Arts & Culture

Author interviews, food, natural history, poetry, and more from "The Write Question", "The Food Guys", "Field Notes", "Home Ground Radio", "Front Row Center", and "Reflections West".

"So a big question of the play is: What do we want to know now that we can know? What do people deserve not to know? And there’s some information, once you know it, can’t be unknown. Who has the right to consent? If one sibling gets their genome traced then that’s really going to affect all the other siblings so. . . What do you know and how do you keep it to yourself if you need to? How do you protect people that don’t want to know?" -- Deb Zoe Laufer

'Field Notes:' How 'Moon Dogs' Are Made

Dec 3, 2017
A lunar halo, or moon dog. Ruka, Finland
Timo Newton-Syms (CC-BY-SA-2)

Moon dogs have many names: lunar halos, moon rings, or winter rings. Their scientific name is “paraselenae” and they are made visible by a combination of specific circumstances.

Elizabeth Sullivan

"It was in February of 2006. My younger brother and best friend had drunk himself to death, I’d written a novel that no one liked, I was in this huge business dispute that had us on the verge of personal bankruptcy, and driving on a snowy Montana afternoon . . . I realized I was worth more dead than alive." -- Mark Sullivan

Snow Fleas

Every autumn I begin to wonder – where do all the bugs go? Unlike people, and other warm-blooded critters that can maintain a consistent internal temperature, insects cannot. So, you might wonder, what do insects do to survive the cold?

“If you act, you’ll either fail and learn, or you’ll succeed. Either one is productive and useful. If you don’t act, nothing happens.”

That’s Shane Beams, the owner and chief engineer of Vision Aerial, a Montana company focused on designing and producing a new generation of affordable, commercial unmanned drones.

On this episode of  Can Do: Lessons from Savvy Montana Entrepreneurs, Shane describes the trajectory of his business, and the trends and issues in the burgeoning drone industry.