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Home Ground has been on the air since 1996. Several hundred episodes from the archives are easily accessible on the Montana Historical Society's website.

JOBS FOR AMERICA'S YOUTH--MONTANA
We all agree that it's important for our kids to get summer job experience.  But business folks and school staff have other things to worry about.  American Jobs for America's Youth  Montana,  helps the right kids find the right jobs.  It works.

BRAVER ANGELS

Our Nation hasn’t been this divided since the 60s, and it’s fair to ask -- where do we go from here? Braver Angels is a grass roots group working, through direct discussions, to learn from each other and move forward. Can we begin to come together as a nation?? Braver Angels thinks so!  

ROGER FLEMING

Republican, lawyer, and D.C lobbyist Roger Fleming knows the good news and bad on lobbying, political campaigns, dark money and back-door deals. He shares that and more on Home Ground.

KATHLEEN WILLIAMS

Covid has killed nearly 200,000 Americans and created depression-level unemployment. A youth-led movement for racial justice unfolds while polarization deepens between our nation’s leaders and parties and yes, our Montana families, neighbors and friends. So which candidates have the ideas and integrity to help we the people put aside fear, pull together, and move forward? Kathleen Williams, the democratic candidate, for congress says she’s the right person.

RAPH GRAYBILL

Montana’s Attorney General is the state’s Chief egal officer, law enforcement officer and director of the Department of Justice and has supervisory authority over Montana’s 56 county attorneys. Hear what candidate Raph Graybill has to say.

MONTANA STATE AUDITOR PROGRAM TWO-

SHANE MORIGEAU

Montana's Auditor is charged with regulating the securities and insurance industries --among the state’s largest. The Auditor is also a member of the State Land Board, making key decisions and recommendations about the use, stewardship and acquisitions of Montana’s state lands and conservation easements. Hear back to back interviews with both candidates.

MONTANA STATE AUDITOR PROGRAM ONE-

TROY DOWNING

Montana's Auditor is charged with regulating the securities and insurance industries --among the state’s largest. The Auditor is also a member of the State Land Board, making key decisions and recommendations about the use, stewardship and acquisitions of Montana’s state lands and conservation easements. Hear back to back interviews with both candidates.

MARC RACICOT

In 1858, Abraham Lincoln said, a house divided against itself cannot stand. We face unique challenges, some of us are asking : is our Republic at risk??

Former Governor Marc Racicot has something to say –and you’ll want to hear it.  

SUPERINTENDENT OF THE OFFICE OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION PROGRAM TWO-MELISSA ROMARO

Since our forebears built one-room school houses across Montana, we’ve stepped up to see that our kids got the best possible education. Now, with 145,000 K-12 Montana students, plus Covid, we have our work cut out. In special HOME GROUND back-to-back interviews you can size the two candidates for the Superintendent of the Office of Public Instruction. 

SUPERINTENDENT OF THE OFFICE OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION PROGRAM ONE-ELSIE ARNTZEN

Since our forebears built one-room school houses across Montana, we’ve stepped up to see that our kids got the best possible education. Now, with 145,000 K-12 Montana students, plus Covid, we have our work cut out. In special HOME GROUND back-to-back interviews you can size the two candidates for the Superintendent of the Office of Public Instruction. 

SUPREME COURT JUSTICE PROGRAM TWO-

MIKE BLACK

There are nearly 1 million Montana residents.  Seven of these, the Justices of our state Supreme Court, have the tremendous responsibility of making decisions about the meaning and extent of our rights under our state's 1972 Constitution.  This year there is an election for the seat held by Justice Laurie MacKinnon, who is being challenged by attorney Mike Black.

SUPREME COURT JUSTICE PROGRAM ONE-

LAURIE MCLINNON

There are nearly 1 million Montana residents.  Seven of these, the Justices of our state Supreme Court, have the tremendous responsibility of making decisions about the meaning and extent of our rights under our state's 1972 Constitution.  This year there is an election for the seat held by Justice Laurie MacKinnon, who is being challenged by attorney Mike Black.

BRUCE WHITTENBERG

Abraham Lincoln’s signature established Montana as a territory, a memorable event in our intense history. Like every human story there is dark and light, joy and sorrow, beneficence and greed. And much to learn. The Montana Historical Society helps make that possible. Meet director Bruce Whittenberg  

MONTANA'S NATIONAL GUARD

In the fight against COVID who comes to mind?  Families and neighbors, brave 1st responders, medical staff, food banks, government agencies all pitching in....  Wait a second!  Who are those uniformed folks helping to keep things moving and on time.  Yep.  Montana's National Guard!

