Beth Anne Austein

Host and Producer

Beth Anne Austein has been spinning tunes on the air (The Folk Show, Dancing With Tradition, Freeforms), as well as recording, editing and mixing audio for Montana Public Radio and Montana PBS, since the Clinton Administration. She’s jockeyed faders or "fixed it in post” for The Plant Detective; Listeners Bookstall; Fieldnotes; Musicians Spotlight; The Write Question; Storycorps; Selected Shorts; Bill Raoul’s music series; orchestral and chamber concerts; lecture series; news interviews; and outside producers’ programs about topics ranging from philosophy to ticks.

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Home Ground Radio
5:00 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Jann Gates: Writer, Historian, And Waldorf Teacher

What is the connection between 16th century European history, writing, editing, and translating, and Waldorf education? Meet writer, historian and teacher, Jann Gates.

(Broadcast: Home Ground Radio, 7/29/14)

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The Food Guys
5:00 am
Sun July 27, 2014

Bok Choy

Bok choy (CC BY 2.0)
Credit Flickr user, The Marmot

Jon and Greg pursue their Vegetable Agenda this week via the adaptable and aroma-less Chinese cabbage, bok choy. Greg outlines the Chinese dish, lion's head, which involves bok choy and half-pound meatballs. For something lighter, baby bok choy works well as a side dish. Don't forget to rinse the stalks, where soil will have accumulated. Jon asks, "I wonder how we ever did without it?"

(Broadcast: The Food Guys, 7/27/14)

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The Plant Detective
5:00 am
Sat July 26, 2014

Nettle I

It's not called "stinging nettle" for nothing: if you're going to spend time in a nettle patch, cover up. The hairs on nettle's leaves and stems are miniature hypodermics, waiting to pucture your skin, which - ouch! - stings, then burns, then aches. But on arthritic joints, that sting stimulates, then exhausts, the production of pain messengers to the brain. Nettle leaf soup (cooking neutralizes the sting) has been found to reduce pain and immobility in people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis.

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Field Notes
5:00 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Common Loons: Guarding The Nest

Common loon (Gavia immer), Minocqua, WI. (CC BY 2.0)
Credit John Picken

"Montana's Common Loons," by Ben Turnock, read by Caroline Kurtz.

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Mountain West Voices
5:00 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Just Good Stuff: Jane Horton and Doug Holly

Jane Horton and Doug Holly
Credit Clay Scott

A really moving love story worthy of Shakespeare - only no one drinks poison. There's some plant biology and Irish music thrown in for good measure.

(Broadcast: Mountain West Voices, 7/23/14)

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MTPR Music
5:00 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Indigenous Expression, Monday, July 28th, 7:30pm

The July edition of "Indigenous Expression" features music by  Jimi Hendrix, John Trudell, Jim Boyd, Tom Morello, Los Lonely Boys, Richie Havens, Vincent Craig, Northern Cree, and more.

Join host David Sam for "Indigenous Expression" Monday at 7:30pm, once a month, for indigenous music and words from around the world.

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Front Row Center
5:00 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Monica Huggett Opens 11th Annual Montana Baroque Music Festival

Tuesday, July 29th, 7pm, Quinn's Hot Springs: The Montana Baroque Music Festival opens with featured soloist, violinist Monica Huggett.

Michael Marsolek talks with Monica Huggett, co-founder of the Montana Baroque Music Festival. The 2014 festival takes place Tuesday, July 29th - Thursday, July 31st at Quinn's Hot Springs Resort in Paradise, MT, with concerts starting at 7pm.

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Reflections West
5:00 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Alicia Gignoux & Charles Finn

Charles Finn
Credit Charles Finn

Each fall, black bears snap poet Alicia Gignoux's wild plums trees in half. One year, she salvaged a broken ten-foot tree, hauling it indoors for her Christmas tree. In an excerpt from his book, Wild Delicate Seconds, writer Charles Finn catches an October bear in the act of pilfering apples.

(Broadcast: Reflections West, 7/22/14 & 7/23/14)

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In Other Words
5:00 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Women Farmers

Weeding Spinach, County Rail Farm
Credit Tracy Potter-Fins & Margaret De Bona

Producer Lacy Roberts brings us an hour of conversation with and about female farmers. First, we learn why photographer Audra Mulkearn started the Female Farmer Project and what it reveals about female back-to-the-land farmers.

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Musician's Spotlight
5:00 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Carolina Chocolate Drops

The Carolina Chocolate Drops

For the past decade, the Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops have been highlighting the African-American place in American stringband music. Singer Rhiannon Giddens and multi-instrumentalist Hubby Jenkins reflect on the band’s ascending career and how it fits into the history of the genre.

(Broadcast: Musicians' Spotlight, 7/22/14)

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