Season 10 Archived Episodes (2001 - 2002)

Keeping The School Doors Open (No. 1001)

Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Linda McCulloch joins Helena School Board member Geoff Feiss and Rep. Larry Lehman for an examination of alternative funding proposals involving public education in Montana. This program was pre-empted in September. Produced by Gene Brodeur for KUSM-TV, Montana PBS, MSU-Bozeman, (406) 994-3437. (First Aired Thursday, November 08, 2001)


Hunting Season: Hunting Risks (No. 1002)

Gene Brodeur examines hunter safety issues and the potential for rifles to misfire with nationally recognized gunsmith Jack Belk of Buhle, Idaho, and Richard Barber, whose son was fatally wounded when a rifle discharged at the family hunting camp last year. Produced by Gene Brodeur for KUSM, Montana PBS, MSU-Bozeman, (406) 994-3437.(First Aired Thursday, October 11, 2001)


The Forest Service: Administrative Gridlock? (No. 1003)

Administrative Gridlock? So says University of Maryland professor of environmental policy Robert H. Nelson in his book entitled A Burning Issue. Gene Brodeur visits with Dr. Nelson about his case for abolishing the U.S. Forest Service, and supporters who feel that the agency is doing a good job. Produced by Gene Brodeur for KUSM, Montana PBS, MSU-Bozeman, (406) 994-3437. (First Aired Thursday, October 25, 2001)


Thanksgiving Reflections (No. 1004)

Religious leaders and educators look back on the calamitous events of September 11, 2001 as the nation observes Thanksgiving Day. Produced by Gene Brodeur for KUSM-TV, Montana PBS, MSU-Bozeman, ( 406) 994-3437. (First Aired Thursday, November 22, 2001)


Dui Road Fatalities (No. 1005)

National Highway Traffic Administration data shows that Montana is second only to Mississippi in the number of alcohol related traffic deaths. Gene Brodeur examines the DUI issue in Montana and the growing number of calls for tougher laws against repeat DUI offenders. Produced by Gene Brodeur for KUSM/Montana PBS, MSU-Bozeman. (First Aired Thursday, December 13, 2001)


Building Goodwill (No. 1006)

With help from the locals, it took Greg Mortenson less than 3 months to build a school in Hushe. That was 3 years and 38 students ago. Today, the Hushe school in northern Pakistan has 91 students including 22 girls. Gene Brodeur visits with the former mountain climber about his efforts to improve education in this politically volatile part of the world. Produced by Gene Brodeur for KUSM/Montana PBS, MSU-Bozeman. (First Aired Thursday, January 10, 2002)


Working Together (No. 1007)

It has been nine years since Billings residents took a stand against hate crimes that gained national attention. Gene Brodeur is joined by members of the community who are continuing to raise the public's awareness of civil rights issues. Produced by Gene Brodeur for KUSM-TV/Montana PBS, MSU-Bozeman, (406) 994-3437. (First Aired Thursday, February 14, 2002)


Does Less TV = Less Violence? (No. 1008)

A recent Stanford University study revealed a 50% drop in verbal aggression and a 40% reduction in physical aggression among elementary school children who cut back the amount of time they spend watching television and playing video games. Can it be? Gene Brodeur visits with educators and other experts in the field of child behavior to find out. Produced by Gene Brodeur for KUSM-TV/Montana PBS, MSU-Bozeman, (406) 994-3437. (First Aired Thursday, February 28, 2002)


Welfare Reform Phase II (No. 1009)

Caseloads are up; welfare reform programs are being cut. Department of Health and Human Services official Hank Hudson talks about the shift of funds for job training and housing assistance to provide direct aid to Montanans who are out of work. Produced by Gene Brodeur for KUSM-TV/Montana PBS, MSU-Bozeman, (406) 994-3437. (First Aired Thursday, March 28, 2002)


Counseling in the Aftermath of 9/11 (No. 1010)

Gene Brodeir visits with Montana members of the National Critical Stress Management Team about their recent counseling of New York City police and firefighters at ground zero. Produced by Gene Brodeur for KUSM/Montana PBS, MSU-Bozeman. (First Aired Thursday, April 11, 2002)


Milltown Dam: Clean Up Or Removal? (No. 1011)

The Milltown Dam, built in 1907, is now a Superfund Site, and the EPA is about to decide how to clean it up. Gene Brodeur talks with key players at the federal and local level in Missoula, about solutions under consideration for the Milltown Dam and Two Rivers Project. Produced by Gene Brodeur for KUSM/Montana PBS, MSU-Bozeman. (First Aired Thursday, April 25, 2002)


Long Range Forecast: Dry (No. 1012)

Summer will soon be upon us and with it are indicators that an El Nino condition will hit the Northwest. While El Nino translates to rain near the equator, it means warmer temperatures and drier weather in the Rockies. Gene Brodeur is joined by Meteorologist Ken Mielke and Snow Survey specialist Roy Kaiser for an assessment of El Nino's impact on Montana's rivers, streams, and crops. Produced by Gene Brodeur for KUSM/Montana PBS, MSU-Bozeman. (First Aired Thursday, May 09, 2002)


Deregulation: Time to Switch (No. 1013)

Starting next month, some 290,000 Northwestern Energy customers will see their monthly utility bills increase. That s when Montana joins 8 other states that have deregulated energy prices. Gene Brodeur examines the impact of the controversial shift to buying energy on the open market. Produced by Gene Brodeur for KUSM/Montana PBS, MSU Bozeman. (First Aired Thursday, June 13, 2002)


Saving Languages: A Matter of Cultural Survival (No. 1014)

Students at Montana s seven reservations are learning languages that came close to disappearing. Gene Brodeur visits with American Indian language scholars who attended the Ninth Annual Stabilizing Indigenous Languages Symposium, which this year, was held at MSU, Bozeman. Produced by Gene Brodeur for KUSM/Montana PBS, MSU Bozeman. (First Aired Thursday, June 27, 2002)


Counter-Terrorism Efforts In Montana (No. 1015)

President Bush has calls terrorism "a grave threat to the liberty andsafety of our people, and to civilization itself." Gene Brodeur examines homeland security issues in Montana and efforts to patrol the state's common border with Canada. Produced by Gene Brodeur for KUSM/Montana PBS, MSU-Bozeman. (First Aired Thursday, July 11, 2002)


Mouse in the House: Hantavirus (No. 1016)

Deer mice are not uncommon in rural subdivisions, barns, and other outbuildings. Some mice carry an airborne, often fatal infection called hantavirus pulmonary syndrome--in Montana, usually just called "hantavirus." Gene Brodeur talks with Montana Tech researcher Richard Douglass about his researches into hantavirus in Anaconda, Butte, and Cascade. Produced by Gene Brodeur for KUSM/MontanaPBS, MSU-Bozeman. (First Aired Thursday, July 25, 2002)