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Montana DPHHS

7/8/14: This week on "Home Ground Radio:" Montana's largest stage agency employs 3,100 people, overseeing 2,500 contracts and 150 programs. What it is?  Who runs it? Meet Richard Opper, Director of Montana's Department of Public Health and Human Services.

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7/1/14: This week on "Home Ground Radio:" Host Brian Kahn takes a tour of the recent 2014 Montana Special Olympics in Billings, speaking with president and CEO Boby Norbie and various staff, volunteers and competitors in the games.

Brucellosis

Jun 23, 2014
Montana Outdoors

6/24/14: This week on "Home Ground:" Brucellosis is showing up among bison, elk, and domestic cattle near Yellowstone National Park, and ranchers, hunters and conservationists are upset. Biologists with Montana's Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks hope that their research will help lead to common ground among these groups.

 

6/17/14: This week on "Home Ground Radio:" If second chances are rare, it's even rarer to have a chance to buy back something valuable that you sold. Montana's electricity-generating dams are for sale.  Should we buy them back? NorthWestern Energy's Bob Rowe and John Hines think so. 

Jason DeShaw

Jun 9, 2014
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6/10/14: This week on "Home Ground Radio:" As a child, music got hold of you. As a young man, you wrote songs, began to perform, and started to enjoy success as a working musician. But on tour, at night you'd feel sky-high, imagining wild things. The next morning, you'd plunge into deep despair.  What was happening to you?  Meet singer/songwriter Jason DeShaw.

6/3/14: This week on "Home Ground:" For decades, the Greater Yellowstone Coalition has fought to protect grizzly bears. With numbers rebounding dramatically in and around Yellowstone Park, can the G.Y.C. shift gears and work cooperatively with the public agencies and private landowners it once fought?

Dr. Les Purce

May 26, 2014

5/27/14: This week on "Home Ground:" The family photos on the wall are an American account of slavery, Indians, westward migration, hard luck and hard work. The fascinating story of Les Purce's family.

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5/13/14: This week on "Home Ground:" Merriam Webster's dictionary defines "poem" as "a composition in verse, especially a highly developed, imaginative one." Poetry enjoys great popularity in some cultures, but not in the U.S. Does this matter? Can something be done about it? Tami Haaland, raised on a farm on the Hi-Line, thinks it does and it can. She's Montana's poet laureate.

Montana's Division of Criminal Investigation

Apr 29, 2014

4/29/14: This week on "Home Ground:" The trail of a murder case in rural Montana is four years old when arrests are finally made, and prosecution will be difficult. The professionals at the Montana Attorney General’s Division of Criminal Investigations can help a young county attorney make the case.

Access To Success

Apr 14, 2014

4/15/14: This week on "Homeground Radio:" Nearly one-third of American kids fail to graduate from high school, and many end up in dead-end jobs or in prison. “Alternative" high schools offer an answer. One,  Helena College's Access to Success program, turns lives around. Really.

3/25/14: This week on "Home Ground:" Last year, Robert Bonnie was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the Department of Agriculture's Under Secretary for Natural Resources and the Environment. The job matters; Bonnie oversees the U.S. Forest Service. Hear what this Kentucky farm boy has to say on climate change, forest fires, and on finding common ground.

Royce Engstrom

Mar 18, 2014

3/18/14: This week on "Home Ground Radio:" As the changes in knowledge, technology, and economic systems accelerate, does higher education still matter? Can it help us all? University of Montana president Royce Engstrom says "yes." 

Helena College - University of Montana

Mar 4, 2014

3/4/14: This week on "Home Ground Radio:"  Helena College - University of Montana

When we think of “higher education”, we tend to overlook two-year colleges, which offer important technical training as well as a path to personal confidence and accomplishment.

Betty Medsger

Feb 24, 2014

2/25/14: This week on "Home Ground Radio:" Betty Medsger, author of "The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover's Secret FBI."

Edward Snowden has broken the law to reveal what he believes is government abuse.  In 1971, eight Americans did the same, burglarizing an FBI office, then sending the documents they found to the press.  In the process, they changed our nation’s history.

Cooper Hibbard

Feb 14, 2014

"Home Ground Radio," February 18th, 2014: You grew up the fifth generation in a ranching family, and decided by age twelve your life would be to manage the ranch – the grass, the water, the livestock, the wildlife.  Now you’re 29.   Are you ready?  Meet Cooper Hibbard.

Small Business Administration

Feb 11, 2014

"Homeground Radio," February 11th, 2014: The Small Business Administration was created to aid, counsel and protect the interests of small businesses; to preserve free competitive enterprise; and to maintain and strengthen the economy of our nation. In a competitive world, that's not a simple mission.

Elation

Jan 31, 2014

02/04/2014: As owner of a small business, Bill Simmons sometimes finds some of his employees are just coasting. Instead of reading the riot act, he reaches out to them.  "Homeground Radio,"

Bryce Andrews

Jan 24, 2014

01/28/2014 - An earnest, Seattle-raised youth takes a job as a Montana ranch hand, tending cattle in wolf country. Bryce Andrews's new book describes with full honesty the hard work and hard choices on "the ragged edge of the West."  Homeground Radio,

Holly Luck

Jan 17, 2014

"Homeground Radio," January 21st, 2014: When bureaucracy stumps us, what do we do? Often, we call the office of an elected official, hoping that the person who picks up the phone can make something good happen. Holly Luck does just that.

Adam Winkler

Jan 10, 2014

"Homeground Radio," January 14th, 2014: Gun rights are a hot and polarizing topic in America.  Adam Winkler's history of gun rights, Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America, contains surprises for readers in every aspect of the issue.

Pope Francis

Jan 3, 2014

"Homeground Radio," January 7th, 2014: The new pope, Francis, is Time magazine's "Person of the Year." He has rejected traditional formality, criticized church hierarchy, and called for a more humble and engaged priesthood. Recently, Pope Francis issued a scathing critique of the global corporate economy. What's going on? Montana Bishop George Thomas has some thoughts. 

Deer Lodge Prison Vocational Training

Dec 18, 2013

December 31st, 2013: In much of the country, the attitude towards criminals is "lock 'em up and throw away away the key." Not in Montana. At the Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge, some serious criminals are offered the chance to turn their lives around. Meet two, on "Homeground."

General Mercantile

Dec 18, 2013

December 24th, 2013: The general mercantile store is where we used to buy what we wanted, then talk with neighbors, maybe read the paper over a cup of coffee. Long gone? Not in Helena, MT, where Ray Domer's General Merc is alive and well in its 43rd year. http://www.homegroundradio.org/