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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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The Wilderness Act became law in 1964, enabling Congress to set aside land “where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.”  Few remember the days when timber mill unions and conservationists developed wilderness proposals and took together them to Congress. John Gatchell does, he's our guest on this episode of "Home Ground Radio." Part 2 of 2.

The Wilderness Act became law in 1964, enabling Congress to set aside land “where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.”  Few remember the days when timber mill unions and conservationists developed wilderness proposals and took together them to Congress. John Gatchell does. He's our guest on this episode of "Home Ground Radio." (Part 1 of 2.)

Our constitution gives us the right of privacy, yet it seems someone is monitoring our computer communications. Are they? Adrian Cohea, a systems analyst at the Montana Department of Revenue knows. He's today's guest on "Home Ground Radio"

The cost of fighting fires now consumes most of the Forest Service's tight budget, and sharp cuts in staff are one result. Can they still provide the stewardship the land needs? Dale Bosworth, former chief of the U.S. Forest Service shares his views on this episode of “Home Ground Radio”.

John Youngberg, Montana Farm Bureau Federation

Feb 10, 2016

The chances are extremely high that the food you ate this morning came from a farm. John Youngberg knows something about that. Now their executive vice president, he’s worked for the Montana Farm Bureau Federation for 24 years, and is our guest on “Home Ground Radio” today.

You’re a conservative Republican congressman from South Carolina who becomes convinced climate change is real. You have faith in markets and propose a carbon tax. Challenged in the primary, you lose. What now? Meet Bob Inglis, our guest on this episode of "Home Ground Radio".

'Home Ground' Talks Foster Care After 40

Feb 2, 2016

You’ve made the decision—you want to adopt a child. But you and your husband are in your 40s, and your kids are no longer at home. You don’t want to raise another infant—perhaps a child who’s  8, or 10, would be right. Where do you turn for help? Today's guests on "Home Ground" have the answers.

Our ongoing abortion debate focuses on the important moral question of the rights of the fetus, the mother, and government.  But we don’t talk much about the rights of mothers and their babies—after birth.  Hear what Gregg Trude of “Right to Life of Montana” has to say, on this episode of "Home Ground Radio".

This fall Congress came close to shutting down the government to prevent federal funds from going to Planned Parenthood, perhaps the nation’s largest organization providing women’s health care services, from sex education and health screening, to contraception and abortion. Martha Stahl is president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Montana, she's our guest today on "Home Ground Radio".

Montana ACLU Director On 'Home Ground Radio'

Jan 6, 2016

Just about everybody says they support the constitution. But which parts? The American Civil Liberties Union has 50 state affiliates that take controversial cases to court. Caitlin Borgmann knows. She’s director of the ACLU of Montana, and today's guest on "Home Ground Radio"


Within the Catholic Church, there exists a surprising diversity of viewpoints, illustrated vividly by native Montanan archbishop Raymond Hunthausen. He was Carroll College president, then a bishop. As archbishop of Seattle, he took a stand against nuclear weapons, which brought him into direct conflict with his president and his pope. John McCoy published a biography of Hunthausen in 2015: “A Still and Quiet Conscience: The Archbishop Who Challenged a Pope, a President, and a Church”. McCoy joins us this week on "Home Ground Radio".

In college you pick some classes, attend each 2 or 3 times a week. Everywhere in the nation except at Dillon's University of Montana-Western. Students there study one subject 18 days straight, digging in.  And they like it! Dr. Beth Weatherby, Chancellor of UM Western in Dillon is today's guest on "Home Ground Radio".

We’ve all heard about homesteading, the land grant program that encouraged people to settle the west. Homesteaders were told it was a land of milk and honey. Randy Morger of Fort Benton’s River and Plains Society, tells us what it was really like.

Over 2,600 Montana children are in foster care; determined by a court to be "in imminent risk."  That's up 60 percent since 2008.  What's going on? Guest Sarah Corbally, administrator of Child & Family Services at the Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services shares her thoughts.

Ultimately, we depend for our survival on using part of the earth’s resources, choosing what to use and how; choices that in part hinge cultural values. Richard Janssen has some experience at that. He’s head of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’  Department of Natural Resources. Janssen joins us today on “Home Ground Radio”.

Imagine there are two hot basketball teams in the same town, one the best in the nation. Their colleges are just across town from each other so a showdown is a must. Except for one thing — one team is white, the other black, and in 1944 North Carolina, whites and blacks are forbidden to compete. What happens next tells a lot about the nation we were, and the nation we are. Scott Ellsworth has written a book about it, “The Secret Game.” Scott is our guest today on “Home Ground Radio".

