Monthly Highlights - October 2016

MontanaPBS Equal Time
Montana PBS offers free television air-time to political candidates, in several key, state-wide races, for a clear and concise discussion of the issues. We asked candidates for Montana State Attorney General Tim Fox (R) and Larry Jent (D) the following questions.

(No. 302) “Attorney General: State’s Rights”
"The AG's office in Montana has recently taken part in various lawsuits asserting the US government has infringed on our state Constitution and citizens' rights. How do you view the ever-present conflict between states' rights and those of the federal government?" 
Airs Friday, 10/14 at 2:57am, Saturday, 10/29 at 2:57am, Sunday, 10/16 at 11:06pm, Tuesday, 10/25 at 12:57pm, Monday, 10/31 at 10:29pm, Friday, 10/7 at 5:57pm, Saturday, 10/22 at 5:57pm, Tuesday, 10/4 at 8:57pm, Wednesday, 10/19 at 8:57pm, Saturday, 10/1 at 11:02pm, Monday, 10/10 at 12:57pm

(No. 307) “Attorney General: Consumer Protection”
“Do you believe state consumer protection laws need to be strengthened? Why or why not?" 
Airs Saturday, 10/15 at 12:57pm, Sunday, 10/30 at 12:57pm, Wednesday, 10/12 at 5:57pm, Wednesday, 10/19 at 2:57am, Friday, 10/21 at 10:29pm, Thursday, 10/27 at 5:57pm, Sunday, 10/9 at 8:57pm, Monday, 10/24 at 7:57pm, Thursday, 10/6 at 10:57pm, Tuesday, 10/4 at 2:57am

(No. 312) “Attorney General: Public Access Vs. Development” 
"As a member of the State Land Board, how would you balance quality public access with development of natural resources?" Airs Thursday, 10/20 at 12:57pm, Sunday, 10/9 at 2:57am, Wednesday, 10/5 at 12:57pm, Tuesday, 10/11 at 10:29pm, Wednesday, 10/26 at 10:29pm, Sunday, 10/2 at 5:57pm, Monday, 10/24 at 3:27am, Friday, 10/14 at 7:57pm, Saturday, 10/29 at 7:59pm, Monday, 10/17 at 5:57pm

MontanaPBS Equal Time
Montana PBS offers free television air-time to political candidates, in several key, state-wide races, for a clear and concise discussion of the issues. We asked candidates for Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen (R) and Melissa Romano (D), the following questions.

(No. 304) “Superintendent of Public Instruction: Common Core”
"What are your views on Montana's common core standards?" Airs Thursday, 10/27 at 12:56pm, Tuesday, 10/18 at 10:29pm, Wednesday, 10/12 at 12:56pm, Sunday, 10/9 at 5:56pm, Sunday, 10/16 at 2:57am, Monday, 10/24 at 5:56pm, Thursday, 10/6 at 7:56pm, Monday, 10/31 at 4:27am, Friday, 10/21 at 7:57pm, Monday, 10/3 at 10:59pm, Saturday, 10/1 at 2:57am

(No. 309) “Superintendent of Public Instruction: School Choice”
"How do you feel about charter schools and the school choice debate? Should public tax dollars go to non-traditional schools?" Airs Sunday, 10/2 at 12:50pm, Sunday, 10/23 at 11:01pm, Monday, 10/17 at 12:56pm, Thursday, 10/6 at 2:57am, Saturday, 10/29 at 5:56pm, Friday, 10/21 at 2:57am, Tuesday, 10/11 at 7:56pm, Friday, 10/14 at 5:56pm, Wednesday, 10/26 at 7:56pm, Saturday, 10/8 at 11pm

