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October, 2012
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4-H: Six Montana Stories        
Follow six young Montanans as they learn that 4-H is about having fun--but being responsible about it. It's about refusing to give up on the runt of the litter, staying up all night to bottle feed a sick calf while knowing someday you'll have to say goodbye. It's about knowing where you're headed but never forgetting where you've been. And it's about pledging your head, your heart, your hands, and your health--not for yourself, but to help others.
Airs Monday 10/1 at 3:30am, repeats Thursday 10/4 at 11:30am, Sunday 10/7 at 2pm  
 

Montana PBS Equal Time    Attorney General (Question #1)   (No. 201 )
Montana PBS offers free television air-time to political candidates, designed to foster a clear and concise discussion of the issues. In this segment, we ask candidates running for Attorney General, "When would you decline to defend a law you believe unconstitutional?"
Airs Monday 10/1 at 11:27am, repeats Monday 10/1 at 11:27am, Thursday 10/4 at 6:56pm, Thursday 10/4 at 6:56pm, Sunday 10/7 at 4:57am, Wednesday 10/10 at 1:27pm, Saturday 10/13 at 11:10pm, Tuesday 10/16 at 11:27am, Friday 10/19 at 6:56pm, Monday 10/22 at 6:11am, Thursday 10/25 at 1:27pm, Sunday 10/28 at 10:52pm, Wednesday 10/31 at 11:25am  
 

Montana PBS Equal Time    Secretary of State (Question #1)   (No. 202 )
Montana PBS offers free television air-time to political candidates, designed to foster a clear and concise discussion of the issues. In this segment, we ask candidates running for Secretary of State, "What should be done to polling places more accessible to disabled voters?"
Airs Monday 10/1 at 1:27pm, repeats Monday 10/1 at 1:27pm, Thursday 10/4 at 11:27pm, Thursday 10/4 at 11:27pm, Sunday 10/7 at 9:27am, Wednesday 10/10 at 6:56pm, Saturday 10/13 at 4:57am, Tuesday 10/16 at 1:28pm, Friday 10/19 at 11:27pm, Monday 10/22 at 11:27am, Thursday 10/25 at 6:56pm, Sunday 10/28 at 4:57am, Wednesday 10/31 at 1:27pm  
 

Montana PBS Equal Time    State Auditor (Question #1)   (No. 203 )
Montana PBS offers free television air-time to political candidates, designed to foster a clear and concise discussion of the issues. In this segment, we ask candidates running for State Auditor, "What role should the Auditor play in disputed insurance claims?"
Airs Monday 10/1 at 6:56pm, repeats Monday 10/1 at 6:56pm, Thursday 10/4 at 6:11am, Thursday 10/4 at 6:11am, Sunday 10/7 at 4:57pm, Wednesday 10/10 at 11:27pm, Saturday 10/13 at 11:27am, Tuesday 10/16 at 6:56pm, Friday 10/19 at 6:11am, Monday 10/22 at 1:27pm, Thursday 10/25 at 11:27pm, Sunday 10/28 at 9:27am, Wednesday 10/31 at 6:56pm  
 

Montana PBS Equal Time    Superintendent of Public Instruction (Question #1)   (No. 204 )
Montana PBS offers free television air-time to political candidates, designed to foster a clear and concise discussion of the issues. In this segment, we ask candidates running for Superintendent of Public Instruction, "What's the best balance between Federal requirements and local control of education?"
Airs Monday 10/1 at 11:27pm, repeats Monday 10/1 at 11:27pm, Thursday 10/4 at 11:27am, Thursday 10/4 at 11:27am, Sunday 10/7 at 6:57pm, Wednesday 10/10 at 6:11am, Saturday 10/13 at 1:27pm, Tuesday 10/16 at 11:27pm, Friday 10/19 at 11:27am, Monday 10/22 at 6:56pm, Thursday 10/25 at 6:11am, Sunday 10/28 at 4:57pm, Wednesday 10/31 at 11:27pm  
 

Montana PBS Equal Time    Supreme Court Associate Justice (Question #1)   (No. 205 )
Montana PBS offers free television air-time to political candidates, designed to foster a clear and concise discussion of the issues. In this segment, we ask candidates running for Associate Justice #5 of the Supreme Court, "Do you believe that Montana Supreme Court Justices should be elected?"
Airs Monday 10/1 at 6:11am, repeats Monday 10/1 at 6:11am, Thursday 10/4 at 1:27pm, Thursday 10/4 at 1:27pm, Sunday 10/7 at 10:52pm, Wednesday 10/10 at 11:27am, Saturday 10/13 at 7:29pm, Tuesday 10/16 at 6:11am, Friday 10/19 at 1:27pm, Monday 10/22 at 11:27pm, Thursday 10/25 at 11:27am, Sunday 10/28 at 6:57pm, Wednesday 10/31 at 6:11am  
 

