Home Ground 2019 Broadcast Schedule

September 3/ 5/ 9 Grand Street Theatre

MOVIES CAN BE STUNNING, BUT THEY CAN’T REPLICATE PRIMAL HUMAN ENAGAGEMENT. SO LIVE THEATER SURVIVES BECAUSE BEING IN THE AUDIENCE, SEEING AND FEELING THE LIVING PRESENCE OF THE ACTORS, IS UNIQUE. THROUGH ITS SUMMER THEATER SCHOOL, HELENA’S GRANDSTREET THEATER IS PASSING THAT TRADITION ON TO THE NEXT GENERATION.


August 27/September 1 Sean Logan ENCORE

EVERY DAY ACROSS MONTANA AND THE NATION, FIREMEN PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE.  WHY WOULD ANYONE CHOOSE TO DO THAT?  MEET ONE OF THEM.


August 20/25 Little Shell Tribe ENCORE

FOR DECADES THE LITTLE-SHELL NATION FOUGHT FOR FEDERAL RECOGNITION.  NICHOLAS VROOMAN, WHO PASSED AWAY JUNE 26, HELPED THEM.  ON JUNE 27TH, THE US SENATE PASSED LEGISLATION RECOGNIZING THE TRIBE


August 13/18 Tom Brokaw ENCORE

EVERY DAY ACROSS MONTANA AND THE NATION, FIREMEN PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE.  WHY WOULD ANYONE CHOOSE TO DO THAT?  MEET ONE OF THEM.


August 6/11 Women in Ag ENCORE

WHEN WE THINK OF RANCHERS AND FARMERS, WE TEND TO THINK OF MEN.  BUT WE’RE ONLY HALF RIGHT.  THE OTHER HALF ARE WOMEN.  AND AS IN MANY AREAS OF NATIONAL LIFE, THEY ARE STEPPING TO THE FRONT.


July 30/August 4 Carl Davis

SCIENCE IS THE DISCIPLINED STUDY OF ASPECTS OF THE UNIVERSE.  BUT LIKE ALL HUMAN ENDEAVORS, IT IS VULNERABLE TO THE BIASES OF THE FOLKS DOING THE WORK.  ARCHEOLOGIST CARL DAVIS’S NEW BOOK, 600 GENERATIONS, LAYS OUT THAT TRUTH AND MORE.


July 23/28 Sculpture in the Wild

SCULPTURE USUALLY INVOLVES THE MODELING OF ANIMALS OR PEOPLE, OR LARGE STATUES HONORING HISTORICAL FIGURES.  BUT NOT IN LINCOLN, MONTANA’S UNIQUE EXHIBITION, “SCULPTURE IN THE WILD”, WHERE POTENT SYMBOLS OF THE PAST ARE HELPING ECONOMIC REVITALIZATION FOR THE FUTURE.


July 16/21 Little Rangers Learning Center

THE HUMAN BRAIN DEVELOPS MOST BETWEEN BIRTH AND 3 YEARS, MAKING EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION VITAL.  YET MONTANA HAS STRUGGLED TO MAKE IT AVAILABLE TO OUR KIDS.  SURPRISINGLY, THE SMALL TOWN OF  WEST YELLOWSTONE IS SHOWING WE CAN DO IT, AND WITH EXCELLENCE.


July 9/14 Blackfoot-Clearwater Sterwardship Act

TWELVE YEARS AGO A GROUP OF MONTANANS INCLUDING TIMBER COMPANIES, ENVIRONMENTALISTS, RANCHING AND RECREATIONIST HAMMERED OUT A PLAN FOR NEW MANAGEMENT OF 400,000 ACRES OF PUBLIC LANDS. TWICE JON TESTER TOOK THE PIONEERING BILL TO THE SENATE, WITHOUT SUCCESS.  HE’S JUST DONE IT AGAIN.. WHY??


July 2/7 Tigers

A COMBINATION OF NEW TRACKING TECHNOLOGY, ECONOMIC PROGRESS AND BETTER LAW ENFORCEMENT IS DRIVING AN INCREASE IN THREATENED TIGER POPULATION.  ONE OF THE WORLD’S TOP EXPERTS, ULLAS KARANTH, TELLS US ABOUT IT.


June 25/30 Charles Wiley

YOU'RE A HIGHLY TALENTED DRUMMER AND WANT TO REACH KIDS WITH A MESSAGE ABOUT THEIR HEALTH.  WHAT DO YOU DO?  YOU INVENT CORN MAN! MEET CHARLES WILEY.


