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December 6, 2013
We talk about U.S. 15 year-olds who recently scored worse than Vietnam and most other countries in the PISA academic tests. What is America doing wrong, if anything? What can we do to do a better job?
December 5, 2013
To kick off the show, we will speak with Irish musician Liam O’ Maonlai about his tour of Montana. After that, we will speak with congressional candidate Matt Rosendale.
December 4, 2013
To start off this mornings show, we will be speaking with Ryan Palma about his local business, Sustainable Lumber Company, which turns beetle killed trees into useful materials. At the top of the hour, we will speak with former VP of Devon energy about energy myths and the future of Montana’s energy portfolio.
December 3, 2013
Constitutional scholar Rob Natelson of the Independence Institute joins us to discuss an upcoming decision by the Supreme Court on the issue of the contraception mandate as it pertains to businesses like Hobby Lobby that don’t want to purchase morning after pill coverage for ethical reasons.
December 2, 2013
This morning we are speaking to Colin Woodard, the author of American Nations: A History of the 11 Rival Regional Cultures of North America. After that we open the phone lines.
November 29, 2013
It’s open phones Friday. We talk about all sorts of stuff including private schooling and whether or not Black Friday is actually worth all the hassle.
November 27, 2013
It’s another World Affairs Council on the radio day. In this episode we speak with Rabbi Douglas Kahn from the Jewish Community Relations Council about how the American Jewish community views world and domestic political issues. Apologies for technical issues at the start of the show.
November 26, 2013
Congressional Candidate Melinda Gopher joins us to explain her ideas on government.
November 25, 2013
It’s open phones! We discuss whether or not a recent agreement between the UN and Iran was a good idea.
November 22, 2013
Missoula Organization of Realtors Governmental Affairs Coordinator Austin James joins us to explain why the county and his organization have been arguing over what a bedroom actually is. The answer could mean huge costs to homes with septic systems.
November 21, 2013
Former Chairman for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes James Steele joins us to speak about issues impacting Native Americans in Montana.
November 20, 2013
Jon and Peter speak with Travis Mateer of the Poverello Center about the issue of homelessness in Missoula. Mateer works as the Homelessness Outreach Coordinator and has ground-floor view of many of the problems facing Missoula.
November 19, 2013
Austin James from the Montana Association of Realtors joins us to discuss a recent proposal to convert 5th and 6th streets in Missoula from two lane one way streets, to one lane roads with a bicycle lane and parking.
November 18, 2013
We will kick off the show by speaking with Sam Redfern from the United States of Hope about military vets working to help those struggling after Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. After that, we kick open the phone lines for open phones.
November 15, 2013
Today on Talk Back it’s open phones!
November 14, 2013
Today on Talk Back, we speak with Don Silver, Author of the Best Obamacare Guide about the details of the new healthcare law.
November 13, 2013
Peter and Jon are joined by Bob Seidenschwartz from the Montana World Affairs Council to speak with Dr. Paolo Zegalo-Melo about how he coordinates University of Montana’s International Programs.
November 12, 2013
Michael Moore, the coordinator of Missoula’s 10 year plan to end homelessness, joins Peter and Jon to discuss what Missoula can do and will do to deal with the problem of homelessness.
November 11, 2013
It’s Veterans Day! On today’s show, we honor our vets by opening the phone lines and letting our audience tell us the stories of the warriors in their lives.
November 8, 2013
Tax genius and CPA Walt Kero joins us as we discuss the issue of identity theft.
November 7, 2013
Michael Garrity of The Alliance for the Wild Rockies explains why his organization is suing the forest service to stop timber sales.
November 6, 2013
It’s open phones! We also speak with our coworker J.C. Who just returned from military service in Afghanistan.
November 5, 2013
Constitutional Law scholar Rob Natelson joins us to discuss what the Constitution means by rights and how the 9th and 10th amendments are supposed to be read. After that, we open the phones to all questions.
November 4, 2013
Public Service Commissioner Bob Lake joins us to discuss what will happen if Missoula buys Mountain Water companies rights to the water system.
November 1, 2013
It’s open phones! We discuss whether or not government officials knew about flaws in Obamacare before they say they did, also, Peter and Jon are accused of practicing “yellow journalism.” Good times.
October 30, 2013
On the October 30 episode of Talk Back, education reformer Brian Richardson discusses flaws and opportunities for the U.S. public education system. We discuss everything from testing, to teaching methods and teacher’s unions.
October 29, 2013
On the October 29 episode of Talk Back, we speak with candidates Kathleen Jenks, Leta Womack and Mark McLaverty with the Missoula municipal judge candidate forum.
October 28, 2013
On the October 28 episode of Talk Back, it’s open phones. We also ask our listeners “Why is American politics so partisan?”
