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.

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Home Ground Radio
5:00 am
Sun November 23, 2014

The Montana Raptor Conservation Center: 26 Years of Bird Rescues And Education

Swainson’s Hawk (dark morph) release.
Credit Whitney Hall. Courtesy of the Montana Raptor Conservation Center

Montana's hawks, owls and eagles get injured by collisions with cars and windows (not to mention bullets), by electrocution, and by poison. Some young birds "imprint" on humans, leaving them incapable of living in the wild. Bozeman's Montana Raptor Conservation Center works to heal these raptors and return them to the wild; about 40% of the birds at the center get released.

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Home Ground Radio
5:00 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Ben Thorpe: Creating Cosmopolitan Cuisine In Rural Montana

Chef Ben Thorpe
Credit Kim Metez

Chef Ben Thorpe, a home-schooled native of rural Idaho, is the chef at Fort Benton's Grand Union Hotel. From seminary, to an abbreviated career in classical dance, to ministerial work, then a stint as a wine steward, Thorpe came to his culinary career in a roundabout way. "I think the ability to please people, to take ingredients and put them together, and to see people truly feel happiness, is really life-changing.

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Home Ground Radio
5:00 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Public Health In Montana

When we think of "health," we often think about the well-being of an individual. But Lindsey Krywaruchka, Emily Epperson, and George Burns work on behalf of a different definition of "health:" the well-being of an entire human population. All three work in the public health programs of Montana's Department of Public Health and Human Services.

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Home Ground Radio
5:00 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Deep Springs College: Reading Hegel, Cutting Hay

Driving cattle, Deep Springs College
Credit courtesy of Deep Springs College

Nearly one hundred years ago, L.L. Nunn, an electrical pioneer and the manager of a Colorado power company, founded a two-year college for young men in California's Deep Springs Valley. Deep Springs College isn't the typical American junior college: it's tiny, with just twenty-six students. No one pays tuition or fees.  It's located on a remote cattle ranch and alfalfa farm. The student-faculty ratio is 5:1.

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Home Ground Radio
9:02 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Jack Horner, Iconoclastic Paleontologist, Keeps Digging

Paleontologist Jack Horner with a bird skeleton, 2012. (CC BY 2.0)
Credit Flickr user, Meet the Media Guru

"My way of learning was never through a book - it was always through experience. Going out and finding things and thinking about them is basically how I have learned everything. When it comes to teaching a student something, I want that student to do the same thing. I think reading is overrated, quite frankly, and I think there's no reason to read a book and learn about someone else's idea. I think it's more important to experience something and have your own idea."

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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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