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 Plant Detective
9:46 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Datura: Delirium, Broomsticks, And Divination

Datura metel. (CC-BY-2.0)
Credit David Dickerson

Medicinal use of datura - also known as moonflower - is so ancient, no one is sure where the plant originated. Two important nervous system depressor drugs, atropine and scopolamine, are derived from it. Oracles in the Americas and Greece used it for divinations. Witches in medieval Europe applied it to their skin in ointments. And when modern-day researchers experimented (a risky proposition; one of the researchers died) with those old witches' recipes, they reported intense dreams of flying. Broomstick, anyone?

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Field Notes
9:45 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Mount Aeneas In Autumn

Mount Aeneas, Swan Mountains, Flathead National Forest, Montana. (CC BY 2.0)
Credit Liz Rohde

"Mount Aeneas," by Margo Whitmire.

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The Food Guys
5:00 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Jean's Spiced Lamb Meatball And Bok Choy Soup

Bakso (an Indonesian soup made with meatballs, greens, and noodles) (CC BY 2.0)
Credit Flickr user, Nssdfdsfds

Greg and Jon share the recipe for "Jean's Spiced Lamb Meatball And Bok Choy Soup:"

(Broadcast: "The Food Guys," 10/19/14. Listen at 11:20 a.m. Sundays or via podcast.)

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The Plant Detective
5:00 am
Sat October 18, 2014

Atropine: Antidote To Disaster, Useful Drug...And Poison

Deadly nighshade (Atropa belladonna) (CC BY 2.0)
Credit Joozwa

The alkaloid atropine occurs naturally in plants like deadly nightshade, datura, and henbane. It can keep your heart rate steady after a heart attack, dilate your eyes - think belladonna - or dry up secretions during surgery. Soldiers carry atropine injectors because it's an antidote to nerve gas. But in high doses, it's hallucinogenic and poisonous. Remember the three fates of Greek mythology? One of them, Atropos, determined the mechanism of death for mortals. Atropine is named for her.

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In Other Words
8:00 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Shawna Lee: Girls Playing Rock & Roll

Ann Szalda-Petree talks with Shawna Lee, a venue manager who books stage shows in Missoula. Shawna is the go-to woman who locates the sound company, the plexiglass, the M & Ms for traveling and local bands, most of them male. Shawna believes a combination of patience and local connections helped break into this field: "It's a matter of establishing trust."

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Front Row Center
5:00 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Good And Evil Belt It Out In "Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical"

Michael Marsolek talks with Joe Martinez, Artistic Director of MCT, Inc. / Missoula Community Theatre, about the upcoming production of "Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical," which plays October 31 - November 2 and November 5 - 9, 2014, at MCT Center for the Performing Arts, 200 North Adams Street, downtown Missoula.

Wednesday - Saturday night performances begin at 7:30 p.m.

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Mountain West Voices
5:00 am
Thu October 16, 2014

The Biggest Win: An Iraq Vet's Extraordinary Story

George Nickel, Boise, Idaho
Credit Clay Scott

George Nickel survived the roadside bomb that killed his comrades in Iraq. Back home in Boise, Idaho, his readjustment to civilian life was a disaster. An armed standoff with Boise police led to jail, and almost a year of solitary confinement. Now George's life is dedicated to helping other combat veterans make the difficult transition to non-military life.

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Reflections West
5:00 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Robert Lee & Ashley

Credit courtesy of the Hydaburg School District

Every year, Robert Lee spends time as a poet-in-residence at the Haida School of Hydaburg, Alaska. His students teach Lee as much about surviving the elements as he teaches them about self-expression. 

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Montana Symphony Orchestras
8:01 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Missoula Symphony Orchestra Broadcast: Sunday, October 19, 7:00 p.m.

Join host Marguerite Munsche Sunday evening, October 19, 2014, for a broadcast of the opening concert of the Missoula Symphony Orchestra's 60th season, Darko Butorac, music director and conductor.

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A Folk Show Special
1:52 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

The Music-Based Memories of Vietnam Veterans, With Hugo Keesing And Doug Bradley

Hugo Keesing's 13-disc aural history of the Vietnam War, from the perspective of Americans in the armed forces.

As part of Missoula's 2014 Big Read project, two music scholars, Doug Bradley and Hugo Keesing, share their insights with "Folk Show" host John Myers on what American popular and folk music of the 1960s and 1970s can tell us about the Vietnam War.

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