Home Ground

Sunday 11:10 AM -11:40 AM

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.

How Two Montana Women Became Addicted To Meth

10 hours ago
shards of methamphetamine hydrochloride, also known as crystal meth.
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Brian Kahn talks with two inmates of the Montana women's prison in Billings about how they became addicted to meth, and what comes next for them.

Debra Magpie Earling is the author of "Perma Red" and "The Lost Journals of Sacajewea" In this 2012 interview on "Home Ground", Earling talks about her life and her writing.

(Broadcast: "Home Ground Radio", 07/26/15. Listen on the web, weekly on the radio at Sundays at  11:10 a.m., or via podcast.)

U.S. Senator Mike Mansfield (Left) and Everett Dirksen conversing.
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It's hard to describe the career of this program's guest, but let me take a stab at it. Early on, grocery delivery boy. A little later, sailor, soldier, marine, Montana miner, history professor, United States congressman, United States senator, Senate majority leader, statesman, ambassador. You must have guessed by now, I'm talking about Mike Mansfield.

Without water, we perish. For 30 years, the Confederated Salish-Kootenai Tribes and the state of Montana have disagreed about tribal water right claims. But this year the legislature approved a comprehensive water rights agreement. Melissa Hornbein was one of the lead attorneys in the negotiations, working for Montana DNRC and the Montana Reserved Water Rights Commission. Hornbein talks with Brian Kahn about the legal and emotional challenges of negotiating the Flathead water compact.

Richard Jeo, Montana Nature Conservancy Director

Jul 6, 2015
Nature Conservancy

With our planet occupied by 7 billion human souls, protecting the full diversity of wild species on earth is a daunting task.  Some might argue a hopeless one. Richard Jeo, state director of Montana’s Nature Conservancy, disagrees. He joins Brian Kahn on this episode of "Home Ground Radio".

Greater Sage Grouse
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Pacific Southwest Region (CC-BY-2)

Birds captivate us humans – their beauty, song, and just perhaps, the fact that while we cannot, they can fly.  As head of the Montana Audubon Society, Steve Hoffman knows something about birds. He joins Brian Kahn on this week's "Home Ground Radio".

Montana's national reputation is based on who we are and where we live, not on what we make. Quite a few people are putting their hearts into trying to change that. Brian Kahn visits the Made in Montana Trade Show, where he roams the booths, talking with artists and vendors about how they make and market their products.

What Drives A Montana Lobbyist?

Jun 17, 2015

Between them, Mona Jamison and Stuart Doggett have almost sixty years' experience lobbying in the Montana Legislature. "Lobbyist" isn't a word that wins any popularity contest. Why do they do it?

Sheila McShane

Sheila McShane directs Clinica Maxeña, part of the Guatemala Mission of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena, Montana. McShane arrived in Guatemala 1966, one of two young American RNs who constituted the only trained medical staff at the new mission. The presence of electricity, a rarity in the region, determined the clinic's location.

Restored From Ashes: John Mix Stanley's West

May 31, 2015

Before 1850, paintings and the first black and white photographs provided the sole source of visual imagery of the West to Americans. Among the most remarkable of the explorer-painters employed by government expeditions and railway surveys was John Mix Stanley, whose wanderlust and technical prowess as a draftsman and portrait painter - as well as timing - put him in a position to paint American Indians just as their traditional ways of life had begun to collide with westward American expansion.

Kqyn Kuka: Changing The Face Of The Game Warden

May 24, 2015

In 2007, Kqyn Kuka joined the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks as the second female game warden in Montana. In 2015, out of 100 game wardens statewide, four are women.

In 2013, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Montana, then a not-for-profit corporation, was sold to Health Care Services Corp, a Chicago-based insurance company. Under state law, the sale assets were transferred to a charitable trust, the Montana Healthcare Foundation, to be managed for the public benefit. To date, the MHCF has roughly $80 million in assets.

Mike Korn's Career Spans Folklife And Wildlife

May 10, 2015

What's the connection between traditional American folk music, convincing landowners to allow hunters on their land, and the supervising of game wardens? Brian Kahn talks with Mike Korn, retired deputy chief of law enforcement at Montana's Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

Helena Entrepreneur Shalon Hastings Wins Award

May 2, 2015
Shalon Hastings

Shalon Hastings, owner of The Hub and Taco del Sol in Helena, MT, learned her work ethic helping her grandparents on their ranch in central Montana.