DR. SHANE DOYLE
Do Montana’s Native People suffer institutional  discrimination —in education, policing and more?  If so, what should we do about it?

MELINDA REED

The Covid pandemic demands a steep learning curve as Families, Communities, States and Our Nation try to contain it.  So examples of success are important to share.   As we record this program, the actions taken by the City Government of Montana’s Capital, Helena, seem to be exceptionally effective.

MATT GIBSON AND KEITH HAMMONDS

Local newspapers have been hammered as advertising shifts to web-based news. Almost no-one’s left to cover local government, local sports and schools and churches… different approaches are being tried to reinvigorate this vital part of American life. Matt Gibson and Keith Hammonds are part of that fight.

CARLOS LAZO


You were born in Cuba and came to the U.S. in 1991, then fought in Iraq. You love both countries, and are deeply upset that the U.S. is tightening sanctions while Cubans battle Covid-19. Meet Carlos Lazo.

RANDI TANGLEN

On the list of priorities, where does staying in contact with music, art, literature and human philosophy fit in??
Randi Tanglen, new director of Humanities Montana, has given that serious thought.

DON GIMBEL

The Covid epidemic dominates the news. But few of us even know of another epidemic that’s larger, and if such a thing is possible, even more horrific. That’s the imminent threat to our nation’s children of abuse and violence in their own homes. For more than 20 years Don Gimbel of Livingston has been fighting this epidemic.   

IRIS SAMUELS

Over the past 12 years U.S. newspapers have cut half of their newsroom employees.—36,000. Given that sobering reality, why would an exceptionally talented young professional decide to become a reporter for Associated Press in Montana? Meet Iris Samuels.

SHERIFF LEO DUTTON

Four words, equal justice under law are key elements of our Nation’s founding. We’ve learned the hard way that those principles are more easily spoken than lived up to. Across the nation protesters and civic leaders are calling for police reforms. How do we figure out what makes sense? Sheriff Leo Dutton has some thoughts.

NICK ZARNOWSKI TWO

Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor argued that a majority of our citizens, and a majority of legislators, do not understand the U.S. Constitution because we do no teach it in our public schools.

Montana is helping change that. Nick Zarnowski, award-winning teacher at Helena High, is part of that effort.

NICK ZARNOWSKI ONE

The COVID-19 pandemic forced our teachers and students to communicate via internet.  Did that make a difference in the quality of the educational process?  Award-winning teacher Nick Zarnowski  offers his thoughts.

ROBERTO PEREZ

Across centuries, Cuba and its people have faced major challenges in nature conservation – from massive deforestation to the threat of oil spills, to maintaining sustainable fisheries. Now it’s climate change – with increased hurricanes and a rising sea. What are they doing about it?    

ZULEYDA AND LAZARO

Zuleyda Perez owns and runs a famous B&B on the southern Cuban coast.  Her son Lazaro is set to graduate from MSU Bozeman—the first Cuban to do so.  With our Havana embassy shut down, she travels to Mexico City to apply for a visa—and is rejected by the US State Department.  MSU’s President and Senators Tester and Daines give her support.  She gets another hearing--and is denied again!

BEAVERS ENCORE

He has huge, sharp teeth, and weighs up to 50 pounds. Is America’s largest rodent a huge hassle or a terrific friend? Yes, it’s a beaver!

CHARLOTTE CALDWELL ENCORE 

Through thick and thin, Montanans committed to providing a good education to our kids. Not so easy in a sparcely-populated low-income state. Yet by 1920, 2,600 one-room school houses stood on the landscape. Today’s Covid-19 and hi-tech poses challenges. But the success of our forebears shows we can get the job done.  

KARLA GRAY ENCORE 

During economic hardship and stress we need to look hard at our private and public institutions—are they up to the challenge? The foundation of the public side is our State and Federal constitutions. Yet we rarely examine what these documents say about what our government can and cannot do. Karla Gray, first woman Chief Justice of Montana’s Supreme Court, knew those rules and why they matter.

COOPER HIBBARD ENCORE 

As Montanans we know the earth provides—our water our food, shelter and winter warmth. Yet the hard truth is we’ve make serious mistakes in how we’ve used the land—threatening its basic health. Young rancher Cooper Hibbard’s determination to do better shows we can. And his story about horses will amaze you.


