Edward Snowden has broken the law to reveal what he believes is government abuse. In 1971, eight Americans did the same, burglarizing an FBI office, then sending the documents they found to the press. In the process, they changed our nation’s history.
"Home Ground Radio," February 18th, 2014: You grew up the fifth generation in a ranching family, and decided by age twelve your life would be to manage the ranch – the grass, the water, the livestock, the wildlife. Now you’re 29. Are you ready? Meet Cooper Hibbard.
"Homeground Radio," February 11th, 2014: The Small Business Administration was created to aid, counsel and protect the interests of small businesses; to preserve free competitive enterprise; and to maintain and strengthen the economy of our nation. In a competitive world, that's not a simple mission.
01/28/2014 - An earnest, Seattle-raised youth takes a job as a Montana ranch hand, tending cattle in wolf country. Bryce Andrews's new book describes with full honesty the hard work and hard choices on "the ragged edge of the West." Homeground Radio,
"Homeground Radio," January 21st, 2014: When bureaucracy stumps us, what do we do? Often, we call the office of an elected official, hoping that the person who picks up the phone can make something good happen. Holly Luck does just that.
"Homeground Radio," January 14th, 2014: Gun rights are a hot and polarizing topic in America. Adam Winkler's history of gun rights, Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America, contains surprises for readers in every aspect of the issue.
"Homeground Radio," January 7th, 2014: The new pope, Francis, is Time magazine's "Person of the Year." He has rejected traditional formality, criticized church hierarchy, and called for a more humble and engaged priesthood. Recently, Pope Francis issued a scathing critique of the global corporate economy. What's going on? Montana Bishop George Thomas has some thoughts.
December 31st, 2013: In much of the country, the attitude towards criminals is "lock 'em up and throw away away the key." Not in Montana. At the Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge, some serious criminals are offered the chance to turn their lives around. Meet two, on "Homeground."
December 24th, 2013: The general mercantile store is where we used to buy what we wanted, then talk with neighbors, maybe read the paper over a cup of coffee. Long gone? Not in Helena, MT, where Ray Domer's General Merc is alive and well in its 43rd year. http://www.homegroundradio.org/
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.
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)
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.
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.