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Montana Lowdown

Montana Free Press founder and editor John S. Adams interviews newsmakers on the hottest topics and issues in American's Last Best Place. 

Jul 29, 2019

In this week's podcast, freelance journalist and former wildland firefighter Amanda Eggert joins us from Bozeman to discuss her recent three-part series for Montana Free Press, Living With Fire.

While the 2019 fire season is off to a slow start due to unseasonably cool and wet weather, the city of Helena is watching as...

Jul 22, 2019

Montana Free Press Editor-in-Chief John Adams sat down last week with Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen for a wide-ranging discussion on the Montana Lowdown Podcast about growing concerns over lead in the drinking water of Montana public schools, Title 1 funding, school choice, and President...

Jul 16, 2019

The Montana Democratic Party held its Officers and Rules Convention in Helena July 12-13, and journalist Alex Sakariassen and Montana Public Radio capital reporter Corin Cates-Carney were there to cover all the action as the 2020 election season gets underway. 

One key takeaway was the party's ambition to reconnect with...

Jul 9, 2019

On this week's episode of the Montana Lowdown, veteran political reporter and broadcast journalist Mike Dennison discusses his new book, “Inside Montana Politics: A Reporter’s View from the Trenches."

Dennison has been covering political campaigns, the Legislature, health care, energy, the environment, and other...

Jul 2, 2019

This week we continue our coverage of the candidates vying for state office in 2020, with our first look at the race for Secretary of State with Missoula Democratic State Sen. Bryce Bennett. 

In his five terms in the Legislature, Bennett has sponsored numerous bills focused on voter access and other election laws....