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Commentary - May 28th, 2014
10:57 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Shaping Global Opinions by Sharing Montana with the World

Prior to winning the Nobel Prize for Literature, John Steinbeck decided he was out of touch with America.  He took his French poodle Charley on a cross-country road trip, documenting his adventures in his book, Travels with Charley in Search of America. Steinbeck wrote rapturously of Montana, saying, “…I am in love with Montana. For other states I have admiration, respect, recognition, even some affection, but with Montana it is love….Montana has a spell on me. It is grandeur and warmth….Of all the states, it is my favorite, and my love….”

 

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Reflections West
6:00 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Brandon Reintjes & Tristan Tzara

Brandon Reintjes

5/27/14 & 5/28/14: This week on "Reflections West:" Brandon Reintjes, Curator of Art at the University of Montana's Montana Museum of Art & Culture, contemplates artistic innovation and "Montana modernism." Tristan Tzara, a founder of Dadaism, instructs "How To Make a Dadaist Poem."

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Bigfork Whitewater Festival
9:22 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Paddleboards, kayaks, and rafts, oh my

A kayaker paddles past the Big Rock on the Wild Mile of the Swan River.
Credit Mike Roessmann

Summer rushes in on the rising waters of the rivers around northwest Montana. Each year for 39 years in Bigfork it's also announced through the annual Whitewater Festival.

This years festival featured kayaks and rafts braving the Class IV rapids on the "Wild Mile" of the Swan River, as well as Stand Up Paddleboards.

The two-day event features beginner and expert slalom races judged by time and accuracy as paddlers maneuver down the river through specially market gates.

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Smurfit-Stone mill
3:22 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Waste discharge permit renewed for closed plant

Clark Fork Coalition Science Director, Dr. Chris Brick.
Credit Edward O'Brien

A year ago this month, the Environmental Protection Agency recommended a comprehensive Superfund cleanup for the 32-hundred acre industrial site that housed the former Smurfit-Stone pulp and paper mill.
        The former mill sits 11-miles northwest of Missoula and operated from 1957 to early 2010. Toxic by-products were created during the manufacturing process; some of which still contaminate the site which is now owned by M2Green.

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Musician's Spotlight
1:00 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Spencer Myer

Spencer Myer

2/18/14 and 5/27/14: This week on "Musician's Spotlight:"  Gold Medalist of the 2008 New Orleans International Piano Competition, Spencer Myer is garnering audience and critical acclaim from around the world. His stellar playing is rapidly establishing him as a leading concert pianist of his generation.

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MTPR Program Highlights
12:43 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

May 29 - June 4

Here are MTPR program highlights for May 29, 2014 – June 4, 2014

THURSDAY- May 29, 2014

9:05 a.m.   – Morning Classics - Saint-Saens: Piano Trio #1 in F major, Op. 18; Van Bree: Grand Quatuor #3 in D minor; Schumann: Piano Sonata #2 in G minor, Op. 22; Nielsen: The Mist is Rising – for lute and harp; Sibelius: Symphony #5 in Eb major, Op. 82

1:00 p.m   “What’s Your Story?” – Research confirms that our minds depend on story as the main roadmap for comprehending. The final program from the month-long series, “The Really Big Questions”

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Alternative Radio
2:00 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

Nomi Prins - The Wall Street White House Axis

Nomi Prins is a former investment banker turned journalist. She worked at Goldman Sachs and Bear Stearns. Her articles appear in major newspapers and magazines. She is the author of It Takes a Pillage and All the Presidents' Bankers.

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Home Ground Radio
12:00 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

Dr. Les Purce

Dr. Les Purce

5/27/14: This week on "Home Ground:" The family photos on the wall are an American account of slavery, Indians, westward migration, hard luck and hard work. The fascinating story of Les Purce's family.

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Monday Poems
10:21 am
Mon May 26, 2014

"Beside the Road While Our Nation Is at War"

Kim Stafford
Credit writer, western U.S., poet

In our son's young hand,
borrowed from the ground in California,
five acorns glisten and roll.
"Dad! These could be bullets!
Will you help me make a gun?"

His eyes look up into mine.

"Or Dad! They could be magic
seeds! Will you help me make
a bag with a hole—so
they drop along the path
and grow?" I take his hand in mine.

"Little friend, we must decide."

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Whitney Williams
10:01 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Congressman’s daughter follows her parents into a life of public service

Whitney Williams and her father, former Congressman Pat Williams
Credit Sally Mauk

        To say Whitney Williams grew up in a political family is a bit of an understatement. Her father Pat served 18 years as Montana's representative in the U.S. House. Her mother Carol was the first woman to serve as both the majority and minority leader in the state senate.
    Whitney worked on several political campaigns, served as the trip director for First Lady Hillary Clinton, and is the founder and CEO of the Seattle-based public policy and philanthropic firm known as williamsworks.

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