Montana PBS Equal Time    Attorney General (Question #2)   (No. 206 )
Montana PBS offers free television air-time to political candidates, designed to foster a clear and concise discussion of the issues. In this segment, we ask candidates running for Attorney General, "What are your priorities for non-profits and consumer protection?"
Airs Tuesday 10/2 at 6:11am, repeats Tuesday 10/2 at 6:11am, Friday 10/5 at 1:27pm, Friday 10/5 at 1:27pm, Monday 10/8 at 11:27pm, Thursday 10/11 at 11:27am, Sunday 10/14 at 6:57pm, Wednesday 10/17 at 6:11am, Saturday 10/20 at 1:27pm, Tuesday 10/23 at 11:27pm, Friday 10/26 at 11:27am, Monday 10/29 at 6:56pm  
 

Montana PBS Equal Time    Secretary of State (Question #2)   (No. 207 )
Montana PBS offers free television air-time to political candidates, designed to foster a clear and concise discussion of the issues. In this segment, we ask candidates running for Secretary of State, "What's your position with regard to personal ID requirements for voting?"
Airs Tuesday 10/2 at 11:27am, repeats Tuesday 10/2 at 11:27am, Friday 10/5 at 6:56pm, Friday 10/5 at 6:56pm, Monday 10/8 at 6:11am, Thursday 10/11 at 1:27pm, Sunday 10/14 at 10:54pm, Wednesday 10/17 at 11:27am, Saturday 10/20 at 7:29pm, Tuesday 10/23 at 6:11am, Friday 10/26 at 1:27pm, Monday 10/29 at 11:27pm  
 

Montana PBS Equal Time    State Auditor (Question #2)   (No. 208 )
Montana PBS offers free television air-time to political candidates, designed to foster a clear and concise discussion of the issues. In this segment, we ask candidates running for State Auditor, "What changes in State law would you ask of the Legislature in January?"
Airs Tuesday 10/2 at 1:27pm, repeats Tuesday 10/2 at 1:27pm, Friday 10/5 at 11:27pm, Friday 10/5 at 11:27pm, Monday 10/8 at 11:27am, Thursday 10/11 at 6:56pm, Sunday 10/14 at 4:57am, Wednesday 10/17 at 1:27pm, Saturday 10/20 at 11:13pm, Tuesday 10/23 at 11:27am, Friday 10/26 at 6:56pm, Monday 10/29 at 6:11am  
 

Montana PBS Equal Time    Superintendent of Public Instruction (Question #2)   (No. 209 )
Montana PBS offers free television air-time to political candidates, designed to foster a clear and concise discussion of the issues. In this segment, we ask candidates running for Superintendent of Public Instruction, "Do you support using student achievement as part of teacher evaluation?"
Airs Tuesday 10/2 at 6:56pm, repeats Tuesday 10/2 at 6:56pm, Friday 10/5 at 6:11am, Friday 10/5 at 6:11am, Monday 10/8 at 1:27pm, Thursday 10/11 at 11:27pm, Sunday 10/14 at 9:27am, Wednesday 10/17 at 6:56pm, Saturday 10/20 at 4:57am, Tuesday 10/23 at 1:28pm, Friday 10/26 at 11:27pm, Monday 10/29 at 11:27am  
 

Boom! Behind The Bakken        
Because of advanced new technology, a second oil boom has hit Western North Dakota and Eastern Montana. This Bakken formation has impacted more than just the oil industries. Towns around the Bakken oil formation are experience sudden growth in population. This program features those besieged by these new changes as well as those who are capitalizing on the oil boom.
Airs Wednesday 10/3 at 9pm, repeats Friday 10/5 at 5am  
 

Montana PBS Debate Night    Race for U.S. House of Representatives - Fall 2012   (No. 701 )
Candidates for Montana's lone spot in the U.S. House of Representatives debate the issues live on MontanaPBS. While the media has overlooked this race, Montanans face an important decision about who will represent them in congress. MontanaPBS will also include post-debate analysis providing additional context for voters.
Airs Wednesday 10/3 at 11:30am  
 