June 18/ 23 Western Land Owners Alliance

THE ECONOMICS OF CATTLE RANCHING ARE TOUGH-THE PRICE PAID FOR FEEDER CALVES HAS NOT KEPT PACE WITH THE RISING COST OF LAND, AND THE PUBLIC WANTS TO KNOW WHERE THEIR BEEF COMES FROM  AND HOW WELL THE LAND'S MANAGED.  THE WESTERN LANDOWNERS ALLIANCE IS PAYING ATTENTION


June 11/16 Tommy Thomsen

WHAT CONNECTS THE U.S. MERCHANT MARINE, WESTERN SWING, AND A CHURCH-TURNED-MUSIC HALL IN A SMALL  TOWN?  MEET MUSICIAN TOMMY THOMSEN.

June 4/9 American Prairie Reserve #2

THE AMERICAN PRAIRIE RESERVE PLANS TO DEVELOP 3.5 MILLION ACRES INTO A NATURE RESERVE IN EASTERN MONTANA. SOME RANCHERS IN THE AREA OPPOSE THE IDEA, FEELING IT IS THREAT TO THEIR WAY OF LIFE.


May 28/ June 2 Mark Brooke

THE DEBATE ABOUT POTENTIAL POLLUTION FROM FUTURE HARD-ROCK MINING CAN OBSCURE WHAT’S STILL OUT THERE AND WHO’S PAYING FOR THE CLEAN UP.  WATER ENGINEER MARK BROOKE KNOWS.


May 21/26 Larry Lahren

THINGS CHANGE:  50 YEARS AGO, NO INTERNET OR CELL PHONES.  100, YEARS, NO ANTIBIOTICS OR NUCLEAR WEAPONS.  200, NOTHING MOVED FASTER THAN THE SPEED OF A HORSE. HOW ABOUT 9/11,000 YEARS AGO??? ARCHEOLOGIST LARRY LAHREN TELLS US.


May 14/19 Marc Johnson

FOR 40 YEARS, BURTON K. WHEELER WIELDED GREAT POWER IN MONTANA AND WASHINGTON D.C.  A MAN OF COURAGE AND CONTRADICTIONS, HE STOOD UP TO COPPER KINGS BUT WAS FOOLED BY HITLER.  MARC JOHNSON’S  POTENT NEW BIOGRAPHY TELLS THE STORY

May 7/ 19 Mt. Climate Assessment

CLIMATE CHANGE IS SO VAST IN SCALE IT’S HARD TO GET OUR HEADS AROUND.  WOULDN’T IT BE GREAT IF WE HAD, SAY, A DETAILED ASSESSMENT OF WHAT IT’S DONE IN MONTANA SO FAR, AND WHAT’S LIKELY HEADED OUR WAY?  WELL, WE DO!  MEET MSU PROFESSOR CATHY WHITLOCK, LEAD AUTHOR OF THE MONTANA CLIMATE ASSESSMENT.

April 30/ May 12 Mike Halligan

AT AGE 19, HE LED A COMBAT PLATOON IN VIETNAM.  AFTER COLLEGE AND LAW SCHOOL, HE SERVED IN THE MONTANA SENATE AND SINCE 2002 HE’S WORKED AS DIRECTOR FOR A LEADING CHARITABLE FOUNDATION.  WHAT HAS HE LEARNED ALONG THE WAY?  MEET MIKE HALLIGAN.


April 23/ May 5 Frank Fromherz

MONTANA BORN AND RAISED, RAYMOND HUNTHAUSEN SURPRISED SOME WHEN HE CHOSE THE PRIESTHOOD.  AS SEATTLE ARCHBISHOP, HE SURPRISED MANY MORE WITH HIS VOCAL  OPPOSITION TO NUCLEAR WEAPONS.  FRANK FROMHERZ HAS WRITTEN A POWERFUL NEW BIOGRAPHY ABOUT THIS EXTRAORDINARY MAN.


April 16/ 21 Bryce Andrews

CAN THE LIFE AND DEATH OF A SINGLE BEAR HELP US LEARN ABOUT HUMAN USE OF THE LAND, HABITAT FRAGMENTATION AND CLIMATE CHANGE? READ “DOWN FROM THE MOUNTAIN” TO FIND OUT.


April 7/9 Gannon's Antiques And Art Center

THE PASSING OF ANTIQUES—OUR TREASURES OF THE PAST, TO A NEW GENERATION IS GREATLY ENHANCED BY – YES – THE INTERNET!


April 2/28 Jim Russell

CAN YOU NAME A 19TH CENTURY TECHNOLOGY WHICH A) CHANGED THE COURSE OF AMERICAN HISTORY B) REMAINS THE MOST EFFICIENT FOR ITS PURPOSE AND C) CANNOT BE OPERATED AS WELL BY A COMPUTER  AS BY A HUMAN BEING??


