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Antibiotic-resistant bacteria in farm animals
8:00 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Breeding Bacteria on Factory Farms

Enteritis Salmonella

September 29th, 2013: Jon and Greg discuss a New York Times piece by Mark Bittman on the practice of giving prophylactic doses of antibiotics to livestock, and how it accelerates the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

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The Plant Detective
8:00 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Sylphion: Worth its Weight in Ancient Silver

Credit Flora de la Terre

September 28th & 30th, 2013: Sylphion was so valuable to the ancient North African city of Cyrene - the only place where it grew - that the plant was pictured on the city's coins. People harvested sylphion to extinction for its medicinal and seasoning properties. http://www.floradelaterre.com

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Climate change
1:30 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Environmental law expert says climate change era demands we adapt or die

Clark Fork River in Missoula
Credit Sally Mauk

One of the resources most directly impacted by climate change is water.

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Documentary Special
1:15 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Of The West with Philip Aaberg. “The Long View from a Little Town”

9/26/13 - Phil, Jake and Patty Aaberg participated in the KCRW 24 Hour Radio Race, along with approximately 200 other teams.  Everyone received the topic “The Last Thing You’d Expect” and then had 24 hours to write, record, edit and upload a six minute non-fiction radio story.  This program goes behind the scenes and follows their participation in the race and the making of the story. 

 

http://ofthewest.net/

Commentary - September 26th, 2013
10:37 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Let’s Require Civics Education at All Levels

After many years away from the formal classroom, I am teaching again.

When I left graduate school in 1968, I was hired on to teach civics to high school seniors.  I ended up with a different teaching position, and after one year of teaching, I took a 44 year fork in the road.  Instead of teaching civics, I entered the real world of civics – the world of government and politics.  Over that period I was heavily engaged in government at local, state and federal levels – working for and with governors, senators, congressmen, legislators, local government officials. 

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Glacier National Park
12:53 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Young volunteers building trails, and résumés at Glacier Park

Montana Conservation Corps members finish up trail maintenance at Glacier Park's Rocky Point Trail. Their work is part of a new Youth Corps Partnership at Glacier.
Credit Katrin Frye

The Glacier Youth Corps Partnership just wrapped up the first of two summers of volunteer work at the Park. Volunteer Coordinator Jessica Kusky with Glacier said the Partnership is an opportunity for the Park to get different projects completed, and for the volunteers to learn about careers in the Park Service. Kusky said the project also aims to connect the next generation with Glacier Park.

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Climate Report
10:38 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Climate scientist says new report should, but likely won’t, spur Congress to act on climate change

University of Montana Regents Professor of Ecology, Dr. Steve Running
Credit Dan Boyce

The first comprehensive report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change since 2007 will be released this week

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Commentary - September 25th, 2013
9:33 am
Wed September 25, 2013

New Beginnings

“It’s a new beginning!” I tell my grandson at the schoolhouse door.  “Kindergarten!  You’ll learn new things and make new friends.  It’s going to be great.”

Joe isn’t buying it.  Three older kids whirl by, shrieking, and he shrinks back against the wall.  A few feet away, a little girl with French braids does too. 

“What’s your name?” I ask her.  I get a miserable “Celia” in response.  “What a pretty name,” I say.  “Celia, this is my grandson, Joe.  It’s his first day at school.  Is it your first day too?”   Celia nods and sidles away from me.

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Crime Fiction
6:38 am
Wed September 25, 2013

James Lee Burke's 'Light of the World' Illuminates Evil

Light of the World, a Dave Robicheaux novel by James Lee Burke

James Lee Burke talks about his new Dave Robicheaux crime novel, Light of the World. He also reads a passage from the book and drops a few hints about his next novel.

From the publisher:

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MTPR Music
8:56 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Tribute to Cedar Walton

Cedar Walton from John Coltrane's Giant Steps sessions.
Credit jazzwax by Marc Meyers

Tune in Part to What I like About Jazz for a special two-part tribute to the late Cedar Walton, groundbreaking pianist who played with John Coltrane, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, led Eastern Rebellion and the Sweet Basil trio and so much more. Credits over the years have also included several stints with Clifford Jordan, Art Farmer, Vincent Herring, Houston Person and David 'Fathead' Newman among others. 

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