Rennett Stowe

Anthony Page and Jason Larson, Navy SEAL veterans and co-founders of Applied Performance Sciences, talk about touring Montana's high schools, where they introduce John Underwood's "Life of an Athlete" program," promoting a drug and alcohol-free lifestyle.

National Science Foundation - National Teacher Enhancement Network

Kurt Alt worked as a wildlife biologist for the Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department of the State of Montana from 1975 till his retirement in 2010. As Wildlife Manager for Southwest Montana, Alt supervised work in the Gallatin and Madison drainages of southwest Montana, collecting and analyzing data on moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, elk, deer, mountain lions, bears, antelope, and many other native species of the area.

Conner Gorry On Life In Cuba As An American

Mar 25, 2015

Visualize a small business that occupies one room, serves tea, coffee, and pastries and sells books and an array of magazines from Time to Gentleman's Quarterly. There are chairs and couches for reading and conversation and in the small yard outside, rich in tropical plants are tables and chairs, a bench, and even a hammock. A mixed color, curly hair Terrier, Toby, wags a greeting from the open door. Walking by on the sidewalk, you get the feeling that it would be a nice place to relax and visit for ten minutes, or an hour.

Flickr user, Bit Boy

In 1961, Fidel Castro's new Cuban government organized a massive literacy campaign, recruiting 100,000 teenagers to move to the rural areas and teach illiterate farmers how to read and write.

State of Montana

Jonathan Motl is the Commissioner of Political Practices in Montana. It turns out, that's a difficult and controversial job. Serious state and national political interests care deeply about campaign contribution rules, anonymous or "dark money",  the definition of independent committees, and host of other issues. To top it off, Motl is up for confirmation during this session of the Montana Legislature. He has been strongly praised by some, sharply criticized by others. Listen in to hear what he has to say.

Brian Kahn talks with Gen. Gene Prendergast, retired adjutant general of the Montana National Guard, founder, and Jan Rouse, Executive Director of the Montana Youth Challenge Academy in Dillon, MT.

courtesy of Linda Gryczan

Linda Gryczan served as lead plaintiff in a 1993 legal challenge to Montana's deviate sexual conduct statute, which made gay sex between consenting adults a crime.

Brian Kahn talks with faculty members Sam Koenen and Beth Stohlmann, and junior Nathan Mayville, of Petra Academy of Bozeman, MT. Petra is an accredited member of the Association of Classical and Christian Schools.

Brian Kahn talks with writer Richard Manning, co-author with Harvard Medical School professor and M.D. John J. Ratey of the book "Go Wild." (2014 Little, Brown).

From the book's introduction:

Forest Service Northern Region

Growing out of forest restoration efforts around Helena, Montana, in 2014, a cooperative stewardship agreement between the state of Montana and the U. S. Forest Service was developed, the first of its kind in the United States.

(Broadcast: "Home Ground Radio," 1/25/15. Listen weekly on the radio, Sundays at  11:10 a.m., or via podcast.)

Brian Kahn talks with Dana Toole, Bureau Chief of the Children's Justice Bureau in the Montana Department of Justice, and Rep. Jenny Eck, member of the Montana Legislature. The topic: initiatives at the DOJ to improve how the department responds to victims of child sexual abuse, and prevention strategies.

Randy Stiles

As part of a plan to address climate change, a proposed 2014 EPA rule would reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants nationwide by an average of 30% by 2030. (Montana's proposed target is 21%.) The EPA's Clean Power Plan has directed states to develop strategies to reduce CO emissions.

From Hitler's 1941 invasion of Russia until the Nazi surrender in 1945, 24 million Russians died. Yedika Ivanonva served as a medic in the Red Army for all four years of the Soviet-German war. Now 94, she recalls: 

The Helena Business Improvement District and Downtown Helena Inc

In small or medium-sized towns, "anchor" stores benefit many nearby businesses. Billie Shepard, owner for the last seventeen years of The Pan Handler Store on Last Chance Gulch in Helena, MT, thrives on supplying cooks with their tools and demonstrating how to use them. She also provides health insurance, sick leave and vacation pay to her employees and frequently helps pay for their training and education.

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