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.

Helena College - University of Montana

Mar 4, 2014

3/4/14: This week on "Home Ground Radio:"  Helena College - University of Montana

When we think of “higher education”, we tend to overlook two-year colleges, which offer important technical training as well as a path to personal confidence and accomplishment.

Betty Medsger

Feb 24, 2014

2/25/14: This week on "Home Ground Radio:" Betty Medsger, author of "The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover's Secret FBI."

Edward Snowden has broken the law to reveal what he believes is government abuse.  In 1971, eight Americans did the same, burglarizing an FBI office, then sending the documents they found to the press.  In the process, they changed our nation’s history.

Cooper Hibbard

Feb 14, 2014

"Home Ground Radio," February 18th, 2014: You grew up the fifth generation in a ranching family, and decided by age twelve your life would be to manage the ranch – the grass, the water, the livestock, the wildlife.  Now you’re 29.   Are you ready?  Meet Cooper Hibbard.

Small Business Administration

Feb 11, 2014

"Homeground Radio," February 11th, 2014: The Small Business Administration was created to aid, counsel and protect the interests of small businesses; to preserve free competitive enterprise; and to maintain and strengthen the economy of our nation. In a competitive world, that's not a simple mission.

Elation

Jan 31, 2014

02/04/2014: As owner of a small business, Bill Simmons sometimes finds some of his employees are just coasting. Instead of reading the riot act, he reaches out to them.  "Homeground Radio,"

Bryce Andrews

Jan 24, 2014

01/28/2014 - An earnest, Seattle-raised youth takes a job as a Montana ranch hand, tending cattle in wolf country. Bryce Andrews's new book describes with full honesty the hard work and hard choices on "the ragged edge of the West."  Homeground Radio,

Holly Luck

Jan 17, 2014

"Homeground Radio," January 21st, 2014: When bureaucracy stumps us, what do we do? Often, we call the office of an elected official, hoping that the person who picks up the phone can make something good happen. Holly Luck does just that.

Adam Winkler

Jan 10, 2014

"Homeground Radio," January 14th, 2014: Gun rights are a hot and polarizing topic in America.  Adam Winkler's history of gun rights, Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America, contains surprises for readers in every aspect of the issue.

Pope Francis

Jan 3, 2014

"Homeground Radio," January 7th, 2014: The new pope, Francis, is Time magazine's "Person of the Year." He has rejected traditional formality, criticized church hierarchy, and called for a more humble and engaged priesthood. Recently, Pope Francis issued a scathing critique of the global corporate economy. What's going on? Montana Bishop George Thomas has some thoughts. 

Deer Lodge Prison Vocational Training

Dec 18, 2013

December 31st, 2013: In much of the country, the attitude towards criminals is "lock 'em up and throw away away the key." Not in Montana. At the Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge, some serious criminals are offered the chance to turn their lives around. Meet two, on "Homeground."

General Mercantile

Dec 18, 2013

December 24th, 2013: The general mercantile store is where we used to buy what we wanted, then talk with neighbors, maybe read the paper over a cup of coffee. Long gone? Not in Helena, MT, where Ray Domer's General Merc is alive and well in its 43rd year. http://www.homegroundradio.org/

Friendship Center

Dec 12, 2013

12/17/2013 - Domestic violence - two words.  And behind those words are damaged human lives.  The bad news is we have our share.   The good news is there are good places with good people where victims can get help - and hope.

Home Ground

12/10/13 - Part 2 of our series on mental illness in children:  How do you get through to a suicidal child and help her turn her life around?  Shodair Children's Hospital does just that.

Mental Illness in Children

Nov 27, 2013

12/3/2013 - Thousands of kids in Montana behave in ways that indicate serious mental illness.  Are they really "sick?"  Or reacting normally to a terribly abnormal childhood?  Be prepared to be shocked.

Conrad Burns Part 2

Nov 27, 2013

11/5/2013 - Conrad Burns shares his views on a wide array of issues (part 2 of 2)

Conrad Burns Part 1

Nov 27, 2013

10/29/2013 - In the United States Senate he represented Montana longer than any Republican in the state's history.  Hear what Conrad Burns has to say about money in politics, policy, and power.  (Part 1 of 2)

Aaron Parrett

Nov 27, 2013

10/22/2013 - We live in a culture of commerce, where even higher education is judged in commercial terms:  Will it help get a better-paying job?  Aaron Parrett has a different, old-fashioned view:  It is education i the arts and literature that really counts.

Ken Egan

Nov 27, 2013

9/10/13 - The American west has a history of economic booms and busts.  With shale oil development headed our way, are there lessons we can learn from our past?

Jeff Hagener

Nov 27, 2013

9/3/2013 - Would you want a job where you are routinely blamed for too many, and too few, deer and elk, too many and too few wolves, for restricting oil and gas development, and for allowing too much of it?

Jeff Hagener has that terrific job: He’s Director of Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks.

8/27/2013 - In today's partisan environment, the passing of any environmental law is hard.  But 50 years ago, the Montana Stream Protection Act was signed into law with overwhelming bipartisan support.  It was the first such law in the nation - designed to protect fish habitat.  So let's look back over 50 years at what has actually happened because of this legislation.

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