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Reflections West
5:00 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Toby Thompson & Ken McCullough

The New Atlas Bar, Columbus, MT. Some rights reserved. (CC BY 2.0)
Credit Bradley Gordon

7/15/14 & 7/16/14: This week on Reflections West: In his youth, Toby Thompson stormed thirty saloons a day in search of the Great American Bar. In the dark of a recent December night, he experienced a revival at the New Atlas Bar in Columbus, MT. Poet Ken McCullough finds consolation at the New Atlas, too:

"Your conversation

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"Winning the West"
3:34 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Conservation A "Popular And Winning Issue" In The West

Jessica Goad, Advocacy Director for the Center for Western Priorities.

How much do you value the Mountain West's national parks and other public lands?

Organizers of a new ad campaign are betting these areas - and land conservation in general - are of great value to the vast majority of people.

The Denver-based Center for Western Priorities have launched the "Winning the West" campaign to, among other things, demonstrate to public policy leaders that national forests and parks are held dearly by most Americans.

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Documentary Special
9:41 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Reveal - PILOT

07/17/2014 - Reveal is a new investigative program from the The Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX. In this pilot: an exclusive story about the volume and impact stemming from the VA's over-prescripton of opiates to addicted veterans; the attorney behind many of the worst for-profit charities; bodycams for cops; and how one reporter helped one man prove his brother had been abused at a state mental facility. Hosted by Al Letson from State of the Re:Union and WJCT, Jacksonville.

Musician's Spotlight
5:00 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Chris Botti

4/15/14 and 7/15/14: This week on "Musician's Spotlight:" Grammy award-winning trumpeter Chris Botti tells John Floridis about his intensive jazz training, and how it led him to collaborations with Paul Simon, Andrea Bocelli, Sting, Steven Tyler, Gladys Night and Yo-Yo Ma, among others. 

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Mobile Food Pantry
4:33 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

New Mobile Food Pantry To Feed Rural Montana

The Montana Food Bank Network's new mobile food pantry, AKA "The Chuck wagon".
Credit Montana Food Bank Network

The Montana Food Bank Network has purchased a new refrigerated mobile food pantry truck, allowing it to distribute emergency food assistance to some of the more rural areas of the state.

Based in Missoula, the Montana Food Bank Network is Montana’s only statewide food bank, distributing nearly 8 million pounds of food in 2013. 1 in 7 Montanans report struggling to afford food on a daily basis.

CEO Gayle Gifford says the new truck will allow them to serve 28 counties that don’t currently have emergency food services.

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Montana Folk Festival
3:22 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Montana Folk Festival Photo Gallery

Crowds surround the Original stage on day 1 of the 2014 Montana Folk Festival
Michael Marsolek

Butte knows how to rock! The 2014 Montana Folk Festival was last weekend, and MTPR's Michael Marsolek was on hand stage announcing and taking pictures. Check out our photo gallery from the 2014 Montana Folk Festival.

McDonald Creek fatality
2:46 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Visitor Drowns In Glacier National Park

Just above McDonald Falls at the lower end of Sacred Dancing Cascades.
Credit GlacierNPS License (CC-BY-2.0)

A Washington state woman died one day after falling into a creek in Glacier National Park.

Park spokeswoman Denise Germann identifies the victim as Abigail Sylvester of Buckley, Washington. Sylvester was 33-years-old.

Germann says the investigation indicates Sylvester was taking a picture of McDonald Creek, near the upper falls, when she slipped, fell in and was rapidly carried downstream in the cold, swollen and fast-running creek. Her husband jumped-in to save her, but eventually had to save himself due to the extreme conditions.

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MTPR Program Highlights
11:48 am
Mon July 14, 2014

July 17 - July 23

Here are MTPR program highlights for July 17 – July 23, 2014

THURSDAY- July 17, 2014

9:05 a.m.   – Morning Classics - Roumi Petrova: Passacaglia on a Traditional Bulgarian Melody for cello and piano and 5 Ancient Bulgarian Portraits for solo cello; Bedrich Smetana: String Quartet in E minor – “From My Life”; Pantcho Vladigerov: Perpetuum Mobile, Op. 59 #5, Rhapsody Vardar, Op. 16, and Chant, Op. 25 #1 all for piano; Janacek: Concertino for piano, winds, and strings; Brahms: Serenade #1 in D major, Op. 11

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Monday Poems
6:19 am
Mon July 14, 2014

"In A Field"

Here, in a field
Of devil's paintbrushes,
The circle of far trees
Tightens, and near bushes
Hump like ruins
When the moon floats loosely
Past the desolation
Owl moans wake. Here,
As if the world's
Last lovers, we
Have rung from the ruins
The whippoorwill's
Thrust of melody.
You have fallen asleep,
Breathing as the wind breathes
Among wetted thistle,
The scented vine,
And, listening, I move
My body toward you,
When a small convulsion
Shakes your hand,
The moonlight flashes

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Home Ground Radio
5:00 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Dr. Jonah Western

Dr. Jonah Western, chairman of the African Conservation Centre, Nairobi, Kenya
Credit David Western

7/15/14: This week on Home Ground Radio: Dr. Jonah Western grew up in the 1950s on the "elephant trail" of southern Tanzania, where elephants, their habitat, their hunters - and their protectors - enjoyed a last bastion. Western became a scientist, studying conflict and co-existence between wildlife and humans.

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