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Simon O’Dwyer and Maria Cullen O’Dwyer
9:16 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Prehistoric Music of Ireland

Simon O’Dwyer and Maria Cullen O’Dwyer
Credit Michael Marsolek

"Front Row Center," December 22nd, 2013:  "3,000 Years of Ancient Ireland’s Music and Instruments" was the title of Simon O’Dwyer and Maria Cullen O’Dwyer's September 2013 lecture-demonstrations in Missoula and Butte.

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Commentary
2:38 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Three Lumps of Coal for the Working Poor

Three Lumps of Coal for the Working Poor

A Commentary from Evan Barrett

I ended my commentary last month this way:  “Here’s hoping that the onset of Christmas will result in some Christian values rising up in that ‘millionaire class’ that we call Congress so that we might, by year’s end, see the minimum wage go up.  But I wouldn’t bet on it.”

Well here it is, almost Christmas, and so far Zippo from Congress.

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Olympic Skier
11:43 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Montana’s Heather “McFly” hopes to land in Sochi

National freestyle mogul ski champion Heather McPhie

Among the Montanans hoping to make it to the Sochi Olympics this winter is Bozeman native and reigning national freestyle mogul ski champion, Heather McPhie.

It would be McPhie's second Olympics - she placed 18th in Vancouver in 2010. This year's team will be picked in January.

McPhie is back in Bozeman for the holidays after competing in a World Cup event in Finland. The 29-year-old took time out from her training to speak with News Director Sally Mauk about her skiing career. It's a sport that's in her blood - beginning with her great grandfather.

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Orozco-Ramirez
5:25 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Statewide prayer vigils held for alleged MT jail rape victim

Shahid Haque Hausrath, (left) Attorney for alleged rape victim Audemio Orozco-Ramires, lights a candle at a prayer vigil for his client.
Credit Dan Boyce

A prayer vigil was held Tuesday night at Helena’s First United Church of Christ for a Mexican man who says he was raped while in custody at a Montana jail in October.

A series of such vigils are being held around the state

Undocumented immigrant Audemio Orozco-Ramirez was detained after a routine traffic stop in Sidney, Montana.

The vigils seek justice and solace for Orozco-Ramirez and his family. His lawyer wonders if Orozco-Ramirez will be deported before the case can be heard.

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Home Ground Radio
12:25 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Deer Lodge Prison Vocational Training

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."

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Home Ground Radio
12:16 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

General Mercantile

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/

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Commentary - December 18th, 2013
11:43 am
Wed December 18, 2013

The Holiday Gift That Keeps on Giving

Of all the tasks involved in being a school board member, certainly the most pleasant is attending holiday concerts. Every year I drop in on school programs throughout Great Falls, and this year, I’ve been focusing on the elementary schools.  The talent and sophistication are certainly more evident in the high schools, but in the elementary schools, every child is part of the program.   And for a couple of hours, you get to be part of the unique mini-community that develops around the hub of a neighborhood school. 

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Commentary - December 17, 2013
11:04 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Holiday Cheer - Mandatory Arbitration Fixes?

It's that time of the year when when many of us are out buying gifts as part of our holiday celebrations.  The vast majority of those will be purchased with debit or credit cards.  Later this month and continuing next month the statements for those cards will be arriving – in mailboxes or in-boxes across the state.  And, if you have a dispute with the bank – such as additional fees being tacked on that you didn't know about that caused you to go over your limit and incur even more charges – you will likely find that buried in the fine print of your account agreement is a provision requiring

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Schweitzer for president?
9:45 am
Wed December 18, 2013

More hints our ex-governor may run for president

Former Governor Brian Schweitzer

Former governor Brian Schweitzer says he plans to spend a lot of time in Iowa, and in fact, he's giving a speech there today - raising more questions about whether he intends to run for president.

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Memoir
6:07 am
Wed December 18, 2013

One Man's Odyssey of Mayhem and Misbehavior

Works Cited An Alphabetical Odyssey of Mayhem and Misbehavior, a memoir by Brandon Schrand

Brandon Schrand talks about the influence reading literature had on his early life, when he was a boy growing up in Soda Springs, Idaho, and during the seven years he spent muddling his way through college (the first person in his family to go to college). He also reads several passages from his second memoir, Works Cited:  An Alphabetical Odyssey of Mayhem and Misbehavior.

About the Book:

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