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'Capitol Talk': Infrastructure Framework Advances; Health Department Budget Could Get A Boost

Tonight on Capitol Talk : The state admits it needs to do a lot better job monitoring for-profit wilderness schools for troubled teens. Economics hold little sway in the effort to abolish Montana's death penalty. Money is being restored to the depleted Health Department budget. Another Montana campaign finance reform law is upheld. And lawmakers may have found a way to bridge the infrastructure impasse.

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A Novel Approach To Aging With Rita Sommers-Flanagan

Award-winning professor and author, Rita Sommers-Flanagan has written a book that will charm, irritate, amuse, and engage readers. It will also change minds and lives. This novel provides an entertaining and excellent read for book clubs, families, and everyone contemplating the meaning of life.

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Can Do: Seizing An Adventurous Life

Feb 22, 2019

Brian Morgan has a superpower: he’s figured out how to turn his wanderlust into a thriving business. In 1999 he created Adventure Life, a Missoula, Montana-based travel business offering clients personalized tours around the globe.

Morgan defines adventure travel as “Going somewhere that’s going to put you out of your comfort zone a little bit, and something that’s really going to introduce you to cultures and environments that you’re not familiar — that’s the core part of adventure.”

Theresa Burkhart

Award-winning professor and author, Rita Sommers-Flanagan has written a book that will charm, irritate, amuse, and engage readers. It will also change minds and lives. This novel provides an entertaining and excellent read for book clubs, families, and everyone contemplating the meaning of life.

Root Vegetable Ideas That'll Butter Your Parsnips

Feb 17, 2019
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The Food Guys, Jon and Greg, remain undaunted champions of parsnips, a vegetable that suffers from its resemblance to an anemic carrot.  Jon reminisces about the sweet and flavorful parsnips his gardener father kept buried in a box of soil in the root cellar. "Their taste approached the mythic sweetness of mature parsnips left in the ground all winter."

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Their hypnotic repertoire may be more than 700 years old, but every time the members of Riyaaz Qawwali take the stage, they introduce much of the audience to the rhythms and melodies of qawwali for the first time. For the last twelve years, from their home in Austin, Texas, the band has toured to bring alive the joyous sounds of this South Asian music, played on harmonium, violin, tabla and handclaps, and sung in Urdu, Punjabi, Persian and Brajbhasha.

Montana-raised George Winston, one of the best-known performers of contemporary instrumental music, returns to "Musician's Spotlight" for an update on his career, his recovery from illness, and his most recent recording, "Spring Carousel."

Justin Townes Earle carries the names of a pair of troubadour heroes: his father, Steve Earle and his father’s mentor, Townes Van Zandt. Like both, Justin is a recording, performing musician; like both, addiction is one of his oldest adversaries. And like both, Justin Townes Earle has become a sharp songwriter, conjuring, as Skip Anderson puts it, “memorable characters into relatable songs that Americana fans love and latter-day country radio loves to overlook.”

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