(No. 314) “Superintendent of Public Instruction: Pre-Kindergarten
"Do you believe the State should offer publicly funded pre-kindergarten for four year olds? Why or why not?" Airs Thursday, 10/13 at 10:57pm, Friday, 10/7 at 1:56pm, Friday, 10/28 at 10:26pm, Tuesday, 10/4 at 5:56pm, Tuesday, 10/11 at 4:57am, Saturday, 10/1 at 7:58pm, Wednesday, 10/19 at 5:56pm, Wednesday, 10/26 at 2:57am, Monday, 10/31 at 7:56pm, Sunday, 10/16 at 7:56pm, Saturday, 10/22 at 12:56pm

MontanaPBS Equal Time
Montana PBS offers free television air-time to political candidates, in several key, state-wide races, for a clear and concise discussion of the issues. We asked candidates for Montana Secretary of State Monica Lindeen (D),Roger Roots (L), and Corey Stapleton (R), the following questions.

(No. 301) “Secretary of State: Federal Lands Transfer” 
"As a member of the State Land Board, what are your views on the state's current management of the 5.2 million acres of public land, and would you support any transfer of ownership of federal lands to the state?" Airs Sunday, 10/9 at 12:57pm, Saturday, 10/15 at 11:10pm, Monday, 10/24 at 12:57pm, Sunday, 10/30 at 11:05pm, Friday, 10/21 at 5:57pm, Thursday, 10/13 at 2:57am, Monday, 10/3 at 7:57pm, Thursday, 10/6 at 5:57pm, Friday, 10/28 at 2:57am, Tuesday, 10/18 at 7:57pm

(No. 306) “Secretary of State: Online Voter Registration” 
"Do you think Montana should offer online voter registration? Why or why not?" 
Airs Friday, 10/14 at 12:57pm, Thursday, 10/20 at 10:57pm, Saturday, 10/29 at 12:57pm, Tuesday, 10/11 at 5:57pm, Tuesday, 10/18 at 2:57am, Wednesday, 10/26 at 5:57pm, Saturday, 10/8 at 7:59pm, Sunday, 10/23 at 7:57pm, Wednesday, 10/5 at 10:29pm, Monday, 10/3 at 2:57am

(No. 311) “Secretary of State: Voter Turnout” 
"Is it the job of the Secretary of State to increase voter registration and turnout? Why or why not? And if so, which groups of voters would you focus on?" Airs Monday, 10/31 at 5:57pm, Saturday, 10/8 at 2:57am, Tuesday, 10/4 at 12:57pm, Tuesday, 10/25 at 10:57pm, Monday, 10/10 at 10:59pm, Saturday, 10/1 at 5:57pm, Sunday, 10/16 at 5:57pm, Sunday, 10/23 at 2:57am, Thursday, 10/13 at 7:57pm, Friday, 10/28 at 7:57pm, Wednesday, 10/19 at 12:57pm

MontanaPBS Equal Time
Montana PBS offers free television air-time to political candidates, in several key, state-wide races, for a clear and concise discussion of the issues. We asked candidates for Montana State Auditor Jesse Laslovich (D) and Matt Rosendale (R), the following questions.

(No. 303) “State Auditor: Health Insurance Cost” 
"Thousands of Montanans are facing significant increases in their healthcare premiums next year. Separating the reality from the rhetoric, what role can the State Auditor play in controlling the costs of health insurance?" Airs Sunday, 10/30 at 3:27am, Tuesday, 10/11 at 12:57pm, Monday, 10/17 at 10:59pm, Wednesday, 10/26 at 12:57pm, Saturday, 10/8 at 5:57pm, Sunday, 10/23 at 5:57pm, Saturday, 10/15 at 2:57am, Wednesday, 10/5 at 7:57pm, Sunday, 10/2 at 10:56pm, Thursday, 10/20 at 7:57pm

(No. 308) “State Auditor: New Legislation Plans” 
"When the Montana legislature convenes in January, what legislation would you bring, and how would it affect the function of the State Auditor's office?" Airs Saturday, 10/1 at 12:57pm, Monday, 10/31 at 12:57pm, Sunday, 10/16 at 12:47pm, Saturday, 10/22 at 11:12pm, Thursday, 10/13 at 5:57pm, Friday, 10/28 at 5:57pm, Thursday, 10/20 at 2:57am, Monday, 10/10 at 7:57pm, Tuesday, 10/25 at 7:57pm, Wednesday, 10/5 at 2:57am, Friday, 10/7 at 11:27pm

