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The Big Why
The Big Why
Montana Public Radio

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How does winter snowpack affect summer wildfires?

As summer heats up in Montana, so does wildfire season. This raises the question, does winter snowpack really correlate to... more

19 Jul 2024 · 8 minutes
What's the story with teacher pay in Montana?

This time around, we’re unpacking an answer to a tricky education question: "Why is Montana ranked one of the last... more

04 Jul 2024 · 8 minutes
What are individual Montanans doing to combat climate change?

In the third and final episode of our Big Why climate series, we travel across the state to meet Montanans... more

19 Jun 2024 · 8 minutes
Why are Montana's primary elections held so late in the year?

Montana’s primary elections — which take place later than those in all but a handful of states — are now... more

06 Jun 2024 · 8 minutes
At election time, how should we judge judges?

Montana has seen record levels of fundraising for Supreme Court candidates in recent years, parties seem to have their favorite... more

23 May 2024 · 8 minutes
Why does it seem like the homeless population is growing?

A listener wants to know why it seems like the homeless population is growing. We’ll look at this issue both... more

11 May 2024 · 7 minutes
Why are there so many 'casinos' in Montana?

Everywhere you look in Montana, there are places to gamble. Odds are good you've seen machines in bars, liquor stores... more

25 Apr 2024 · 8 minutes
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17 Apr 2024 ·
Why is Livingston so windy? Who's the woman on top of the Capitol dome?

In this special episode of The Big Why, A New Angle host, Justin Angle, joins Austin Amestoy to answer two... more

28 Mar 2024 · 7 minutes
How are cities and tribes responding to climate change?

This is the second in our series about how Montana is responding to climate change. The state doesn't have a... more

29 Feb 2024 · 8 minutes
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How does winter snowpack affect summer wildfires?
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