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MTPR Program Highlights
12:23 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

January 2 - January 8, 2014

Here are MTPR program highlights for January 2 – January 8, 2014

THURSDAY- January 2, 2014

9:05 a.m.   Morning Classics – Mauro Giuliani:  Variation for violin and guitar, Op. 24a; Anna Amelia of Prussia: Sonata in F for flute and basso continuo; J.S. Bach: 2 oboe concerti in D minor, BWV 1029 and in A major, BWV 1055; Ferruci Busoni: Fantasia after J.S. Bach and Canonie Variations and fugue; Muzio Clementi: Symphony #4 in D major

1:00 p.m   An Intelligence Squared Debate – Has the constitutional right to bear arms outlived its usefulness?  

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Monday Poems
6:33 am
Mon December 30, 2013

"January in Montana"

Jennifer Greene

Light from the sky is precious like sips
of hot tea, a luxury, elite. On my drive
to work, I pass through wetlands filled
with Canadia geese and hawks.
Morning frost drapes the hood
of my car in wet velvet. Fog lifts from
ponds: a lace shawl hugging
curves of the water's edge.

Dead weeds in fields join mounds
of stone sugared under hoarfrost.
Snowflakes fluttering,
inexhaustible lovers waltzing.

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Commentary - December 27th, 2013
1:59 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Funding Impacts on Senior Services

Good evening.  I’m Susan Kohler, CEO of Missoula Aging Services; the Area Agency on Aging for Missoula and Ravalli counties. As many of you know, Congress has come to an agreement on the major budget issues that have delayed finalizing the funding for fiscal year 2014, which started October 1.  Because Congress has only partially offset sequestration with this budget deal, I want to talk tonight about why it is important that we advocate on behalf of vulnerable older adults. 

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Radon
1:52 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Radon presents serious health risks, but easy to test for and mitigate

January is radon awareness month.
    The Montana Department of Environmental Quality is encouraging Montanans to test for and - if necessary - address any radon issues.
     Radon is a colorless and odorless gas. Paul Tschida of D-E-Q's Energy and Pollution Bureau tells Edward O'Brien that radon exposure can present serious health issues:

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Lab Coats and Lucky Charms
8:00 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Breakfast Cereal

Nestec S.A., Nestlé Research Center, Lausanne, Switzerland.
Credit Smithsonian Magazine

December 29th, 2013: Greg and Jon offer a skeptical review of a June 2012 Smithsonian article by Corby Cummer, titled: "Can Technology Save Breakfast: Cereal Companies, Maligned for Overprocessing, Are Now Using the Same Techniques To Put Some Nature Back in the Bowl."

http://www.thebakingwizard.com/

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Little Feat co-founder
8:00 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Bill Payne

Credit Sangki Kwon

"Musician's Spotlight," 12/31/13: Bill Payne

One of the founding members of the legendary rock band Little Feat, keyboardist Bill Payne visits with John backstage before a performance at the Top Hat Lounge in Missoula, describing his connection to Montana and how he came to call it home.  Payne also discusses the creative thread that connects his music, his photography and his writing.  http://www.musiciansspotlight.org

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One Corvid's remarkable long-term spatial memory
8:00 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Clark's Nutcracker

Clark's Nutcracker (Nucifraga columbiana)
Credit Michael Sulis

"Fieldnotes," December 29th & 30th, 2013: "Clark's Nutcracker," by Charles Miller / Caroline Kurtz.

http://www.montananaturalist.org/

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Powerful anti-microbial
8:00 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Myrrh, An Ancient, Precious Resin

December 28th & 30th, 2013:Prized as incense, myrrh plays a role in the ceremonies of many religions, but also in medicine. Its antimicrobial qualities have made it useful for treating wounds, infection, inflammation, and candida - and today, it's found in toothpastes.

http://www.floradelaterre.com/

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Front Row Center
8:00 am
Fri December 27, 2013

First Night Flathead

Sunday, December 29th, 2013: Michael Marsolek talks with Jill Redmond and Luke Dowler of First Night Flathead, which is marking its fifteenth anniversary.  The annual New Year’s Eve community arts festival takes place in downtown Kalispell and at the Kalispell Center Mall, Tuesday, December 31st, 1pm - 12:30am.

Festival schedule

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Bakken Spinoffs
8:42 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Writing workshop shows the creative side of an oil boom

Michael Ogden (center) gives his thoughts on a piece brought to the Williston writers workshop put on by the North Dakota Humanities Council
Credit Dan Boyce

(Note: This is the fourth of a six-part series on "Bakken Spinoffs" airing Thursdays through January 9th on "Montana Evening Edition.")

Williston, North Dakota, the undisputed capital of the Bakken Oil Boom, offers a haven for a new working class. Tens of thousands of newcomers have poured into the area in the past decade, seeking to fill an abundance of high-paying, low-skill labor jobs. The influx has brought rapid economic development to Williston; it hasn’t brought much in the name of high culture.

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