Sue Ginn

Business Manager

Sue is a native Missoulian.  She has worked at the University of Montana for more than 15 years, 10 of them at Montana Public Radio.  

Ways To Connect

12/16/2013 - Most citizens have political opinions. Many are involved in nonprofit community-based organizations. But the time-impaired average person remains politically disorganized and distracted. Collective political action nationally is often limited to mobilizing for wars and elections. Disengagement can seem the norm. Community organizers are bucking this trend. Local issues, be they environmental, fair wages, or municipalization of energy and Internet services, are getting more and more people off their couches.

Friendship Center

Dec 12, 2013

12/17/2013 - Domestic violence - two words.  And behind those words are damaged human lives.  The bad news is we have our share.   The good news is there are good places with good people where victims can get help - and hope.

Home Ground

12/12/13 - This month America Abroad takes listeners to Mexico and Nigeria to meet the many faces of global entrepreneurship.

Where We Belong -

Dec 12, 2013
Clay Scott

12/11/13 - A 103 year old Mexican born woman fights to get her farm back.   Last week we heard from 103-year-old Margaret Carranza, who came from Mexico to Montana's Yellowstone River Valley when she was a girl to work in the sugar beet fields. This week we will hear the story of how her family finally acquired a farm of their own - only to have it taken away.

12/23/2013 - One of NPR's most popular holiday specials returns with new talent and old friends. Malian singer Abdoulaye Diabate joins The Paul Winter Consort with Paul McCandless, the Drummers of The Fores of Nature, Gospel vocalist Theresa Thomason, and the historic reassembly of the Paul Winter Sextet in the World's Largest Gothic Cathedral -- New York's Cathedral of St. John the Divine. WNYC'S John Schaefer hosts this NPR holiday broadcast favorite.

The Best Albums of 2013

Dec 10, 2013

Sound Opinions Presents The Best Albums of 201312/16/2013 - Music fans and critics love making lists: Top 5 Driving Songs, Top 5 Bass Lines, and so on. But this is the list that really counts: The Best Albums of the Year. What did 2013 sound like? What are the albums you need to know about? And what records can you safely put under the tree? Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot give you the answers during this special hour of Sound Opinions.

12/9/13 - Whistleblowers - What is one to do when confronted by blatant criminal actions and illegalities? Look the other way? Punch out at 5 and go home? That’s not what Edward Snowden did. His disclosures have informed and educated the people of the United States and the world about secret surveillance and massive data-gathering that the NSA and other government agencies are engaged in within the U.S. and abroad. And Snowden’s reward? Hounded. Threatened. Defamed. His passport has been revoked.

Rami Khouri

Dec 6, 2013

12/2/13 - Rami Khouri - The unfinished Arab Revolutions - Lenin was reported to have said, “You can’t make an omelet without breaking eggs.” Revolutions are never simple affairs. The multiple Arab revolts are still in flux. Take Egypt. The Muslim Brotherhood in that country was long declared illegal. After the fall of the Mubarak dictatorship they came out in the open and ran in elections and their candidate Morsi was elected president. A year later he was overthrown by the military. The Brotherhood is now banned and its assets seized.

12/10/13 - Part 2 of our series on mental illness in children:  How do you get through to a suicidal child and help her turn her life around?  Shodair Children's Hospital does just that.

Ellen Baumler

Nov 27, 2013

12/3 & 4/2013 - Ellen Baumler reflects on the grim legacy of the Sedition Act in Montana's history.  She pairs her thoughts with the historian Clemens P. Work

Mental Illness in Children

Nov 27, 2013

12/3/2013 - Thousands of kids in Montana behave in ways that indicate serious mental illness.  Are they really "sick?"  Or reacting normally to a terribly abnormal childhood?  Be prepared to be shocked.

Conrad Burns Part 2

Nov 27, 2013

11/5/2013 - Conrad Burns shares his views on a wide array of issues (part 2 of 2)

Conrad Burns Part 1

Nov 27, 2013

10/29/2013 - In the United States Senate he represented Montana longer than any Republican in the state's history.  Hear what Conrad Burns has to say about money in politics, policy, and power.  (Part 1 of 2)

Aaron Parrett

Nov 27, 2013

10/22/2013 - We live in a culture of commerce, where even higher education is judged in commercial terms:  Will it help get a better-paying job?  Aaron Parrett has a different, old-fashioned view:  It is education i the arts and literature that really counts.