GRANDSTREET THEATRE ENCORE

Movies can be stunning, but they can’t replicate primal human engagement. So live theater survives because being in the audience, seeing and feeling the living presence of the actors, is unique. Through its summer theater school, Helena’s Grandstreet Theatre is passing that tradition on to the next generation.

SHEILA DEVINS ENCORE

There’s more than one way to fight Covid-19 : meet Sheila Devins, Seeley Lake’s award-winning preschool teacher, as she takes us into her classroom and into the learning minds and growing hearts of her 3-5 years-old students. Their story will put a smile on your face.

VLADIMIR POZNER

You were born in France before WWII, came to NY at aged 6. Your Russian father decided to move the family to Moscow in 1952, where you learned Russian, graduated college and became a Soviet journalist.  In 1991-94 you and Phil Donahue co-hosted an interview show on US TV. Today your weekly interview show on Russian television has an audience of 10 million.  Meet Vladimir Pozner.

DAN POCHA

We Americans of non-Native heritage feel understandable pride in having ancestors who came here 4, 5, or 6 generations ago, seeking a new life for themselves and their families..

How would it feel if our forebears had lived on this land not 5, but 500 generations??

Dan Pocha, member of the Little Shell Tribe, knows.

VALER CLARK

For 40 years Valer Clark and her former husband raised cattle on both sides of the border with Mexico, and led the way in improving the land. Now landowners in both countries are joining in the work.

BILL McDONALD

All we seem to hear about is conflict along our border with Mexico. The truth is that for decades a lot of collaboration has gone on there—including cross-border jobs that benefited both sides, and long-time ranchers teaming up with government to improve the land and their lives.  Rancher Bill McDonald knows.

WARNER GLENN FAMILY PART TWO

Your family has ranched in Southern Arizona’s mountains since the 1890s. Then one day the feds show up and say they’re building a 30-foot borderlands wall across your land.

WARNER GLENN FAMILY PART ONE

The Glenn Family has ranched on the Mexican border for 120 years. Warner, Kelly and Mackenzie represent 3 of the 6 generations. Hear their thoughts on ranching, wildlife and the borderland wall.  

CAROLYN LAW

When deep science is challenged, it’s likely billions of dollars are at stake. For decades  tobacco corporations denied their products caused cancer.  Now it’s climate change, with carbon producers and friends disputing the findings of 19 nations” academies of science.  Can anything cut through the smokescreen??  It just might be the experiences of real rural people—ranchers, farmers and timber folks.

BEETLES

We humans are inclined to the view that we rule the world.  MSU Entymology Professor Michael Ivie differs a bit.  He says beetles have far more impact! 

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE


When we think of domestic violence, it’s direct, physical, and often lethal.  One in four women will experience it in their lifetime.  But serious abuse and damage can occur without direct contact.  Luckily, there’s help at hand.

EVAN BARRETT

So much is happening in today’s world that it’s hard to remember what came before. A good example is Montana’s 1972 Constitution -- and what it meant for democracy in our state. Evan Barrett doesn’t want us to forget.

BOB McCULLOUGH 

For five months each year tens of millions of Americans watch, talk, argue and think about football. It’s a game of strict discipline, fierce team spirit, dangerous physical contact, and startling athleticism.

But very few know what it’s like to play the game—from high school to the pros. Bob McCullough does.

A NEW ANGLE 

University business schools teach business—from basic market principles and strategic thinking to management and marketing.  What they don’t normally teach are ethics—the kind of conduct with employees and clients that measures up to serious moral standards. University of Montana’s Professor Justin Angle does that, and more.

ERIC FEAVER


The first US trade unions formed in 1794, and by 1900 engaged millions of workers.  By the 1950's, one-third of American workers were unionized--virtually all in the private sector.

Globalization has seen that figure plummet--to 6% of private workers.  Public employees are 20% unionized and Eric Feaver is their leader in Montana.

BISHOP MICHAEL CURRY, BISHOP MARTHA STEBBINS


The Episcopal Church began on American soil in 1794.  Its presiding Bishop was recently in Montana to ordain Martha Stebbins as Bishop for Montana.  She is the first woman to hold that position.  Meet them both.

INTERFAITH GOSPEL CHOIR


As our nation faces division and polarization, a Montana-born film-maker has made a documentary about the interfaith gospel choir.  Its racially and religiously diverse members sing with a profound and unifying voice.

