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  • Democracy Now! for Friday, August 26

    • Headlines for August 26, 2016
    • Vijay Prashad: Turkey's Offensive Against ISIS & Press Crackdown is Really Just War on Kurds
    • Regime Change in Libya Mirrors Iraq: Both Efforts Led to Failed States & Destabilized Region
    • Vijay Prashad: Hillary Clinton Shows Dangerous Tendency to Go to War No Matter the Consequences
    • Yemen & Palestine: Vijay Prashad on the Two "Ruthless" Bombing Campaigns
    • Vijay Prashad on India's Crackdown in Kashmir: "If This is Not an Occupation, What Else is It?"
    • "Cataclysmic Carousel of Greed": Oscar-Winning Actress Emma Thompson on Oil Drilling in Arctic
    • Actress Emma Thompson: Donald Trump is a White Nationalist Like Brexit Politician Nigel Farage
  • Democracy Now! for Thursday, August 25

    • Headlines for August 25, 2016
    • Weapons, Pipelines & Wall St: Did Clinton Foundation Donations Impact Clinton State Dept. Decisions?
    • Debate: Should the Clinton Foundation Be Shut Down If Hillary Clinton Wins?
    • "Our Revolution"? Bernie Sanders Launches New Organization, But Key Staffers Quit in Protest
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  • Anthony Romero: Civil Liberties in Montana and America

    Anthony Romero, Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union, spoke on April 14, 2016 at Montana State University on the need to "redeem redemption," citing poignant failures in the criminal justice system. The event was sponsored by the Burton K. Wheeler Center at MSU and the ACLU of Montana. Romero was introduced by Caitlin Borgmann, Executive Director of Montana ACLU. Thank

     

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    Thank you to Montana PBS for sharing the audio of their recording.

  • Oral History with Dorothy Eck

    George Cole interviews Dorothy Eck for the Media West Oral History Project. Eck served for 20 years in the Montana State Senate representing the Bozeman area. At 88, she remains active in the political life of the state. In 1972, Eck was instrumental in the calling of a Montana State Constitutional Convention. Following the convention in Helena, the new constitution was challenged in the courts and was passed by Montana voters. The interview was conducted June 5, 2012, and the recording is also available at Bozeman's Pioneer Museum.

  • A Farmer’s story

    When they try to make a movie of Atina Diffley’s story, some producer is going to reject it as unbelievable. Losing one organic farm to development, okay; but nearly losing a big chunk of the second to an oil pipeline? A pipeline owned by one of the two largest companies in the United States?

    Start with this setup, and it’s a given that Atina takes them on and beats them. To top it off, she not only protects her own land from the pipeline, but she gets Koch to accept an agreement (at least in Minnesota) that will protect all organic farms threatened by pipelines. Then add that Atina had survived five years in an early, abusive marriage.

    Isn’t that just a bit much, as plots go? Maybe. But it’s true.

    Author of the beautiful memoir, Turn Here Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works, Atina Diffley joins me this week to talk about the double assault on organic farms that she and her husband Martin have endured. She describes the “total ecological collapse” they saw as their first farm was gradually sold off to developers, and the shock when she discovered that their second farm might be subject to a claim of eminent domain by the Koch Brothers, who were planning to lay a pipeline across it carrying oil from Alberta’s oil sands. (No, the Keystone XL pipeline would not be the first.)

    In part, this is the story of Atina’s transformation, from a battered woman almost devoid of self-esteem, to the woman who took on the Koch brothers and won. But it is also the story of the community she and Martin had built, for Atina stresses, both in the interview and in the book, that she did not win this victory alone. Her intrepid attorney was essential, as was Martin’s support on the home front. But the thousands of letters written by satisfied customers may have tipped the balance, for they made clear to the judge that this farm could not simply be replaced by another. Establishing that fact—that the farm was not fungible—was essential in arguing that Koch should not be allowed to damage it.

