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

2/10/2014 - Langston Hughes, an enduring icon of the Harlem Renaissance, is best known for his written work, which wedded his fierce dedication to social justice with his belief in the transformative power of the word.  But he was a music lover too and some of the works he was most proud of were collaborations with composers and musicians.  Hosted Terrance McKnight, WQXR host and former Morehouse professor of music, I Too, Sing America will dive into the songs, cantatas, musicals, and librettos that flowed from Hughes' pen.  As he did with his poetry, Hughes used m

2/6/2014 - Among the most iconic landscapes in America is the Western Range, a stretch of millions of acres of land, much of it remote and undeveloped.  Deep traditions tie people to this land.  But in the 21st century, it is also contested ground.  Development pressures threaten open space as the Sun Belt becomes an economic powerhouse.  Border issues mean life in some of these rural places has been transformed by violence and politics.  But new ways are being forged on these fronts, ways that involve collaboration, innovation, and the rediscovery and re-imagining of history on...the new S

2/5/2014 - After meeting at Cave Canem, the black writers' symposium, John Murillo, Dwayne Betts, Randall Horton, and Marcus Jackson discovered they all had a shared love of the late African-American poet Etheridge Knight.  The four bonded, kept in touch, and formed their own poetry collective called "The Symphony."  Each poet of the collective reads from his own work and discusses writing from the perspective of the African-American male experience.

02/03/2014 - What’s in a seed? Life itself. Ten thousand years ago, Iraq, Egypt and India were the sites of the earliest sowing and harvesting of plants that had previously been gathered in the wild. It was a revolutionary development and made civilization possible. Since then humans have been able to grow food and feed themselves. Today, that freedom embodied in seeds is threatened. Multinational corporations, like Monsanto, have radically changed the agricultural landscape.

2/1/2014 -Madama Butterfly - 

Approximate running time 3 hrs. 15 min.

Anthony Minghella’s breathtakingly beautiful and powerfully dramatic production returns, with Amanda Echalaz making her Met debut as Cio-Cio-San. Rising tenor Bryan Hymel sings Pinkerton. Philippe Auguin, Marco Armiliato, and Fabio Luisi share conducting duties.

Madama Butterfly is a co-production of the Metropolitan Opera, English National Opera, and the Lithuanian National Opera.

1/25/2014 - Approximate running time 2 hrs. 41 min.

Anna Netrebko reprises her adorable Adina in Bartlett Sher’s charming production of Donizetti’s tender comedy, sharing the role with Andriana Chuchman in her Met debut. Ramón Vargas is the love-struck Nemorino, and Erwin Schrott sings the likeable quack Dulcamara, whose “magic” potion causes as many problems
as it solves.

1/30/2014 - Intelligence Squared US presents - With the disastrous launch of the website, critics of the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare,” were given more fuel for the fire. Is this political hot potato's inevitability once again at stake? And is the medical community really on board with the law, or resisting (rewriting?) it from the sidelines?

1/29/2014 - Aaberg's Music and The River

1/29/2014 - As a child on the Crow Reservation in Montana, Peggy White Wellknown Buffalo was taken from her home and sent to Bureau of Indian Affairs boarding schools out of state, and forbidden from speaking her language. As an adult, she has dedicated her life to helping Crow children connect with their history, their culture and their place.

1/22/2014 - Don Schonenbeck shares his perspective on a lifetime of wandering, and on the circumstances that led to his homelessness.

On The Marsh

Jan 29, 2014

1/15/2014 - On a visit home during the last week of waterfowl season, a man and his father head for the marsh where they have spent thousands of hours; hiding in the cattails, waiting for ducks to come to their hand-carved decoys, and talking about the nature of hunting, and the nature of home.

1/8/2014 - 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.

12/18/2014 - A visit with Paul Williams in Helena, Montana - a guitar maker, woodworker, and homeless Vietnam veteran.

02/01/14 - DESPERATELY SEEKING SYMMETRY - This hour, Jad and Robert set out in search of order and balance in the worl


Jan 27, 2014

1/25/2014 - HELP - What do you do when your own worst enemy  Radiolab looks for ways to gain the upper hand over those forces inside us--from unhealthy urges, to creative insights -- that seem to have a mind of their own.  We meet a Cold War negotiator who, in order to quit smoking, backs himself into a tactical corner, and we visit a clinic in Russia where patients turn to a radical treatment to help fight their demons.  Plus, Elizabeth Gilbert on doing battle with your muses.


