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Commentary - April 10th, 2014
2:11 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Living Up to the Legacy

Twenty years ago, Billings, Montana set a national standard for community rejection of hatred and bigotry.  Almost as one, the community shouted a loud “NO” to ultra-right-wing extremist behavior that was racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic.

The Northwest United Skinheads and, police believed, elements of the Ku Klux Klan and the Aryan Nation, were equal opportunity bigots, targeting for abuse and intimidation anything that wasn’t “white, American and Christian.”  Whether you were black, Latino, Indian, Jewish or gay, you were not welcome in their America, or their Billings.

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Documentary Special
2:00 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Adapting to Climate Change

04/17/2014 -No matter what you believe about climate change, we can all agree that extreme weather events -- tornadoes, hurri canes, fires, droughts -- are occurring more frequently. These massive natural disasters upset lives and devastate property.  The costs of clean-up and reconstruction are enormous. 

 

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Listen Again
1:35 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Best of Sally Mauk: Seven Memorable Interviews

Sally Mauk, Montana Public Radio News Director

4/9/14: This week's Wednesday special is an hour-long salute to Sally Mauk's thirty-four years as Montana Public Radio News Director. Ahead of Sally's retirement in May, 2014, she indulged us with this retrospective hour, including memorable excerpts of conversations with Hillary Clinton; Conrad Burns; George McGovern; Lake County Sheriff, Jay Doyle; Joan Baez; residents of Sleeman Gulch who were evacuated from their homes during the Lolo Complex fires; and NPR News's Cokie Roberts.

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Documentary Special
12:13 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

the Story Corps 10th Anniversary Special

04/10/2014 - There are questions we would answer, if only we were asked.  How did we grow up?  What do we remember about home?  What about our family?

celebrate the first decade of StoryCorps, with a special retrospective hosted by NPR’s Scott Simon and StoryCorps founder Dave Isay.

http://storycorps.org/

Forest Restoration
10:45 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Top federal official urges forest restoration – and warns of severe fire season

USDA Deputy Under Secretary Arthur "Butch" Blazer
Credit Bob Nichols, USDA

Growing up on the Mescalero Apache Indian reservation in New Mexico, Arthur "Butch" Blazer hunted and fished and spent all his time outdoors. He translated that love of the outdoors into a career, as a natural resources manager with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, then as the first Native American appointed state forester for New Mexico, and now as the Deputy Undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment for the U.S. Department of Agriculture - where he oversees the U.S. Forest Service.

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Fiction
6:00 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Walt Longmire and the Morman "lost boys"

A Serpent's Tooth, the ninth book in Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire mystery series

During this program, Wyoming author Craig Johnson talks about and reads from A Serpent's Tooth, the ninth book in his Walt Longmire Mystery series, which has been adapted for TV: Longmire on the Arts & Entertainment channel.

BOOK SYNOPSIS

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Music By Siloti and Rachmaninoff
6:36 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Barbara Blegen and Steve Hesla, Live In Studio, Thursday, April 10th, 8:00 - 9:00pm

Barbara Blegen and Steven Hesla
Credit 2 Valleys Stage

4/10/14: Join us Thursday, April 10th from 8:00 - 9:30pm for live studio performances from concert pianists Steven Hesla and Barbara Blegen. The duo will present a potpourri of the solo pieces that they'll perform Sunday, April 13th, in concert at 3pm at Seeley Swan High School in Seeley Lake, as part of The Performing Arts Series produced by 2 Valleys Stage. Don't forget to take a moment between pieces to call or enter your pledge of financial support:

(800) 325-1565, or in the Missoula area: 243-6400, or right here at mtpr.org

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Malmstrom
4:58 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Tester: Malmstrom operations not significantly impacted by missile cuts

Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT)

  Senator Jon Tester says he is happy with how the U.S. Defense Department is complying with a nuclear reduction treaty signed with Russia in 2011.

A plan to remove 50 missiles from America’s land-based nuclear arsenal should not significantly affect operations at Montana’s Malmstrom Air Force Base.

Tester says reducing those missiles won’t reduce personnel.

"I think the win is here that the missile silos, even though they don't have a missile in them will be kept operational," he says.

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Flathead Job Fair
1:35 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

A sign of the changing economic times in the Flathead

The Flathead Valley Community College and Flathead Job Service host a Job Fair 4/16 featuring 70 employers.
Credit Katrin Frye

A sold out job fair is a sign of the changing economic times in the Flathead. For the past three years Flathead Valley Community College and the local Job Service have sponsored a spring Job Fair. They had stopped offering it for a few years prior to 2012 because of the lack of job openings.

Manager of the Flathead Job Service Bill Nelson said in the depths of the recession they were listing about 40-job openings.

Over the last few days its closer to 5-hundred.

Student Advisor and Navigator Jori Bullemer with FVCC also used to work at the Job Service.

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Tiananmen Legacy
11:31 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Chinese exile says Tiananmen was a beginning, not an ending

Harvard lecturer and author Rowena He
Credit Kris Snibbe, Harvard staff photographer

Rowena He was a teenager in China when the Tiananmen democracy protests began. The June 4th, 1989 massacre, when the Chinese government moved in to murder many of the protesters, marked a turning point for her, and many others of her generation.

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