Home Ground

Tuesday 1:00 PM -1:30 PM

Home Ground Radio is a half-hour public affairs program with topics that range from the environment to the politics of Montana and the rural west. In each program, host Brian Kahn conducts one or two in-depth interviews.

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Home Ground Radio
4:00 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Greg Gianforte: Engineer, Entrepreneur, And Christian

Greg Gianforte (CC BY 2.0)
Credit Jim Winstead

Greg and Susan Gianforte started a hi-tech business in a spare bedroom of their home in Bozeman. Fourteen years later, they sold RightNow Technologies, Inc. to Oracle for $1.5 billion.

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Home Ground Radio
5:00 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Mike Wheat, Incumbent Candidate For The Montana Supreme Court

Montana Supreme Court Justice Mike Wheat

In the 2014 general election in Montana, perhaps the most interesting statewide race is for a seat on the state supreme court. The winner will make decisions about the constitutional rights of all Montanans.

In this episode of "Home Ground Radio", Brian Kahn sits down with incumbent Montana Supreme Court Justice Mike Wheat. They talk about judicial philosophy, the role of judges, judicial elections, and money in politics.

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Home Ground Radio
5:00 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Hugh Caperton: Cash In The Courtroom

Hugh Caperton

Big money is pouring into judges' elections. So how would you feel if the judge deciding your case had received $3.5 million from your opponent? Hugh Caperton knows. With attorney James Sample, he took his case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Home Ground Radio
5:00 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Carrie La Seur: Getting To The Home Place

Credit Dewey Vanderhoff

Carrie La Seur is a seventh generation descendant of homesteaders who came to Montana in 1864. As a child, Carrie was enthralled by stories of Montana life in the 19th and early 20th centuries. But her adult life as a lawyer has created a deep divide. To try to resolve it, she wrote a novel.

(Broadcast: Home Ground Radio, 9/23/14)

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Clip of the Week
12:01 am
Thu September 18, 2014

What Can We Learn From Wildlife?

Biologist Douglas Chadwick with a Mongolian Grizzly Bear.
Credit Hunter J. Causey

Humans like to believe we're on the top of the pyramid when it comes to intelligence. Wildlife biologist Douglas Chadwick isn't so sure.

In our Clip of the Week, Chadwick talks about his experience working with big-brained animals, and explains two great reasons for studying wildlife.

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Home Ground Radio
5:00 am
Mon September 15, 2014

The Montana Historical Society: Why History Matters

"When the Land Belonged to God," by Charlie Russell

In the midst of rapid change, history can seem so...out of date. But a visit with Jennifer Bottomly-O'Looney and Kirby Lambert at the Montana Historical Society shows why it matters.

(Broadcast: Home Ground Radio, 9/16/14)

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Home Ground Radio
5:00 am
Mon September 8, 2014

The 100th Anniversary Of Montana Women's Right To Vote: Martha Kohl

Credit Women's HIstory Matters

2014 marks the hundredth anniversary of women’s suffrage in Montana. How did Montana's non-native women win the right to vote from an all-male legislature, six years before equal suffrage was achieved nationwide?  Martha Kohl, historical specialist with the Montana Historical Society, details the strategies, struggles, and unexpected outcomes (think women bootleggers) of suffrage.

You can read much more about women's history in Martha's online project, Women’s History Matters.

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Home Ground Radio
5:00 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Doug Chadwick: The Grizzly Bears Of Mongolia's Gobi Desert

Credit Hunter J. Causey

Wildlife biologist Doug Chadwick, author of numerous books and articles about natural history and conservation, and longtime resident of grizzly bear habitat in Montana, describes himself as a "bear groupie."  Ursos arctos gobiensis, a Gobi Desert sub-species of grizzly bear,

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Home Ground Radio
5:00 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Dan Wenk, Superintendent Of Yellowstone National Park

Dan Wenk, Superintendent of Yellowstone National Park
Credit National Park Service

Dan Wenk, Superintendent of Yellowstone National Park, walks in the footsteps of 142 years of leadership in the world's oldest national park. His decisions affect not only the park, but its neighboring landowners and businesses. "You don't answer the questions in national parks by building facilities. Oftentimes, it's (best) to leave the area alone. Try to give people a great, broad experience of what's in a national park, but don't commercialize that experience."

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Home Ground Radio
5:38 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Jim Hagenbarth, Montana Rancher

Jim Hagenbarth
Credit courtesy of Jim Hagenbarth

The settlers who came to Montana relied on livestock for their livelihoods and the lives. More than 150 years later, technology has removed most of us from the ranching life. But not Jim Hagenbarth. Far more than most, he understands the needs, complexities and rewards of ranching.

(Broadcast: Home Ground Radio, 8/19/14)

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