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Monday Poems
6:05 am
Mon April 21, 2014

"Parowan Canyon"

So Quietly the Earth, poems by David Lee

When granite and sandstone begin to blur
and flow, the eye rests on cool white aspen.
Strange, their seeming transparency.
How as in a sudden flash one remembers
a forgotten name, so the recollection.
Aspen.

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Front Row Center
8:18 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Trumpeter Chris Botti Leads Nine-Piece Ensemble in Great Falls, Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Trumpeter Chris Botti

4/20/14: This week on "Front Row Center:" John Floridis talks with Grammy award-winning trumpeter Chris Botti.  The Great Falls Symphony Association presents Chris Botti, backed by Botti's nine-piece jazz ensemble, on Friday, May 2nd, 2014, 7:30pm, at the Mansfield Theater in Great Falls.

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Commentary - April 16th, 2014
1:24 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Aging-in-Place Safely

Good evening.  I’m Susan Kohler, CEO of Missoula Aging Services, the Area Agency on Aging for Missoula and Ravalli counties.  Tonight I want to talk about Older Americans Month, which takes place during May, and this year’s theme “Safe Today, Healthy Tomorrow.” I will also talk about how this theme ties in with a recent keynote address about aging-in-place which I heard at the Montana Gerontology Society conference.

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Campaign Beat
10:20 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Sally, Chuck and Mike look at the candidates, and the ads, in Montana’s congressional races

Chuck Johnson, Sally Mauk, Mike Dennison
Credit Eliza Wiley

Candidates in Montana's high profile U.S. House and Senate races are gearing up their campaigns, as the primary is just six weeks away. Those who've raised the most money have new ads on TV, and messages they hope will resonate with voters.

In this edition of "Campaign Beat", our weekly political analysis program, News Director Sally Mauk talks with Lee newspapers' Capitol reporters Chuck Johnson and Mike Dennison, about who's leading the money race in the House and Senate campaigns - and who's got the TV ads generating the most buzz.

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Field Notes
8:00 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Horsetails

Common Horsetail (Equisetum arvense)
Credit MPF

4/20/14 & 4/21/14: This week on "Fieldnotes:" "Horsetails," written by Kim Todd, read by Caroline Kurtz.

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The Food Guys
8:00 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Eggplant, Baba ghanoush, and Moussaka

Heirloom varieties of eggplants
Credit Phoebe

4/20/14: This week on "The Food Guys:" Jon and Greg suggest simple recipes for baba ghanoush and moussaka, which are only two recipes among thousands that Syrians, Turks, Armenians and Indians possess for the mighty eggplant. 

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The Plant Detective
8:00 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Evening Primrose

4/19/14: This week on "The Plant Detective:"  There's an important acid in the seeds of evening primrose: gamma linolenic acid, or GLA, which is an essential fatty acid. From EFAs, our bodies manufacture chemicals responsible for many basic functions, and EFA deficiency may contribute to arthritic inflammation, menstrual problems, eczema, and more.

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Human Trafficking
3:26 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Modern day abolitionist gives hope to survivors of human trafficking

Founder of "Made by Survivors", Sarah Symons

27 million people around the world - in every country - are being held in modern slavery. Many are women and young children, living in despicable, inhumane conditions, and exploited sexually, physically and emotionally.
    This week, the Mansfield Center at the University of Montana has tried to shine a light on this slavery, with a conference titled "Fight for Hope and Freedom: Human Trafficking, Montana and the World."

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Columbia Falls Aluminum Plant
2:43 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

EPA finds groundwater and residential wells contaminated downstream of Columbia Falls Plant

The Columbia Falls Aluminum Plant is eligible for “Superfund” designation. The Environmental Protection Agency recently released a reassessment report looking at contamination on the site, and in nearby waterways. Site Assessment Manager Rob Parker called this a screening assessment. They did not look at all potential sources for contamination, but focused on the landfill, percolation ponds, and sludge pond.

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Memoir
6:00 am
Thu April 17, 2014

"Clark Rockefeller" Fools Seasoned Journalist

Blood Will Out: The True Story of Murder, a Mystery and a Masquerade, a memoir by Walt Kirn

Walter Kirn talks about and reads from his memoir Blood Will Out: The True Story of Murder, a Mystery and a Masquerade.

About the Book:

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