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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 deal with coal-rolling?

If you've ever seen or experienced a pickup pull alongside or in front of you and then belch out a... more

10 Nov 2022 · 9 minutes
Who owns the most water rights in Montana?

Our question this week comes from a listener in Helena named Bob Flipovich, who wants to know who owns the... more

27 Oct 2022 · 9 minutes
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13 Oct 2022 ·
How did Montana become infested with knapweed?

"I've heard so many different stories about how it got here and who's responsible, and I've never really heard the... more

13 Oct 2022 · 10 minutes
Why aren't there salmon in the Clark Fork River?

For this episode of The Big Why, we’re talking about salmon. They can travel hundreds of miles from the Pacific... more

28 Sep 2022 · 8 minutes
Why are there so many UFO sightings in Montana?

For this episode, we're trying to answer a question with potentially cosmic implications: Flying saucers. Lights in the sky. Montana... more

14 Sep 2022 · 10 minutes
UFOs: This week on The Big Why

Coming up this week on The Big Why: UFOs.

12 Sep 2022 ·
Where did Montana’s hot springs come from, and where are they going?

Montana is home to more than 260 developed and natural geothermal sites. Huge resorts that once entertained the state’s wealthiest... more

31 Aug 2022 · 11 minutes
Why is Montana known as the 'Big Sky State'?

Welcome to The Big Why, a series driven by your curiosity about Montana. We'll answer your questions, large or small,... more

17 Aug 2022 · 7 minutes
Coming soon: The Big Why

Coming August 17th to Montana Public Radio: The Big Why. Ask us about anything under the Big Sky that's made... more

16 Aug 2022 ·
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