Brian Kahn

Home Ground Radio
12:23 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Helena Food Share: Helping 1,500 Families A Month

For a state in the richest nation in the world, it's an awkward truth that many Montanans go hungry. In Helena, approximately fourteen percent of residents face hunger. Host Brian Kahn talks about it with Ann Waickman, Executive Director of Helena Food Share.

Who comes to Helena Food Share?   

"We really try to never have to come in here, but we usually end up here a few times a year.  I haven't been paid in three weeks and my wife's job just won't cover all our bills."  -HFS Client

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Home Ground Radio
5:00 am
Sun November 30, 2014

The Fine Art Of Trading At Historic Fort Benton, c.1848

Historic Fort Benton, MT. (CC BY-NC 2.0)
Credit Flickr user, BigRedSky

It's 1848 and you're heading 2,200 miles up the Missouri River, spending two months literally pulling the keel boat upstream. When you arrive at the American Fur Company trading post of Fort Benton, you're in for a surprise. It's a barter post rather than a military fort, where Blackfeet and white traders exchange goods, not hostilities. In fact, many of these traders are related through marriage.

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Home Ground Radio
5:00 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Ben Thorpe: Creating Cosmopolitan Cuisine In Rural Montana

Chef Ben Thorpe
Credit Kim Metez

Chef Ben Thorpe, a home-schooled native of rural Idaho, is the chef at Fort Benton's Grand Union Hotel. From seminary, to an abbreviated career in classical dance, to ministerial work, then a stint as a wine steward, Thorpe came to his culinary career in a roundabout way. "I think the ability to please people, to take ingredients and put them together, and to see people truly feel happiness, is really life-changing.

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Home Ground Radio
5:00 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Public Health In Montana

When we think of "health," we often think about the well-being of an individual. But Lindsey Krywaruchka, Emily Epperson, and George Burns work on behalf of a different definition of "health:" the well-being of an entire human population. All three work in the public health programs of Montana's Department of Public Health and Human Services.

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Home Ground Radio
5:00 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Deep Springs College: Reading Hegel, Cutting Hay

Driving cattle, Deep Springs College
Credit courtesy of Deep Springs College

Nearly one hundred years ago, L.L. Nunn, an electrical pioneer and the manager of a Colorado power company, founded a two-year college for young men in California's Deep Springs Valley. Deep Springs College isn't the typical American junior college: it's tiny, with just twenty-six students. No one pays tuition or fees.  It's located on a remote cattle ranch and alfalfa farm. The student-faculty ratio is 5:1.

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Home Ground Radio
9:02 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Jack Horner, Iconoclastic Paleontologist, Keeps Digging

Paleontologist Jack Horner with a bird skeleton, 2012. (CC BY 2.0)
Credit Flickr user, Meet the Media Guru

"My way of learning was never through a book - it was always through experience. Going out and finding things and thinking about them is basically how I have learned everything. When it comes to teaching a student something, I want that student to do the same thing. I think reading is overrated, quite frankly, and I think there's no reason to read a book and learn about someone else's idea. I think it's more important to experience something and have your own idea."

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Home Ground Radio
4:00 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Greg Gianforte: Engineer, Entrepreneur, And Christian

Greg Gianforte (CC BY 2.0)
Credit Jim Winstead

Greg and Susan Gianforte started a hi-tech business in a spare bedroom of their home in Bozeman. Fourteen years later, they sold RightNow Technologies, Inc. to Oracle for $1.5 billion.

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Home Ground Radio
5:00 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Hugh Caperton: Cash In The Courtroom

Hugh Caperton

Big money is pouring into judges' elections. So how would you feel if the judge deciding your case had received $3.5 million from your opponent? Hugh Caperton knows. With attorney James Sample, he took his case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Home Ground Radio
5:00 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Carrie La Seur: Getting To The Home Place

Credit 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)

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Home Ground Radio
5:00 am
Mon September 15, 2014

The Montana Historical Society: Why History Matters

"When the Land Belonged to God," by Charlie Russell

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)

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