MIKE PENFOLD


America's public lands are unique in size, diversity and use.  Can we provide high quality stewardship -- balancing conservation and commercial and recreational use?  Or are they better off in public hands?  BLM Veteran Mike Penfold has some thoughts.

BELARUS: DEFINING HUMAN RIGHTS

Freedom, Democracy, and Human Rights are words we often use without giving much thought to what we mean.  In Eastern Europe today, people are working hard to define those words in real life.

A group from Belarus came to Montana to share their experience.

FORESTS AND PEOPLE AT RISK

Wildfires are as old as trees and lighting, but for more than a century we’ve snuffed them out.  That’s left denser forests, which  climate change has made bone dry, a spark away from conflagration which turns paradise into hell.   What can  we do??

MIKE VOLESKY

The huge bull elk comes across the meadow  straight toward where you are hidden in the timber.  50 yards, 25, 10.  He stops, eyes glaring, and you can hear him breathe…

MISSING AND MURDERED

Modern media is strong on sensational headlines, but often falls short on follow-through.  For example:  the tragic fate of missing and murdered native american women.  Now that headlines are gone, what’s happening on the ground?

HOLOCAUST

 

During WW II Germany's Nazi leaders decided to exterminate all Jews.  A Dutch farming couple risked their lives to hide 6-year-od Peter Metzalaar and his mother for 2 years, enabling them to survive. The rest of the Peter's family were murdered.  But the holocaust happened almost 80 years ago.  Should we still teach about it in our schools?

SAPPHIRE CARTER

The first generation in her tribal family to go to college-- on a full ride scholarship from the Gates Foundation. She studied in Korea, served in the Peace Corps, did a state department internship in D.C., and more.

She's one of those young women who are ready to have an impact on our world. What's next for Sapphire Carter?

COUNTY COMMISSIONER SUSAN GEISE


George Washington didn’t like political parties, feeling they would fracture the  unity essential for the new nation to survive.  Yet during his presidency they emerged.  Today people of our state and nation are asking:  Should City and County elections be partisan or not?  Veteran Republican activist and County Commissioner Susan Geise has some experience and thoughts.

LUKE SAMPLE

 You begin playing golf as a child and seem to have a knack for it... Then you start winning tournaments and by the time you're sixteen you're competing with the pros.  WHAT Have you learned along the way?

The Connection Cure - Lisa Daron

Our nation's founders listed pursuit of happiness as an unalienable right. Turns out that finding happiness is not so easy in our high tech, smart phone world - as reflected in rising rates of mental illness and suicide. Lisa Daron's "The Connection Cure" aims to change that - by getting stranger to talk to each other.

Tim DUSENBERRY

When we heard the word "Health," we tend to think first of humans, with healthy soil being pretty far down the list. Rancher/Farmer Tim Dusenberry sees things differently.

LAURA SITTS

You grew up in our hi-tech world, but were captivated by nature. Now you're a wilderness ranger, helping people from around the world to understand.

Mathew Rojansky

Almost 30 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia and the United States see the other as aggressive. With serious problems across the globe, is there any chance of finding common ground? Matt Rojansky, Director, says maybe.

The Astonishing Mushroom

Let's be frank. Mushrooms are strange. How they look, their very different smells, their texture when you slice them and their dramatic range of flavors. Not to mention the fact that while some are delicious, others are deadly poison.

Grand Street Theatre

Movies can be stunning, but they can't replicate primal human engagement. So live theatre survives because being in the audience, seeing and feeling the living presence of the actors, is unique. Through this summer theater school, Helena's Grand Street Theatre is passing that tradition on to the next generation.

Sean Logan ENCORE

Every day across Montana and the nation, firemen put their lives on the line. Why would anyone choose to do that? Meet one of them.


Little Shell Tribe ENCORE

For decades the Little-Shell Nation fought for federal recognition. Nicholas Vrooman, who passed away June 26, helped the. On June 27th, the US Senate passed legislation recognizing the tribe.

Tom Brokaw ENCORE

THE VETERAN BROADCASTER SPEAKS HIS MIND—ON THE URBAN-RURAL DIVIDE, POLARIZED POLITICS, AND THE DANGER TO DEMOCRACY POSED BY FALSE NEWS ON SOCIAL MEDIA.

Women in Ag ENCORE

When we think of ranchers and farmers, we tend to think of men. But we're only half right. The other half are women. And as in many areas of national life, they are stepping to the front.

