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Politics Week In Review
5:43 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Special Nominating Convention, Veterans Issues, And Campaign Finance

This week in Montana politics.

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Commentary - August 15th, 2014
3:13 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Community Health Centers: Ensuring Access to Health Care for Montanans

I want to tell you a familiar story. A young man, we’ll call him Joe, he doesn't make a lot of money, has a toothache and needs to see a dentist, but doesn’t have dental insurance. In a lot of communities this guy is going to land in the emergency room, get some pain meds, maybe antibiotics, and then he’ll call all over town trying to find a dentist he can afford.

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Commentary - August 11th, 2014
3:10 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Word-Play As A Solution To Western Wildfires

The 2014 Western wildfire season got an early start with large fires in Washington and Oregon that left those living in Western Montana gagging on the resulting smoke that seemed to be continuously recycled through our valleys. As the summer progresses, we all have our fingers crossed that our own home-grown wildfires will not re-create the “nuclear winter” of thick smoke blocking out the sun at mid-day that we have had to live through in summers past.

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The Psychedelic Circus
3:09 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

The 'Psychedelic Circus' Rolls Back Into MTPR Studios

The Psychedelic Circus

The Psychedelic Circus rolls back into the studios of Montana Public Radio at 10pm on August 15th! 

Joan Richarde and Dr. Sandoz will spin lesser known musical gems from the years of Psychedelia (1964-1973). 

Crank up the volume or grab your headphones...it's high time for some musical fun...8/15/14 at 10 p.m. on MTPR

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Elections 2014
2:42 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Five Candidates Are Out

Jonathan Motl

Three legislative candidates and two candidates for county commissions will be removed from the November fourth  ballot after they failed to file campaign finance reports.

Edward O'Brien has more with Montana Commissioner of Political Practices, Jonathan Motl, who explains how - and why - the investigation started:

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Field Notes
5:00 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Squirrels "Cache" In

Collage of a grey squirrel burying a nut. (CC BY 2.0)
Credit Bob MacInnes

"Squirrel Behavior," written by Tracy Wendt, read by Caroline Kurtz.

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Crown Guitar Festival, Aug 24-30
4:36 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

The Crown Of The Continent Guitar Workshop And Festival

Solomon Hicks, 16-year-old guitarist from New York, one of many participants in this year's Crown Guitar Workshop and Festival in Bigfork, Montana.

Michael Marsolek talks with David Feffer, Crown of the Continent Guitar Foundation Chairman and Founding Director, and 16-year-old guitar prodigy Solomon Hicks about this year's festival.

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Recent Storms
3:40 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

The Rain Was Great, But Much More Is Needed

Credit Josh Burnham (CC-BY)

The soaking rain that fell in parts of Western Montana dramatically cooled temperatures yesterday and came as welcome respite from the very hot and dry conditions of the past few weeks.

Fire officials, however, caution the rain by no means qualifies as a "season-ending" event.
       Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation's Jordan Koppen says the rain storm that parked over the Missoula valley yesterday was great to see:
      

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Clip of the Week
12:01 am
Thu August 14, 2014

NPR Film Critic: 'We're Not In A Great Position In American Filmmaking'

NPR & LA Times film critic Kenneth Turan talks about his new book, Not To Be Missed: Fifty-Four Favorites from a Lifetime of Film.

Kenneth Turan is a film critic for NPR and the LA Times. He's the author of Not To Be Missed: Fifty-Four Favorites From A Lifetime of Film.

In our Clip of the Week Turan explains why Hollywood movies seem to be losing some of their luster as they target ever larger audiences.

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Commentary - August 18th, 2014
1:13 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Wilderness And Who We Are

Late July in the Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness area:  a sweeping cloak of flowers still silently blooms on a high alpine meadow.  Some are rare; all are beautiful.  There are few places like it, even in Montana.

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