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Field Notes
8:00 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Nature's Costumes

Credit http://onegreatbackyard.blogspot.com/

"Fieldnotes," October 27th & 28th, 2013: "Halloween," by Lynn Tennefoss & Caroline Kurtz (read by Allison de Jong). http://www.montananaturalist.org/

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Director Ray Ekness on "Front Row Center"
8:00 am
Fri October 25, 2013

War of the Worlds: Orson Welles and his Little Green Men

Sunday, October 27th, 2013: Michael Marsolek talks with "Heat Ray" Ekness, Professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Montana, about Montana Public Radio's October 30th re-enactment of the Mercury Theater's 1938 War of the Worlds radio drama.  Writer Howard Koch and director/narrator Orson Welles adapted the plot of H.G.

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Eight Videos of Eight Songs in Eight Weeks
8:00 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Luke Dowler

August 20th and October 29th, 2013: "I always write each song as if were my last,” says Kalispell songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Luke Dowler, whose soulful delivery and raw honesty are are exemplified by the "8 in 8" project, for which Luke wrote, recorded and released eight videos of eight new songs in eight weeks.

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Commentary - October 24th, 2013
2:21 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

The Stink Coming Through the Revolving Door

When one reflects on the recent federal government shutdown and Congress’ near “default” on the “full faith & credit” of the US Government, a whole lot stinks.

Buried in that stinking pile of refuse is a small item that reminds us of a big problem -- the pervasive power that special interests have through their lobbyists and the benefits they gain from the revolving door between Congressional members and staff and those same special interests.

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Climate Week 2013
1:37 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

How will climate change affect businesses in Montana?

Sergio Gonzalez films Big Timber corn farmer Dave Christensen
Allison Molin

Students at the University of Montana looked into the question of how Montana businesses are affected by the changing climate. Starting in September, students split up into five teams to research the effects of climate change in Montana. Then, they took that knowledge and found five businesses around the state whose business was in some way connected to climate change.

Students set out across Montana to learn exactly how they had been affected. And while all of the businesses have noticed the changing climate, they have each been affected in different ways.

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Affordable Care Act
3:38 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

MT Insurance companies see trickle of applications come through from Obamacare

Montana Commissioner of Securities and Insurance Monica Lindeen

  The state’s insurance commissioner says Montanans are still having problems signing up for health insurance on the Affordable Care Act online marketplace. Most states, including Montana, opted to let the Federal Government run their Obamacare market. The federal site has been plagued with glitches and technical problems for three weeks now, and it is not clear when they will all be fixed.

Commissioner of Securities and Insurance Monica Lindeen said Wednesday that is not acceptable.

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Climate Week 2013
2:46 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Facing the firestorm: what is your responsibility?

Lolo Creek Complex fires merging across Highway 12
Sally Mauk

Our warming climate is changing the forests of the American West - making them more susceptible to disease and to fire. Years of fire suppression have also built up forest fuels, causing the fires to be more intense and harder to control.

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Climate Week 2013
11:02 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Warming waters threaten cold water trout

The cold waters of the Middle Fork of the Flathead River are somewhat buffered from the effects of climate change, but temperatures here, too are rising.
Katrin Frye

As part of our ongoing series in Montana Public Media's "Climate Week", we focus on the impact of climate change on Montana's waters, and the native fish adapted to thrive in cold, glacier-fed streams.

Cold water fish like west slope cutthroat and bull trout call northwest Montana home. However, these native fish could be considered the canary in the coal mine in regard to the effects of climate change. Warming waters, changes in spring runoff, and mid-winter rainfall are among the issues affecting the habitat for these fish.

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Small Business Saturday
10:54 am
Wed October 23, 2013

You've heard of Black Friday, how about Small Business Saturday?

Plant Land of Evergreen and Beckman's Fine Furnishings of Kalispell (left to right) are among the local businesses signing on to a Chamber of Commerce led Small Business Saturday effort.
Credit Katrin Frye

Yes, it’s not quite Halloween yet, but businesses are already gearing up for Christmas. Over the past couple of years a buy local effort has been growing. While many people have heard of “Black Friday” as the big shopping day after Thanksgiving, Small Business Saturday is gaining traction. T

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Commentary - October 23rd, 2013
9:42 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Common Core Craziness

"You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension - a dimension of sound and fury, a dimension of fright. You're moving into a land of shadow and little substance, of things and ideas fiercely believed, though barely believable. You've crossed over into the Fact-Free Zone."

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