Carl Davis

Science is the disciplined study of aspects of the universe. But like all human endeavors, it is vulnerable to the biases of the folks doing the work. Archeologist Carl Davis's new book, 600 Generations, lays out that truth and more.


Sculpture In The Wild

Sculpture usually involves the modeling of animals or people, or large statues honoring historical figures.  But not in Lincoln, Montana’s unique exhibition, “Sculpture in the Wild”, where potent symbols of the past are helping economic revitalization for the future.

LITTLE RANGERS LEARNING CENTER

The human brain develops most between birth and 3 years, making early childhood education vital.  Yet Montana has struggled to make it available to our kids.  Surprisingly, the small town of  West Yellowstone is showing we can do it, and with excellence.

BLACKFOOT-CLEARWATER STEWARDSHIP ACT

Twelve years ago a group of Montanans including timber companies, environmentalists, ranching and recreationists hammered out a plan for new management of 400,000 acres of public lands. Twice Jon Tester took the pioneering bill to the senate, without success.  He’s just done it again.. Why?

Tigers

A COMBINATION OF NEW TRACKING TECHNOLOGY, ECONOMIC PROGRESS AND BETTER LAW ENFORCEMENT IS DRIVING AN INCREASE IN THREATENED TIGER POPULATION.  ONE OF THE WORLD’S TOP EXPERTS, ULLAS KARANTH, TELLS US ABOUT IT.

Charles Wiley

YOU'RE A HIGHLY TALENTED DRUMMER AND WANT TO REACH KIDS WITH A MESSAGE ABOUT THEIR HEALTH.  WHAT DO YOU DO?  YOU INVENT CORN MAN! MEET CHARLES WILEY

Western Land Owners Alliance

THE ECONOMICS OF CATTLE RANCHING ARE TOUGH-THE PRICE PAID FOR FEEDER CALVES HAS NOT KEPT PACE WITH THE RISING COST OF LAND, AND THE PUBLIC WANTS TO KNOW WHERE THEIR BEEF COMES FROM  AND HOW WELL THE LAND'S MANAGED.  THE WESTERN LANDOWNERS ALLIANCE IS PAYING ATTENTION.

Tommy Thomsen

WHAT CONNECTS THE U.S. MERCHANT MARINE, WESTERN SWING, AND A CHURCH-TURNED-MUSIC HALL IN A SMALL  TOWN?  MEET MUSICIAN TOMMY THOMSEN.

American Prairie Reserve 2

THE AMERICAN PRAIRIE RESERVE PLANS TO DEVELOP 3.5 MILLION ACRES INTO A NATURE RESERVE IN EASTERN MONTANA. SOME RANCHERS IN THE AREA OPPOSE THE IDEA, FEELING IT IS THREAT TO THEIR WAY OF LIFE.

Mark Brooke

THE DEBATE ABOUT POTENTIAL POLLUTION FROM FUTURE HARD-ROCK MINING CAN OBSCURE WHAT’S STILL OUT THERE AND WHO’S PAYING FOR THE CLEAN UP.  WATER ENGINEER MARK BROOKE KNOWS.

Larry Lahren

THINGS CHANGE:  50 YEARS AGO, NO INTERNET OR CELL PHONES.  100, YEARS, NO ANTIBIOTICS OR NUCLEAR WEAPONS.  200, NOTHING MOVED FASTER THAN THE SPEED OF A HORSE. HOW ABOUT 9/11,000 YEARS AGO??? ARCHEOLOGIST LARRY LAHREN TELLS US.

Marc C Johnson

FOR 40 YEARS, BURTON K. WHEELER WIELDED GREAT POWER IN MONTANA AND WASHINGTON D.C.  A MAN OF COURAGE AND CONTRADICTIONS, HE STOOD UP TO COPPER KINGS BUT WAS FOOLED BY HITLER.  MARC JOHNSON’S  POTENT NEW BIOGRAPHY TELLS THE STORY.

