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Commentary - January 30th, 2014
2:56 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Let’s Fix Montana’s Food Regulations!

Food safety regulations are some of the most important laws we have to protect public health and safety, but they can also be some of the most confusing aspects of running a successful local food business.  For a long time now, many of Montana’s local food producers and consumers have been dealing with a frustrating patchwork of food safety regulations. 

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Homelessness
2:47 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

A new way to serve Missoula's homeless families

Michael Moore
Credit Edward O'Brien

Homelessness is a stubborn and pervasive problem in many places -  including, of course,  Missoula.
     Several local nonprofit service providers, along with the City of Missoula, announced this week they're shifting their approach to helping homeless families.
       The Coordinator of "Reaching Home: Missoula's 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness", concedes the "Housing First" model won't completely solve the problem, but Michael Moore says it's proven to have helped other communities.

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Graduation rates
1:13 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Montana graduation rates are on the rise

Credit MT OPI

  Montana’s high school graduation rate is on the rise. A new report from the state Office of Public Instruction touts a nearly four percent increase in the graduation rate since 2009, up to over 84 percent in 2013.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau attributes much of that success to an initiative started by her office in 2010 called Graduation Matters Montana.

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Monday Special
11:02 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Langston Hughes - I Too Sing America

Langston Hughes

2/10/2014 - Langston Hughes, an enduring icon of the Harlem Renaissance, is best known for his written work, which wedded his fierce dedication to social justice with his belief in the transformative power of the word.  But he was a music lover too and some of the works he was most proud of were collaborations with composers and musicians.  Hosted Terrance McKnight, WQXR host and former Morehouse professor of music, I Too, Sing America will dive into the songs, cantatas, musicals, and librettos that flowed from Hughes' pen.  As he did with his poetry, Hughes used m

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Pea Green Boat
7:00 am
Tue February 4, 2014

What Does A Gardener Do in Winter?

While the garden lies sleeping under a blanket of snow, what's a young gardener to do? Master gardener Jamison Starbuck is full of ideas and will visit the Pea Green Boat to share them with us. I think we might be planting something besides ideas, too. Tune in between 4 & 5 p.m. to join the fun.

Steve Daines
5:27 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

A peek inside the Washington life of Steve Daines

Rep. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) speaks with visiting Montanans at a weekly "coffee with constituents" event in Washington D.C. last week.
Credit Dan Boyce

Life for Bozeman-native Steve Daines has changed a lot in the last couple of years--from more than a quarter century in the private sector to Montana’s sole Congressional Seat.

Now, the Republican Representative has his sights set on another office, that of exiting Montana Senator Max Baucus.

Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce spent last week in Washington D.C. reporting on Montana’s federal delegation and spends a couple hours in the Washington life of Congressman Daines.

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MTPR Programming Highlights
2:32 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

February 6 - February 12, 2014

Here are MTPR program highlights for February 6 – February 12, 2014

THURSDAY- February 6, 2014

9:05 a.m.   – Liszt: Rhapsodie Espagnole; Granados: Quejas o la maja y el ruiseñor; Mozart: Overture from “The       Magic Flute” for Mandolin Quartet; Meyer: Winter’s Chill; Bartok: Roumanian Folk Dances; de Falla 6 Popular Spanish Songs, both fro Mandolin; Freitas-Branco: Violin Sonata #1; Villa-Lobos: Bachianas-Brasileiras #7

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NSA Threat
1:45 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Author laments “the last gasp of American democracy”

Best-selling author and journalist Chris Hedges
Credit Truthdig.com

Chris Hedges has seen fascism and war up close. For nearly 20 years he was a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans - for both print and broadcast media, including National Public Radio and the New York Times.

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Monday Poems
6:29 am
Mon February 3, 2014

"Children of Snow"

Put Sey (Good Enough), poems by Victor A. Charlo

                                       for my Children

I try to stay snow that my children wish
would come hard in Missoula, come hard
in me. There is fun in me like children
of fox and geese, sleds without tracks,
without worry. Yet this winter weighs heavy
as wet snow as I visit Welch and ramble
wishing for right time for ripe snow.

Sing a song for all children
who know that snow is holy,
falls holy on us, we, who should rejoice
in this time of work, of play, of holy
laughter that rings at crisp stars.

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Helena Diocese
2:16 pm
Sun February 2, 2014

Helena Diocese filing for bankruptcy in wake of child sex-abuse lawsuits

Inside the Helena Cathedral. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena is filing for bankruptcy protection in the wake of child sex-abuse claims.
Credit Erik Madsen/flickr

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena is filing for bankruptcy protection as part of a settlement in lawsuits over child sex abuse. It’s the 11th diocese in the nation to seek bankruptcy after similar claims.

Allegations against The Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena stem from a period between the late 1930s and the 1970s. Hundreds of victims say clergy members sexually abused them at that time while the church covered it up. Most of the clergy implicated in the suit have since died. None remain in active ministry.

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