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Sagebrush Rebellion Redux
2:22 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Sagebrush rebels rise again

University of Montana forestry professor Martin Nie

The movement to get the federal government to turn over its land to state and local governments is resurfacing in the American West. Led by a Utah-based group called the "American Lands Council", supporters argue there is a legal and historical basis for this turnover.
    The movement resembles the so-called Sagebrush Rebellion of the late 70s. In this feature interview, News Director Sally Mauk talks with University of Montana forestry professor and natural resource policy expert Martin Nie about both the old and new Sagebrush rebels.

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Organic Farming
8:28 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Why Montana's organic farmers are converging on the Flathead

Credit flickr/mckaysavage

Cultivating organic seeds and genetically modified crops are among the topics farmers are meeting to discuss in the Flathead next week. The annual Montana Organic Association Conference is being held in the Flathead for the first time.

Judy Osowitz of Terrapin Farm in has been farming in rural Whitefish for 36-years.

“I’ve seen a lot of changes, I’ve seen a lot more demand for organic, I’ve seen a lot more supply of organic- which is a good thing, to have both, it’s wonderful,” Osowitz said.

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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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