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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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)

What Can We Learn From Wildlife?

Sep 18, 2014
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.

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)

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.

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,

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."

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)

The Wilderness Society

Fifty years ago, Lyndon Johnson signed the Wilderness Protection Act, and ever since, the Wilderness Society has worked to protect wild landscapes and to inspire Americans to care about wild places. Former Montanan Jamie Williams is The Wilderness Society's new president, and some of his thinking might surprise you.

(Broadcast: Home Ground Radio, 8/5/14)

What is the connection between 16th century European history, writing, editing, and translating, and Waldorf education? Meet writer, historian and teacher, Jann Gates.

(Broadcast: Home Ground Radio, 7/29/14)

Finding Peace Between People And Elephants

Jul 24, 2014
David Western

Dr. Jonah Western, chairman of the African Conservation Centre, Nairobi, Kenya Western is a scientist studying conflict and co-existence between wildlife and humans. In community-based conservation, Western has discovered a model that could be useful not just in Kenya, but in Montana.

In our Clip of the Week he explains how two different  elephant encounters heavily influenced his view of wildlife and wildlife-human conflict.

Patrick Nouhailler

The natural world ignores many of the artificial barriers that humans designate, including the political one created by the U.S.'s embargo of Cuba. Daniel Whittle, of the Environmental Defense Fund, knows well that birds, fish and even oil spills connect the two countries. Whittle directs the EDF's marine and coastal conservation projects in Cuba, working on fisheries, coral reef conservation, and sustainable coastal development in Cuba and the region.

Dr. Jonah Western

Jul 14, 2014
David Western

7/15/14: This week on Home Ground Radio: Dr. Jonah Western grew up in the 1950s on the "elephant trail" of southern Tanzania, where elephants, their habitat, their hunters - and their protectors - enjoyed a last bastion. Western became a scientist, studying conflict and co-existence between wildlife and humans.

Montana DPHHS

7/8/14: This week on "Home Ground Radio:" Montana's largest stage agency employs 3,100 people, overseeing 2,500 contracts and 150 programs. What it is?  Who runs it? Meet Richard Opper, Director of Montana's Department of Public Health and Human Services.

Dr. Les Purce is the president of The Evergreen State College. The family photos on his wall are an American account of slavery, Indians, westward migration, hard luck and hard work.

In our Clip of the Week, Dr. Purce recounts a childhood experience with segregation.

Listen to the entire interview with Dr. Purce, or hear more episodes of Home Ground Radio online, via podcast or on the air on Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m.

Flickr user Eric Zabinsky

7/1/14: This week on "Home Ground Radio:" Host Brian Kahn takes a tour of the recent 2014 Montana Special Olympics in Billings, speaking with president and CEO Boby Norbie and various staff, volunteers and competitors in the games.

Brucellosis

Jun 23, 2014
Montana Outdoors

6/24/14: This week on "Home Ground:" Brucellosis is showing up among bison, elk, and domestic cattle near Yellowstone National Park, and ranchers, hunters and conservationists are upset. Biologists with Montana's Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks hope that their research will help lead to common ground among these groups.

 

6/17/14: This week on "Home Ground Radio:" If second chances are rare, it's even rarer to have a chance to buy back something valuable that you sold. Montana's electricity-generating dams are for sale.  Should we buy them back? NorthWestern Energy's Bob Rowe and John Hines think so. 

Jason DeShaw

Jun 9, 2014
Eliza Wiley / Helena Independent Record

6/10/14: This week on "Home Ground Radio:" As a child, music got hold of you. As a young man, you wrote songs, began to perform, and started to enjoy success as a working musician. But on tour, at night you'd feel sky-high, imagining wild things. The next morning, you'd plunge into deep despair.  What was happening to you?  Meet singer/songwriter Jason DeShaw.

6/3/14: This week on "Home Ground:" For decades, the Greater Yellowstone Coalition has fought to protect grizzly bears. With numbers rebounding dramatically in and around Yellowstone Park, can the G.Y.C. shift gears and work cooperatively with the public agencies and private landowners it once fought?

Dr. Les Purce

May 26, 2014

5/27/14: This week on "Home Ground:" The family photos on the wall are an American account of slavery, Indians, westward migration, hard luck and hard work. The fascinating story of Les Purce's family.

5/20/14: This week on "Home Ground:" Evergreen State College was founded to offer integrated, flexible and reasonably-priced education. Its academic approach is unorthodox; instead of following pre-programmed curricula, students design their own programs of studies. Outgoing president Les Purce answers the question: in an age of specialization, how is Evergreen doing?

Brian D'Ambrosio, Huffington Post

5/13/14: This week on "Home Ground:" Merriam Webster's dictionary defines "poem" as "a composition in verse, especially a highly developed, imaginative one." Poetry enjoys great popularity in some cultures, but not in the U.S. Does this matter? Can something be done about it? Tami Haaland, raised on a farm on the Hi-Line, thinks it does and it can. She's Montana's poet laureate.

Montana's Division of Criminal Investigation

Apr 29, 2014

4/29/14: This week on "Home Ground:" The trail of a murder case in rural Montana is four years old when arrests are finally made, and prosecution will be difficult. The professionals at the Montana Attorney General’s Division of Criminal Investigations can help a young county attorney make the case.

Montana Supreme Court Justice Beth Baker

Apr 22, 2014

4/22/14: This week on "Homeground:" Nearly all of us are grateful for our Constitutional rights, but most of us would have trouble naming exactly what they are. And what happens when individual and public rights seem to contradict one another? Montana Supreme Court Justice Beth Baker’s job is to know those rights, and, when they come into conflict, to make the call.

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