Mountain West Voices
5:34 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Home Of The Adventurous: A Unique Montana Community In A Post-Apocalyptic Setting

Saint Marie, Montana
Credit Clay Scott

Saint Marie, in a remote part of northeastern Montana, is the site of an Air Force base that was shut down in 1968. Now 500 people live in a town that was designed to house 12,000. Nine out of ten houses are boarded up and choked with weeds. But in this setting - winter temperatures drop to minus 40, the nearest store is 20 miles away, and one resident admits it looks like a war zone - there is a thriving community of hardy souls intent on being left alone.

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Flathead Water Compact
5:01 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Will 'Adaptive Management' Put Flathead Water Compact Fears To Rest?

Today we continue our coverage of the proposed water compact negotiated by the federal government, the state of Montana, and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. The compact itself is expected to be over a thousand pages long; it’s still being drafted. The road to this point stretches back over 35 years of negotiations. And it’s clear from the reaction to our coverage that people have strong feelings about it.

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Deliberate Homocide Or Self Defense?
4:15 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Kaarma's Fate Now In Jury's Hands

Deputy Missoula County Attorney Karla Painter during closing arguments of the deliberate homicide trial of Markus Kaarma in Missoula, MT, Tuesday.
Credit Christopher B. Allen

Closing arguments finished today in the murder trial of a Missoula man who shot and killed a German exchange student last April.

Markus Kaarma fired a shotgun four times into his garage, killing 17-year-old Diren Dede.

Kaarma’s defense team said he was simply a scared homeowner defending his family against burglars who had already victimized Kaarma twice. Lead defense attorney Paul Ryan said Montana’s Castle Doctrine gives Kaarma special protection.

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Public Lands Package
4:09 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Public Lands Compromise A 'Bittersweet Pill' For Some Environmentalists

Ranch along the Rocky Mountain Front in Montana.
Credit Flickr user SBebee

Dupuyer-area rancher, Karl Rappold, is thrilled that the Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act has finally passed.

"My grandparents and my mom and dad took care of this place. the bears and wolves and everything else. This is a historic deal for me to see that my grandkids and their grandkids will hopefully have this same view and this same region will be protected so it will never change," says Rappold.  

Last week Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act which now awaits President Obama's signature.

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Flathead Water Compact
2:27 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Share Your Opinions On The Flathead Water Compact

Montana Public Radio News wants to hear your thoughts and opinions on the Flathead water compact. Do you support the new compact? Why or why not?

Leave us a comment here or on our Facebook page. Or email our news department with your thoughts at news@mtpr.org

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Documentary Special
1:02 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Hanukkah Lights 2014

12/21/2014 - A perennial NPR favorite with brand new Hanukkah stories written by acclaimed authors Debra Ginsberg, Anne Burt, Simone Zelitch, Andy Borowitz, and Theodore Bikel.  Hear a wide variety of stories perfect for the holiday.  Hosted by Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.

Radiolab
8:44 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Jurisdiction

12/19/2014 - What do a duck hunt and a jealous spouse have in common? Just a profound effect on international relations and in existential struggle at the heart of how the US is governed.  This hour, we ask who gets to set the rules for the rest of us - from how the intentions of long-dead founding fathers still push and pull us today, to the front lines of a raging musical battle over the soul of hip-hop.

http://www.radiolab.org/story/jurisdiction/

Radiolab
8:41 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Inheritance

12/12/2014 - Once a kid is born, their genetic fate is pretty much sealed.  Or is it? This hour, we put nature and nurture on a collision course and discover how outside forces can find a way inside us, shaping not just our hearts and minds, but the basic biological blueprint that we pass on to future generations.

http://www.radiolab.org/story/251876-inheritance/

Radiolab
8:39 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Where Am I?

12/05/2014 - How does your brain keep track of your body? This hour Radiolab tells stories of the mind-body link gone terribly wrong. We'll puzzle through the mysteries of missing limbs and hear about a novel treatment involving optical illusions.  Plus, the story of a butcher who suddenly lost his entire sense of touch, and we hear from pilots who suffer out-of-body experiences while flying fighter jets.

http://www.radiolab.org/story/91524-where-am-i/

Radiolab
8:35 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Stochasticity

11/28/2014 - Stochasticity (a wonderfully slippery and smarty-pants word for randomness) may be at the very foundation of our lives.  To understand how big a role it plays, we look at chance and patterns in sports, lottery tickets, and even the cells in our own body.

http://www.radiolab.org/story/91684-stochasticity/

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