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The Plant Detective
5:00 am
Sat June 28, 2014

Tea I

6/28/14: This week on "The Plant Detective:" According to archaeologists, human use of tea,  Camellia sinensis, goes back 500,000 years.  The flavonoids in tea are more effective antioxidants than Vitamins C or E - they seem to boost immunity and protect against cavities and ultraviolet rays. More research is needed to find out if tea's flavonoids protect against cardiovascular disease and certain kinds of cancer.

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Montana News
3:53 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Closed primaries, V.A. craziness and campaign chicanery

Over the weekend, Montana Republicans held their platform convention in Billings.  Chuck Johnson of Lee Newspapers reports that Republicans, "Irked at what they believe is Democrats interfering in their primary elections. . . called for closing their primaries and allowing only registered Republicans to vote in them."  Delegates also supported a resolution to turn over federal public lands to the state.

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Field Notes
5:00 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Spiderwebs

Spider web with dew drops, Swifts Creek, Victoria, Australia. (CC BY-NC)
Credit Fir0002/Flagstaffotos.com.au

6/29/14 & 6/30/14: This week on "Fieldnotes:" "Spiderwebs," written by Deborah Richie and Lynn Tennefoss, read by Caroline Kurtz. 

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Notes From the Huntley Project, Part 3
4:07 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

World Premier of "The Church of Pancakes"

Credit Tom Zavitz painting

Part 3 in Notes From the Huntley Project series of radio plays by Jay Kettering.

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Commentary - June 26th, 2014
2:45 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Energy Resources are the Future of Montana’s Economy

Hello, I’m Don Sterhan with the Montana Business Leadership Council, a non-profit organization aimed at educating Montanans about the importance of a healthy climate for business and industry to create more jobs, higher wages, and new opportunities.

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Clip of the Week
7:00 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Clip of the Week: Crafting a Life in Montana

Greg Morley hand crafts cedar canoes in Montana.
Credit Clay Scott

Master canoe builder Greg Morley loves building canoes and exploring the Montana wilderness surrounding his home. He talks about the intersection of place and purpose in this week's Clip of the Week.

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Mountain West Voices
5:00 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Showing Up With Your Heart: A Montana Couple Leaves White Collar Careers to Farm on the Great Plains

Anna Jones and Doug Crabtree, Northern Montana
Credit Clay Scott

6/25/14: This week on "Mountain West Voices:" The story of Doug and Anna Crabtree, who left good careers and invested their life savings in a farm in a remote part of north-central Montana.

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Commentary - June 25, 2014
3:27 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Cambodia Connections and Internationalizing Montana Youth

Last week, my family hosted a gathering at our home for friends both old and new.  I hadn’t seen our friend Joe in a while, and he asked how things were at the Mansfield Center.  Ironically, on that day, we were welcoming home two Missoula professionals returning from working with youth in Cambodia, and sending off 20 Montana high school students and two teachers for a program in Cambodia.  Things could not be better, on a day when we had such tangible expressions of our work to promote global understanding.

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Commentary - June 24th, 2014
3:22 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Lessons from Cambodia

I recently returned from a trip to Cambodia through an economic empowerment program hosted by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at The University of Montana.   Congress created this international exchange in 1961, the same year the Berlin Wall was built.  The Cold War was entering the deep freeze and the Vietnam conflict was ramping up.  Montana’s great statesman Mike Mansfield hoped that an economic and cultural exchange program would build bridges between the U.S. and Southeast Asia.

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Commentary - June 23rd, 2014
3:18 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Art Ortenberg

This past winter, Art Ortenberg passed away at the age of 87, some 7 years after his longtime partner, wife and friend Liz Claiborne passed.  Although they were very wealthy New Yorkers and could live anywhere in total seclusion, they chose a far more visible path-engaged and active in their communities.  They loved Montana and the folks that live, work and play here.

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