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Fiction
6:54 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Crossing Borders with Richard Ford

CANADA, a novel by Richard Ford

During this program Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Ford talks about and reads from his latest novel, Canada. He also considers character motivation, aging, the usefulness of fiction, and the many border crossings in the novel.

About the book:

First, I'll tell about the robbery our parents committed. Then the murders, which happened later.

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University Insurance
5:25 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

How Obamacare is compromising state university student health insurance plans

Helena College non-traditional student Susan Wensel gets her health insurance through her husband's job. Only about 220 of the institution's 1800 students opt for the insurance plan offered by the school.
Credit Dan Boyce

Officials with the Montana University System said this week the Affordable Care Act is creating problems for the health insurance plan offered to students at the state’s public universities.

Those students need to have some kind of health insurance. For years, the university plan has offered a reasonably priced alternative for students not on their parents’ plan.

But that may be in jeopardy.

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Student Response
4:12 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

A Response to "Degrees of Gray in Philipsburg" by Richard Hugo

Chandler Kirkegaard

For the last several years, Robert Stubblefield has invited me to talk about The Write Question with students in one of the classes he teaches at the University of Montana. We talk about specific programs, which, if students have done their homework assignments, they've listened to. Then I answer questions about the process of reading, interviewing, and creating programs for radio and the Web.

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Wages
2:07 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Can Montana afford to provide “living wages” to low wage workers?

(L-R) Jason Wiener, Gail Gutsche, Jen Euell and Nancy Wilson. (Celeste Thompson not pictured)
Credit Edward O'Brien

Authors of a new study say it clearly illustrates what so many Montanans already know; that there are precious few well-paying jobs in the state.

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Commentary
9:19 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Scaring the Political Wits Out of Us: How Important Is the Federal Deficit?

Scaring the Political Wits Out of Us: How Important Is the Federal Deficit?

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News Literacy
2:41 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Truth vs. Truthiness: our declining news literacy

University of Montana Radio-TV professor Ray Fanning

With more information than ever before at our fingertips, you would think the American consumer's news literacy - or knowledge of current events - had never been higher. The fact is, that literacy is slipping dramatically.
    University of Montana Radio-Television Professor Ray Fanning teaches a class on news literacy.

In this feature interview, he talks with News Director Sally Mauk about how to become a smarter news consumer - and about why our news literacy is declining.

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MTPR Program Highlights
12:37 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

December 5 – December 11, 2013

Here are MTPR program highlights for December 5 – December 11, 2013

THURSDAY- December 5, 2013

9:05 a.m.   Morning Classics – Brahms: Variations on a theme by Paganini in A minor, Op. 35; Albinoni: Sonta à 5 in G minor, Op. 2 #6; Albinoni: Sonta à 5 in D, Op. 2 #5; Selections performed by Mario Lanza; Albinoni: Concerto #5 in C major for oboe and strings; Strauss: Aus Italien, Op. 16

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Public Defenders
11:49 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Raises and increased staff not enough to stop case overload for public defenders

The state’s Chief Public Defender says workloads for public defense attorneys have improved due to financial help from the Montana Legislature. However, Bill Hooks said his office still needs more help.

The 2013 Legislature gave the public defender’s office *$1.2 million in new money for employee raises, which Hooks said has been very helpful.

"We were able to bring our attorney salaries more in line with what our colleagues were getting in other courts throughout the state,” Hooks said. “So I think that was a significant improvement and we're very appreciative of that.”

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Monday Poems
6:00 am
Mon December 2, 2013

"Toys 'R' War"

War, Madness, & Love, poems by Mark Gibbons and Michael Revere

Hey kid!
Need a gun for Christmas?
How 'bout a land mine, grenade launcher
or poison dart?
Wanna go to the virtual reality world
and beat down homeless people?
Hey kid!
We have loaded dice,
hemlock rice,
'n' 28 flavors of body lice.
We have cartoons of a baby buggy
loaded with 30 lbs. of TNT
exploding in a crowded Baghdad street market,
and our laser swords will glow
through Silent Night,
O Holy Night.

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Adoption
1:45 pm
Fri November 29, 2013

Adoption can make a world of difference in a child's life

We're coming to the end of National Adoption Month.
   Recent celebrations have marked the adoption of at least 29 children in Great Falls and Billings.
     Lutheran Social Services of Montana operates a statewide adoption agency.
     In this interview, executive director Kathryn Sabol tells Edward O'Brien hundreds of more Montana children are waiting to be welcomed into new families of their own.
     Sabol tells us more about Lutheran Social Services of Montana:

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