    This saga is rife with smaller anecdotes, often funny ones, for Atina has retained her sense of humor even about some of the most devastating moments in these crises. There’s not much to laugh at when she tells how she and Martin lose an entire potato crop in a single night of rain after the adjoining hill has been stripped bare. But when she adds that the developer—of Irish extraction, no less—doesn’t know that potatoes grow in the ground, a touch of the ludicrous leavens the scene. And when she tells how her gentle husband terrifies the developer into buying the ruined field from the old woman who owns it—well, I, for one, laughed out loud. I hope you do too.

    Go to the blog, The Manic Gardener to see more on this topic.

  • Turning the Tables, Again

    When this show first ran under the title Turning the Tables: Organic Farmers Sue Monsanto, in December of 2011, 83 organic farmers, seed farmers, and organizations that had sued Monsanto were waiting to hear whether the judge would rule for the seed giant’s motion to dismiss the case, or would allow it to advance to oral arguments.

    At stake in the suit is the question of whether Monsanto would be able to continue to sue individual farmers, both conventional and organic, whose crops were contaminated by pollen or seeds from fields growing Monsanto’s genetically modified crops. This group of organic farmers and organizations is suing to prevent Monsanto from suing them.

    It’s now three and a half months later, and much has happened. The suit did advance to oral arguments, but at that point the judge ruled for Monsanto. The consortium of plaintiffs, under the leadership of OSGATA, the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association, has appealed the decision. So once again, everyone is awaiting the decision of the courts.

    My guests here, as in the original show, are Jim Gerritsen, President of OSGATA, the lead plaintiff, and Daniel Ravicher, the lead lawyer in the case. Dan serves as both the Executive Director of the Public Patent Foundation, a non-profit organization devoted to representing the public’s interests against undeserved patents and unsound patent policy. PubPat is associated with Cardozo Law School, where Dan is also a professor.

    This is a rerun of the original show, with some revisions. The interview themselves have not been touched, but both the introduction and the conclusion have been revised and updated.

    Go to The Manic Gardener blog for more links and information.

  • Redistricting, Campaign Finance, Voter Suppression - Wonderlust Forum May 9, 2014

    Dr. Jerry Calvert, retired MSU Professor of Political Science, was the speaker at the Wonderlust Friday Forum on May 9 at the Bozeman Public Library. With the upcoming election cycle at hand, the media is full of candidate ads and news stories concerning spending, redistricting, and registration issues. As Dr. Calvert says, “we are in a rough patch for democratic and constitutional government and equal protection of the laws.” Dr. Calvert tried to provide some assistance to sift through these issues, discussing Congressional and state legislative districting rules, campaign finance in light of recent court decisions, and state attempts to suppress voter participation.

  • Norovirus, the Traveler's Nemesis - Wonderlust Forum Dec. 13, 2013

    Noted MSU  Immunologists Dr. Mark Jutila and Dr. John  Jutila discussed the biology of norovirus and the challenges of building a  vaccine to protect travelers from this common threat at the Wonderlust Friday Forum on Friday, December 13 at noon at the Pilgrim Congregational Church.

    The Jutilas are the founders of LigoCyte Pharmaceuticals, which is currrently engaged in landmark research on a vaccine for norovirus.
     
    Dr. John Jutila holds a Ph.D. in Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology. His distinguished career included tenures as Professor of Microbiology, Dean of the College of Letters and Science, and Vice President of Research for Montana State University. He also developed and organized the Montana component of the highly successful WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho) Regional Medical Education Program, a cooperative pre-med program for students from the northwest.

    Dr. Mark Jutila, John’s son, is Professor of  Immunology and Infectious Diseases at MSU and has been off and on head of the Departments of Microbiology and Veterinary Science.

     

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  • Historical Overview of the Gallatin Valley

    A review of major historical events and movements relating to the Gallatin Valley, known to the Blackfeet as "Many Come Together" country.

  • The Hebgen Lake Earthquake

    Hear how one woman’s premonition the day of the great 1959 quake saved her and her family’s lives.

  • 2016 Candidate Forums

    Watch this space for dates of upcoming candidate forums. We hope to record as many as possible, so that you can hear directly from candidates even if you're unable to attend.

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