Sally Mauk

News Director Emeritus

Retired in 2014 but still a presence at MTPR, Sally Mauk is a University of Kansas graduate and former wilderness ranger who has reported on everything from the legislature to forest fires. She also taught broadcast writing and reporting in the University of Montana journalism school.

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Red Cloud
10:37 am
Wed November 13, 2013

The only Indian chief to win a war against the U.S. Army

Oglala Sioux Chief Red Cloud

The names of Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull are well-known but another less famous Native American leader had at least as great an impact on the history of the American West.

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Deadly fire season
10:19 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Deadly fire season raises new questions about public responsibility

Environmental historian Char Miller
Credit Pomona College

2013 has been a deadly year for wildland firefighters, including the loss of 19 members of a hotshot crew on a fire near Yarnell, Arizona. Their shocking deaths raised new questions about firefighting policy - and about the proper response to our changing climate and growing wildland urban interface.
    These are issues renowned environmental historian Char Miller has been pondering and writing about for some time.

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Conservation Pioneer
10:14 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Pioneer conservationist reflects on his 50 years of activism

Conservationist Brock Evans

Like many, Brock Evans fell in love with Glacier National Park the minute he set eyes on it - and his first visit there as a young man began his lifelong commitment to conservation.

Evans is a past lobbyist for the Sierra Club, and current president of the national Endangered Species Coalition. His career as an environmental activist spans 50 years. Evans returned to Montana this week to lecture and visit old friends.

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Toxic Feminine Products
10:43 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Feminine care products may not be as safe as you think

New report on feminine care products safety
Credit Women's Voices for the Earth

Almost all women use some form of feminine care product - from tampons to sprays - but how toxic are these products?

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Jazz Pioneer
10:20 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Pioneer jazz sax player mentors young women

Jazz musician Madaline "Mad" Duran

When saxophone player Madaline "Mad" Duran started playing jazz in the late 60's, there weren't a lot of women jazz instrumentalists.

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Racist e-mail
2:57 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Yellowstone County Treasurer admits sending racist e-mail

Yellowstone county treasurer, Max Lenington
Credit James Woodcock, Billings Gazette

Yellowstone County treasurer and county superintendent of schools, Max Lenington, says his use of racist and anti-gay slurs in an email were a private message to his sister, and reflected his anger that President Barack Obama was re-elected.

The Billings Gazette reports Yellowstone County Attorney Scott Twito is investigating whether there are grounds to recall Lenington for comments made in an email sent from his work computer last year.

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"Montana" Novel
11:34 am
Thu October 31, 2013

“Montana” is a mystery (novel)

Jacket of Gwen Florio's mystery novel "Montana"

For over 30 years, Gwen Florio covered the news - everything from war in Afghanistan to crime in Missoula - as a print reporter. The recent release of her mystery novel, "Montana", marks the debut of her new career as a full-time author.

In this feature interview, Florio talks with News Director Sally Mauk about the new novel - and how she came to write a mystery.

 

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As Cool as I Am
11:31 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Montana author’s coming-of-age novel turned into film

New film "As Cool As I Am" based on the Pete Fromm novel of the same name

A film based on Missoula author Pete Fromm's  novel "As Cool As I am" debuted recently in Missoula. It's a coming-of-age tale about a teenage girl, played by up-and-coming Irish actress Sarah Bolger. The star of the hit TV series "Homeland", Claire Danes, plays the girl's mother.

In this feature interview, Fromm talks with News Director Sally Mauk about the novel - and the film of the same title. Fromm says the novel grew out of a short story he wrote called "The Gravy on the Cake".

 

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Nature as teacher
11:23 am
Mon October 28, 2013

What we can learn from the adaptable octopus

Marine ecologist Rafe Sagarin

The octopus is a very adaptable creature. It can shrink itself to fit into a discarded beer bottle for temporary shelter; can change color, and squirt a cloud of ink to camouflage its escape from danger.

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Climate Week 2013
2:46 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Facing the firestorm: what is your responsibility?

Lolo Creek Complex fires merging across Highway 12
Sally Mauk

Our warming climate is changing the forests of the American West - making them more susceptible to disease and to fire. Years of fire suppression have also built up forest fuels, causing the fires to be more intense and harder to control.

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