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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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Resort Tax
5:57 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Wolf Creek looking to implement resort tax

Wolf Creek-area resident Pat Hunter is leading efforts to implement a 3 percent resort tax in the community.
Dan Boyce

Some residents in the town of Wolf Creek are looking to change their tiny hamlet north of Helena into a resort. Or, at least, they are hoping to set up a resort tax.

Wolf Creek area resident Pat Hunter said the community needs extra money to clean up groundwater.

“The people in Wolf Creek would not be asking for a resort tax if they weren’t faced with the burden of putting in a sewer system that, quite frankly, they can’t afford,” Hunter said.

Hunter predicts the three percent resort tax would earn the community about $30 thousand dollars a year.

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As Cool as I Am
11:31 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Montana author’s coming-of-age novel turned into film

New film "As Cool As I Am" based on the Pete Fromm novel of the same name

A film based on Missoula author Pete Fromm's  novel "As Cool As I am" debuted recently in Missoula. It's a coming-of-age tale about a teenage girl, played by up-and-coming Irish actress Sarah Bolger. The star of the hit TV series "Homeland", Claire Danes, plays the girl's mother.

In this feature interview, Fromm talks with News Director Sally Mauk about the novel - and the film of the same title. Fromm says the novel grew out of a short story he wrote called "The Gravy on the Cake".

 

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DEQ Closure
3:27 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

DEQ closes own building for lead contamination

The Department of Environmental Quality building at 1100 North Last Chance Gulch will be closed for an indeterminate amount of time after an examination found lead contamination.
Credit Dan Boyce

Nearly 100 Montana Department of Environmental Quality workers were sent home on paid leave Monday after inspections found elevated levels of lead in one of the department’s own buildings.

“The irony is not lost on us,” said DEQ Director Tracy Stone-Manning said regarding contaminants in Helena’s old armory at the north end of Last Chance Gulch, where DEQ now houses its division responsible for environmental cleanup.

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75th Anniversary of War of the Worlds
2:46 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

MTPR's Live Re-Creation of War of the Worlds

(from left) Ray Fanning, John Twiggs, Saxon Holbrook, Pattie Corrigan Ekness, Gus Chambers and Michael Marsolek

Original version repeats Thursday, Oct 31st at 1:00pm --- Montana version repeats Tuesday, Nov 5 at 1:00pm

Space ships crashing to earth—an alien invasion—a battle for the planet. On October 30th, 1938, the Orson Welles and the Mercury Theatre on the Air’s War of the Worlds broadcast caused panic, frightened some listeners, and entertained others, around the country. 

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Missoula's 2013 International Choral Festival
1:49 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Not Your Mother's Choral Music

E Stuudio Girls’ Choir from Estonia performed in the 2013 Missoula International Choral Festival

Far removed from common notions about choral music are the choirs that participated in Missoula’s 2013 International Choral Festival. They came from Australia, Germany, South Korea, Finland, Canada, Lawrence, Kansas, China, Switzerland, New Jersey, Poland, Taiwan, California, Estonia, and Costa Rica to sing in packed auditoriums and in city parks for four days in July.

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MTPR Program Highlights
12:18 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

October 31-November 9, 2013

Here are MTPR program highlights for October 31-November 9, 2013.

THURSDAY- October 31, 2013

9:05 a.m.   Morning Classics – Carl Tausig: The Ghost Ship, Op. 16 for piano; Robert Schumann:  Ghost Variations for piano; Beethoven: Piano trio in D major, Op. 70 #1 – “Ghost”; Dvorak: The Noon Witch, Op. 108; Tartini: Violin Sonata in G minor – “The Devil’s Trill”; Sarasate: Faust Fantasy; Mussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain

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Nature as teacher
11:23 am
Mon October 28, 2013

What we can learn from the adaptable octopus

Marine ecologist Rafe Sagarin

The octopus is a very adaptable creature. It can shrink itself to fit into a discarded beer bottle for temporary shelter; can change color, and squirt a cloud of ink to camouflage its escape from danger.

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Monday Poems
6:00 am
Mon October 28, 2013

"River"

What Lasts, poems by Jennifer Greene

Do not murder the man whose
grandfather stole land from
your grandfather. Do not make
your grandchildren, who will
love you no matter what, decide
whether or not to tell the truth or
live like hollow stems.

Don't let rage become a flash
flood, or a lightning bolt that
strikes you again and again.

Would you save every tissue you
blew snot into? No, we cannot
save everything.

Maybe we can't save anything
or anybody except ourselves.

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