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October 14, 2013

MISSOULA – Montana Public Media partners take up the topic of climate change in a special week of programming starting Sunday, Oct. 20.

In a variety of local and nationally produced radio and television programs, Montana Public Radio, MontanaPBS and students from the University of Montana School of Journalism will use Climate Change Week to explore the science, the social and economic impacts and the skepticism that can cause friction between friends.

The schedule of MontanaPBS programs is:

  • 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20: “Montana Ag Live” will look at climate change and how it may affect agriculture with Greg Pederson, research ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey located at the Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center. The segment will repeat at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 27.
  • 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21: “Energy Quest USA – Earth: The Operator’s Manual” looks at U.S. states and cities that are tapping new sources of energy and promoting sustainability.
  • 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22: “Frontline: Climate of Doubt” goes inside organizations that fought to redefine the politics of global warming. Repeats at noon Wednesday, Oct. 23.
  • Noon and 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24: In “Degrees of Difference,” two sets of friends across Montana try to get past the controversy of climate change and have a productive conversation. The show will repeat again at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26.
  • 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24: “Montana Journal: Climate Changing Business” looks at the positive and negative impacts of a changing climate on everything from fishing guides to firefighters to farmers in Montana. How are businesses across the state coping with the differences? Produced by UM journalism students. Repeats at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 27.
  • Throughout the week, UM photojournalism students will present one-minute stories that examine climate impacts on plants, animals and habitat, and how the latest scientific research highlights Montana’s evolving ecosystem.

The Montana Public Radio schedule is:

  • 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, Oct. 21-25: “Montana Evening Edition” will provide an overview of the scientific and social implications of climate change, followed by in-depth reports on specific impacts on Montana’s agriculture, fisheries, wildlife and water.
  • 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21: “Game Changer” tells how extreme weather events, and the costs of cleaning them up, are starting to forge some common ground among Democrats and Republicans. Two former governors, two national strategists and the United Nations top climate negotiator will talk power and politics.
  • 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 23: In “New Wildfire Dangers” a local panel of wildfire experts and wildfire incident personnel will discuss what should be the policy – and individual – response to Montana’s intensifying wildfire seasons.
  • 1 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 24: “BURN: An Energy Journal” explores sea-level rise in South Florida, along the Louisiana/Texas Gulf Coast, in New York City and in Greenland.
  • 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24: A special hour-long version of “The Write Question” features interviews with Doug Peacock, author of “In the Shadow of the Sabertooth,” and Christopher White, author of “The Melting World: A Journey Across America’s Vanishing Glaciers.”

Also during Climate Change Week, the MTPR website (http://www.mtpr.org) will feature “Backstory” which considers the history of American anxieties about the environment. Historian Bill Cronon weighs in on when “nature” became a thing to protect and not to fear.

Montana Public Media is a collaborative effort of Montana Public Radio, MontanaPBS and the UM School of Journalism. Select programs are supported by the Greater Montana Foundation, encouraging communication on issues of importance to present and future generations of Montanans.

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Contact: William Marcus, director, MontanaPBS, 406-243-4154, william.marcus@umontana.edu.