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The Plant Detective
5:00 am
Sat June 7, 2014

Gotu Kola

6/7/14: This week on "The Plant Detective:" For thousands of years, people in India, China, and Indonesia have used gotu kola to heal wounds, improve mental clarity, and treat skin conditions such as leprosy and psoriasis. Today, in the U.S. and Europe, gotu kola in ointment helps heal minor wounds and taken in other forms, it treats varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency. The Chinese use it to reduce stress.

Don't confuse gotu kola with cola or cola nut. They're completely different plants.

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Missoula Symphony Orchestra
8:56 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Remembering Joseph Henry

Credit Missoula Symphony Orchestra

The former director of the Missoula Symphony Orchestra is being remembered as a man who not only brought significant change to the organization, but did so in a gentle and thoughtful way.
       Joseph Henry died last Sunday at the age of 84.

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Field Notes
6:00 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Flower Crab Spiders

Flower crab spider (Misumena vatia), camouflaged white on a rose petal.
Credit Dhatier

6/8/14 & 6/9/14: This week on "Fieldnotes:" "Flower Crab Spiders," by Sara Mintz.

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Mountain Goat Study
3:13 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Learning more about Glacier Park's iconic goats

Observing mountain goats at the Hidden Lake Overlook near Logan Pass.
Credit National Park Service

Visitors to Glacier Park’s Logan Pass have likely seen and perhaps been followed by the Parks iconic mountain goats. This summer you might notice something a little different, goats with radio collars. Natural Resources Program Manager Mark Biel with the Park says researchers are looking to find out where the goats go in the fall and winter, if the goats that hang at Logan Pass are the same few goats, or several different herds, and who’s driving the human-goat interactions.

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Commentary - June 5th, 2014
2:19 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Fixing the Student Loan Mess

I do not accept, carte blanche, the reigning conservative belief that higher taxes directly shrink the economy and reduce economic growth.  However, that macro-economic premise drives decisions in Congress that have made it virtually impossible to approach our economic challenges in a balanced manner.  As a result, the only balancing that has been occurring is the balancing of our economic solutions on the backs of middle and lower income families.  Meanwhile, money is allowed and even encouraged to continue to “trickle-up” to the wealthy, increasing income and wealth disparity --

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Commentary - June 3rd, 2014
9:59 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Court Secrecy Kills, Again

Al Smith, Montana Trial Lawyers Association.

In April I spoke about GM, its problem ignition switches and the lax federal regulatory system. GM hid dangerous defects from the public and federal regulators, and as a result Americans have needlessly died. Last month, federal regulators fined GM and further investigations are underway.

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Mountain West Voices
6:00 am
Thu June 5, 2014

The Biggest Win: An Iraq Vet's Extraordinary Story

George Nickel, Boise, Idaho
Credit Clay Scott

6/4/14: This week on "Mountain West Voices:" George Nickel survived the roadside bomb that killed his comrades in Iraq. Back home in Boise, Idaho, his readjustment to civilian life was a disaster. An armed standoff with Boise police led to jail, and almost a year of solitary confinement. Now George's life is dedicated to helping other combat veterans make the difficult transition to non-military life.

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1964 Flood
2:57 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Remembering the flood, 50 years later

Credit Flathead Conservation District

On June 7th, 1964 a warm weather system swept into Montana, dropping 10-to-12-inches of rain over the course of two days. The rapid snowmelt combined with the heavy downpour led the rivers to quickly overflow. Long-time Columbia Falls resident Ron Buentemeier says there had been high water years and flooding in the past, but in 1964 the water came up much faster than anticipated.

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Commentary - June 4th, 2014
11:09 am
Wed June 4, 2014

A Call to Action

In Fire and Brimstone: The North Butte Mining Disaster of 1917, author Michael Punke describes a time in Montana when the “Copper Kings,” William Clark and Marcus Daly, reigned supreme through graft, corruption, bribery, and greed.  Even Mark Twain who knew William Clark personally commented about Clark, “by his example he has so excused and so sweetened corruption that in Montana it no longer has an offensive smell.”  As the sordid story of Clark’s purchase of a Senate seat unfolded, however, a group of people did find the smell of his dealings offensive, and they set out to make

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Alternative Radio
9:48 am
Wed June 4, 2014

David Cay Johnston

David Cay Johnston, a former reporter for The New York Times won the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of tax policy. He is the author of many books including Perfectly Legal, The Fine Print, Free Lunch and Divided: The Perils of our Growing Inequality

06/09/2014 - The Societal Impacts of Inequality - The U.S. has the dubious distinction of being the most unequal of all developed countries. The gaps between rich and poor have not been seen since the Gilded Age over a century ago. The one-tenth of one percent is loaded with stocks, bonds, hedge funds, cash and property. The respected business journalist Martin Wolf writes, "An out-of-control financial sector is eating out the modern market economy from inside, just as the larva of the spider wasp eats out the host in which it has been laid." Inequality is corroding democracy.

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