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MTPR's Butte Podcast Selected For NPR Story Lab Training

Uptown Butte, MT.
Mike Albans
Montana Public Radio
Uptown Butte, MT.

MISSOULA – National Public Radio has selected Montana Public Radio to be a part of its prestigious Story Lab incubator project for new programming this year.

MTPR submitted plans for its latest podcast, “Richest Hill: The Future History of America’s Biggest Superfund Site,” to the national network, along with more than 100 other applicants from across the country. NPR chose “Richest Hill’ and nine other projects to participate in the Story Lab workshop at NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C., May 8-11.

During the workshop, the teams will attend training sessions and work on projects with help from mentors at NPR.

“We’re thrilled to be getting access to the training and support Story Lab offers,” said Eric Whitney, MTPR news director. “They’ve helped launch some great podcasts in the workshop’s first two years, and we’re looking forward to getting their help to make ‘Richest Hill’ the best set of stories we can produce.”

MTPR reporter Nora Saks will lead production of the new podcast, fresh from her success helping MTPR create the podcast “Subsurface: Resisting Montana’s Underwater Invaders,” released last November. 

“This is going to a big year for Butte,” Saks said. “With a new Superfund consent decree, the beginning of water treatment at the Berkeley Pit and dirt flying at the Parrot tailings site, there’s going to be a lot to keep track of, and we think a podcast will really help people understand what it all means and how people in Butte and across Montana will be affected.”

The MTPR podcast team hopes to work on its stories over the next six months and present the new podcast next fall. To provide input and learn more about the podcast, visit

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