Megan McArdle describes herself as a “squishy Libertarian”. She’s also a popular blogger for Newsweek and the Daily Beast, and former senior editor at the Atlantic Monthly. McArdle is in Missoula to participate in this week’s Mansfield conference on the future of health care in America. In this feature interview, McArdle talks with News Director Sally Mauk about health care, gun control – and the latest kitchen gadgets. McArdle just did a feature story on the International Housewares show…
Budget deficit, gun control, climate change, immigration reform – that’s the full plate Congress is facing at a time when the American public has little faith they can accomplish anything, much less tackle all of the above. In this feature interview, News Director Sally Mauk talks with Democratic Senator Jon Tester about these pending controversial issues. First on the agenda is the March first deadline when 85 billion dollars worth of spending cuts go into effect, unless Congress passes either a short or long term budget plan.
Nancy de Pastino was heartbroken when she heard about the Newtown shooting. The Missoula mom and portrait photographer first hugged her children, then went and hugged her daughter’s first grade teacher. Then she started a Montana chapter of the national organization “One Million Moms for Gun Control”, an organization started by a mom in Indiana, right after the Newtown massacre.
In this feature interview, de Pastino tells News Director Sally Mauk she took the Newtown shooting “very personally” and decided to become an activist for gun control.
Five Montana sheriffs so far have publicly stated they will not enforce new executive orders or laws that seek to confiscate or control guns. The sheriffs from Sanders, Ravalli, Powell, Wibaux and Mussellshell counties believe such laws are a violation of the Second Amendment. Lake County Sheriff Jay Doyle has also sent out a press release saying law-abiding citizens have the right to own firearms, whether it be “one or one hundred.” He also vows to stop any federal effort to take guns away.
All of this is in reaction to proposed new legislation to once again ban so-called assault weapons, and tighten federal gun control laws. In this feature interview, Sheriff Doyle of Lake County talks with News Director Sally Mauk about his concerns, first outlined in his recent press release.
Former Montana Public Radio Capitol reporter Kirk Siegler is now a western reporter for NPR, based in Los Angeles. Prior to his new job, Siegler spent a few years reporting for public radio in Colorado before making his recent move to California. One of his first assignments for NPR, was to cover the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Siegler was back in Missoula for a visit recently. In this feature interview, he talks with News Director Sally Mauk about covering the Newtown tragedy….
The mass shootings at a movie theater in Colorado last month and this weekend at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin have shone the spotlight once again on America’s love of guns. The annual gun show held over the weekend at the University of Montana filled the Adams Center with tables selling everything from knives and pistols to semiautomatic weapons like those used in Colorado and Wisconsin. As News Director Sally Mauk found out, business was brisk at the Missoula gun show as it has been at gun shows around the country this year….