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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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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
What's the story behind Montana's old state orphanage?

A Helena listener had a long-simmering curiosity about a relic of Montana history that still sits just across the Beaverhead... more

28 Sep 2023 · 8 minutes
Did you know Montana has a state lullaby?

You may know Montana has an official state animal, a state bird, a state gemstone and a state fruit. But... more

14 Sep 2023 · 9 minutes
What makes Montana's Ringing Rocks ring?

The Ringing Rocks is a roadside attraction people have been visiting for a long time. It's a big heap of... more

17 Aug 2023 · 8 minutes
Last winter was rough in Montana. How did wildlife fare?

The Yellowstone area got more snowfall this winter than any time in the past 23 years. Listeners want to know,... more

03 Aug 2023 · 8 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

20 Jul 2023 · 9 minutes
'I can't drive 55.' Why Montana's speed limits keep increasing

Montana's speed limit has bounced between nonexistent (twice), 55 mph, 75 mph and now 80 mph. Why? Meanwhile, Montana has... more

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