MT Climate Assessment

CLIMATE CHANGE IS SO VAST IN SCALE IT’S HARD TO GET OUR HEADS AROUND.  WOULDN’T IT BE GREAT IF WE HAD, SAY, A DETAILED ASSESSMENT OF WHAT IT’S DONE IN MONTANA SO FAR, AND WHAT’S LIKELY HEADED OUR WAY?  WELL, WE DO!  MEET MSU PROFESSOR CATHY WHITLOCK, LEAD AUTHOR OF THE MONTANA

Mike Halligan

AT AGE 19, HE LED A COMBAT PLATOON IN VIETNAM.  AFTER COLLEGE AND LAW SCHOOL, HE SERVED IN THE MONTANA SENATE AND SINCE 2002 HE’S WORKED AS DIRECTOR FOR A LEADING CHARITABLE FOUNDATION.  WHAT HAS HE LEARNED ALONG THE WAY?  MEET MIKE HALLIGAN.

Frank Fromherz

MONTANA BORN AND RAISED, RAYMOND HUNTHAUSEN SURPRISED SOME WHEN HE CHOSE THE PRIESTHOOD.  AS SEATTLE ARCHBISHOP, HE SURPRISED MANY MORE WITH HIS VOCAL  OPPOSITION TO NUCLEAR WEAPONS.  FRANK FROMHERZ HAS WRITTEN A POWERFUL NEW BIOGRAPHY ABOUT THIS EXTRAORDINARY MAN.

Bryce Andrews

CAN THE LIFE AND DEATH OF A SINGLE BEAR HELP US LEARN ABOUT HUMAN USE OF THE LAND, HABITAT FRAGMENTATION AND CLIMATE CHANGE? READ “DOWN FROM THE MOUNTAIN” TO FIND OUT.

Homeless

WE WHO HAVE HOMES RARELY SPEAK WITH THOSE WHO DON’T.  WHAT ARE THEIR LIVES LIKE, THEIR STORIES?  MEET LORENZO, LONG-TIME CITIZEN OF  BILLINGS.

Jim Russell

CAN YOU NAME A 19TH CENTURY TECHNOLOGY WHICH A) CHANGED THE COURSE OF AMERICAN HISTORY B) REMAINS THE MOST EFFICIENT FOR ITS PURPOSE AND C) CANNOT BE OPERATED AS WELL BY A COMPUTER  AS BY A HUMAN BEING??

 YOU GOT IT--TRAINS!

Bill Bryan

FOR NEARLY 50 YEARS, YOU’VE HELPED TO START OR BUILD CAPACITY OF MORE THAN 20 MONTANA NON-PROFITS,  YOUR MAIN FOCUS BEING THE INTER-CONNECTION OF ECONOMICS AND THE ENVIRONMENT,  AND THE DIVIDE BETWEEN URBAN AND RURAL AMERICANS.  WHY??  BILL BRYAN TELLS US.

Chef School

MORE AND MORE PEOPLE WANT TO KNOW WHERE THEIR FOOD COMES FROM AND THE CONDITIONS UNDER WHICH IT WAS RAISED OR GROWN.  IN RESPONSE, FARMERS AND RANCHERS ARE TELLING THEM.  BUT HOW DO WE KNOW THE CLAIMS ARE TRUE?

Women in Ag

WHEN WE THINK OF RANCHERS AND FARMERS, WE TEND TO THINK OF MEN.  BUT WE’RE ONLY HALF RIGHT.  THE OTHER HALF ARE WOMEN.  AND AS IN MANY AREAS OF NATIONAL LIFE, THEY ARE STEPPING TO THE FRONT.

Holly Luck Encore

OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS ARE ALWAYS IN THE NEWS AND WANT  TO KNOW THEY’RE GETTING THINGS DONE.  BUT NO-ONE MENTIONS THAT THE FOLKS WHO USUALLY MAKE THINGS HAPPEN ARE THE HIGHLY SKILLED MEMBERS OF THEIR STAFF. FOR 32 YEARS HOLLY LUCK WAS ONE OF THE VERY BEST.

Climate Change

CLIMATE CHANGE IS A GLOBAL ISSUE WITH HUGE ECONOMIC INTERESTS IN PLAY, WHICH TRANSLATES INTO HEAVY PRESSURE ON ELECTED OFFICIALS TO DO THEIR BIDDING.  SO WHAT CHANCE DO REGULAR CITIZENS HAVE TO IMPACT OUR NATION'S CLIMATE CHANGE POLICY?  MORE THAN YOU MIGHT THINK.

Mock Trial

YOU’RE IN HIGH SCHOOL  AND HEAR ABOUT SOMETHING DIFFERENT:  YOU AND CLASSMATES WILL BE COACHED BY REAL LAWYERS TO PRETEND YOU ARE TRYING A CASE BEFORE A REAL JUDGE.  YOU TRY IT AND--GUESS WHAT—IT’S REALLY FUN!