Poetry’s been around a long time. Jazz, on the other hand, is a relatively recent American original. So why would jazz composer Wayne Horvitz write music in honor of a poet? Specifically, about Richard Hugo, perhaps Montana’s most renowned practitioner of the art? Wayne Horvitz explains on this episode of "Home Ground Radio,” listen now.

The reality and history of racial prejudice in America is hard to discuss, and so we as a people and nation have largely avoided it. But over the past year, a series of police shootings of unarmed black men has changed that. People started talking, although sometimes at each other rather than with each other. The history of enslavement of blacks followed by a hundred years of the use of law to enforce second class citizenship adds to the difficulty of comfortable serious discussion. Wilmot Collins of Helena, Montana knows more about this than most people. Collins joins us this week on “Home Ground Radio”.

We know the story in broad strokes: Anglo-Americans settled in the East, then moved West. Again and again, trade with Indians was replaced by war. In less than a hundred years, it was over, many tribes forced onto reservations. Off the national radar, what's been going on? Harry Barnes knows better than most. He’s Chairman of the Tribal Council Of the Blackfeet Nation, and our guest this week on "Home Ground Radio".

The Roundtable on the Crown of the Continent attempts to provide stewardship to 18 million acres by connecting people, cultures, communities and conservation. Lea Whitford, Blackfeet tribal member and Montana state senator, is part of that process, she's this week's guest on "Home Ground Radio" with Brian Kahn.

You’ve been a Vermont lawyer for 40 years, about 20 of those as a judge. So how do you end up serving as a judge in war crime trials in Kosovo? And how do you like going to work wearing body armor? Meet Dean Pineles.

Historically the beneficiaries of Forest Service lands often disagree about how they should be used. Should we increase or decrease timber harvest and why. Open more roads or close some we put it in in past years? Add Wilderness or not? The hot seat for many of those issues is the Regional Forester in Region One based in Missoula Montana. Leanne Marten is the guest on "Home Ground" this week.

Five years ago doctor Waded Cruzado was appointed President of Montana State University in Bozeman. She was the first woman to hold that position in the University System. First person born in Puerto Rico to hold that position in the University System. We interviewed her shortly after her appointment. She had ambitious plans. We thought it would be a good time to see how she's doing. President Cruzado is our guest this week on “Home Ground Radio”.

You're thinking about a vacation. Something special. Alaska perhaps for a couple of weeks. Hawaii? how about Europe, Italy and Spain? No not quite right. This sounds more like it. You'll ride a motorcycle starting out in Istanbul Turkey for 57 days you'll drive 9,300 miles are on the fabled silk road. Dating back to 2,000 years or more. You'll go through Georgia around Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, and some other countries, and hopefully end up in China. Are you crazy? No you're Terry Gauthier of Helena, Montana, this week's guest on "Home Ground Radio".

In 1988, when you were a young Catholic priest, the child sex abuse scandal hit. You urged cooperation, not confrontation, but the church took a different path. Now, you’re a bishop and the scandal explodes in your diocese. What do you do? Bishop George Thomas is the guest on this week's "Home Ground Radio".

Is Meth Making A Resurgence In Montana?

Sep 20, 2015

Some years back an epidemic of methamphetamine swept into Montana. The community rallied with legislation, law enforcement, and education. Meth use seemed to decline. But it’s back — in spades.

Detective Sergeant Danny David of the Missouri River Drug Task Force, and Melinda Reed of The Friendship Center join Brian Kahn on this episode of "Home Ground Radio".

Most Americans believe the rule of law is essential to justice. But opinion polls show that the profession essential to the application of law - that of lawyer - is not held in high esteem. Knowing that, why would a smart, young woman want to become one? Kim Clement made that choice. She joins Brian Kahn on this episode of "Home Ground Radio" to talk about her law career, and what followed.

Homeless people make us uncomfortable. We wonder what’s gone wrong, but hesitate to cross an unspoken line, or extend a helping hand. Family Promise, a faith-based initiative, does both. And it works. Nick Zullo, director of Family Promise of Helena joins Brian Kahn on this episode of "Home Ground Radio".

As a boy growing up on Montana ranches, Dan Ellison was fascinated by birds. He decided he wanted to learn to fly. The result? From flying search and rescue helicopters to working for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, he's had a highly interesting life. He joins Brian Kahn on this episode of "Home Ground Radio".

Djamal Pullom was born of mixed race parents in a part of Kentucky where that was unacceptable. He grew up a loner before finding his family—in the United States Navy. Pullom joins Brian Kahn on this episode of "Home Ground Radio"