October 25, 2013
On the October 25 episode of Talk Back, Peter and Jon have a quick conversation with Joe Balyeat from American’s for Prosperity at the top of the show. After that, it was open phones.
October 24, 2013
On the October 24 episode of Talk Back, Missoula City Council candidates Emily Bentley and Paul Bohan answer questions.
October 23, 2013
On the October 23 episode of Talk Back, it is open phones. Peter and Jon discuss the Affordable Care Act’s struggling website healthcare.gov.
October 22, 2013
On the October 22 episode of Talk Back, Montana Political Practices Commissioner Jonathan Motl discusses recent decisions affecting the governor and other Montana candidates regarding financing and reporting on campaigns
October 21, 2013
On the October 21 episode of Talk Back, it was open phones. Peter and Jon cover everything from the healthcare law, to the past government shutdown.
October 18, 2013
On the October 18 episode of Talk Back, Peter and Jon interview Missoula Mayoral Candidate Jon Engen.
October 17, 2013
On the October 17 episode of Talk Back, Montana entrepreneur and founder of Right Now Technologies, Gregg Gianforte, explains Code Montana, a new initiative for Montana high school students that will introduce them to the world of coding for free.
October 16, 2013
On the October 16 episode of Talk Back, Political Science Professor and author Neil Gross describes the findings in his most recent book “Why Are Professors So Liberal and Why do Conservatives Care?”
October 15, 2013
On the October 15 episode of Talk Back, Republican Congressional candidate Matt Rosendale answers questions about how he would serve Montana in the U.S. House if elected. After that we discuss the possibility of adding Salish language to Missoula area signage.
October 14, 2013
On October 14, it’s an open phones Monday. Jon thinks the shutdown was a horrible mess and a bad political play by the Republican house, everyone else apparently disagrees…
October 11, 2013
October 10, 2013
On the October 10 episode of Talk Back, Paul Howard of the Manhattan Institute discusses how the ACA rollout is going. After that the phones are open to callers.
October 9, 2013
October 8, 2013
October 7, 2013
On the October 7 episode of Talk Back, it’s another day of open phones.
October 4, 2013
On the October 4 episode of Talk Back, it’s open phones.
October 3, 2013
On the October 3 episode of Talk Back, Missoula Mayoral Candidate Peggy Cain joins the show to answer questions about how she would run the city.
October 2, 2013
On the October 2 episode of Talk Back, tax guru Walt Kero joins us to discuss tax planning. Also, we talk about an incident in which WWII vets stormed a federal government blockade to visit a war memorial.
October 1, 2013
On the October 1 episode of Talk Back, constitutional scholar Rob Natelson joins us to discuss the shutdown in the backdrop of the intentions of the founding fathers. Did anyone see this coming?
September 30, 2013
On the September 30 episode of Talk Back, Peter and Jon continue their discussion about the imminent government shutdown. Also, the Affordable Care Act exchanges are set to open October 1 and we discuss how the roll out will work.
September 27, 2013
On the September 27 episode of Talk Back, Peter and Jon host another round of open phones. This time they talk about the potential federal government shutdown and attempt to decide who to blame.
September 26, 2013
On the September 26 episode of Talk Back, it’s World Affairs Council on the radio. Peter and Jon are joined by Bob Seidenschwartz for a discussion about the decline in America’s Rust Belt and what can be done. Special guests Richey Piiparinen and Kauser Razvi from Strategic Urban Solutions join us to discuss a route to success for areas of the country that are shifting from their industrial past.
September 25, 2013
On the September 25 episode of Talk Back, Peter and Jon get all the facts about the Affordable Care Act, right from the source. They speak with Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services spokesman Mike Fierberg about how the new exchanges will effect Montana.
September 24, 2013
On the September 24 episode of Talk Back, Peter and Jon speak with Brent Gyuricza about the race to save the City Life Community Center. After that we open the phone bank to talk about how Missoula handled a recent standoff.
September 23, 2013
On the September 23 episode of Talk Back, Peter and Jon start out by talking about Missoula’s Opportunity Resources. After that they pivot to a discussion with two of Montana’s certified health care navigators about the changes coming up on October 1.
September 20, 2013
On the September 20 episode of Talk Back, it’s another day of open phones. Peter and Jon talk about all kinds of issues, but the main bone of disagreement is over the issue of whether or not the house will be successful in its attempt to defund Obamacare, or if it will shoot itself in the foot.
September 19, 2013
On the September 19 episode of Talk Back Jon and Peter speak with Missoula Mayoral candidate Mike Hyde about how he would run the city.
