

Good evening.  I’m Susan Kohler, CEO of Missoula Aging Services, the Area Agency on Aging for Missoula and Ravalli counties.  Tonight I want to share some information about Alzheimer’s disease which I learned at the UM Geriatric Education Center’s Conference in mid-October.  But first I’d like to say “Hats off!” to the GEC for providing this free, top notch conference broadcast to 25 sites in Montana.  What I share are snippets from a variety of the excellent speakers who discussed the latest research on treatments, and the interrelationship that lifestyle risk factors and genetic influence

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What I Like About Jazz
6:50 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Modern trumpet players

Terence Blanchard
Credit newsroom.unl.edu

Tonight at a special time, 9-10pm, following special programming. We'll hear recordings featuring some of my favorite trumpet players, particularly focusing on albums from the last decade. We'll hear cuts from modern greats like Terence Blanchard, Roy Hargove, Tom Harrell, Terrell Stafford, Jim Rotondi,

Jeremy Pelt and Brian Lynch. That's Tonight on What I Like About Jazz. 

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Fiction
6:00 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Monsters Prowl Sharma Shields' Story Collection

'Favorite Monster: Stories' by Sharma Shields

Spokane author Sharma Shields talks about the stories in her collection, Favorite Monster, winner of an Autumn House Fiction Prize. She also reads two short passages from the book.

About the book:

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