Montana PBS Equal Time    Attorney General (Question #3)   (No. 211 )
Montana PBS offers free television air-time to political candidates, designed to foster a clear and concise discussion of the issues. In this segment, we ask candidates running for Attorney General, "How do you see conservation playing a role in the Land Board's duty to secure best advantage for the State?"
Airs Wednesday 10/3 at 11:27pm, repeats Wednesday 10/3 at 11:27pm, Saturday 10/6 at 11:27am, Saturday 10/6 at 11:27am, Tuesday 10/9 at 6:56pm, Friday 10/12 at 6:11am, Monday 10/15 at 1:27pm, Thursday 10/18 at 11:27pm, Sunday 10/21 at 9:27am, Wednesday 10/24 at 6:56pm, Saturday 10/27 at 4:57am, Tuesday 10/30 at 1:28pm  
 

Montana PBS Equal Time    Secretary of State (Question #3)   (No. 212 )
Montana PBS offers free television air-time to political candidates, designed to foster a clear and concise discussion of the issues. In this segment, we ask candidates running for Secretary of State, "What's your position on same-day voter registration?"
Airs Wednesday 10/3 at 6:11am, repeats Wednesday 10/3 at 6:11am, Saturday 10/6 at 1:27pm, Saturday 10/6 at 1:27pm, Tuesday 10/9 at 11:27pm, Friday 10/12 at 11:27am, Monday 10/15 at 6:56pm, Thursday 10/18 at 6:11am, Sunday 10/21 at 4:58pm, Wednesday 10/24 at 11:27pm, Saturday 10/27 at 11:26am, Tuesday 10/30 at 6:56pm  
 

Montana PBS Equal Time    State Auditor (Question #3)   (No. 213 )
Montana PBS offers free television air-time to political candidates, designed to foster a clear and concise discussion of the issues. In this segment, we ask candidates running for State Auditor, "With regard to regulation of the insurance industry, what should the Auditor's responsibilities be at both the state and national level?"
Airs Wednesday 10/3 at 11:27am, repeats Wednesday 10/3 at 11:27am, Saturday 10/6 at 7:29pm, Saturday 10/6 at 7:29pm, Tuesday 10/9 at 6:11am, Friday 10/12 at 1:27pm, Monday 10/15 at 11:27pm, Thursday 10/18 at 11:27am, Sunday 10/21 at 6:57pm, Wednesday 10/24 at 6:11am, Saturday 10/27 at 1:27pm, Tuesday 10/30 at 11:57pm  
 

Montana PBS Equal Time    Superintendent of Public Instruction (Question #3)   (No. 214 )
Montana PBS offers free television air-time to political candidates, designed to foster a clear and concise discussion of the issues. In this segment, we ask candidates running for Superintendent of Public Instruction, "Should Montana develop policies to assure minimum competence for home-schooled students?"
Airs Wednesday 10/3 at 1:27pm, repeats Wednesday 10/3 at 1:27pm, Saturday 10/6 at 11:06pm, Saturday 10/6 at 11:06pm, Tuesday 10/9 at 11:26am, Friday 10/12 at 6:56pm, Monday 10/15 at 6:11am, Thursday 10/18 at 1:27pm, Sunday 10/21 at 10:51pm, Wednesday 10/24 at 11:27am, Saturday 10/27 at 7:29pm, Tuesday 10/30 at 6:11am  
 

Montana PBS Equal Time    Supreme Court Associate Justice (Question #3)   (No. 215 )
Montana PBS offers free television air-time to political candidates, designed to foster a clear and concise discussion of the issues. In this segment, we ask candidates running for Associate Justice #5 of the Supreme Court, "How would you weigh the tradeoffs between conflicting rights?"
Airs Wednesday 10/3 at 6:56pm, repeats Wednesday 10/3 at 6:56pm, Saturday 10/6 at 4:57am, Saturday 10/6 at 4:57am, Tuesday 10/9 at 1:28pm, Friday 10/12 at 11:27pm, Monday 10/15 at 11:27am, Thursday 10/18 at 6:56pm, Sunday 10/21 at 4:57am, Wednesday 10/24 at 1:27pm, Saturday 10/27 at 11:10pm, Tuesday 10/30 at 11:27am  
 

Billing Montanans: 2 Family Tax Stories        
Every election year politicians love to talk about taxes, but how much do we really know about where our Montana tax dollars go? Would better information help the conversation? This program follows two Montana families and their property tax and state income tax dollars.
Airs Thursday 10/4 at 7pm, repeats Saturday 10/6 at 5pm, Wednesday 10/10 at 8:30pm, Friday 10/12 at 2:30am, Sunday 10/21 at 4:30pm, Wednesday 10/24 at 11:30am, Thursday 10/25 at 7:30pm  
 

