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A semi tractor trailer rolled over near mile-marker 3, near Marco Flats on Highway 200 east of Bonner this morning, spilling an undetermined amount of chemicals into the Blackfoot River. 

Missoula County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman, Paige Pavalone, says officials don't yet know much about the specific chemicals, only that, "if mixed with water, there can be unknown risks."

A hazardous materials team is on scene and a boom is in the water to contain the spill.

July 24 - July 30

Jul 22, 2014

Here are MTPR program highlights for July 24 – July 30, 2014

THURSDAY- July 24, 2014

9:05 a.m.   – Morning Classics - Bach: Sinfonia #2 in C minor, BWV 788 and Sinfonia #9 in F minor, BWV 795 for piano; Mozart: Divertimento in Eb major, K. 563; Heinichen: Two Concerti Grossi: in F major and G major; Reinecke: Cello Concerto in D minor, Op. 82

For the past decade, the Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops have been highlighting the African-American place in American stringband music. Singer Rhiannon Giddens and multi-instrumentalist Hubby Jenkins reflect on the band’s ascending career and how it fits into the history of the genre.

(Broadcast: Musicians' Spotlight, 7/22/14)

Patrick Nouhailler

The natural world ignores many of the artificial barriers that humans designate, including the political one created by the U.S.'s embargo of Cuba. Daniel Whittle, of the Environmental Defense Fund, knows well that birds, fish and even oil spills connect the two countries. Whittle directs the EDF's marine and coastal conservation projects in Cuba, working on fisheries, coral reef conservation, and sustainable coastal development in Cuba and the region.

Missoula's housing market is warming up just a bit.

In the words of Missoula Organization of Realtors President, Brint Wahlberg, it's slowly but steadily improving.

The number of homes sold the first six months of this year stands at 454, compared to 557 during the first half of last year. The median "sold price" rose to $220,500 from $214,000 during the same period in 2013.

Wahlberg explains to Edward O'Brien the three main factors behind the lagging sales. The first one is interest rates :

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July rain showers are rare, but welcome events in western Montana.

Many early-risers in our listening area awoke to just that this morning and weather forecasters say more of the same is coming.

National Weather Service meteorologist, Genki Kino, says this morning's rain was the first measurable precipitation in Missoula for this month. Nearly two-tenths of an inch of rain fell between 4:30 and 6-a.m.

07/28/2014 - When it comes to climate change the operative word is “hot” with “record” and "unprecedented" closely following. UN conferences on climate do little beyond the powerful issuing grandiose proclamations about how green they are and then it’s back to their destructive policies. The Guardian, captures the hypocrisy,  “governments turned their backs on the living planet, demonstrating that no chronic problem, however grave, will take priority.” Rome is burning.

07/21/2014 - Imagine a gigantic vacuum cleaner scooping up all electronic communications. That’s what the National Security Agency does. Think you are safe from NSA snooping? That you can hide behind clever passwords? Think again. The Agency has the capability to generate one billion password guesses per second. On top of that it can remotely activate your cell phone and computer and use them as eavesdropping and tracking devices. The NSA is at the center of a system of monitoring and control beyond the wildest dreams of the greatest tyrants in history.

Who Am I?

Jul 21, 2014

07/26/2014 -The "mind" and "self" were formerly the domain of philosophers and priests. But in this hour of Radiolab, neurologists lead the charge on profound questions like "How does the brain make me?"

We stare into the mirror with Dr. Julian Keenan, reflect on the illusion of selfhood with British neurologist Paul Broks, and contemplate the evolution of consciousness with Dr. V. S. Ramachandran. Also: the story of woman who one day woke up as a completely different person.

Words

Jul 21, 2014

07/19/2014 - It's almost impossible to imagine a world without words.  But this hour, we try to do just that.  We meet a woman who taught a 27-year-old man the first words of his life, hear a firsthand account of what it feels like to have the language center of your brain wiped out by a stroke, and retrace the birth of a brand new language 30 years ago.

http://www.radiolab.org/story/91725-words/

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