This week’s pod features one of Montana’s finest – Amy Martin, creator and host of the award-winning Threshold podcast. Threshold is deeply reported and beautifully produced by Amy and her team. Learn about Amy’s approach to story-telling and the many adventures she endured to produce Season Two’s fascinating investigation of the Arctic and climate change.
Our Election Day episode gets appropriately political. We visit with legendary New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd and explore her unique sensibility as a long time watch dog in Washington D.C. Maureen goes deep on the Shakespearian aspects of the Trump presidency and helps us understand the context and meaning of what’s happening in our democracy.
This week, we explore the value of higher education. First, Associated Students of University of Montana President Alex Butler and Vice President Mariah Welch tell us about their efforts to get students engaged in the debate about funding higher education and the 6-Mill levy ballot referendum. Next, we hear from Sen. Jon Tester, Congressman Greg Gianforte, and economist Bryce Ward on the importance of higher education in creating opportunities for Montanans and the value of the 6-Mill levy.
We’re getting political this week! Justin and Sara co-founded and co-direct the University of Montana Big Sky Poll and in this episode they break down the poll’s most recent results. Sara also shares her motivation for starting the poll, for creating applied learning experiences, and why her tenure as Director of UM’s Masters of Public Administration program has been so successful. And in case that’s not enough, we get to learn about Sara’s primary research interest – bureaucracy! Don’t miss this one.
We’ve been trying to pin down Mario Schulzke for some time. Since leaving his role as UM’s Chief Marketing Officer, Mario has become a self-described “digital nomad with a house.” He’s working remotely as CMO for the Seattle-based start up, GeniusLink, and enjoying a wide variety of adventures. Mario remains bullish on UM and lays out the reasons why in this wide-ranging conversation.
Cathy Cole, UM’s recently hired VP of Enrollment & Strategic Communications, just walked into a big job. In this episode we discuss what attracted her to this opportunity, why she is unabashedly bullish about the University of Montana, and what she sees in our future. If you are a fan of UM and rooting for our recovery, we think you will really enjoy this episode.