From The People    Montana's 2012 Ballot Measures    
In addition to high profile races for U.S. Senate and Governor, Montanans will also be deciding two citizen-proposed ballot measures. One puts medical marijuana reform passed by the 2011 Legislature up for a public vote. The other places a nonbinding state directive that corporations are not people. The 2011 State Legislature is also putting three measures up to a public vote regarding abortion, immigration, and the Affordable Care Act. This program provides clear information from both sides of these measures. Viewers will also learn about the history of the citizen-passed initiative in Montana and how the process works today.
Airs Thursday 10/4 at 7:30pm, repeats Sunday 10/7 at 10:30am, Monday 10/8 at 8:30pm, Wednesday 10/10 at 2:30am, Sunday 10/14 at 4:30pm, Wednesday 10/17 at 7:30pm, Friday 10/19 at 8:30pm, Friday 10/19 at 1:30am, Saturday 10/20 at 5pm, Wednesday 10/31 at 12:30pm  
 

Montana Ag Live    Recovering from the 2012 Drought   (No. 3805 )
Jeff Mosley joins us to discuss various kinds of assistance available to help recover from the 2012 drought.
Airs Thursday 10/4 at 1am  
 

Backroads of Montana    Flathead Lake to the Crazy Mountains   (No. 113 )
William Marcus introduces us to a Big Timber man who works on a minute level; follow a group of seniors as they beautify a stretch of highway in northwest Montana; hitch a ride on the Orphan Girl Express at the World Museum of Mining in Butte; unwind in Helena with a man who restores wind-up phonographs and storm the castle in White Sulphur Springs. Produced by KUFM-TV/Montana PBS, UM-Missoula.
Airs Saturday 10/6 at 5:30pm  
 

Backroads of Montana    Singing in the Wires   (No. 136 )
The 50 students at bucolic Greenfield School in Fairfield are energetic and bright. One reason for their success is a tasty lunch program. We'll spend a day with Lunch Lady Salley Young as she prepares a special meal that's 100 percent Montana made. In Kalispell, we switch into the world of antique phones, with a man whose collecting began with his career as an installer with the phone company. He's proof that it pays to "keep the old stuff." We'll veer off the road to some of Montana's beautiful lakes and ponds to observe the springtime ritual of birds' courtship dances. And we'll meet a man in Fort Benton whose skill in crafting musical instruments is only surpassed by his generous spirit. William Marcus hosts the program from the Big Horn County Museum in Hardin.
Airs Sunday 10/7 at 3:30pm  
 

Montana Ag Live    Montana Long-Term Care Partnership Insurance   (No. 3804 )
What is the Montana Long-Term Care Partnership Insurance program? Marsha Goetting, Extension Ag Economist, answers this question and others.
Airs Sunday 10/7 at 6pm, repeats Sunday 10/14 at 11am  
 

Montana PBS Debate Night    Race for the U.S. Senate - Fall 2012   (No. 702 )
This is one of the most closely watched political races in the country. Montana Public Media partners present the first televised debate between incumbent U.S. Senator Jon Tester and challenger U.S. Representative Denny Rehberg. A panel of journalists will question the candidates in front of a live audience at the Petro Theater on the campus of MSU-Billings.
Airs Monday 10/8 at 7pm, repeats Wednesday 10/10 at 11:30am, Wednesday 10/10 at 1am, Sunday 10/14 at 3pm  
 

Clearing The Smoke    The Science of Cannabis    
Montana's Medical Marijuana law has been the subject of intense controversy and criticism. While the media has covered the social issues well, there has been little discussion about the science. This MontanaPBS documentary reveals how cannabis acts on the brain and in the body to treat nausea, pain, epilepsy and potentially even cancer. Extensive interviews with patients, doctors, researchers and skeptics detail the promises and the limitations of medicinal cannabis.
Airs Tuesday 10/9 at 12pm  
 

Montana PBS Debate Night    Race for the Governor - Fall 2012   (No. 703 )
Journalists, citizens and students will ask questions of the qualifying candidates live from Missoula. With no incumbent candidate, the race is wide open for Montana's Governor. Montana Public Media partners will also provide post-debate analysis.
Airs Wednesday 10/10 at 7pm, repeats Friday 10/12 at 1am, Wednesday 10/17 at 11:30am, Sunday 10/21 at 3pm  
 

Power Brokers        
It's arguably one of Montana's most tragic stories. It led to the demise of Montana Power, the state's only Fortune 500 Company, and it pushed power prices into the stratosphere. While most know how the experiment in Electricity Deregulation ended, few know how it all began. In this hour-long documentary, Montana PBS investigates the sources of the deregulation movement and the subsequent power crisis. The documentary uncovers surprising relationships and business connections that would eventually cast a shadow over former Governor Marc Racicot and draw Montana Power into a federal investigation.
Airs Thursday 10/11 at 12pm  
 

