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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The Food Guys
5:00 am
Sun September 21, 2014

Likeable Leeks

Leeks with thyme. Flickr user, Thor. (CC BY 2.0)
Credit Thor

Greg and Jon list reasons to like leeks: they're pretty; they're full of Vitamin K; the extra parts are useful for making vegetable stock; they're half of the classic recipe for potato-leek soup; they're good braised in broth or sautéed with olive oil and garlic, which could be the starting point for a pasta sauce; they're good baked with mushrooms in tarts. The Turks fry them and the Scots use them for cock-a-leekie soup.

(Broadcast: The Food Guys, 9/21/14)

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The Plant Detective
5:00 am
Sat September 20, 2014

Feverfew: Phew! Fewer Migraine Headaches

Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) (CC BY 2.0)
Credit Flickr user, Ali Graney

The causes of migraine aren't well understood. Neither is the mechanism behind feverfew's proven ability to stop or prevent a migraine headache. Feverfew supplements used in clinical studies to treat migraine contain a standardized dose of 0.2 to 0.35% parthenolide, so if you research this herb, pay attention to dosage details.  Pregnant women and children under the age of two shouldn't use it, and people with allergies to ragweed, chamomile and yarrow are sometimes allergic to feverfew.

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Field Notes
5:00 am
Fri September 19, 2014

The Hidden Life Of Lichens

Lichens on rock. Flickr user Jared Tarbell. (CC BY 2.0)
Credit Jared Tarbell

"Lichens," written by Ted Morrison, read by Caroline Kurtz.

"As I belayed my partner up to the ledge, I examined the colorful world on the rock in front of me. The closer I looked, the more I saw. The small cracks in the mat of lichen surged like huge crevasses in a microworld, curving and breaking with the topography of the rough granite. The small polygons of green were flecked by a multitude of browns and grays.

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Montana Symphony Orchestras
6:02 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Helena Symphony's 60th Season Opens With Sibelius's Fifth Symphony

Stephen Cepeda, Helena Symphony concertmaster and violin soloist in Brahms's Violin Concerto, Saturday, September 20th, 2014, 7:00pm.

Michael Marsolek talks with Helena Symphony Music Director, Allan R. Scott, about the Symphony's 60th anniversary season, which opens Saturday, September 20th, 2014, 7:00 p.m., at the Helena Civic Center.

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Mountain West Voices
5:00 am
Thu September 18, 2014

A Long, Long Walk: A Woman Hikes Solo From Mexico To Canada

Kayla Murchison
Credit Clay Scott

We meet Kayla Murchison along the Continental Divide Trail in Montana, 4 1/2 months and 2800 miles into her quest to traverse the spine of the continent from Mexico to Canada.

(Broadcast: Mountain West Voices, 9/17/14)

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Reflections West
5:00 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Robert Stubblefield & James Welch

James Welch, 1971
Credit LaVerne Harrell Clark, The University of Arizona Poetry Center

When writing about literature, teacher and author Robert Stubblefield sticks to the present tense, since "great literature never slides off into the past, but remains with us in an eternal present." Stubblefield's friend and colleague, author James Welch, creates a world in his historical novel Fools Crow "as clear and present as the gray vapor of our breath against the darkness."

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Mountain West Voices
6:00 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Mister S

Razmick Sarkissian came to Wyoming via Armenia, Iran and Calcutta. For the last thirty years he has taught music in Sheridan, Wyoming, bringing his students "joy in learning, truth in learning."

(Broadcast: Mountain West Voices, 9/10/14)

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In Other Words
4:40 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Sally Thompson: An Anthropologist Finds Her Ground

Credit courtesy of the Regional Learning Project, University of Montana

Bryony Schwan talks with Dr. Sally Thompson, an archaeologist, ethnographer and ethnohistorian who long ago forged connections with indigenous North Americans that re-defined the philosophy and nature of her work. Recently, Sally spent time in Ladakh, in the northeast Himalaya region of India, where ancient medicine and lifeways are colliding with modernity.

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Musician's Spotlight
4:20 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Trevor Rogers

The Clumsy Lovers’ songwriter and lead vocalist Trevor Rogers visited host John Floridis to discuss his recent solo recording, Are You Happy Now? Rogers talked about balancing recording and touring with his  full-time gig as a father and husband, as well as the impact on his songwriting from the years he spent living in Missoula.

(Broadcast: Musicians' Spotlight,  9/16/14)

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Home Ground Radio
5:00 am
Mon September 15, 2014

The Montana Historical Society: Why History Matters

"When the Land Belonged to God," by Charlie Russell

In the midst of rapid change, history can seem so...out of date. But a visit with Jennifer Bottomly-O'Looney and Kirby Lambert at the Montana Historical Society shows why it matters.

(Broadcast: Home Ground Radio, 9/16/14)

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