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
Sun March 1, 2015

Linda Gryczan And Holly Franz, Montana History-Makers

Linda Gryczan
Credit courtesy of Linda Gryczan

Linda Gryczan served as lead plaintiff in a 1993 legal challenge to Montana's deviate sexual conduct statute, which made gay sex between consenting adults a crime.

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Field Notes
3:26 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

What Good Are Bugs?

(CC BY 2.0)
Credit Flickr user, Tim Pierce

"I realize that many people do not like insects. The fourth graders are almost always exuberant, though, and when it comes to nature, there are no "ewwww"s in my class! Still, I do like to give a nod to the fact that bugs are not always appreciated. There are excellent reasons for this, reasons the kids can usually figure out: mosquitoes bite; wasps sting; beetles can eat corn, fruit and potatoes; bark beetles can kill many trees and destroy forests; insects sometimes carry diseases, which can infect people and livestock; termites can eat our homes.

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Musician's Spotlight
5:00 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Marc Cohn

In 1991, Marc Cohn took home the Grammy Award for Best New Artist. In the two decades since, he has recorded a series of self-titled albums full of piano-based gospel-blues folk songs, and has performed around the world. In 2005, a harrowing near-death experience helped sharpen Cohn’s musical focus.

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Reflections West
5:00 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Adrian Jawort & Sterling Holy White Mountain: Igniting The Fire

In 2014, journalist and fiction author Adrian Jawort launched Off The Pass Press and its inaugural publicationOff the Path: An Anthology of 21st Century Montana American Indian Writers, Vol. 1

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Mountain West Voices
5:00 am
Mon February 23, 2015

I Know Who I Am: A Visit With A Crow Indian Elder In Montana

Haywood Big Day, Pryor, MT
Credit Clay Scott

Last week on Mountain West Voices, Haywood Big Day told the story of his name. This week he shares his thoughts on history and language, on being American, and being Crow.

(Broadcast: "Mountain West Voices," 2/23/15. Listen weekly on the radio on Mondays, 3:00 p.m., or via podcast.)

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The Food Guys
5:00 am
Sun February 22, 2015

Recipe: Cranberry Pecan Muffins

Cranberry pecan muffins. (CC BY-NC 2.0)
Credit Flickr user, Miss Anna Lynn Martino

Greg gives instructions for his adaptation of an old Nantucket cranberry pecan muffin recipe. Thaw the butter, get some heavy cream and buttermilk, and hunt down your ice cream scoop.

(Broadcast: "The Food Guys," 2/22/15. Listen weekly on the radio at 11:50 a.m. Sundays, or via podcast.)

Cranberry Pecan Muffins

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Front Row Center
5:00 am
Sun February 22, 2015

Barry Lieberman, Maria Larionoff, And The String Orchestra Of The Rockies

"Death and the Maiden" is the title of the February 22, 2015 performance by the String Orchestra of the Rockies. Featured violinist Maria Larionoff and double bassist Barry Lieberman founded the American String Project, a fifteen-member conductorless string orchestra that bears some resemblance to Montana's SOR.

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Home Ground Radio
5:00 am
Sun February 22, 2015

Petra Academy: Grammar, Logic, Rhetoric, and Christ-Figures

1st-grade class, Petra Academy, Bozeman, MT

Brian Kahn talks with faculty members Sam Koenen and Beth Stohlmann, and junior Nathan Mayville, of Petra Academy of Bozeman, MT. Petra is an accredited member of the Association of Classical and Christian Schools.

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Field Notes
11:25 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Dormancy And Deep Freeze: Insects In Suspended Animation

Monarch (Danaus plexippus) chrysalis. (CC BY 2.0)
Credit Flickr user, Sid Mosdell

When it comes to surviving winter, insects in temperate regions like Montana can be divided into two groups: freeze-tolerant insects that can survive if their body fluids freeze, and freeze-avoiding ones that can't.

Certain flies, wasps, beetles and moth and butterfly larvae and pupae produce chemicals that control the rate and size of ice crystal formation in their bodies, so that freezing doesn't damage their cells. The pupae of one species of swallowtail butterfly has survived laboratory temperatures of -385 degrees F.

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Mountain West Voices
9:47 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Basic, Bare Natural Things: The Life Of A Montana Woman Rancher

Judy Tureck, Coffee Creek, MT
Credit Clay Scott

Central Montana rancher and farmer Judy Tureck talks about her connection to the land that surrounds her, and about the tribulations and rewards of rural life.

(Broadcast: "Mountain West Voices," 2/9/15. Listen weekly on the radio on Mondays, 3:00 p.m., or via podcast.)

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