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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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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.