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Icons of a parent and child on a sign that says "No idling. Children breathing."

Hi, I'm Dr. Jamison Starbuck, a naturopathic family physician. I'm here today with health tips for kids about idling and clean air.

We humans spend a lot of time on the move, busily doing activities which sadly can result in polluting the air. Even in Montana where we don't have giant cities and big industry, we have lots of air pollution.

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My eyes open at 5:00 a.m. I see my breath billow towards the top of my tent as I sigh at the blaring intrusion of a battery-operated alarm clock. I must hustle if I want any shot at boiling the pot of water necessary for a hot breakfast. Fumbling around for my least stench-ridden set of clothes, the reality slowly creeps into my head: I am a field biologist.

Montana Students Explore Their Family's Pandemic Experience

Feb 3, 2021
Illustration of a family wearing masks, standing together.

In the spring of 2020, Anne Bailey and students at the Montana Media Lab at the University of Montana School of Journalism invited middle and high school students to record themselves talking with their families, friends, teachers and elders about this unprecedented time in their lives.

What were they feeling? What were they worried about? How did they think the pandemic would end? Listen now to find out.

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As soon as he learned that he would become a father, Jeremy Smith thought he knew what to do.

What's it like growing up on a rural Montana farm? What is like to come out to your family as a gay man? What's it like to come to America as a refugee? What's it like to adopt a daughter during a pandemic?

Listen to the voices of Montanans, facilitators and coordinators of the StoryCorps Montana tour.

The outdoor recreation economy is the second largest sector of Montana’s economy, generating $7.1B in annual consumer spending. 71,000 Montanans are employed in the sector, making its performance essential to the state’s full economic recovery. 

What has been the impact of COVID-19 on outdoor recreation and tourism? What response within the industry has been successful? What does 2021 look like for this essential part of the Montana economy? Learn more now on Can Do.

This week on The Write Question, Shakespeare scholar Gretchen E. Minton dives into, well, Shakespeare! The Montana State University professor chats about her newest book, Shakespeare in Montana: Big Sky Country’s Love Affair with the World's Most Famous Writer, and about nostalgia, surprise, and climate change.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage our country and vaccine relief is slow in coming, sound advice is as good as gold. Montana businesses experienced an exhausting 2020, and the new year promises to be just as unpredictable. Joining me today are two guests experiencing the economic impact from two very different perspectives.

This week on The Write Question, poet and scholar Heather Cahoon talks about the ways her poetry and tribal policy intersect and how her new book of poetry, Horsefly Dress, addresses issues of suffering, danger, and — ultimately — transformation.

Kerri Arsenault's Mill Town is a book of narrative non-fiction, investigative memoir, and cultural criticism that illuminates the rise and collapse of the working-class, the hazards of loving and leaving home, and the ambiguous nature of toxics and disease with the central question: Who or what are we willing to sacrifice for our own survival?