(No. 313) “State Auditor: Securities Regulation” 
"How important is the role of the State Auditor in regulating the securities industry in Montana?" 
Airs Monday, 10/10 at 2:56am, Thursday, 10/6 at 12:56pm, Wednesday, 10/12 at 10:29pm, Friday, 10/21 at 12:56pm, Thursday, 10/27 at 10:57pm, Monday, 10/3 at 5:56pm, Tuesday, 10/18 at 5:56pm, Tuesday, 10/25 at 2:57am, Saturday, 10/15 at 7:57pm, Sunday, 10/30 at 7:56pm

MontanaPBS Equal Time
Montana PBS offers free television air-time to political candidates, in several key, state-wide races, for a clear and concise discussion of the issues. We asked candidates for Montana Supreme Court Associate Justice #3 Kristen Juras and Dirk Sandefur, the following questions.

(No. 305) “Supreme Court Justice: Electing Justices”
"Do you believe the office of Montana Supreme Court Justice should be an elected office? Why or why not?" Airs Thursday, 10/13 at 12:57pm, Wednesday, 10/19 at 10:29pm, Friday, 10/28 at 12:57pm, Monday, 10/10 at 5:57pm, Tuesday, 10/25 at 5:57pm, Monday, 10/17 at 4:27am, Friday, 10/7 at 7:57pm, Saturday, 10/22 at 7:59pm, Tuesday, 10/4 at 10:29pm, Sunday, 10/2 at 2:58am

(No. 310) “Supreme Court Justice: Popular Sovereignty”
"Given the prominence of popular sovereignty in the Montana Declaration of Rights, and the ease with which people can amend it by initiative or referendum, how much deference would you give the democratic process in deciding whether to strike down laws passed by the People or their representatives?" Airs Friday, 10/7 at 2:57am, Monday, 10/3 at 1:56pm, Monday, 10/24 at 10:59pm, Saturday, 10/15 at 5:56pm, Tuesday, 10/18 at 12:56pm, Sunday, 10/30 at 5:56pm, Saturday, 10/22 at 2:57am, Wednesday, 10/12 at 7:56pm, Thursday, 10/27 at 7:57pm, Sunday, 10/9 at 10:57pm

(No. 315) “Supreme Court Justice: Constitutional Conflicts”
"Do you believe the Montana Constitution ever requires tradeoffs between rights, like property rights and a clean environment, or freedom of religion and protection from discrimination, and if so how would you weigh the conflicting constitutional values?" Airs Saturday, 10/8 at 12:56pm, Friday, 10/14 at 10:59pm, Saturday, 10/29 at 10:54pm, Sunday, 10/23 at 12:44pm, Wednesday, 10/5 at 5:56pm, Wednesday, 10/12 at 2:57am, Sunday, 10/2 at 7:57pm, Thursday, 10/20 at 5:56pm, Thursday, 10/27 at 3:27am, Monday, 10/17 at 7:56pm

Backroads of Montana: Making Connections (No. 140) 
In this episode, meet Iris Dodge who was inspired to record the vanishing cowboy life in paint and poems. Spend a fun day in Butte at the annual Lineman's Rodeo where professionals and amateurs show off their skills. In Jefferson City, explore the flowers, plants and trees at Tizer Gardens and Arboretum and then visit Kalispell to meet a vibrant 84-year-old woman who still teaches dance classes. William Marcus hosts the program from the annual Creston Fire Department Auction and Country Fair in northwest Montana. Airs Saturday, 10/1 at 5pm

