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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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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".