Backroads of Montana    Roundup to Nine Mile   (No. 114 )
We get to know a rural mail carrier in Roundup, a veteran firespotter near Nine Mile, and the creator of Glasgow's giant metal animals; then we head out for a look at the Red Sun Labyrinth near Victor and at Native American pictographs and petroglyphs in a canyon near Forest Grove.
Airs Saturday 10/13 at 5:30pm  
 

On Their Records: Tester and Rehberg        
This in-depth examination of Tester and Rehberg's congressional records details the positions they've taken on major issues such as health care, budget cuts and bailouts. It also explores some of the bills the two candidates have written and sponsored while in Congress.
Airs Monday 10/15 at 8pm, repeats Wednesday 10/17 at 1am, Thursday 10/18 at 7pm, Sunday 10/21 at 10am, Wednesday 10/24 at 12pm, Sunday 10/28 at 6pm, Tuesday 10/30 at 9:30pm, Wednesday 10/31 at 1am  
 

Montana Journal    The Invisible Race   (No. 1501 )
With media attention focused elsewhere, the race for Montana's lone seat in Congress is flying below the political radar. This program profiles the three candidates vying to become Montana's next U.S. Representative. Libertarian candidate Dave Kaiser of Victor, Republican candidate Steve Daines from Bozeman and Democratic candidate Kim Gillan from Billings will be featured.
Airs Monday 10/15 at 8:40pm, repeats Wednesday 10/17 at 1:40am, Thursday 10/18 at 7:40pm, Sunday 10/21 at 10:40am, Sunday 10/21 at 10:40am, Wednesday 10/24 at 12:40pm, Sunday 10/28 at 6:40pm, Tuesday 10/30 at 10:10pm, Wednesday 10/31 at 1:40am  
 

Montana Focus    The Top Job   (No. 901 )
The "top job" in Montana government is up for grabs. Under the state's term limits law, Governor Brian Schweitzer will be leaving office after eight years at the helm. His successor will have a budget surplus of more that $453 million as a cushion to make the transition a little easier. Vying to replace Schweitzer, are Democrat Steve Bullock, Republican Rick Hill, and Libertarian Ron Vandevender. Montana Focus scratches beneath the surface of the stump speeches to find out how the candidates really feel about the same topics that are demanding candidate's attention around the country. That includes jobs, the economy, health care, abortion and gay rights. Will they join other state's that are pursuing efforts to roll back President Obama's affordable health care plan? Will they push for an expansion of Montana's rich deposits of coal and oil?
Airs Wednesday 10/17 at 7pm, repeats Friday 10/19 at 8pm, Friday 10/19 at 1am, Thursday 10/25 at 7pm, Saturday 10/27 at 5pm, Sunday 10/28 at 10:30am, Wednesday 10/31 at 12pm  
 

Backroads of Montana    Medicine Lake to Missoula/10th Anniversary Program   (No. 115 )
We're off to visit a leather artist in Billings, learn the history of Montana's historical roadside markers, view the wildlife refuge at Medicine Lake, explore historic Fort Union in northeast Montana, and learn about an assisted skiing program near Missoula. William Marcus hosts from the historic OTO Ranch in Paradise Valley. Produced by KUFM- TV/Montana PBS, UM-Missoula.
Airs Saturday 10/20 at 5:30pm  
 

Montana Ag Live    Moving Ahead at Msu Animal & Range Sciences   (No. 3806 )
Glenn Duff, the Department Head of Montana State University-Bozeman Animal and Range Sciences, will be letting us know what is next for his department.
Airs Sunday 10/21 at 1am  
 

Backroads of Montana    Weather, Feathers and Time   (No. 116 )
This show takes us along to meet a longtime National Weather Service observer near Roy, Butte musician John "The Yank" Harrington, and an artist from Westby. Then we're off to visit a seasonal waterfall near Big Timber and a Northeast Montana town with but one parking meter. Finally, we tour Fort Benton.
Airs Saturday 10/27 at 5:30pm  
 

Backroads of Montana    Coffee Creek to Haugan   (No. 135 )
Travel to the bucolic town of Coffee Creek for a stop at the only business in town, Nemec's Parts and Repair. Then, take off to Montana's western border and the small town of Haugan to visit the Savenac Historic Tree Nursery, one of the oldest U.S. Forest Service nurseries in the West. We'll sample a slice of one of the best pizzas in the world in Bigfork and wind up at the Nevada City Music Hall to listen to the largest public collection of automated music machines in North America. Host William Marcus shares a close-up view of Our Lady of the Rockies high above Butte.
Airs Sunday 10/28 at 3:30pm  
 

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