Paradise and Purgatory: Hemingway of the L Bar T and St. V's
Ernest Hemingway spent the summer and fall of 1930 hunting and fishing at the L Bar T, a dude ranch twelve miles south of Cooke City,MT. Although his vacation was initially a great success, it nearly ended in tragedy. Airs Sunday, 10/2 at 10am

Montana Ag Live: What the Heck is Craea? (No. 4604) 
There is a brand new Center planned for MSU - the Center for Regulatory and Applied Economics also known as CRAEA - and Dr. Vince Smith, MSU Agricultural Economist, is our expert on the Center and its funding. Airs Sunday, 10/9 at 11am, Sunday, 10/2 at 6pm

Business: Made in Montana
This episode features the Kalispell Kreamery in Kalispell, Flathead Lake Brewing Company in Bigfork, Louies' Montana Pasties in Deer Lodge, Kornutopia in Missoula, Bad Goat Forest Products in Missoula and Montana Silversmiths in Columbus. Airs Sunday, 10/2 at 10:30am

Montana Ag Live: What's Happening in the World of Organics? (No. 4603) 
Mac Burgess will join the panel to lead viewers through the organic and commodity crop issue. 
Airs Sunday, 10/2 at 11am

Fighting for the House: Zinke Vs Juneau
The battle for the US House has taken a back seat to the political fireworks in the 2016 Presidential and Montana Governor's race. But with Montana's lone voice in the House on the line, U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke and MT Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau are running aggressive campaigns. MontanaPBS profiles their strengths, their political positions and their criticisms of each other in this half hour documentary. How close do they hew to their party's lines? How will they vote if Montanans elect them? Airs Sunday, 10/9 at 10am, Thursday, 10/6 at 7:29pm, Tuesday, 10/11 at 5:30am, Friday, 10/14 at 7:30pm, Wednesday, 10/19 at 1am, Saturday, 10/22 at 5pm

The Rundown with Beth Saboe: Montana's Next Governor (No. 102) 
The 2016 race to hold the state's top office is pitting Democratic incumbent Gov. Steve Bullock against Republican challenger Greg Gianforte. The Rundown goes beyond the stump speeches to find out where the candidates really stand on issues like refugees, guns, infrastructure and gay rights in a race that is shaping up to be the most expensive gubernatorial contest in the state's history. For months, the two have sparred over many issues including public access to public lands, the state's economy, and Second Amendment rights. While Bullock touts his record on job creation and keeping Montana's budget balanced with a surplus fund, Gianforte calls himself a "political outsider" who is not afraid to stand up to federal overreach. Will Montanans give Bullock another four years in Helena, or will they vote in a Bozeman businessman making his first bid for political office? 
Airs Sunday, 10/9 at 10:30am, Tuesday, 10/11 at 5:01am, Wednesday, 10/12 at 1am, Friday, 10/21 at 7:30pm, Saturday, 10/29 at 5pm, Thursday, 10/6 at 7pm

Backroads of Montana: Marking Passages (No. 141) 
We watch the closing of dinosaur-digging season near Bynum, listen to a centenarian bugler pay his respects, follow a Polson man in his quest to raise the state's largest pumpkin and recount one man's efforts to preserve a special rock quarry near Geraldine. William Marcus hosts the program from the 30th annual Hunter's Feed in Ennis. Airs Saturday, 10/8 at 5pm

Montana Ag Live: Keeping That Pony Healthy (No. 4605) 
Jan Bowman of MSU animal and range sciences will lead the panel in a discussion about horse nutrition. Airs Sunday, 10/9 at 6pm, Sunday, 10/16 at 11am

Changing Home: Small Town Survival
How do two families adapt to their changing Montana town? As White Sulphur Springs anticipates a new industry arriving, will it fundamentally alter this small town? One high school senior prepares to leave for college and wonders if the town will be the same if she returns. Another family hopes for more opportunities in town to bring their children home. It is a scenario happening in small towns across Montana. Airs Thursday, 10/13 at 7:29pm, Sunday, 10/16 at 10:30am, Monday, 10/17 at 4:30am, Wednesday, 10/19 at 5:30am