September 18, 2013
On the September 18 episode of Talk Back, Peter and Jon speak with Simon O’Dweyer, an expert in ancient Irish. After hearing some of the tunes from the bronze age instruments, we talk about a recent bomb threat in Missoula and the Navy Yard shootings in D.C.
September 17, 2013
On the September 17 episode of Talk Back Jon and Peter speak with Diana Furchtgott-Roth from the Manhattan Institute about the state of unions and the American labor force. After that we speak with our favorite tax-pro Walt Kero about the role of the income tax, minimum wage, and various other topics.
September 16, 2013
On the September 16 episode of Talk Back, an old friend of the show Carl Graham joins us from his new think tank in Utah. Graham is now heading up the Sutherland Institute’s Center for Self Government in the West and explains some of the results of a new study he’s been preparing on federal vs. state management.
September 13, 2013
It’s another open phones Friday on the September 13 edition of Talk Back. This time we take responses and comments on Russian leader Putin’s letter to America on the issue of a Syrian strike.
September 12, 2013
On the September 12 episode of Talk Back, Public Service Commissioner Travis Kavulla explains why Missoula’s Mountain Water Company operates under different rules than most other utility companies in the state.
September 11, 2013
On the September 11 episode of Talk Back, UM History Professor Richard Drake joins us as we remember the horror of 9/11 and the aftermath.
September 10, 2013
On the September 10 episode of Talk Back Jon and Peter bring U.S. House candidate Corey Stapleton on to answer a bevy of questions concerning what he would do if elected. Topics range from immigration and declarations of war to how to pay off the U.S. debt.
September 9, 2013
In the September 9 episode of the Talk Back Show, Peter and Jon speak with Attorney Quentin Rhoades about a Montana Supreme Court Decision that forced the state of Montana to pay a Montana ranching family for losses incurred when firefighters burned down 900 acres of their property. After that we open the show to open phones and listen to the President’s case for a strike against Syria.
September 6, 2013
On the September 6 open phones episode of Talk Back, Peter and Jon invite listeners to comment on the potential strike on Syria. During the show, they listen to a debate on the issue between Secretary of State John Kerry and Senator Rand Paul and take comments from the audience.
September 5, 2013
In the September 5 episode of Talk Back, Jon and Peter speak with filmmaker J.D. King about his last film, “Crying Wolf” and the upcoming release of “Axed: The End of Green.” J.D. argues that modern environmentalism and corresponding legislation is killing the economy and actually endangering the environment as well.
September 4, 2013
In the September 4 episode, Peter and Jon speak with MSU Political Science Professor Dr. David Parker about the real reasons Denny Rehberg lost his senate race. They also speak about the future race for Max Baucus’ senate seat, a Montana open ballot, and tons of other topics.
September 3, 2013
In the September 3 episode, Jon and Peter speak with constitutional scholar Rob Natelson of the Independence Institute about constitutional limits on the power of the U.S. to declare war. As usual, they take all manner of constitutional questions from the audience with topics ranging from eminent domain to whether or not a photographer can be forced by law to snap pictures at a gay wedding.
August 23, 2013
In the August 23 episode, Peter and Jon have a brief conversation with congressman Steve Daines about the Lolo Complex fire and what the U.S. should do to prevent extreme fire seasons in the future.
August 22, 2013
In the August 22 episode, Peter and Jon listen to callers describe their personal experiences with the Lolo Complex. They also discuss why the fire burned so quickly and how to prevent future tragedies with Extension Forestry Professor Dr. Peter Kolb.
August 21, 2013
In the August 21 episode Peter and Jon talk to Earth First! advocate Pantayani Tsolkas about why he believes sabotaging Montana’s wolf hunting season is ethically justifiable.
August 20, 2013
On the August 20 episode, Henry Kriegel from American’s For Prosperity explains his group’s position on a variety of topic ranging from the minimum wage to tax breaks for oil companies.
August 16, 2013
In the August 16 episode, Dr. Stephen Meyer discusses the role of Intelligent Design in modern education by examining the backlash against the theory. He discuss issues ranging from the scientific method to the role of the classroom in this engaging conversation on the issue of the origin of life and the fate of this idea in the modern classroom.
July 9, 2013
On the July 9 episode of Talk Back, Peter and Jon speak with filmmaker Evan Grae Davis. Davis recently completed a film titled “It’s a Girl” that vividly describes the burgeoning threat of gendercide in India and China. Taboo topics such as sex-selective abortion, violence against women and infanticide are on the table. A very disturbing, but enlightening episode.
July 8, 2013
On the July 8 episode of Talk Back, Peter and Jon visit with Department of Labor and Industry Chief Economist Barbara Wagner about the economic strengths and weaknesses of Montana.