Sean Logan

SEAN LOGAN SPENT 20 YEARS AS A CITY FIREFIGHTER AND CHIEF OF HELENA'S FIRE DEPARTMENT.  YOU'LL BE SURPRISED BY WHAT HE LEARNED ALONG THE WAY.

Medicaid Expansion

PERHAPS THE BIGGEST DECISION FACING THE  LEGISLATURE IS WHETHER TO CONTINUE MEDICAID EXPANSION—WHICH 100,000 MONTANANS HAVE ENROLLED IN DURING THE PAST 4 YEARS.  GET THE FACTS—ON HOME GROUND. 

Dan Edelman

M.S.U. HAS SERIOUS PROBLEMS.  CAN ITS NEW CHANCELLOR, THE 5TH IN 6 YEARS,   FIX THEM?

Hopa Mountain

RURAL POVERTY IS OFTEN OUT OF SIGHT. BUT IT'S FULLY REAL. HOPA MOUNTAIN EMPOWERS THOSE AFFLICTED TO HELP THEM SOLVE THEIR OWN PROBLEMS.

Mayor Freeman-Wilson

MONTANA AND GARY, INDIANA HAVE SOMETHING IN COMMON: HIGH LEVELS OF POVERTY AND ELECTED LEADERS TRYING TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT

Waded Cruzado

MSU BOZEMAN ACTIVELY HELPS STUDENTS WHO WANT TO ATTEND BUT ARE SUB-PAR IN ENGLISH AND MATH SKILLS.  WHY?

Funders for Montana Children

RESEARCH MAKES CLEAR THAT A CHILD’S FIRST THREE YEARS ARE PIVOTAL TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF INTELLIGENCE AND EMOTIONAL HEALTH.  SO SIX CHARITABLE FOUNDATIONS HAVE TEAMED UP TO HELP COMMUNITIES DO RIGHT BY OUR KIDS.

Own Research Institute

FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS HUMAN BEINGS HAVE BEEN CAPTIVATED BY OWLS.  30 YEARS AGO, DENVER HOLT LAUNCHED THE  INSTITUTE.  LAST YEAR, 11.5 MILLION VIEWERS WORLDWIDE VISITED THEIR WEBSITE.

Bamboo Fly Rods

FLY FISHING BAMBOO FLY RODS ARE OLD-FASHIONED, OBSOLETE.  SO WHY DO FOLKS PAY THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS TO  BUY ONE, AND REFUSE TO FISH WITH ANYTHING ELSE?

Ambassador Hynek Kmonicek

THINK ABOUT WHAT QUALITIES IT TAKES TO BE AN EFFECTIVE INTERNATIONAL DIPLOMAT. FOR THE CZECH AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED STATES, A SENSE OF HUMOR IS HIGH ON THE LIST.

Edith Diaz

THE BOW AND ARROW ARE ANCIENT—ROUGHLY  18,000 YEARS OLD.   SO WHY WOULD A YOUNG WOMAN, WITH LITERALLY HUNDREDS OF OTHER RECREATIONAL OPTIONS TO CHOOSE FROM, DECIDE TO LEARN TO SHOOT ONE?

Charlotte Caldwell

CORPORATE FOOD PRODUCTION AND DISTRIBUTION DOMINATES THE MARKET.  BUT THE GROWING AND MARKETING OF FOOD BY LOCAL FARMERS AND RANCHERS CONTINUES TO INCREASE.

American Prairie Reserve

THE AMERICAN PRAIRIE RESERVE REPRESENTS A HOPE TO SOME AND A THREAT TO OTHERS. CAN THE GAP BE BRIDGED?

I-185

BALLOT MEASURE I-185 WOULD INCREASE THE TAX ON TOBACCO USE TO HELP PAY FOR HEALTH CARE FOR 100,000 LOW-INCOME MONTANAS. GOOD IDEA OR BAD?

Law and Justice

YOU OFTEN NEED A LAWYER TO GET JUSTICE. BUT ONLY 20% OF AMERICANS HAVE ONE. THE MONTANA AND AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATIONS ARE TRYING TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THAT.

Fork and Spoon

PAY WHAT YOU WANT FOR DINNER, OR PAY NOTHING AT ALL! YOU'RE AT BOZEMAN'S FORK AND SPOON RESTAURANT!