11 episodes

A podcast about what’s driving Montana’s 2020 elections and where the outcomes could lead us.

Montana Free Press, Montana Public Radio and Yellowstone Public Radio are partnering to bring listeners along for a deeper look at the most important issues on the ballot. The nine-episode series debuts Sept. 8, 2020 and will culminate just before Election Day. 

Shared State Montana Free Press, Montana Public Radio, Yellowstone Public Radio

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    • 4.9 • 61 Ratings

A podcast about what’s driving Montana’s 2020 elections and where the outcomes could lead us.

Montana Free Press, Montana Public Radio and Yellowstone Public Radio are partnering to bring listeners along for a deeper look at the most important issues on the ballot. The nine-episode series debuts Sept. 8, 2020 and will culminate just before Election Day. 

    Where do we go from here?

    Where do we go from here?

    In this final episode of Shared State, Montana Public Radio News Director Corin Cates-Carney, Yellowstone Public Radio News Director Nicky Oullet, and Montana Free Press Executive Director John Adams break down the results of Tuesday’s election.They answer: who won, what do the results say about Montana, and where we’re headed?

    • 30 min
    For this and future generations

    For this and future generations

    The first rule of investigative journalism is: follow the money. But tracking spending this election cycle is trickier than ever before.
    Montana Free Press editor-in-chief John Adams tracks the ways corruption has shaped Montana, starting in the early days, when mining drove the state’s economy and politics. That legacy still plays out today, as politicians and watchdogs grapple with increasingly complex ways of hiding the sources of political spending and advertising.

    • 27 min
    To secure the blessings of liberty

    To secure the blessings of liberty

    How we think about liberty and individualism shapes the fundamentals of politics: how strongly the government should figure into ordinary folks’ lives. Those ideas play a huge role in issues that run the political gamut — from managing public lands, to school choice, to social welfare programs.
    As November approaches, very particular perspectives on freedom and liberty are getting louder — especially as Montana officials grapple with implementing public health measures as coronavirus spikes in the state. 
    Montana Public Radio’s Nick Mott explores how we weigh the individual and the collective when we talk about freedom, choice and rights. 

    • 28 min
    Equality of opportunity

    Equality of opportunity

    Instead of exploring a political race or an issue on the ballot, this time on Shared State we’re looking at voting itself  — our democratic process in Montana. In 2020, there’s more uncertainty than ever about how to ensure we all have a say in this election. But in some ways, this uncertainty is nothing new. As long as Montana has held elections, there have been groups pushing to have their equal voice heard.

    • 29 min
    Desiring to improve the quality of life

    Desiring to improve the quality of life

    Pledging to bring Montana more “good-paying jobs” is a time-honored cliche for politicians on the campaign trail. And for good reason: the isolation factor that defines the state’s rural economy means Montana workers often face low wages and limited career options.
    But what exactly can elected officials like the governor do to expand economic opportunity for Montanans? And  what concerns are Montanans weighing as they decide whether they can build the life they want here? 

    • 29 min
    The grandeur of our mountains and the vastness of our rolling plains

    The grandeur of our mountains and the vastness of our rolling plains

    National parks, jagged peaks, sprawling forests ... Montana is home to more than 30 million acres of public land. Our shared lands are beloved by many Montanans — and a huge draw for tourists from around the world.
    But just because those lands exist doesn’t mean people can actually get to them. When public land and private property collide, real conflicts over access arise. 
    And that’s a sticking point in this year’s race for governor.
    Montana Public Radio’s Charles Bolte explores what candidates are really talking about when they say they’re “for access,” and if that political rhetoric matches up with the issues Montanans are facing. 

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
61 Ratings

61 Ratings

MT Blues Lover ,

Spot On!

This podcast is incredible with brilliant perspectives on the core of what it means to be a Montanan. Historic and current at the same time. Thank you so much. I know you will keep up the fine collaboration. We are lucky to have you !

Susan Magoosan ,

Excellent pod

When I heard my friend Mae NaN Ellingson on the first episode, I knew this was going to be a good podcast. Taking the lines from the Montana constitution is brilliant. Such great journalism. Thank you all.

EricHalvee ,

Amazing pod

This is amazing work. I’m incredibly excited to keep listening. Well done all.

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