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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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As a child, he sensed that he had leadership ability, and in World War II, he had a chance to demonstrate it. An active family life and law practice followed. Now at age 92, Bob Anderson reflects on a distinguished career and the experiences that shaped his character. 

Remembering Distinguished Veteran, Ben Steele

Oct 24, 2016

Early this month, flags across Montana were flown at half-mast to honor World War II veteran Ben Steele. We interviewed Ben several years ago. What he had to say is very much worth hearing again.

Montana Supreme Court candidate Dirk Sandefur believes his life experiences provide common sense and  intuitive insights in court, but personal or ideological values of associated groups should not drive legal decisions. Judge Sandefur says, "I have a 14-year career in one of Montana's busiest judicial districts of deciding cases based on the facts and law without any consideration of my personal political views or other philosophical views that I have." Sandefur is one of two candidates running for the Montana Supreme Court, which is tasked with interpreting and upholding the state's constitution.

Montana Supreme Court Candidate Kristen Juras says she would be the only justice who has irrigated a hay field in addition to filing and defending water rights claims. Juras has 34 years of experience representing farmers, ranchers, small business owners, non-profit organizations and individuals in the daily legal issues they face. She currently teaches at the University of Montana School of Law and says she would "bring an area of expertise that is currently lacking in the court."

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".