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Commentary - April 23rd, 2014
11:05 am
Fri April 25, 2014

American Oligarchy

When asked to name one idea that would change the world, venture capitalist Tom Perkins responded that wealthy Americans who pay more taxes should get more votes.  Pay a million dollars in taxes, get a million votes.  His audience laughed.  But Tom Perkins, a very wealthy man, wasn’t joking.  The sad fact is that, in a certain respect, his wish has already come true.

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Climate Change
10:17 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Montanans rally for climate solutions

The poster for Saturdays event features the work of one of the artist who will be presenting, Diane Burko.

Major environmental legislation like the Clean Air and Endangered Species Act followed the first earth day celebration in April of 1970. Whitefish resident Steve Thompson is hoping the growth of local efforts across the country will again have a similar effect, this time in relation to climate change.

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The Food Guys
8:00 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Coke Blinks

Credit Honest Logos Graphic Design

4/27/14: This week on "The Food Guys:" Greg and Jon re-cap a New York Times article by Mark Bittman, titled: "Coke Blinks"

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Field Notes
8:00 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Watermelon Snow

Snow algae (Chlamydomonas nivalis) on Gunsight Mountain, Glacier National Park.
Credit Saintgrizzly

4/27/14 & 4/28/14: This week on "Fieldnotes:"Watermelon Snow," by Boo Curry.

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The Plant Detective
8:00 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Dong Quai

4/26/14: This week on "The Plant Detective:" Dong Quai, or Chinese angelica, is sometimes called the "female ginseng" for its role as a balancer of the female reproductive system. It's used for menstrual cramps, abnormal periods, and symptoms of PMS and menopause. Dong Quai is not recommended if you're pregnant or breast-feeding or if you're taking blood-thinning medicine, and it can make your skin light-sensitive.

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Leon Panetta
4:39 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Former CIA Director warns government paralysis threatens national security

Former CIA Director Leon Panetta on stage of Dennison Theater in Missoula
Credit Sally Mauk

In sometimes salty language, the former head of the CIA, Leon Panetta, covered everything from torture to budget deficits in a wide-ranging talk Thursday at the University of Montana. Besides heading the CIA, Panetta also served as Secretary of Defense, and as chief of staff to President Bill Clinton.     

Panetta spoke to a riveted audience at the annual Jones/Tamm law school lecture. He was questioned for about 40 minutes by his friend and famous trial attorney Robert Bennett about domestic and foreign policy.

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Spring doggie blitz
3:03 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Scoop it up and leash that pup!

Engen and Alta Jonessian talking policy. Sophia Cowmey's in the blue.
Edward O'Brien

A second grade exercise in persuasive letter writing led to an official reminder from Missoula authorities today: leash your dogs and - oh yeah - don't forget to pick up their poop, too.

Edward O'Brien has more:

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Radiolab
10:23 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Race

04/19/2014 - When the human genome was first fully mapped in 2000, Bill Clinton, Craig Venter, and Francis Collins took the stage and pronounced that "The concept of race has no genetic or scientific base." Great words spoken with great intentions. But what do they really mean, and where do they leave us? Our genes are nearly all the same, but that hasn't made race meaningless, or wiped out our evolving conversation about it.  This hour of Radiolab a look at race.

Alternative Radio
10:14 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Dollarocracy

John Nichols

04/28/2014 - Dollarocracy: a system of government where private wealth determines political outcomes. Sound at all familiar? The corruption bred by boatloads of cash contaminates and pollutes our entire political process. So-called reforms won’t cure the ailment. Radical surgery is required. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. understood this well when he counseled, “Timid supplications for justice will not solve the problem. We’ve got to massively confront the power structure.” Washington is Lobbystan. The thousands of influence peddlars pretty much get what they want for their paymasters.

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Alternative Radio
10:09 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Sandra Steingraber - Contamination Without Consent

04/21/2014 - When faced with injustice what options are open to people? Turn away and ignore it or confront it? The destruction of the environment is an injustice. We are turning parts of the Earth into a toxic waste dump. What comforts are we willing to give up to protect Mother Nature? Will we make real sacrifices or simply kick the ball down the road and be content with placebos like shopping differently? The planet is facing a medical emergency. In response, activists are sitting in, chaining themselves to fences and blocking roads.

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