Mar 26/31 Bill Bryan

FOR NEARLY 50 YEARS, YOU’VE HELPED TO START OR BUILD CAPACITY OF MORE THAN 20 MONTANA NON-PROFITS,  YOUR MAIN FOCUS BEING THE INTER-CONNECTION OF ECONOMICS AND THE ENVIRONMENT,  AND THE DIVIDE BETWEEN URBAN AND RURAL AMERICANS.  WHY??  BILL  BRYAN TELLS US.

Mar 19/24 Chef School

MORE AND MORE PEOPLE WANT TO KNOW WHERE THEIR FOOD COMES FROM AND THE CONDITIONS UNDER WHICH IT WAS RAISED OR GROWN.  IN RESPONSE, FARMERS AND RANCHERS ARE TELLING THEM.  BUT HOW DO WE KNOW THE CLAIMS ARE TRUE?

Mar 12/17 Women in AG

WHEN WE THINK OF RANCHERS AND FARMERS, WE TEND TO THINK OF MEN.  BUT WE’RE ONLY HALF RIGHT.  THE OTHER HALF ARE WOMEN.  AND AS IN MANY AREAS OF NATIONAL LIFE, THEY ARE STEPPING TO THE FRONT.

Mar 5/10 Holly Luck Encore

OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS ARE ALWAYS IN THE NEWS AND WANT  TO KNOW THEY’RE GETTING THINGS DONE.  BUT NO-ONE MENTIONS THAT THE FOLKS WHO USUALLY MAKE THINGS HAPPEN ARE THE HIGHLY SKILLED MEMBERS OF THEIR STAFF. FOR 32 YEARS HOLLY LUCK WAS ONE OF THE VERY BEST.


Feb 26/ Mar 3 Climate Change

CLIMATE CHANGE IS A GLOBAL ISSUE WITH HUGE ECONOMIC INTERESTS IN PLAY, WHICH TRANSLATES INTO HEAVY PRESSURE ON ELECTED OFFICIALS TO DO THEIR BIDDING.  SO WHAT CHANCE DO REGULAR CITIZENS HAVE TO IMPACT OUR NATION'S CLIMATE CHANGE POLICY?  MORE THAN YOU MIGHT THINK.


Feb 19/24 Mock Trial

YOU’RE IN HIGH SCHOOL  AND HEAR ABOUT SOMETHING DIFFERENT:  YOU AND CLASSMATES WILL BE COACHED BY REAL LAWYERS TO PRETEND YOU ARE TRYING A CASE BEFORE A REAL JUDGE.  YOU TRY IT AND--GUESS WHAT—IT’S REALLY FUN!


Feb 12/17 Sean Logan

SEAN LOGAN SPENT 20 YEARS AS A CITY FIREFIGHTER AND CHIEF OF HELENA'S FIRE DEPARTMENT.  YOU'LL BE SURPRISED BY WHAT HE LEARNED ALONG THE WAY.


Feb 5/10 Medicaid Expansion

PERHAPS THE BIGGEST DECISION FACING THE  LEGISLATURE IS WHETHER TO CONTINUE MEDICAID EXPANSION—WHICH 100,000 MONTANANS HAVE ENROLLED IN DURING THE PAST 4 YEARS.  GET THE FACTS—ON HOME GROUND. 


Jan 29 / Feb 3 Dan Edelman

M.S.U. HAS SERIOUS PROBLEMS.  CAN ITS NEW CHANCELLOR, THE 5TH IN 6 YEARS,   FIX THEM?

January 22/27  HOPA MOUNTAIN

RURAL POVERTY IS OFTEN OUT OF SIGHT. BUT IT'S FULLY REAL. HOPA MOUNTAIN EMPOWERS THOSE AFFLICTED TO HELP THEM SOLVE THEIR OWN PROBLEMS


January 15/20 MAYOR FREEMAN-WILSON

MONTANA AND GARY, INDIANA HAVE SOMETHING IN COMMON: HIGH LEVELS OF POVERTY AND ELECTED LEADERS TRYING TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.


January 8/13 PROFESSOR WADED CRUZADO, President, M.S.U.

MSU BOZEMAN  ACTIVELY HELPS STUDENTS WHO WANT TO ATTEND BUT ARE SUB-PAR IN ENGLISH AND MATH SKILLS.  WHY?


January 1/6 FUNDERS FOR MONTANA'S CHILDREN

RESEARCH MAKES CLEAR THAT A CHILD’S FIRST THREE YEARS ARE PIVOTAL TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF INTELLIGENCE AND EMOTIONAL HEALTH.  SO 6 CHARITABLE FOUNDATIONS HAVE TEAMED UP TO HELP COMMUNITIES DO RIGHT BY OUR KIDS.