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MTPR Program Highlights
12:18 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

October 31-November 9, 2013

Here are MTPR program highlights for October 31-November 9, 2013.

THURSDAY- October 31, 2013

9:05 a.m.   Morning Classics – Carl Tausig: The Ghost Ship, Op. 16 for piano; Robert Schumann:  Ghost Variations for piano; Beethoven: Piano trio in D major, Op. 70 #1 – “Ghost”; Dvorak: The Noon Witch, Op. 108; Tartini: Violin Sonata in G minor – “The Devil’s Trill”; Sarasate: Faust Fantasy; Mussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain

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Nature as teacher
11:23 am
Mon October 28, 2013

What we can learn from the adaptable octopus

Marine ecologist Rafe Sagarin

The octopus is a very adaptable creature. It can shrink itself to fit into a discarded beer bottle for temporary shelter; can change color, and squirt a cloud of ink to camouflage its escape from danger.

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Monday Poems
6:00 am
Mon October 28, 2013

"River"

What Lasts, poems by Jennifer Greene

Do not murder the man whose
grandfather stole land from
your grandfather. Do not make
your grandchildren, who will
love you no matter what, decide
whether or not to tell the truth or
live like hollow stems.

Don't let rage become a flash
flood, or a lightning bolt that
strikes you again and again.

Would you save every tissue you
blew snot into? No, we cannot
save everything.

Maybe we can't save anything
or anybody except ourselves.

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Climate Week 2013
12:44 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Will we find common ground in climate change?

Kari Oelkers and Holly Fretwell
John Twiggs

Can Montanans who disagree about the climate sit down and have a discussion? The phrase "Climate Change" is so polarizing that just uttering it can end a friendship. Degrees of Difference, produced by Anna Rau and John Twiggs for Montana PBS, introduces us to three sets of friends across Montana who try to get past the controversy and have a productive conversation.

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Conservation Economy
12:15 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

How hiking, fishing, Glacier Park, and Flathead Lake factor into the economic development question

Entrance at West Glacier.
Credit Katrin Frye

“This is a really good place to recruit to,” Dr. A. Craig Eddy works as the Chief Medical Officer at Kalispell Regional Medical Center, and is in charge of recruiting.

Eddy said the Flathead is a great place, but not because of the salary.

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Climate Week 2013
11:00 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Habitat shrinking for high alpine animals, like the tiny pika

A pika crouches on a rock near Gable Pass in Glacier National Park
Jake Bramante/hike734.com

Hiker Jake Bramante reached his destination, just on the other side of Gable Pass in Glacier National Park. He was looking to find an area he had seen once before, a limestone boulder field he knew was home to a population of one of his favorite animals—the pika.

“Any time I get to see them it’s always a special thing,” Bramante said. “They’re just cute and I love how hearty they are.”

Hearty in the right climate, anyway.

  “Some of these high elevation species that are dependent on cold, they may have some problems here in the Northern Rockies,”

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Climate Week 2013
10:20 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Climate change presenting new challenges to farmers

Lifeline shed equipped with solar panels
Edward O'Brien

Farming is a tough and unpredictable business. It requires hard manual labor and quick responses to complicated problems.

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Commentary - October 25th, 2013
9:32 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Post-Shutdown: Where Do We Go From Here?

Last Thursday, sixteen days into a federal government shutdown, Congress passed a temporary budget that re-opened the government and raised the debt ceiling until January of 2014.  This agreement sent federal employees back to work and diverted a potential default on national debt, and that is inarguably a good thing.  However, for those of us that watched in dismay as partisan politics left our country uncertain, our economy weakened, and our government in disarray, there are larger lessons to be learned from the last few weeks.

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Commentary - October 19th, 2013
9:27 am
Fri October 25, 2013

The Importance of Learning Foreign Languages

Learning a foreign language is both time consuming and troublesome.  I still recall in high school and in college spending hours trying to memorize hundreds of vocabulary words in Spanish and Japanese and the dozens of ways to conjugate verbs.  I still cringe when thinking about the deep embarrassment of those awkward moments when I tried to express complex thoughts in front of my foreign language classes using kindergarten level terms because of my limited vocabulary.  Although these were difficult times in my international academic training, I certainly do not regret it.

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The Plant Detective
8:00 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Datura: A "Witches' Weed"

Credit Anna Veltfort

October 26th & 28th, 2013: Datura. Also known as  jimsonweed and moonflower, datura is medicinal. In potentially fatal doses, it's hallucinogenic. Datura isn't safe for experimentation.

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