A podcast about the past, present and future of one of America's most notorious Superfund sites

If you don’t know Butte Montana, you might have heard it’s one of the biggest toxic messes in the country. But now the “mining city” is on the verge of sealing a deal that could clean it up once and for all.

So how did we get here? What comes after Superfund? And who gets to decide?

Find out on Richest Hill, a new podcast from Montana Public Radio, now available here or wherever you get your podcasts.

Richest Hill: Now Airing Thursdays At 7:30 p.m. On Montana Public Radio

Fire up your radio and tune in to Montana Public Radio Thursday nights at 7:30 p.m. to listen to Richest Hill the old fashioned way. Starting January 7, Richest Hill will air each week on your radio.

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Episode 10: We Wear Butte Proudly On Our Skin

Is it really possible for a town that was built on extraction to experience a complete paradigm shift - towards reclamation and renewal? What does moving on from a toxic mess of this magnitude even mean? And what could Butte stand for in a post Superfund world?

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Episode 09: Butte Never Says Die!

The core of the Superfund deal itself, and how it proposes to solve Butte’s lingering environmental problems forever, is really important and complicated, both legally and technically. And no wonder. Three levels of government — the county, state and feds — plus a former oil company, all had to settle their differences, and agree on how to...

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Like ‘Richest Hill’? Check Out ‘Shared State’

Hi all, Richest Hill host Nora Saks here. I wanted to pop in real quick to let you know that episode 9, which we're calling 'Butte never says die,' is almost done and will be out very soon. In the mean time, I want to tell you about another podcast coming your way. It's called Shared State and it's a...

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‘Richest Hill’ Host Nora Saks Wins Schorr Journalism Prize

Nora Saks, the reporter and host for Montana Public Radio’s Richest Hill podcast has been awarded the 2019 Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize. Richest Hill dives deep into the history of Butte, MT to tell the colorful and complicated story of how the city became one of America’s most notorious Superfund sites. Nora and producer Nick...

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