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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".

Richard Fifield

These diverse stories of resistance, resilience, and love make it perfectly clear that there is no one single narrative of Montana women. Proceeds benefit Humanities Montana and the Zootown Arts Community Center. 

How Swallowtail Butterflies Survive The Winter

Oct 13, 2019
Butterfly pupa
Brad Smith (CC-BY-NC-2.0)

Fall is a hectic time of year in Montana. There are a thousand things to do before the first snow, and not nearly enough time. The days shorten, tourists leave, seasonal shops close, kids romp at the playground one last time, flower beds are mulched, snow tires put on the car, storm windows polished and mounted. You can feel the change in season just walking down the street: people hurry from building to building, head down and quiet, bundled up and hunched against the cold, looking for warmth, a fire, hot cocoa.

fall apple-picking
Le Living and Co. (CC-BY-2.0)

You've been making applesauce as fast as you can, but every day, more Akane, Discovery and Mackintosh apples appear in your fridge. These early-season varieties won't last. Can you preserve them quickly, for later use? 'Food Guy' Jon Jackson shares his method.

Recipe: Falafel With Tzatziki Sauce

Oct 6, 2019
Falafel-making
Vera Yu and David Lee (CC-BY-2.0)

Jon: "Greg, I know you publish a lot of recipes, but falafel? Where’d you come up with falafel?"
Greg: "I think the Egyptians came up with it about a thousand years ago."

The Egyptians may have used fava beans, but today, you can find falafel made of dried chickpeas at cafes and food stands around the world. Read on for 'Food Guy' Greg Patent's recipe for falafel with tzatziki (cucumber-yogurt) sauce.

Spotfist (CC-PDM-01)

When I first moved out West, I was impressed by the large black-and-white bird I noticed strutting around my yard and campsites, its long black tail dragging on the ground behind it. The bird’s loud “mag-mag-mag” calls slowly became a familiar sound. Now the black-billed magpie has become an important symbol of the West to me, and whenever I see or hear it, I’m reminded how lucky I am to call the Rocky Mountains home.

Can Do: Demystifying Cryptocurrency

Oct 4, 2019
Dr. Michael Braun and Chirag Patel share their cryptocurrency experiences and cautionary tales, and attempt to demystify this complicated and confusing new phenomenon.
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What do tokens, smart contracts, mining, time stamping and blockchain technology all have in common? They are all essential parts of the complicated cryptocurrency industry, a new enterprise that is rapidly transforming global financial markets and the transaction landscape.

Cryptocurrency is a digital asset designed to work as a medium of exchange. It uses encrypted data to secure financial transactions, make them transparent to users, and verify the transfer of assets.

"Popular Music is both a love letter to music—how it accents, affects, and defines us through varying stages of our lives—and a hilarious and heart-breaking investigation of our relationship to technology, nature, and country. This book is in a class of its own and is simply unforgettable." -- Chicago Review of Books

PD (U.S.F.D.A.)

If you're in the habit of reading labels,  you've noticed some recent style changes: bigger, bolder print, new serving sizes, updated nutritional "daily values," and more. That's because food manufacturers are complying with new labelling rules issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.  'Food Guys' Jon Jackson and Greg Patent wonder if the new labels will lead Americans to drink less soda pop, or to ask why there's sugar in cans of beans and jars of pickles.

Steve L. Martin (CC-BY-2.0)

Lichens don’t even need liquid water sources like rain or melting snow.  They can absorb moisture directly from the air.  You might think of them as natural weather instruments, because their ever-changing water content reflects the humidity of the air.  Oddly enough, some lichens are completely unable to absorb liquid water; if you submerged them, they would remain dry.

Doctor Ed Malinowski believes he has realized most of his dreams. A passionate, ambitious behavioral psychologist, he is now the superintendent of a mental institution and finally turning the previously crumbling hospital around. He also has a home he can be proud of, and a fiercely independent, artistic wife Laura, whom he hopes will soon be pregnant. But into this perfect vision of his life comes Penelope, a beautiful, young epileptic who should never have been placed in his institution and whose only chance at getting out is Ed. She is intelligent, charming, and slowly falling in love with her charismatic, compassionate doctor. As their relationship grows more complicated, and Laura stubbornly starts working at his hospital, Ed must weigh his professional responsibilities against his personal ones, and find a way to save both his job and his family. A love triangle set in one of the most chaotic, combustible settings imaginable, The Behavior of Love is an incredibly compulsive, poignant exploration of marriage, lust, and ambition.

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