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Sunday 11:10 a.m. -11:40 a.m.

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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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"

What's the connection between poachers killing African elephants, and promoting tourism in Seeley Lake, Montana? Find out in this episode of "Home Ground Radio".
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What's the connection between poachers killing African elephants, and promoting tourism in Seeley Lake, Montana? Find out in this episode of "Home Ground Radio".

How Two Montana Women Became Addicted To Meth

Aug 4, 2015
shards of methamphetamine hydrochloride, also known as crystal meth.
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Brian Kahn talks with two inmates of the Montana women's prison in Billings about how they became addicted to meth, and what comes next for them.

Debra Magpie Earling is the author of "Perma Red" and "The Lost Journals of Sacajewea" In this 2012 interview on "Home Ground", Earling talks about her life and her writing.

(Broadcast: "Home Ground Radio", 07/26/15. Listen on the web, weekly on the radio at Sundays at  11:10 a.m., or via podcast.)

U.S. Senator Mike Mansfield (Left) and Everett Dirksen conversing.
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It's hard to describe the career of this program's guest, but let me take a stab at it. Early on, grocery delivery boy. A little later, sailor, soldier, marine, Montana miner, history professor, United States congressman, United States senator, Senate majority leader, statesman, ambassador. You must have guessed by now, I'm talking about Mike Mansfield.

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