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The Big Why
The Big Why
Montana Public Radio

Answers to your questions — big or small — about anything under the Big Sky. Let's see what we can discover together!

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What's the best form of local government? You get to decide

A local government review is designed to evaluate how a city or county government operates right now, and also explore... more

15 Feb 2024 · 8 minutes
What's so hard about plowing the roads?

When it comes to winter driving, everyone wants their route clear and dry, and they want it done quickly. Why... more

01 Feb 2024 · 9 minutes
How did the Ninepipe wetlands form — and how will climate change affect them?

The Ninepipe wetlands cover thousands of acres across the Mission Valley. Nearly 15,000 acres are protected by federal, state and... more

17 Jan 2024 · 7 minutes
What a century old restaurant can tell us about the Chinese-American experience in the West

The Pekin Noodle Parlor in Butte is the oldest, continually operating family owned Chinese restaurant in the country. But the... more

03 Jan 2024 · 8 minutes
Little kids, big questions — and dinosaurs!

After a year of taking questions from our adult listeners across Montana, The Big Why team thought it would be... more

22 Dec 2023 · 11 minutes
How does a small town rebuild after a devastating wildfire?

A wildfire burned through the small town of Denton, MT in December of 2021. It burned more than 10,000 acres... more

07 Dec 2023 · 8 minutes
How much land have reservations in Montana lost to white settlement?

One listener wants to know why non-Natives make up a majority of the population on the Flathead Reservation. Another listener... more

23 Nov 2023 · 7 minutes
What is Montana doing to address climate change: Part 1

Following a lot of news about climate change, protests, presidential directives and court cases, a listener wants to know what... more

09 Nov 2023 · 8 minutes
What's happening with the glaciers in the Mission Mountains?

A listener is curious about how glaciers are faring in the south end of the Mission Mountains, those big peaks... more

26 Oct 2023 · 8 minutes
Why is there no sales tax in Montana?

Montanans hate it. Politicians fear it. Supporters discuss it in hushed tones after the blinds are closed and the kids... more

12 Oct 2023 · 8 minutes
The Big Why
What's the best form of local government? You get to decide
The Big Why