July 3, 2013
On the July 3 episode of Talk Back, we open the door to callers to ask questions from two of Missoula’s Mayoral Candidates. Mike Hyde and Peggy Cain take questions on everything from drug and gun laws to the proper role of government. A can’t miss episode for Missoula voters.
July 1, 2013
On the July 1 Episode of Talk Back, tax guru Walt Kero joins us to discuss the tax implications after the Supreme Court’s decision to repeal parts of the Defense of Marriage Act. Will the change in law cost you and your loved one, or bring new benefits? How will it impact the U.S. Treasury? We discuss these issues and more.
June 26, 2013
On the June 26 episode of Talk Back, Peter and Jon speak with John Colledge and Bob Seidenschwartz of the Montana World Affairs Council. Colledge was one of the first agents in the Department of Homeland Security and has been involved in tracking money laundering, illegal weapons trade, and all sorts of behind-the-curtains schemes.
June 24, 2013
On the June 24 episode of Talk Back, Peter and Jon speak with Louis Schneller from the group Advocates for Missoula’s Future. The discussion ranges from why enrollment is down at the UM to where the Missoula College should be located, but the heart of the discussion is about whether or not cutting adjunct professors is the best way to deal with a budget shortfall.
June 21, 2013
On the June 21 episode of Talk Back, Peter and Jon speak with Dr. Stephen C. Meyer about his new book Darwin’s Doubt. Meyer argues that the Cambrian explosion of new animal types found in the fossil record occurs at too radical of a pace to be explained by traditional neo-Darwinist arguments.
June 20, 2013
On the June 20 episode of Talk Back, Peter and Jon speak with Lisa Sharon Harper from Sojurners about immigration reform. Sojurners is a religiously motivated political advocacy group that has been working to convince congregations across the U.S. that immigration reforms proposed by the U.S. Senate are morally superior to the current U.S. immigration system.
June 19, 2013
On the June 19 episode of Talk Back, Peter and Jon speak with Derrick Morgan from The Heritage Foundation about a series of economic and moral criticisms of the Senate’s version of the immigration bill. We also open the doors to some open phones and discuss the cities no-fireworks ordinance.
June 18, 2013
On the June 18 episode of the Talk Back show, Peter and Jon speak with doctor Dr. Jane Orient about the new healthcare enforcement powers of the IRS. After that we talk about firework laws in Missoula.
June 17, 2013
The June 17 episode of Talk Back is an open phones edition of Talk Back. First off, Peter and Jon discuss Jon Tester’s claim that he did not know about the NSA surveillance programs and compare that to a statement from Obama’s Chief of Staff who says every senator and congressman received a white paper on the topic. We also address the issue of abortion after a statement by Nancy Pelosi that late-term abortions were “sacred ground” for her.
June 14, 2013
Talk Back Podcast Friday, June 14: Jon speaks with Bob, Josh, and Ather from S.G. Long about how the U.S. will handle the after effects of quantitative easing. Listen to the conversation…
June 13, 2013
On the Talk Back Podcast for Tuesday, June 13 Jon and Bob Seidenschwartz speak with Montana Attorney General Tim Fox about a new initiative to fight the Marketplace Fairness Act. Also, in this episode they speak with Ken Payne, who claims he lost his job as a teacher in California because he does not have digitally recognizable fingerprints due to a skin condition. (NOTE: Due to a computer error, we do not have a recording of our first half hour of the show which featured marriage counselor Jim Ramsay discussing how to predict if a couple will divorce.)
June 11, 2013
In the June 11 episode of Talk Back , Peter, Jon, and Bob Seidenschwartz of the Montana World Affairs Council speak with Chinese Language and History Professor Steve Levine about China. They cover everything from ghost cities to rare-Earth minerals, in this big-picture conversation about one of the Earth’s most powerful countries.
June 10, 2013
Peter and Jon talk with Derek Skees about a proposal to make republican party members uphold a set of standards to be able to remain in the party. (Read more here) After that, they discuss the recent leaked information from Edward Snowden regarding the government’s online surveillance program now known as PRISM.
June 6, 2013
In the June 6 episode of Talk Back author and energy expert Mark Mills of the Manhattan Institute discusses his route to breaking out of the U.S. trade deficit by allowing the sale of hydrocarbons, and developing national energy resources.
June 5, 2013
In the June 5 episode of Talk Back Dylan Todd describes his family’s duress after attending a coroner’s inquest in Singapore regarding the death of Shane Todd, Dylan’s brother. The family says they have mountains of evidence that Shane was murdered, most likely by a Chinese company, but the Singapore court system refused to allow most of the evidence and insists Shane’s death was a suicide. Conspiracy? Cover-up? Hear the story and decide for yourself and check out KGVO’s article for more information. . .