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Musician's Spotlight
8:00 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Chris Botti

4/15/14: This week on "Musician's Spotlight:" Grammy award-winning trumpeter Chris Botti tells John Floridis about the intensity of his jazz training, and how it led to his collaborations with a diverse roster of musicians, including Paul Simon, Andrea Bocelli, Sting, Steven Tyler, Gladys Night and Yo-Yo Ma.

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Pet Wars 2014
5:32 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

Pet Wars Final Tally --midnight -- Dogs 1745; Cats 1480

Jack the dog and Rhythm the cat
Jennifer Cripe

PET WARS 2014 was a valiant battle but the dogs came out on top. Thank you to everyone who pledged in honor of their beloved pets.

If you missed the drive it's not too late to support MTPR. You can still make a pledge here.

See our event page on Facebook for details and fun photos. You can also follow us on Twitter; we're @mtpublicradio. Look for hashtags #petwars, #teamdog, #teamcat, and #mtprpledge.

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Agriculture
1:00 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

Local food movement provides opportunity for young farmers

24-year-old Allie Ritz is working this summer as an intern with Glory Farm, a small community-supported agriculture project north of Helena.
Credit Dan Boyce

Montana is steeped in agriculture—it’s prominent in the state’s history; it’s still our number one industry.

It’s a changing world for farmers, though, and young people looking to get into the field are facing very different challenges.

But, the modern age is also bringing unique agricultural opportunity.

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Montana FWP
12:54 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

Hunters refute FWP mountain lion study

Credit Bas Lammers/flickr

Montana Wildlife officials are hearing complaints about a new mountain lion study showing populations much higher than previously expected in the Bitterroot.

Opponents of the study accuse the state of using a faulty method to come to the higher population. They say the lion numbers are much lower, and hunting quotas should be lowered. The most vocal supporters of bringing down these quotas are the lion hunters themselves.

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Civics Education
3:13 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

She’s new to the job but not to the message: education matters

Lieutenant Governor Angela McLean
Credit Dan Boyce

Angela McLean has only had her new job a couple of months - and it looks like a good fit. Governor Steve Bullock appointed the former Anaconda high school teacher to be his lieutenant governor in February, to replace John Walsh, who replaced Max Baucus in the U.S. Senate.

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Growth Through Agriculture
3:11 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Farm to table, cow to ice cream: growing the Ag industry in Montana

Sweet Peaks Ice Cream scooper Catie Bricks is one of about 40 summertime, 20 wintertime employees the business employs in its four shops. Sweet Peaks uses many Montana grown products in its ice cream.
Credit Katrin Frye

Sure Montana has cows, but it also has dairies, cheese and ice cream makers. The same is true for wheat, barley, beer and liquor. Many of these are small, local businesses, but they do create jobs, and encouraging the growth of the value-added agriculture industry in Montana is part of the goal behind the state’s “Growth Through Agriculture” grant program.

The Flathead-based Sweet Peaks ice cream shops recently won a $15,000 matching grant through the program.

Owner Marissa Dauenhauer says different ice cream flavors they make feature different Montana-grown products.

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Commentary - April 9th, 2014
1:03 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

In Defense of the United States Postal Service

    A while back Charles Osgood, the host of SUNDAY MORNING, a television news magazine presented on (of all times) Sunday morning, made some remarks about the United States Postal Service which I found uncalled for.  I wrote him a letter and it reads: 

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Commentary - April 11th, 2014
9:47 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Tax Day

There’s a story in my family that goes back a few decades.  It’s the kind of story people like to pull out and dust off over the holidays, when everyone is enjoying some cheer and good company.  The story goes something like this:

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The Plant Detective
8:00 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Bitter Melon II

4/12/14: This week on "The Plant Detective:" Bitter melon's ability to bring down blood sugar is proven, and it holds promise for treating complications of diabetes as a non-animal source of injectable insulin.

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Field Notes
8:00 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Dirt

Loam soil
Credit Brent Wilson

4/14/14: This week on "Fieldnotes:" "Dirt," by Deborah Tanner.

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