Monday Poems
6:06 am
Mon November 17, 2014

"American Nightmares"

(To the American False Dream)

America is
at the door
Soldiers are knocking
asking plitely:
Can we kill you?

America is suicidal
when the streets are empty
America is a bottle of alcohol
in the lonely playgrounds

America is a bloodstain
on Kabul's children's clothes

America cooks meth through gun barrels!

America, why don't you love me?
America, why are your legs shaking?
Do you know hyow the long-bearded men feel at night?
Do you know how many teenages have stopped hoping?

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Mountain West Voices
5:00 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Crying For Eddie: A Vietnam War Nurse Tells Her Story

Diane Carlson Evans
Credit Clay Scott

Diane Carlson Evans was a U.S. Army Nurse during the Vietnam War. She survived indescribable trauma, felt resented when she returned to the U.S., and kept her bitterness and her tears inside for many years. Then she founded the Vietnam Women's Memorial Project, and helped hundreds of women vets tell their stories of Vietnam.

(Broadcast: "Mountain West Voices," 11/17/14. Listen weekly on the radio on Mondays, 3:00 p.m., or via podcast.)

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The Food Guys
5:00 am
Sun November 16, 2014

Onion Ragout

The Onion Face-Paint Project. (CC BY 2.0)
Credit Flickr user, Travis Price

"It is hard to imagine a civilization without onions" - Julia Child.

Jon and Greg discuss different members of the allium genus - which are actually lilies - and recommend basic tips for cooking onions, specifically onion ragout. Onion quiche, onion pizza, and onions as a side-dish are recommended by Greg. Jon says, "Often I look at a new recipe and if there are no onions, I wonder, "What's wrong with this recipe?"

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Field Notes
5:00 am
Sat November 15, 2014

How Do Insects Survive Winter?

Hibernating ladybugs (Coccinellidae) (CC BY-NC 2.0)
Credit Flickr user, Jason

"An Insect's Guide To Surviving the Winter," written by Ashley King, read by Caroline Kurtz.

With the help of fur, hair, or clothing, warm-blooded mammals keep a consistent internal temperature, no matter the air temperature. That's not true for insects. How do they survive the cold of winter? 

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The Plant Detective
5:00 am
Sat November 15, 2014

Garlic II: "Don't Leave This Life Without It"

Garlic. (CC-BY-2.0)
Credit Flickr user, Jon Bunting

Among the artifacts discovered in the tomb of Egypt's Tutankhamen - objects meant to ease the boy king into the afterlife - were 3,000-year-old bulbs of garlic. Giving as well as receiving, Tut supplied daily rations of garlic to his pyramid-building slaves, for endurance and health. Garlic is a fabulous heart helper: its blood-thinning and anti-clotting abilities may slow down atherosclerosis and lower blood pressure.

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Montana Evening Edition
6:20 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Newscast 11-14-2014

The second year of buying health insurance under the Affordable Care Act starts tomorrow - we've got a couple of stories on that on tonight's Montana Evening Edition. We've also got news from the state capitol, and it turns out a federal judge in Great Falls won't hear arguments challenging Montana's gay marriage ban.

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Why We're Changing
5:43 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

MTPR Program Changes Explained

There are some big program changes coming up on MTPR. MTPR Directors William Marcus, Michael Marsolek, Eric Whitney and Linda Talbott talk about the changes and why we've made them.

Montana Public Radio is poised to move into our 50th anniversary year excited by new possibilities – with a new news director, exciting changes to our program schedule and a profound commitment to our mission: to enrich the mind and spirit, inspire a lifetime of learning, and connect communities through access to exceptional programming.

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30+ Years Of Radio From A Women's Perspective
5:36 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

The Final MTPR Broadcast Of "In Other Words"

The IOW team, 2012. Clockwise from lower left: Amy Cilimburg; Janet Scott; Clark Grant; Beth Judy; Jen Euell; Ann Szalda-Petree.
Credit Courtesy of IOW

After more than thirty years of broadcasts, the final "In Other Words" show on Montana Public Radio aired on Tuesday, November 11, 2014.

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Montana Health
5:17 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Montana Health Insurance Co-op Is Expanding Into Idaho

MHC is one of 24 new co-op health insurance companies that launched last year under the federal Affordable Care Act.

The new Montana health insurance company that opened last year is expanding into Idaho this year, and will start selling coverage there on Saturday.

"We became operational in Idaho because there was a need for greater competition in the state of Idaho," said Karen Early, director of marketing for MHC, the company that operates as Montana Health Co-op on this side of the Bitterroots, and as Mountain Health Co-op in Idaho.

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