The ZACC’s Kia Liszak builds connection & community through art

The ZACC’s Kia Liszak builds connection & community through art

As Executive Director of the Zootown Arts Community Center, Kia Liszak is a critical driving force in the Missoula arts community. The ZACC fills a growing void in our education system by encouraging creativity, self-identification, and personal connection through art. Kia appropriately asks: “What else is there besides finding ways to deeply relate to one another and ourselves?”

Helena Mayor Wilmot Collins is a reason to believe

Helena Mayor Wilmot Collins is a reason to believe

In 1994, Wilmot Collins fled civil war in Liberia and somehow landed in Montana. Learn more about his amazing journey, his dedication to public service, and his inspiring rise to Mayor of his adopted home of Helena. Mayor Collins gives us hope that it is indeed possible to bring people together in this fraught political time.

Mark Synnott on Alex Honnold, writing, and the climbing life

Mark Synnott on Alex Honnold, writing, and the climbing life

Mark Synnott is a world class big wall climber whose writing has appeared in Outside, Men’s Journal and National Geographic. Mark’s new book “The Impossible Climb: Alex Honnold, El Capitan, and the climbing life,” covers his dangerously precocious introduction to climbing and the journey that led him to climb alongside Alex Honnold and document his amazing free solo of El Capitan. The book is available beginning today, wherever you buy your books.

Google’s Chris Wright will try anything

Google’s Chris Wright will try anything

Chris Wright, 2002 University of Montana College of Business graduate, has worked at Google for over 15 years and worn many hats, most recently serving as head of awareness for Google Cloud. In this free-wheeling episode we discuss Chris’s undergraduate shenanigans, his efforts to digitize the entire New York Times photo archive, and his new podcast – Try: the Podcast


Rich Willy’s common sense approach to healthy running

Rich Willy’s common sense approach to healthy running

Dr. Rich Willy is one of the world’s leading experts in running injuries. Learn why this professor of physical therapy chose to build his career at the University of Montana and how his research can help both clinicians and every day athletes develop strength, stay healthy and keep moving. Rich has some common sense advice that runs counter to many popular narratives about running shoes, injuries, and stretching.

Peter Coffee sees the future

Peter Coffee sees the future

The speed of technological innovation has seemingly compressed time. Peter Coffee, VP of Strategic Research at Salesforce.com, has the job of predicting what’s next in technology, what forces we should be afraid of, what issues we are wasting our time on, and how we should prepare for all of it. This conversation has broad implications for education, business, public health and every-day life.