Jan 27, 2014

1/18/2014 - STRESS - Stress may save your life if you're being chased by a tiger.  But if you're stuck in traffic, it may be more likely to make you sick.  This hour we take a long hard look at the body's system for getting out of trouble.  Stanford University neurologist (and  part-time "baboonologist") Dr. Robert Sapolsky takes us through what happens on our insides when we stand in the wrong line at the supermarket, and offers a few coping strategies.  Plus:  the story of a singer who lost her voice, and an author stick in a body that never grew up.


Jan 27, 2014

1/11/2014 - BLOOD - From medicine to the movies, the horrifying to the holy, and history to the present day  -- we consider the power and magic of the red liquid that runs through our veins.  We meet an artist who opened his veins and got labeled a terrorist, douse ourselves in the meat and metaphors of blood in Shakespeare, wonder if clues to a gory fountain of youth could be lurking in the red blood cells of mice, and trace the complicated supply chain that gets blood from arms to operating tables.


Jan 27, 2014

1/4/2014 - TIME - This hour of Radiolab, we try our hand at unlocking the mysteries of time.  We stretch and bend time, wrestle with its subjective nature, and wrap our minds around strategies to standardize it...stoppign along the way at a 19th-century railroad station in Ohio, a track meet, and a Beethoven concert.


Jan 27, 2014

12/28/2013 - BLISS - Moments of total, world-shaking bliss are not easy to come by.  Maybe that's what makes them feel so life-altering when they strike.  And so worth chasing.  This hour: stories of striving, grasping, tripping, and falling for happiness, perfection, and ideals.  From one man's quest to save the world by inventing a new language, to an explorer who hits the jackpot when he uncovers a double-pack of Cheez Doodles on an expedition to the South Pole.

The Good Show

Jan 27, 2014

12/21/2013 - In this episode, a question that haunted Charles Darwin: if natural selection boils down to survival of the fittest, how do you explain why one creature might stick its neck out for another?  Is altruism an aberration, or just an elaborate guise for sneaky self-interest?  Do we really live in a selfish, dog-eat-dog world?  Or has evolution carved out a hidden code that rewards genuine cooperation?

The Bad Show

Jan 27, 2014

12/14/2013 - Cruelty, violence, badness...This episode of Radiolab wrestles with the dark side of human nature, and asks whether it's something we can ever really understand or fully escape.  We reconsider what Stanley Milgrim's famous experiment really revealed about human nature, meet a chemist who scrambles our notions of good and evil, and talk to a man who chased one of the most prolific serial killers in US history...then got a chance to ask him the question that had haunted him for years:  why?

Caroline Keys

Jan 27, 2014

2/4 & 5/2014 - Caroline Keys speaks to the value of pushing limits, of transcending perceived and accepted boundaries.  She pairs her thoughts with a traditional Salish story as told by Bon Whealdon.

Paul Theobald

Jan 27, 2014

1/28 & 29/2014 - Paul Theobald reflects on the conflict between having an ambitious career and finding a home.  He pairs his thoughts with a passage by Wendell Berry.

Dale Gillespie

Jan 27, 2014

1/21 & 22/2014 - Dale Gillespie reflects o how our attachment to landscape is driven by the memory of small details.  He pairs this with a passage from Wallace Stegner.

Alicia Gignoux

Jan 27, 2014

1/14 & 15/2014 - Alicia Gignoux reflects on the human ethic of sharing the land with wildlife.  She pairs her own thoughts with a prose poem by Charles Finn.

Toby Thompson

Jan 27, 2014

1/7 & 8/2014 - Toby Thompson reflects western saloon as an authentic place of refuge, pairing his thoughts with a passage from author Ken McCullough.

Kathleen Welsch

Jan 27, 2014

12/31/2013 and 1/1/2014 - Kathleen Welsch speaks to the value of protecting those things that cannot protect themselves, including the Earth.  She pairs her thoughts with a recent state from the Indigenous Elders and Medicine Peoples Council.

Erica Olsen

Jan 27, 2014

12/16 & 17/2013 - Erica Olsen reflects on the relationship between nature and technology, pairing her thoughts with those of the historian Frank Waters.

John Clayton

Jan 27, 2014

12/10 & 11/2013 - John Clayton reflects on the popular perception of women in the West as fiercely individual.  He selected a passage by one of Montana's first female novelists Caroline Lockhart.

1/27/2014 - Remember the information superhighway and all the hype about the Internet? The wonders of the Digital Age would be liberating. A utopian bliss was at hand. Now it sometimes looks more like a dystopia. A handful of monopolies dominate the Internet. Google garners 97% of the mobile search market. Microsoft's operating system is used by 90% of the world's computers. Capitalism has colonized cyberspace, spurred the collapse of journalism, independent bookstores and many, many jobs.