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Happy Holiday Listening
10:35 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Holiday Programs on MTPR

Paul Winter

Montana Public Radio Holiday Programs 2013  
 

December 23 – Monday 

7:30 p.m. Winter Solstice Celebration, from the Cathedral of St John the Divine in NYC
Malian singer Abdoulaye Diabate joins The Paul Winter Consort with Paul McCandless, the Drummers of The Fores of Nature, and Gospel vocalist Theresa Thomason.

December 24 – Tuesday

11:00 a.m. Christmas Eve Freeforms with Michael Marsolek

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Monday Poems
9:52 am
Mon December 16, 2013

"Saturdays with My Father at the Museum of Natural History"

Incomplete Strangers, poetry by Robert McNamara

Even as bones they were sublime, the sky-
scraping brachyo- an brontosauri,
tree-boned haunches, handfuls of arm-length claws,
T. Rex with teeth uncountable as stars.
In my mind, they were fleshed, they ripped and gnawed.
Crossing Central Park at dusk, I'd see
the giants grazing still, the swaying treetops
hiding some great nibbling head, and hear
them in the ground-juddering thunder
as our subway shot like progress from the dark.
Then swallowed us, like some great whale or ark.

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Climate change
2:21 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Some public officials sign letter supporting climate action plan

As we told you earlier this week, at least 43 Montana public officials recently signed a letter supporting actions within the President's National Climate Action plan to address climate change.
      Some of those actions include adopting pollution controls, investment in renewable energy research and development and creation of climate adaptation strategies.  
     Democratic  state representative Doug Coffin, of Missoula, is one of those to sign the letter. Coffin is a professor of molecular genetics at the University of Montana.

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Documentary Special
1:15 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

The Cobra Effect - Freakonomic Special

12/19/2013 - If you want to get rid of a nasty invasive pest, it might seem sensible to offer a bounty.  But as we'll hear in this episode of Freakonomics Radio, bounties can backfire.  We look at bounties on snakes in Delhi, rats in Hanoi, and feral pigs in Fort Benning, Georgia.  In each case, bounty seekers came up with creative ways to maximize their payoff - and pest populations grew.  Host Stephen Dubner talks to Steve Levitt about how incentives don't always work out the way you'd expect.

Commentary - December 13th, 2013
10:28 am
Fri December 13, 2013

The toxic politics of health care

The editors of the Journal of the American Medical Association have put together in the November 13th issue, a wide ranging collection of articles that address the current organization of health care in the US.  They say “The US health care system has reached a tipping point when there is both little doubt about the kind of change that is needed and much uncertainty about how to achieve it.”

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Alternative Radio
9:15 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Paul Cienfuegos - Community Rights

12/16/2013 - Most citizens have political opinions. Many are involved in nonprofit community-based organizations. But the time-impaired average person remains politically disorganized and distracted. Collective political action nationally is often limited to mobilizing for wars and elections. Disengagement can seem the norm. Community organizers are bucking this trend. Local issues, be they environmental, fair wages, or municipalization of energy and Internet services, are getting more and more people off their couches.

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Masters of Irish Rhythm 'n Tears
8:00 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Karan Casey & John Doyle

Credit Compass Records

"Musician's Spotlight," Tuesday, September 24th, 2013: Two of the most respected names in Irish acoustic music, guitarist John Doyle and vocalist Karan Casey,  sat down with host John Floridis at the 2013 Montana Folk Festival in Butte for a "kitchen concert" and chat.

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Landmark Anti-Psychotic Medication
8:00 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Rauwolfia, a.k.a. Snakeroot

December 14th & 16th, 2013: The twisted root of the Asian plant Rauwolfia is a traditional Ayurvedic remedy for hypertension and insanity. As the modern anti-psychotic and blood pressure drug Reserpine, 1970s studies linked it to serious side effects, but recently, it's made a comeback as a valuable hypertensive. 

http://www.floradelaterre.com/

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Xerophyllum tenax, a.k.a. Indian basket grass
8:00 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Beargrass, The Lily Loved By Rodents, Humans, Goats and Bears

Beargrass (Xerophyllum tenax) blooming along Glacier National Park's Iceberg Lake Trail, Montana.
Credit National Park Service

"Fieldnotes," December 15th & 16th, 2013: "Beargrass," by Lois Mason.

http://www.montananaturalist.org/

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Vietnamese Beef, Broth, Noodles, and Vegetables
8:00 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Pho, the Nectar of Vietnamese Street Vendors

Vietnamese pho
Credit Tom Bauer

December 15th, 2013: Greg and Jon paint in broad strokes an adaptation of Mai Pham's recipe for the Vietnamese soup, pho.

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