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.

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out of date.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.

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