MTPR Program Highlights
10:55 am
Tue August 26, 2014

August 28 - September 3

Here are MTPR program highlights for August 28 – September 3

THURSDAY- August 28, 2014

9:05 a.m.    Morning Classics - Smetana: Characteristic Pieces, Op. 3, also Sketches, Op. 5; Zemlinsky: Zwei Satze (1927) for string quartet; Selections by Anerio and Pacelli, performed by The Sixteen; Tchaikovsky: Symphony “Pathetique” # 6 in B minor, Op.74

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Musician's Spotlight
5:00 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Sean Watkins

Nickel Creek singer and guitarist Sean Watkins stopped by the MTPR studios during the group's 2014 Montana tour to play some tunes live and talk shop with host John Floridis. Sean describes both the new Nickel Creek album and his own new solo release.

(Broadcast: Musicians' Spotlight, 8/26/14)

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MTPR Hires News Director
2:19 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Montana Public Radio Hires Health Reporter As News Director

MTPR News Director Eric Whitney.

Eric Whitney, a radio reporter covering health issues for NPR and Kaiser Health News, will join Montana Public Radio as News Director on September 1st. Whitney replaces Sally Mauk who retired in May.

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Missing person
11:08 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Incoming UM Student Never Arrived. Parents/Friends Frantic

Tanya Chapple

Lucius Robbi has been missing since Wednesday 8/20/14.  He planned to travel from Banks, ID to Missoula to start school at the University of Montana.

Law enforcement, family and friends are looking for him. 

Robbi's blue green Subaru station wagon with two orange kayaks on top was spotted on route 75 on Tuesday. Family members say he most likely headed north on route 93 and may have taken a dirt road detour to Panther Creek. His license plate is CA 6CC P540.

Robbi was supposed to arrive in Missoula this past Wednesday, but did not arrive as planned.

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Home Ground Radio
5:00 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Dan Wenk, Superintendent Of Yellowstone National Park

Dan Wenk, Superintendent of Yellowstone National Park
Credit National Park Service

Dan Wenk, Superintendent of Yellowstone National Park, walks in the footsteps of 142 years of leadership in the world's oldest national park. His decisions affect not only the park, but its neighboring landowners and businesses. "You don't answer the questions in national parks by building facilities. Oftentimes, it's (best) to leave the area alone. Try to give people a great, broad experience of what's in a national park, but don't commercialize that experience."

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The Food Guys
5:00 am
Sun August 24, 2014

Melons: How To Choose A Ripe One

Düsseldorf Gourmet Festival 2013. (Public Domain)
Credit Kürschner

Greg and Jon toot the horn of the cooling, flavorful muskmelon. Greg reminds us to avoid buying whole chilled cantaloupes and honeydews, since aroma is key to picking a ripe one. For a watermelon, Jon points out, you can determine ripeness the old-fashioned way: thump it.  "I remember thinking as a child that in heaven, we could eat all the watermelons we'd want, and they'd all be perfect."

(Broadcast: The Food Guys, 8/24/14)

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4:00 pm
Sat August 23, 2014


08/30/2014 - Our lives are filled with loops that hurt us, heal us, make us laugh, and  sometimes leave us wanting more.  This hour, Radiolab investigates the strange things that emerge when something happens, then happens again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and...well, again.

The Plant Detective
5:00 am
Sat August 23, 2014

Tea Tree

Indigenous Australians use the twigs and leaves of the melaleuca (tea tree) medicinally, and science has confirmed the tree's antimicrobial, antifungal, and antiviral properties.  Tea tree oil is used topically to treat a range of skin infections, cuts, burns, insect bites and stings. A 2012 review by the National Institutes of Health found that "a 5% tea tree oil gel appears to be as effective as 5% benzoyl peroxide" for treating mild to moderate acne.

(Podcast: The Plant Detective, 8/23/14)

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Missoula College Groundbreaking
5:22 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Montana Dignitaries Break Ground On Missoula College Site

Montana dignitaries gathered just offshore of the Clark Fork River to officially break ground on construction of the Missoula College’s new site on Friday, August 22, 2014.
Credit Christopher Allen

On a blustery, rainy afternoon, several Montana dignitaries gathered just offshore of the Clark Fork River today to officially break ground on construction of the Missoula College’s new site.

Officials expect construction of the $32 million project to last about two years, after nearly eight years of planning and some controversy. College officials considered several other sites, including the 90-year-old university golf course, before funding complications and public protest forced them to look elsewhere.

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Politics Week In Review
5:03 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

This Week In Montana Politics

U.S. Senate Race

Saturday, Montana Democrats nominated Amanda Curtis to replace John Walsh in the U.S. Senate race.

Following the nomination, the question on many people's minds was 'who is Amanda Curtis?' Curtis, a 34 year-old Math teacher and one-term state representative from Butte, was not widely known before winning the Senate nomination.

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