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Conservation Economy
12:15 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

How hiking, fishing, Glacier Park, and Flathead Lake factor into the economic development question

Entrance at West Glacier.
Credit Katrin Frye

“This is a really good place to recruit to,” Dr. A. Craig Eddy works as the Chief Medical Officer at Kalispell Regional Medical Center, and is in charge of recruiting.

Eddy said the Flathead is a great place, but not because of the salary.

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Climate Week 2013
11:00 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Habitat shrinking for high alpine animals, like the tiny pika

A pika crouches on a rock near Gable Pass in Glacier National Park
Jake Bramante/hike734.com

Hiker Jake Bramante reached his destination, just on the other side of Gable Pass in Glacier National Park. He was looking to find an area he had seen once before, a limestone boulder field he knew was home to a population of one of his favorite animals—the pika.

“Any time I get to see them it’s always a special thing,” Bramante said. “They’re just cute and I love how hearty they are.”

Hearty in the right climate, anyway.

  “Some of these high elevation species that are dependent on cold, they may have some problems here in the Northern Rockies,”

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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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