Collection SummaryHome Ground Radio Interviews Collection consists of digitally recorded interviews conducted by Brian Kahn on the Home Ground Radio program between 1996 and 2016. Topics covered in the interviews range from the economy, religion, education, the judicial system, wildlife, medicine, the timber industry, conservation, agriculture, among other topics.
Home Ground Radio, Changes and Choices in the American West, is an award-winning half-hour, weekly interview program produced by Artemis Common Ground. This public affairs program is broadcast on more than fifty public radio stations throughout Montana and northern Wyoming and is also distributed on the internet. Home Ground's mission is to stimulate dialog about the changes and choices affecting our future, and we pursue that goal through substantive and thought-provoking discussion of western economic, religious, cultural, social and environmental issues as well as our place in the larger world. While examining areas of conflict, we emphasize shared values – the often-overlooked “common ground” of diverse community interests. Guests and their views are always treated with respect. Our goal is for listeners to develop appreciation of differing viewpoints and to encourage them to fulfill their responsibility as informed citizens in a democracy. Home Ground presents issues in ways that are interesting and meaningful to a broad audience.
Brian Kahn began Home Ground Radio in 1996 after he approached Yellowstone Public Radio General Manager Marvin Granger with the idea for the show. Brian grew up in California where he graduated from the University of California Boalt Law School. Kahn's first experiences working in Montana started with working on a ranch in the Madison Valley. After college he worked as a collegiate boxing coach, politician, documentary filmmaker and lawyer/mediator. He also worked as the Montana Director of the Nature Conservancy from 1989 to 1996. In October 2020 Brian died of natural causes while on a hunting trip with his wife Sandra near Lewistown at age 73.Contributing InstitutionMontana Historical Society Library and Archives