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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 story with recycling in Montana?

This week, we’re tackling more of a “big where” than a why. A listener wants to know, where does our... more

30 Mar 2023 · 8 minutes
Montana's flag breaks all the 'rules.' Is it time for a redesign?

A flag's primary purpose is to be recognized from a distance. That means few colors, no lettering and a clear... more

16 Mar 2023 · 9 minutes
How close are you to a 'Bald' mountain? In Montana, very close

Why so many "Bald" mountains? Why Native place-names matter. Chouteau or Choteau? Gardiner or Gardner? We sort it out on... more

02 Mar 2023 · 9 minutes
Why are there so many nuclear missiles in Montana?

Across Montana there are hundreds of nuclear missile silos and launch facilities hidden in plain sight. If you didn't know... more

16 Feb 2023 · 9 minutes
How many cattle in Montana die from extreme cold?

A listener wants to know how many cattle die due to extreme cold each year in Montana. And what's the... more

02 Feb 2023 · 8 minutes
Why are people hanging out in Montana's radon-filled mines?

Radon is a hazardous gas, the second leading cause of lung cancer and something we take great pains to remove... more

19 Jan 2023 · 9 minutes
Why does Montana have such strong stream access laws?

In Montana, we're used to hitting the water in our tubes, rafts or waders and going wherever the river takes... more

21 Dec 2022 · 9 minutes
What's so special about Montana's privacy protections?

The state constitution says the right of privacy is essential to the well being of a free society. Privacy affects... more

07 Dec 2022 · 9 minutes
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
The Big Why
What's the story with recycling in Montana?
The Big Why