Rundown with Beth Saboe: On the Ballot 2016 (No. 103) 
In addition to high-profile races for U.S. Senate and Governor, Montanans will also be deciding four citizen-proposed ballot measures.CI-116 is a constitutional initiative which seeks to ensure that crime victim's rights and interests are respected and protected by law. I-177 would prohibit the use of traps and snares for animals by the public on any public lands in Montana, with certain exceptions. I-181 would promote research into developing therapies and cures for brain diseases and injuries. And I-182 seeks to expand Montanans' access to medical marijuana. This episode of The Rundown presents both sides of each issue to viewers to help them make an informed decision on election day. 
Airs Thursday, 10/13 at 7pm, Sunday, 10/16 at 10am, Sunday, 10/16 at 5pm, Wednesday, 10/19 at 5am, Wednesday, 10/26 at 1am, Friday, 10/28 at 7:30pm, Sunday, 10/30 at 3:30am, Sunday, 10/30 at 6pm

Backroads of Montana: Sharp Shooters (No. 142) 
Meet a remarkable Great Falls woman with a sharp eye at the pool table and 100 years of stories. In Lincoln, attend a family-run, co-ed basketball tournament that keeps their late father's memory alive. In Alberton, the woman who has patrolled the sidelines at the team's games with her camera for decades has snapped thousands of memories. And in Billings, the "King of the One Armed Bandits" sells and restores antique slot machines. William Marcus hosts the program from the historic M&M Bar in Butte. 
Airs Saturday, 10/15 at 5pm

Be Thou Always As A Guest
Bill Ohrmann was a rancher from Drummond, Montana, who took up painting at the age of 78. He passed away in 2014 at 95, having completed more than 200 paintings and many sculptures and carvings. His work, which can be seen at the Ohrmann Museum and Gallery in Drummond, includes beautiful and sometimes graphic illustrations of our disregard for the earth and her many creatures. 
Airs Saturday, 10/15 at 3:30pm

Montana Ag Live: Ag Researchers & the MT Legislature Economic Devel (No. 4606) 
Dr. Barry Jacobsen and others discuss exciting innovations happening with the College of Agriculture Ag. Research and Economic Development Grant. Airs Sunday, 10/23 at 11am, Sunday, 10/16 at 6pm

Evelyn Cameron: Pictures From A Worth Life
This artist's legacy of photographs and diary writings provide an intimate portrait of pioneer life.
Airs Thursday, 10/20 at 7pm, Sunday, 10/23 at 10am

Montana Ag Live: Branching Out into Trees! (No. 4607) 
Mitch Overton, Bozeman City Parks and Recreation, and Peter Kolb, MSU Extension Forester, will look at the status of trees in both native and urban environments. If you have questions or concerns about trees in Montana, here is your chance to ask these specialists those questions. 
Airs Sunday, 10/23 at 6pm, Sunday, 10/30 at 11am

11th & Grant with Eric Funk: New Big Sky Singers (No. 1104) 
One of Montana's most iconic bands, The New Big Sky Singers, takes the stage on 11th & Grant with Eric Funk. Legendary singers & musicians Rob Quist, Don Collins, Don MacDonald, Gary Funk, and Pete Hand showcase their precise, eclectic harmonies as they perform a mix of folk, Americana, and original works. Friends and bandmates for over 5 decades, this group soars with talent and brings witty, unyielding excitement and a swinging sound that comes from various guitars, four symmetrical voices and a warm acoustic bass. 
Airs Saturday, 10/29 at 9:55pm, Thursday, 10/27 at 6:58pm, Monday, 10/31 at 2am

Not Yet Begun to Fight
Retired Marine Colonel Eric Hasting takes five veterans who just returned from war fly-fishing.
Airs Sunday, 10/30 at 10am

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 Sunday, 10/30 at 6:30pm

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