Ken Egan

Nov 27, 2013

9/10/13 - The American west has a history of economic booms and busts.  With shale oil development headed our way, are there lessons we can learn from our past?

Jeff Hagener

Nov 27, 2013

9/3/2013 - Would you want a job where you are routinely blamed for too many, and too few, deer and elk, too many and too few wolves, for restricting oil and gas development, and for allowing too much of it?

Jeff Hagener has that terrific job: He’s Director of Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks.

8/27/2013 - In today's partisan environment, the passing of any environmental law is hard.  But 50 years ago, the Montana Stream Protection Act was signed into law with overwhelming bipartisan support.  It was the first such law in the nation - designed to protect fish habitat.  So let's look back over 50 years at what has actually happened because of this legislation.

Hanukkah Lights 2013

12/5/2013 - A perennial NPR favorite, Hanukkah Lights features stories and memoirs written by acclaimed authors expressly for the show, as read by NPR's Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.

11/28/2013 - With music and stories for Thanksgiving, it's Giving Thanks

New for 2013, two wise, witty women join us at the table:

Julia Sweeney, celebrated writer and actor, she is best known from Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me! and Saturday Night Live.  Sweeney's memories and monologues on faith give her humor a deep human touch that is perfect for Thanksgiving.

November 21, 2013 - Never before broadcast memories from JFK's confidantes recorded just after the assassination.  The special is hosted by legendary journalist, Robert MacNeil.  For background, more from and about the contributors, and to hear the program itself, visit our website:

Listeners will hear from JFK colleagues who were with him during his first political race in 1946, until his last days in office.

Famous names and voices wrestle with grief and memory; they provide intimate details on JFK the man, the president, and father.

10/24/2013 - A Climate Change Week Documentary – While all coastal cities face real trouble, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development says Miami is the most vulnerable in its assessment of threats to 50 major cities worldwide. Parts of Miami will be permanently flooded in as few as 15 years.

10/17/2013 - Women are different from men in some key areas. For example, the data show that women don’t drown, edit Wikipedia, commit crime, or file patents at anywhere near the same rate as men do. How else are women different?

10/10/2013 -An Intelligence Squared Debate - Is the U.S. Drone Program Fatally Flawed?  Do drones hurt, or help, in our fight against terrorism? The debaters are Ahmed Rashid, John Kael Weston, Admiral Dennis Blair (USN, Ret.) and General Norton Schwartz (USAF, Ret.)

10/3/2013 - To an economist, tipping is a puzzling behavior – why pay extra when it’s not required? Host, Stephen Dubner looks at why we tip, which factors affect the amount, and whether tipping should perhaps be eliminated altogether.

Alternative Radio

Sep 30, 2013

9/30/2013 - Sanjay Kak - Kashmir:  Hell in Heaven

Bill Payne

Sep 27, 2013
Sangki Kwon

"Musician's Spotlight," 10/1/13: Bill Payne

One of the founding members of the legendary rock band Little Feat, keyboardist Bill Payne visits with John backstage before a performance at the Top Hat Lounge in Missoula.  Payne discusses the creative thread that runs between his music, his photography and his writing as well as his connection to Montana and how he came to call it home.

9/26/13 - Phil, Jake and Patty Aaberg participated in the KCRW 24 Hour Radio Race, along with approximately 200 other teams.  Everyone received the topic “The Last Thing You’d Expect” and then had 24 hours to write, record, edit and upload a six minute non-fiction radio story.  This program goes behind the scenes and follows their participation in the race and the making of the story.

San Francisco Opera

Sep 13, 2013

9/14/13 - Moby Dick in English composed by Jake Heggie

9/19/13 - Stressed Out Students - New one-hour documentary from Humankind examines the consequences of the epidemic of high anxiety among secondary school students in this era of high-stakes testing and sharply increased competition for the limited pool of slots available at top colleges.

9/12/13 - An American Radioworks Documentary – “Second Chance Diploma: Examining the GED”