Front Row Center
5:00 am
Sun September 14, 2014

String Orchestra of the Rockies Cello-brates With Amit Peled

Michael Marsolek talks with Fern Glass Boyd, artistic director of the String Orchestra of the Rockies, about the concerts opening the S.O.R.'s 30th season. Sept. 21st and 22nd, the String Orchestra's performances in Missoula and Seeley Lake feature frequent guest soloist and collaborator, cellist Amit Peled. This concert marks Peled's fifth performance with the S.O.R.

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The Food Guys
5:00 am
Sun September 14, 2014

Honey Bee Colony Collapse Disorder

European honey bee (Apis mellifera) in flight, carrying pollen in its pollen basket. (GFDL 1.2)
Credit Muhammad Mahdi Karim

"The Food Guys", Jon and Greg, consider Colony Collapse Disorder, the recent large-scale disappearance of European honey bees, both wild and managed.

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The Plant Detective
5:00 am
Sat September 13, 2014

Goldenseal II

Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) grows in eastern North America, where it's now threatened in the wild. An alkaloid in goldenseal, berberine, shows powerful antimicrobial effects against a wide range of bacteria, yeasts, and parasites. Herbalists prescribed goldenseal to stimulate the immune system, fight infection, and treat diarrhea.

(Podcast: The Plant Detective, 9/13/14)

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Montana Evening Edition
6:22 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Newscast 09-12-2014

Commentary - September 12th, 2014
3:55 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Women Are People

When I was in college I had the good fortune to land a work study job at the Women’s Resource Center on campus.  It was there that I got introduced to feminism.

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MTPR's News Director
3:40 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Bringing Montana Issues "Alive On The Radio"

Eric Whitney on the left chats with Ed O'Brien
Credit Cherie Newman

Before becoming  senior news analyst, Sally Mauk spent three decades as Montana Public Radio's news director.

Sally retired in late May, opening the door - and a lengthy search process - for a new leader who will guide the MTPR newsroom into the future.

And that person is Eric Whitney. Whitney comes to Montana from Colorado where he spent over 20 years working in various Public Radio positions. One of them was news director at the NPR affiliate in Colorado Springs.
Whitney's also an experienced and well-versed freelance journalist.

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Documentary Special
2:05 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Ready to Work

09/18/2014 - Vocational education was once a staple of American schooling, preparing some kids for blue-collar futures while others were put on a path to college. Today the new mantra is “college for all.” But not everyone wants to go to college, and more than half of jobs don’t require a bachelor’s degree. Many experts say it’s time to bring back career and technical education.

This American RadioWorks documentary explores how vocational education is being reimagined.

Documentary Special
1:56 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

The New Face of College

09/11/2014 - Just 20 percent of college-goers fit the stereotype of being young, single, full-time students who finish a degree in four years. College students today are more likely to be older, part-time, working, and low-income than they were three decades ago. Many are the first in their families to go to college.

This American RadioWorks documentary shows how universities are adapting to serve these new students. It explains changing demographics, and explores what colleges must do to remain engines of social mobility.

Documentary Special
1:54 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Greater Expectations: The Challenge of the Common Core

09/04/2014 - The United States is in the midst of a huge education reform. The Common Core State Standards are a new set of expectations for what students should learn each year in school. The standards have been adopted by most states, though there’s plenty of controversy about them among activists and politicians. Most teachers, however, actually like the standards.

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Documentary Special
1:51 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

The Science of Smart

08/28/14 - Researchers have long been searching for better ways to learn. In recent decades, experts working in cognitive science, psychology, and neuroscience have opened new windows into how the brain works, and how we can learn to learn better.

In this program, we look at some of the big ideas coming out of brain science. We meet the researchers who are unlocking the secrets of how the brain acquires and holds on to knowledge. And we introduce listeners to the teachers and students who are trying to apply that knowledge in the real world.

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