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Climate Week 2013
10:20 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Climate change presenting new challenges to farmers

Lifeline shed equipped with solar panels
Edward O'Brien

Farming is a tough and unpredictable business. It requires hard manual labor and quick responses to complicated problems.

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Commentary - October 25th, 2013
9:32 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Post-Shutdown: Where Do We Go From Here?

Last Thursday, sixteen days into a federal government shutdown, Congress passed a temporary budget that re-opened the government and raised the debt ceiling until January of 2014.  This agreement sent federal employees back to work and diverted a potential default on national debt, and that is inarguably a good thing.  However, for those of us that watched in dismay as partisan politics left our country uncertain, our economy weakened, and our government in disarray, there are larger lessons to be learned from the last few weeks.

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Commentary - October 19th, 2013
9:27 am
Fri October 25, 2013

The Importance of Learning Foreign Languages

Learning a foreign language is both time consuming and troublesome.  I still recall in high school and in college spending hours trying to memorize hundreds of vocabulary words in Spanish and Japanese and the dozens of ways to conjugate verbs.  I still cringe when thinking about the deep embarrassment of those awkward moments when I tried to express complex thoughts in front of my foreign language classes using kindergarten level terms because of my limited vocabulary.  Although these were difficult times in my international academic training, I certainly do not regret it.

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The Plant Detective
8:00 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Datura: A "Witches' Weed"

Credit Anna Veltfort

October 26th & 28th, 2013: Datura. Also known as  jimsonweed and moonflower, datura is medicinal. In potentially fatal doses, it's hallucinogenic. Datura isn't safe for experimentation.

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Breeding the Nutrition Out of Food
8:00 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Bitter is Sweet for Your Health

Dandelion greens

October 27th, 2013: Jon and Greg discuss a recent New York Times opinion piece by Jo Robinson called "Breeding the Nutrition Out of Our Food," which compares the phytonutrient content of wild plants with that of supermarket produce.

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Field Notes
8:00 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Nature's Costumes

Credit http://onegreatbackyard.blogspot.com/

"Fieldnotes," October 27th & 28th, 2013: "Halloween," by Lynn Tennefoss & Caroline Kurtz (read by Allison de Jong). http://www.montananaturalist.org/

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Director Ray Ekness on "Front Row Center"
8:00 am
Fri October 25, 2013

War of the Worlds: Orson Welles and his Little Green Men

Sunday, October 27th, 2013: Michael Marsolek talks with "Heat Ray" Ekness, Professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Montana, about Montana Public Radio's October 30th re-enactment of the Mercury Theater's 1938 War of the Worlds radio drama.  Writer Howard Koch and director/narrator Orson Welles adapted the plot of H.G.

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Eight Videos of Eight Songs in Eight Weeks
8:00 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Luke Dowler

August 20th and October 29th, 2013: "I always write each song as if were my last,” says Kalispell songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Luke Dowler, whose soulful delivery and raw honesty are are exemplified by the "8 in 8" project, for which Luke wrote, recorded and released eight videos of eight new songs in eight weeks.

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Commentary - October 24th, 2013
2:21 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

The Stink Coming Through the Revolving Door

When one reflects on the recent federal government shutdown and Congress’ near “default” on the “full faith & credit” of the US Government, a whole lot stinks.

Buried in that stinking pile of refuse is a small item that reminds us of a big problem -- the pervasive power that special interests have through their lobbyists and the benefits they gain from the revolving door between Congressional members and staff and those same special interests.

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Climate Week 2013
1:37 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

How will climate change affect businesses in Montana?

Sergio Gonzalez films Big Timber corn farmer Dave Christensen
Allison Molin

Students at the University of Montana looked into the question of how Montana businesses are affected by the changing climate. Starting in September, students split up into five teams to research the effects of climate change in Montana. Then, they took that knowledge and found five businesses around the state whose business was in some way connected to climate change.

Students set out across Montana to learn exactly how they had been affected. And while all of the businesses have noticed the changing climate, they have each been affected in different ways.

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