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

Equality of opportunity. The blessings of liberty. A clean and healthful environment. These are the values codified in Montana’s constitution, values candidates in the upcoming 2020 election say they’re most prepared to defend. But behind the political promises and rhetoric, there are actual policies up for debate. 

What do candidates mean when they stump about “Montana values?” Who is that promise for? And how do those unspoken values shape Montana’s politics?

From what it means to be a “real Montanan,” to voter access, to public land, to rugged individualism, Shared State will bridge history, politics, and the daily reality of Montanans as we approach a landmark election.

Shared State is hosted by The Write Question’s Sarah Aronson and is collaboratively reported and produced by Montana Free Press, Montana Public Radio and Yellowstone Public Radio.

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Episode 3

Shared State

Ep. 3 — Grateful to God

In Montana’s 2020 race for governor, the candidates’ views on the intersection of religion and policy could have implications for some hot-button legislation.


Episode 2

Shared State

Ep. 2 — We the people of Montana

What is a “real Montanan,” and why does it matter so much in our politics?


Episode 1

Shared State

Ep. 1 — Preamble

Politicians are on the airwaves claiming how their candidacies best reflect “Montana values.” But behind the political promises and rhetoric, there are actual policies up for debate.


Trailer: Shared State podcast

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

From exploring the meaning of “real Montanan” to voter access, public lands and rugged individualism, a new collaborative podcast series bridges history, politics and the daily reality of Montanans in the lead-up to a landmark election.