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Author interviews, food, natural history, poetry, and more from "The Write Question", "The Food Guys", "Field Notes", "Home Ground Radio", "Front Row Center", and "Reflections West".

Are You Mis-Using These Common Tree Terms?

Sep 23, 2018
Some write of “conifers and deciduous trees” as if they are somehow different. But, of course, when describing trees the words coniferous and deciduous may be distinctions without a difference.
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As I split and stacked my winter firewood this fall in preparation for the long nights to come, trees in the surrounding forest were also preparing for winter. While I watched their leaves turning yellow along the flank of the Bitterroot Mountains, I found myself considering the confusing terms people use to describe those trees. In particular, folks tend to mix up perfectly good words in ways that leave me more befuddled than enlightened.

Pork Barrel: How To Barbecue For A Crowd

Sep 23, 2018
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"Barbecue may not be the road to world peace, but it's a start."  - Anthony Bourdain

From Korea to Kansas City, Brazil to Cleveland, people love to smoke meat over wood or charcoal. Food Guy Jon Jackson attended a family gathering where forty people enjoyed the host's clever technique for barbecuing pork ribs en masse.

Can Do: Storytelling Your Way to Success

Sep 21, 2018

On this week’s episode of "Can Do," Jennifer Sheets, a writer and English professor at the University of Montana, talks about her success in winning the 2018 John Ruffato Business Startup Challenge, along with $22,000 in start-up funding.

Sheets entered the competition with no business background or training. But her idea to create StorySquares won over the contest judges. It's a web-based writing platform for individuals, schools, and businesses that would let users complete a writing task from beginning to end using digital storyboarding methods.

In the Redoubt, an isolated region of Idaho, Montana, and Eastern Oregon, the confrontation between old and new America plays out in emotional and violent skirmishes. This “true West,” as a character calls it, is “where all the Indians were dead and we white men had finally gotten around to killing ourselves.” Come West and See, by Maxim Loskutoff, unravels the mythology of the West and illustrates life in oft overlooked rural towns where men and women scramble for safety in their relationships as violence escalates around them. In twelve interconnected stories, Loskutoff’s fiction offers startling insights into America, its wounds and perpetual conflicts.

Stiff necks affect everyone
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Hi! I’m Dr. Jamison Starbuck, a naturopathic family physician. I’m here today with health tips for kids about a stiff neck.

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