Home Ground Radio

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.

The founders of our nation placed a great deal of trust in the role of a free press as the key to maintaining informed public opinion. Chuck Johnson, a professional newspaper reporter for 44 years, is in a good position to say how we're doing.

Crow Tribe Legislative Branch

R. Knute Old Crow grew up on the Crow Reservation, dreaming of being an architect. But hardship intervened, and Old Crow became a welder. He put himself through college, got into politics, and today, he's in his third term as Speaker of the House of the Crow Nation, looking to change the tribal economy's lack of opportunity.

Since Teddy Roosevelt’s time, there’ve been a fair number of hunting and angling organizations active in wildlife conservation. And if you pursue that passion in big, wild country, there’s one designed for people like you: Backcountry Hunters and Anglers. Land Tawney from Backcountry Hunters and Anglers is our guest on this episode of “Home Ground Radio."

Private enterprises use advertising to promote what they do. For government agencies, that’s usually forbidden. So we know very little about what public employees do, or whether it’s worth the money. That creates fertile ground for barroom experts and politicians to take potshots at them. Rich Bechtel has seen a lot in forty years in government, and what it takes to make it work.

For many years the Flathead valley was well known for hard-edged polarization around natural resource issues. That’s been changing, thanks to people like Stoltze Lumber’s Paul McKenzie and Dave Hadden of Headwaters Montana.

When the law is broken, law enforcement and the courts step in and lawbreakers often end up in jail or on probation. All this takes time and is very expensive, and the system can only handle so much. According to Chief Justice Mike McGrath, many of our courts have passed the limit.

'Home Ground': Meat & Morality

May 15, 2016

Since our species evolved some 200 million years ago, we’ve eaten what we could find — whether meat or plants. But with 7 billion people on the planet, the climate changing, and animals raised in factory farms, vegans say that if we have a choice, eating meat is morally wrong. Lisa Kemmerer weighs in on this episode of "Home Ground Radio".

Driving through Montana’s vast fields of grass, wheat and barley, the landscape looks unchanged. But in the last 60 years a lot has — rippling through the state, altering how we Montanans relate to each other. Farmer Joe Perry knows.

'Home Ground' Talks Healthcare Costs

May 12, 2016

You must have something that will cost between $35,000 and $50,000. But when you sign on the dotted line you don’t know what the bill will be or how good the product is. It sounds crazy, but you’ve just described much of the American medical system!

For more than 100 years, state fish and wildlife agencies have accepted the job of managing wildlife, usually but not exclusively those which are hunted for meat or trapped for fur. Managing in concept involves assessing and improving habitat, monitoring populations, setting seasons and bag limits on animals that can be taken - in short, allowing harvest while maintaining a health population. So imagine: you're supposed to manage wolverines. Mission impossible? Our guests today, who work for Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, talk about wolverines and the challenges around managing them.

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