An undated image from Flathead Lake Cherry Growers Co-op page
Flathead Lake Cherry Growers

With the Trump administration working toward tougher enforcement of America’s immigration laws, some cherry farmers in Montana wondering what that may mean for this year’s harvest. 

There are some 6oo to 800 acres of cherry orchards on the eastern shore of Flathead Lake. Marilyn Bowman owns one of the biggest and oldest. Each year is different, she says. 

"Anything in agriculture is a gamble."

UM student Claire Wang plays Debussy's Feuilles Mortes (Dead Leaves) from the Preludes Book II, live on Montana Public Radio, April 05, 2017.

Combine an intelligent interviewer with a roster of guests that, according to the Chicago Tribune, would be prized by any talk-show host, and you're bound to get an interesting conversation. Fresh Air interviews, though, are in a category by themselves, distinguished by the unique approach of host and executive producer Terry Gross. "A remarkable blend of empathy and warmth, genuine curiosity and sharp intelligence," says the San Francisco Chronicle.

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Dogs Win Pet Wars 2017

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Evening Newscast 04-07-17

Apr 7, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Governor Steve Bullock this morning revived debate over mail-only voting in the May special election for Montana’s vacant seat in the U.S. House.

Democratic Candidate for Montana’s vacant U.S. House seat Rob Quist is at this hour opening his Kalispell campaign office, and will be in Pablo tomorrow and Missoula Sunday.

Lawmakers in the state House of Representatives are considering a Senate proposal to issue bonds to pay for projects across Montana.

Can the governor's amendatory veto bring back the mail ballot option for the special election? We parse Quist's new TV ads and his decision not to participate in a public broadcasting statewide debate. We also discuss what Gianforte gains or loses by keeping a low profile. Then we look at how Tester's Gorsuch vote might affect his re-election chances next year. Finally, we remember the well-respected former Helena legislator Mignon Waterman who died this week.

Art Silverman has been with NPR since 1978. He came to NPR from a small daily newspaper in New Hampshire.

Silverman is a senior producer on the program All Things Considered, and served as line producer for the show for three years in the mid-1980s.

Silverman occasionally writes and produces satirical comedy sketches for ATC, bringing in talented independent writers and actors to create material for the program. He has brought NPR listeners Patty Marx, Bruce Kluger and David Slavin, Brian McConnachie, Harry Shearer, Tony Hendra, and many others.

He is also a producer of long-form radio documentaries, and works with All Things Considered hosts in the field. He has not had any unwarranted outbursts since the late 1990s.

Gov. Steve Bullock. File photo.
Corin Cates-Carney

Governor Steve Bullock used his veto pen today to force state lawmakers to reconsider mail-in balloting in the upcoming special election, resurrecting one of the most contentious political topics of the legislative session.

Geoff Bennett is a congressional reporter for NPR. He previously covered Capitol Hill and national politics for NY1 News in New York City and more than a dozen other Time Warner-owned cable news stations across the country. Prior to that role, he was an editor with NPR's Weekend Edition. Geoff regularly guest hosts C-SPAN's Washington Journal — a live, three-hour news and public affairs program. He began his journalism career at ABC News in New York after graduating from Morehouse College.