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Home Ground Radio
5:00 am
Mon September 15, 2014

The Montana Historical Society: Why History Matters

"When the Land Belonged to God," by Charlie Russell

In the midst of rapid change, history can seem so...out of date. But a visit with Jennifer Bottomly-O'Looney and Kirby Lambert at the Montana Historical Society shows why it matters.

(Broadcast: Home Ground Radio, 9/16/14)

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Front Row Center
5:00 am
Sun September 14, 2014

String Orchestra of the Rockies Cello-brates With Amit Peled

Michael Marsolek talks with Fern Glass Boyd, artistic director of the String Orchestra of the Rockies, about the concerts opening the S.O.R.'s 30th season. Sept. 21st and 22nd, the String Orchestra's performances in Missoula and Seeley Lake feature frequent guest soloist and collaborator, cellist Amit Peled. This concert marks Peled's fifth performance with the S.O.R.

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The Food Guys
5:00 am
Sun September 14, 2014

Honey Bee Colony Collapse Disorder

European honey bee (Apis mellifera) in flight, carrying pollen in its pollen basket. (GFDL 1.2)
Credit Muhammad Mahdi Karim

"The Food Guys" - Jon Jackson and Greg Patent - consider Colony Collapse Disorder, the recent large-scale disappearance of European honey bees, both wild and managed.

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The Plant Detective
5:00 am
Sat September 13, 2014

Goldenseal II

Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) grows in eastern North America, where it's now threatened in the wild. An alkaloid in goldenseal, berberine, shows powerful antimicrobial effects against a wide range of bacteria, yeasts, and parasites. Herbalists prescribed goldenseal to stimulate the immune system, fight infection, and treat diarrhea.

(Podcast: The Plant Detective, 9/13/14)

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Commentary - September 12th, 2014
3:55 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Women Are People

When I was in college I had the good fortune to land a work study job at the Women’s Resource Center on campus.  It was there that I got introduced to feminism.

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MTPR's News Director
3:40 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Bringing Montana Issues "Alive On The Radio"

Eric Whitney on the left chats with Ed O'Brien
Credit Cherie Newman

Before becoming  senior news analyst, Sally Mauk spent three decades as Montana Public Radio's news director.

Sally retired in late May, opening the door - and a lengthy search process - for a new leader who will guide the MTPR newsroom into the future.

And that person is Eric Whitney. Whitney comes to Montana from Colorado where he spent over 20 years working in various Public Radio positions. One of them was news director at the NPR affiliate in Colorado Springs.
Whitney's also an experienced and well-versed freelance journalist.

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Commentary - September 11th, 2014
10:35 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Energy Choice For Montanans

Renewable energy is helping Montana families and businesses take charge of their power supply like never before.  There are now more than 1,000 solar arrays, small scale wind turbines and micro-hydro generators producing clean energy in the state. The wholesale cost of solar panels has dropped by two-thirds since 2008. Production from on-site energy systems in Montana has nearly tripled in that time.

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Commentary - August 10th, 2014
10:26 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Capital Punishment And Our Character

About a week ago, Henry McCollum walked out of a prison where he had been on death row for 30 years. DNA evidence showed him to be innocent of the crime for which he had been convicted. Also recently, botched executions in Arizona, Ohio, and Oklahoma made headlines as prisoners experienced torturous deaths.

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Campaign Beat
8:00 am
Fri September 12, 2014

'Campaign Beat' Dissects The Ads And Examines The Issues

Chuck Johnson, Sally Mauk, and MIke Dennison
Credit Eliza Wiley

"Campaign Beat" returns to dissect the latest campaign ads and examine the issues in the U.S. House and Senate races.

Today Sally, Chuck and Mike discuss the competitiveness of the U.S. House and Senate races, the effectiveness of the latest TV ads from the Daines and Lewis campaigns, and whether voters mind the scarcity of debates in the top races. 

The "Timber" ad from the Daines campaign:

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Field Notes
5:00 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Mint Evolution

Wild mint and pollinator. (CC BY 2.0)
Credit Flickr user, Dendroica cerulea

"Mint Evolution," by David Kerber.

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