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Deep Brain Stimulation
2:18 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Musician regains his gift through brain surgery

Reid Merley and Sherry Parmater.
Credit Katrin Frye

Reid Merley has been playing the oboe since he was 11 years old.

“Except for two years when I didn’t play, I’ve been playing for 46 years,” Merley said.

To save you the math, that makes him 57 years old. The two years he didn’t really play was 2007 through 2009.

Merley first noticed a tremor in 2005. His arms would just shake, but only when he picked up his instrument to play.

He was able to hide it for a while.

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Documentary Special
2:11 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Spy On Me, I'd Rather Be Safe

1/9/2014 - An 

- The NSA collects data on billions of phone calls and internet communications per day.  Are these surveillance programs legal?  Do they keep us safe?  What tradeoffs are we willing to make between security and privacy? As Benjamin Franklin might have asked, "Are we giving up essential liberty to purchase temporary safety, and thus deserving of neither?"  The debaters are Stewart Baker, David Cole, Richard Falkenrath, and Michael German.

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Documentary Special
2:02 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Has The Constitutional Right to Bear Arms OUtlived its Usefulness?

1/2/2014 - An Intelligence Squared Debate - Recent mass shooting tragedies have renewed the national debate over the 2nd Amendment.  Gun ownership and homicide rates are higher in the U.S.

Fiction
11:11 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Jamie Ford Blends Chinese American History and Fiction

Songs of Willow Frost, a novel by Jamie Ford

Jamie Ford (Great Falls, Montana) talks about and reads from his second novel, Songs of Willow Frost. He also talks about west coast Chinese culture in the early 20th century.

About the book:

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Firefighting Changes
10:24 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Retired smokejumper says firefighting training needs to change in wake of Yarnell Hill tragedy

Retired Missoula smokejumper Wayne Williams
Credit Sally Mauk

Wayne Williams started fighting wildfires in 1974, and became a smokejumper in 1977.

Over his 40 year career, the now-retired Missoula smokejumper was mentored by - and himself mentored - many other wildland firefighters.
    Williams was part of the team that recovered the bodies of 14 firefighters who died fighting the South Canyon fire on Storm King mountain in Colorado in 1994. That incident prompted several changes in firefighting safety protocols and strategy.

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Commentary - January 1st, 2014
10:09 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Humility: The Forgotten Virtue

On New Year’s Day, many of us make resolutions to do certain things for self-improvement.  The ancient Greeks thought that becoming a better person was the product of taking on certain traits of excellence, called virtues, traits like courage and justice.  One learns virtues by imitation:  imitate a good person, and you will become a good person.

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Clark Fork cleanup
2:03 pm
Wed January 1, 2014

First phase of Clark Fork River cleanup dubbed a success

Tracy Stone-Manning
Credit mt.gov

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality announced this week the first phase of the Clark Fork River cleanup near Warm Springs is mostly complete.

In this feature interview with Edward O'Brien, D-E-Q Director Tracy Stone-Manning, says this first of the 15-year project was a tremendous success.

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Highway Deaths
3:07 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

On 2013 Highways: alcohol-related deaths down, pedestrian deaths way up

Credit Dave Conner/flickr

The Montana Highway Patrol says highway deaths in 2013 increased by 10 percent over 2012 totals, but it’s the statistics within that higher figure which are puzzling troopers.

Vehicle-related deaths on Montana’s roadways, both urban and rural, totaled 224 in 2013—compared with 204 in 2012. Regional Commander for the eastern part of the state, James Moody, said Montana typically has somewhere around 200 highway deaths a year.

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Year in Review
11:22 am
Tue December 31, 2013

News staff looks back on a busy year

Sen. Mike Phillips (D-Bozeman) quoting from the Montana Constitution in opposition to Republicans taking votes before recognizing a “call of the Senate” during the 2013 legislature
Dan Boyce

2013 began with a new governor and a new legislature - and wound down with a government shutdown. In-between there were headline-grabbing trials and home-destroying fires.

The MTPR news staff - Sally Mauk, Edward O'Brien, Dan Boyce and Katrin Frye - covered the issues and breaking news. In this feature, they take a look back at a year of drama and heartache, and political surprises.

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Commentary
8:58 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Creating and Destroying “Good Jobs”

Creating and Destroying “Good Jobs”

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