ESPN’s Tootell & Nuanez Have Range

ESPN’s Tootell & Nuanez Have Range

Ryan Tootell and Colter Nuanez rule sports talk radio in Western Montana. These two dynamic characters host drive time (4:00-6:00pm) on ESPN 102.9 and collaborate on a number of other sports related ventures on multiple media platforms. Learn more about their approach to journalism, entertainment, and sports as a metaphor for important issues of the day.UMontanaUMontanaBizANewAngle


Cheryl Strayed on Finding Truth

Cheryl Strayed on Finding Truth

Cheryl Strayed is a literary force. Her memoir, “Wild,” was a #1 New York Times bestseller and the first selection in Oprah’s Book Club 2.0. She also wrote “Tiny Beautiful Things,” “Brave Enough” and “Torch.” Cheryl recently visited the University of Montana and we were fortunate enough to speak with her about writing, grief, and finding your deepest, darkest truth.

Vanessa Grigoriadis explores sex, power & consent on college campuses

Vanessa Grigoriadis explores sex, power & consent on college campuses

This week we bring you a difficult but important conversation. Vanessa Grigoriadis is an investigative journalist and author of the powerful book “Blurred Lines: Rethinking Sex, Power, and Consent on Campus.” Vanessa shares her thoughts on the changing rules and norms for sex and consent, and we discuss where universities are succeeding and failing on the issue.

Steve Albini Speaks Truth to Music Power

Steve Albini Speaks Truth to Music Power

This week we visit with iconoclastic musician, sound engineer, and Missoula-native Steve Albini. Albini has worked with the likes of Nirvana, PJ Harvey, Cheap Trick, and countless others at his legendary recording studio, Electrical Audio. He is a passionate critic of the music business and our conversation explores why he thinks music and art are often corrupted by capitalism.

Threshold’s Amy Martin on the power of story

Threshold’s Amy Martin on the power of story

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.

Butler, Welch, Tester, Gianforte, & Ward on the Value of Higher Education

Butler, Welch, Tester, Gianforte, & Ward on the Value of Higher Education

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.

Patagonia & Alan Adams want you to VOTE!

Patagonia & Alan Adams want you to VOTE!

It’s election season and we continue this week with our series highlighting important reasons to vote. Alan Adams in the regional sales rep for Patagonia. Learn all about the path that led him to this position, his views about Patagonia’s advocacy work, and the company’s efforts to get folks to the polls. Midterms Matter!

Professor & Pollster Sara Rinfret Puts Students First.

Professor & Pollster Sara Rinfret Puts Students First.

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.

Larry Summers wants more speech and less comfort on campus

Larry Summers wants more speech and less comfort on campus

This week features Justin’s conversation with Larry Summers, former Secretary of the Treasury under President Clinton, President emeritus of Harvard University, chief economist to President Obama, among many other illustrious and influential positions. Larry and Justin discuss freedom of speech and expression on college campuses and the importance of universities to America’s future.

It was a great privilege to visit with Larry during his recent visit to Montana and we are excited to bring you this important episode.