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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".

To help launch season 2 of Tai Asks Why on MTPR, Tai Poole the host will be joining us live during the Children’s Corner this Saturday March 13 at 8:30 a.m. We will find out why his voice sounds different, how he has survived the COVID-19 pandemic and … ? Tune in to discover what follows.

Then at 9 a.m. it’s Tai’s first episode of season 2 of Tai Asks Why: “What are animals saying to each other?” we may learn to speak duck … or not! Quack!

Everywhere You Look, Birds Are Dropping Clues

Mar 9, 2021
"Fieldnotes" investigates recent breakthroughs in bird poop research
Bishnu Sarangi - Pixabay

With the joy of birding comes the fear of getting dropped on. Recently, my seven-year-old daughter carefully watched a pair of Canada geese sitting on an old ponderosa pine snag. She was looking for an owl’s nest below, turned to me and wondered: “Why is bird poop white?”

The Nature Of Love Via The Love Of Nature

Mar 8, 2021

In this episode, writers Brian Laidlaw and Sarah Aronson have come to understand how the nature of love can connect to the love of nature.

This week, journalist-turned-novelist Gwen Florio talks about being a part of a welcoming community of mystery and crime writers, about utilizing silence in her writing (and seeking it out during the pandemic), about how gender operates in her newest novel, and more!

The agriculture landscape has changed dramatically due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Concerns about food security, health and safety measures, and product availability have continued to evolve. A dramatic shift to online purchasing has challenged the traditional standard of consumers personally selecting products.

Today on Can Do we will discuss these trends and their effects on two family-run Montana businesses.

Sense Of Sound

Mar 1, 2021

In this episode, three writers have tuned into their sense of sound. The sound of memory, the sound of solace, and the sound of place.

Courtesy of the Mansfield Center

On February 17, 2021, the University of Montana's Mansfield Center hosted Dr. Anthony Fauci for the 2021 Mansfield Lecture, presenting a dialogue between the preeminent American public health figure and several Montanans, including moderator Rob Saldin of the Mansfield Center. Listen to Dr. Fauci's take on Covid-19, vaccine distribution and vaccine hesitancy in Montana, lessons to be learned from this pandemic, and how and when we'll recognize that we've returned to a version of "normal."

This week, join Lauren in a conversation with Seattle-based poet Dujie Tahat. The two chat about precarity, politics, prayer, and of course, poetry.

Dr. James E. West, inventor of the foil electret microphone.
By Sonavi Labs, CC BY-SA 4.0,

If you've ever talked on the phone, listened to recorded music or known someone who benefited from a hearing aid, take a moment to thank Dr. James E. West.

West, along with his business partner Gerhard Sessler, invented the foil electret microphone in 1962. Their invention allowed microphones to work without needing large power supplies, making them both smaller and cheaper.

Drinking And Addiction

Feb 22, 2021

In this episode, writers David E. Thomas, Sheryl Noethe and Mark Gibbons are talking about booze, and the effect it has from the view of a bus seat, a bar stool, and a lawn chair.

This episode contains some adult language and themes, which may be unsuitable for some listeners. Listener discretion is advised.