Home Ground

Sunday 11:10 a.m. -11:40 a.m.

Home Ground Radio with Brian Kahn

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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What is the oldest branch of the U.S. military? The Army? The Navy? No: it’s the National Guard, founded in 1636, 140 years before our Declaration of Independence. Adjutant General Gene Prendergast knows that. He served in the Montana Guard for 47 years. It is a career marked by innovation, commitment and creativity.

The grizzly bear is Montana’s state mammal, famous for its size, strength and intelligence. Grizzlies have been hunted for centuries by first peoples to obtain mythic power and by farmers and ranchers to protect livestock. In large swaths of the U.S., market hunters exterminated the great bear for its fur. With the grizzly off the endangered species list, should Montana allow trophy hunting? Dan Vermillion, chair of Montana's Fish & Wildlife Commission, joins us to discus on this episode of "Home Ground Radio."

In parts of the world wracked by violence, like Syria and Palestine, we often see images of destruction. But Samantha Robinson, founder and executive producer of Awareness & Prevention Through Art (aptART), is working to change that. She believes visual aesthetics play a significant role in psychological health, and by collaborating with communities to create bold murals, art can stimulate dialog and healing.

When Penelope Pierce drove through Montana's Paradise Valley in '85, she knew she was home. Now, as the Executive Director of the Gallatin Valley Land Trust, she has supported numerous conservation easements to protect large landscapes. Pierce believes that conservation has to make financial sense to people, and through cooperation and education, this type of model can prove successful.

For centuries, durable work clothes have been designed for men, but Sarah Calhoun, founder and owner of Red Ants Pants, is working to change that. This week on "Home Ground", we learn how White Sulfur Springs became the international headquarters of the first company dedicated to work-wear for women. It's also the home of the annual Red Ants Pants Music Festival, an event that supports rural families and communities across the state. 

'Home Ground Radio': Bob Ream, Part 2

Jul 24, 2016

Last week we talked with Bob Ream who's had an outstanding career in ecology, academics, and politics. This week we're talking about the politics. Bob Ream joins us for part two on this episode of "Home Ground".

'Home Ground Radio': Bob Ream, Part 1

Jul 22, 2016

If you're lucky in life, and/or determined, you get to choose how you use your time. Looking back, some careers stand out. Bob Ream's career in ecology, academics, and politics is one. Ream is the guest on this episode of "Home Ground Radio".

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The founders of our nation placed a great deal of trust in the role of a free press as the key to maintaining informed public opinion. Chuck Johnson, a professional newspaper reporter for 44 years, is in a good position to say how we're doing.

Crow Tribe Legislative Branch

R. Knute Old Crow grew up on the Crow Reservation, dreaming of being an architect. But hardship intervened, and Old Crow became a welder. He put himself through college, got into politics, and today, he's in his third term as Speaker of the House of the Crow Nation, looking to change the tribal economy's lack of opportunity.

Since Teddy Roosevelt’s time, there’ve been a fair number of hunting and angling organizations active in wildlife conservation. And if you pursue that passion in big, wild country, there’s one designed for people like you: Backcountry Hunters and Anglers. Land Tawney from Backcountry Hunters and Anglers is our guest on this episode of “Home Ground Radio."

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