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The Plant Detective
6:00 am
Sat May 31, 2014

Ginger

5/31/14: This week on "The Plant Detective:" The rhizome of Zingiber officinale is eaten as a spice, a medicine, and a delicacy. It's an old remedy for nausea, motion sickness, morning sickness, and the common cold. It's also used to help digestion. And although further research is needed, a 2011 review of scientific literature found that ginger appears to be promising for cancer prevention.

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Campaign Beat
3:05 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Attack ads - and why you should vote

Chuck Johnson, Sally Mauk, Mike Dennison
Credit Eliza Wiley

Last minute attacks ads - and the importance of the primary races - dominate the discussion on this last spring election season installment of "Campaign Beat", our weekly political analysis program featuring Lee newspaper reporters Chuck Johnson and Mike Dennison, and News Director Sally Mauk...

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Flathead Reservation Water Rights
10:50 am
Fri May 30, 2014

The last water rights settlement on tribal land in Montana, still unsettled

View of the Mission Mountains on the Flathead Reservation.
Credit Katrin Frye

While water rights lawsuits bop around state and federal courthouses there is technically no legal method of drilling a well on the Flathead Reservation, and hasn’t been since 1996. However, new wells and water uses have been allowed on the reservation of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes since. Tribal Spokesman Robert McDonald said they didn’t want to halt progress or development, however, he says there isn’t a legally valid way to dig a new well. There’s no governing structure in place so no change of use permits or new well permits.

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Sally's last day
10:24 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Last Day

Sally Mauk
Credit Josh Burnham

Fantastic memories. To all my wonderful colleagues - past and present - and devoted, thoughtful listeners - thank you, thank you, thank you.

Field Notes
6:00 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Bushy-tailed Woodrats, a.k.a. Packrats

Bushy-tailed woodrats (Neotoma cinerea). The darker coat on the left is typical of cooler climates) than the lighter coat on the right.
Credit Ron Klinger from Kays and Wilson's Mammals of North America

6/1/14 & 6/2/14: This week on "Fieldnotes:" "Packrats," written by Sandra Murphy, read by Caroline Kurtz.

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Sally Leaving
3:39 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Sally Mauk sits down on the OTHER side of the microphone

Sally Mauk and William Marcus
Credit Josh Burnham

Friday, May 3oth, is a red-letter day for Montana Public Radio News. After more than three decades as our News Director, Sally Mauk is retiring. She's logged hundreds of hours of interviews, on-the-scene fire coverage, long, frantic election nights and news-poor holidays.

She sat down with MTPR General Manager William Marcus today to reflect on her career. And even though the tables were turned, she still asked the first question.

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Mountain West Voices
2:54 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

My Funny Valentine: An Ex-Navy SEAL Bonds With Injured Eagles in Montana

Scott Hannon
Credit Clay Scott

5/28/14: This week on "Mountain West Voices:" When Scott Hannon retired after 23 years as Navy SEAL and made his way to Montana, he wanted to hunt, fish, and live a quiet life. Then he discovered the therapeutic value of working with injured wildlife - especially eagles.

Montana WILD Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

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Abortion Providers
2:15 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Montana no longer an "oasis in the abortion desert"

The All Families Healthcare office was broken into in early March and vandalized to an extent that made it unable to reopen. This has been the only medical office in the Flathead Valley to offer abortion services.

The break-in prompted the Montana Human Rights Network and NARAL/ProChoice-Montana to raise funds to help Physicians Assistant Susan Cahill who runs the office, cover the costs of the damage.

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-Elections 2014
10:33 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Republican U.S. House candidates say they're the Conservative alternatives

Corey Stapleton

Five Republican candidates are vying to be Montana's next representative in the U.S. House.  
   That crowded field of congressional hopefuls in this year's primary includes state Senator Matt Rosendale of Glendive, former state Senator Corey Stapleton of Billings, state Senator Elsie Arntzen of Billings, Drew Turiano of Helena and former state Senator Ryan Zinke of Whitefish.

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Commentary - May 29th, 2014
9:33 am
Thu May 29, 2014

A Path Forward for Energy Production

I’m Shelby DeMars with Count on Coal Montana, a coalition advocating for increasing Montana’s coal production to provide new jobs and opportunity for our state, and to supply the world with affordable energy.

I’d like to talk about two of the most serious problems facing us today: climate change and energy poverty.   Both are big, difficult challenges, and they’re so inextricably intertwined that we can’t discuss one without the other.

First, what are the facts?

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