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10:33 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Republican U.S. House candidates say they're the Conservative alternatives

Corey Stapleton

Five Republican candidates are vying to be Montana's next representative in the U.S. House.  

That crowded field of congressional hopefuls in this year's primary includes state Senator Matt Rosendale of Glendive, former state Senator Corey Stapleton of Billings, state Senator Elsie Arntzen of Billings, Drew Turiano of Helena and former state Senator Ryan Zinke of Whitefish.

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Commentary - May 29th, 2014
9:33 am
Thu May 29, 2014

A Path Forward for Energy Production

I’m Shelby DeMars with Count on Coal Montana, a coalition advocating for increasing Montana’s coal production to provide new jobs and opportunity for our state, and to supply the world with affordable energy.

I’d like to talk about two of the most serious problems facing us today: climate change and energy poverty.   Both are big, difficult challenges, and they’re so inextricably intertwined that we can’t discuss one without the other.

First, what are the facts?

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Fiction
6:06 am
Thu May 29, 2014

James Lee Burke Talks About 'Light of the World'

Light of the World, a Dave Robicheaux novel by James Lee Burke

James Lee Burke talks about his latest Dave Robicheaux crime novel, Light of the World. He also reads a passage from the book and drops a few hints about his next novel.

The music in this program was written and performed by John Floridis.

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Inside MTPR
3:54 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Far-flung congratulations for Sally Mauk

Retiring MTPR News Director, Sally Mauk

On Friday, Sally Mauk retires after 34 years with Montana Public Radio, 31 of them as News Director. We gathered some well-wishes from colleagues, friends, and community leaders.

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Duets
12:48 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Monday Music Special, June 2nd: "You Must Remember This"

6/2/14: This month on "You Must Remember This," 7:30-8:30pm:  host Allen Secher re-visits favorite standards, and favorite vocal pairings. A few of the artists: Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole;  Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong; Eydie Gormé and Steve Lawrence; Keely Smith and Louis Prima; Cleo Laine and Mel Tormé; Tony Bennett and k.d. lang; Tony and Celine Dion;  Tony and Bono...

"You Must Remember This" airs the first Monday of each month as a Monday Music Special.

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Commentary - May 27th, 2014
11:07 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Five-Minute Commencement Speech

 

 

This is the time of year for commencement speeches.  You know, that onerous tradition of making graduates suffer through a speech before handing them their diplomas. 

Few commencement speeches are memorable – my high-school one was, because the speaker was the actress Margaret Hamilton, the Wicked Witch in “The Wizard of Oz.”  Nobody really listened to the speech; we were all just waiting for her to say, “I’ll get you, my pretty” – which, of course, she did. 

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Commentary - May 28th, 2014
10:57 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Shaping Global Opinions by Sharing Montana with the World

Prior to winning the Nobel Prize for Literature, John Steinbeck decided he was out of touch with America.  He took his French poodle Charley on a cross-country road trip, documenting his adventures in his book, Travels with Charley in Search of America. Steinbeck wrote rapturously of Montana, saying, “…I am in love with Montana. For other states I have admiration, respect, recognition, even some affection, but with Montana it is love….Montana has a spell on me. It is grandeur and warmth….Of all the states, it is my favorite, and my love….”

 

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Reflections West
6:00 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Brandon Reintjes & Tristan Tzara

Brandon Reintjes

5/27/14 & 5/28/14: This week on "Reflections West:" Brandon Reintjes, Curator of Art at the University of Montana's Montana Museum of Art & Culture, contemplates artistic innovation and "Montana modernism." Tristan Tzara, a founder of Dadaism, instructs "How To Make a Dadaist Poem."

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Bigfork Whitewater Festival
9:22 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Paddleboards, kayaks, and rafts, oh my

A kayaker paddles past the Big Rock on the Wild Mile of the Swan River.
Credit Mike Roessmann

Summer rushes in on the rising waters of the rivers around northwest Montana. Each year for 39 years in Bigfork it's also announced through the annual Whitewater Festival.

This years festival featured kayaks and rafts braving the Class IV rapids on the "Wild Mile" of the Swan River, as well as Stand Up Paddleboards.

The two-day event features beginner and expert slalom races judged by time and accuracy as paddlers maneuver down the river through specially market gates.

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Smurfit-Stone mill
3:22 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Waste discharge permit renewed for closed plant

Clark Fork Coalition Science Director, Dr. Chris Brick.
Credit Edward O'Brien

A year ago this month, the Environmental Protection Agency recommended a comprehensive Superfund cleanup for the 32-hundred acre industrial site that housed the former Smurfit-Stone pulp and paper mill.
        The former mill sits 11-miles northwest of Missoula and operated from 1957 to early 2010. Toxic by-products were created during the manufacturing process; some of which still contaminate the site which is now owned by M2Green.

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