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
5:00 am
Sat November 22, 2014

Cranberry: North American's Ruby-Red Superfruit

Cranberry light. (CC BY-NC 2.0)
Credit Flickr user, Marilylle Soveran

It's not an old wive's tale: cranberry helps prevent and treat urinary tract infections. And it's not just the acidity: a compound in cranberries and blueberries keeps bacteria from sticking to bladder and urinary tract walls. Cranberries are high in several kinds of antioxidants, including proanthocyanidins, which give the ripe berries their vivid red color.

In the 1672 book New England Rarities Discovered, author John Josselyn described cranberries:

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Front Row Center
5:00 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Charles Dickens's "A Christmas Carol:" Ebenezer Scrooge's Short, Strange Trip

Michael Marsolek talks with Jere Hodgin, Mark Metcalf, and Cohen Ambrose about The University of Montana's adaptation of Charles Dickens's "A Christmas Carol." Performances take place in the Montana Theatre, in the P.A.R.T.V. Building at the University:

November 25 and 29 at 7:30 p.m.; 
November 30 at 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.;
December 2-5 at 7:30 p.m.; 
December 6 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

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Field Notes
5:00 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Tough Nut To Crack: Strategies At The Bird Feeder

Pine Siskins at the feeder, Putney VT. (CC BY-NC 2.0)
Credit Flickr user, Putneypics

"Birds and Seeds," by Brian Williams.

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Musician's Spotlight
5:00 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Sam Bush

Credit courtesy of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival

Mandolin virtuoso and Newgrass pioneer Sam Bush returns to Musician's Spotlight for a visit with host John Floridis.

(Broadcast: "Musicians' Spotlight," 11/20/14. Listen weekly on on the radio Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., or via podcast.)

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Reflections West
5:00 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Kaya Juda-Nelson & Tony Abeyta

"Yeis in Chanting Procession," by Tony Abeyta. (CC BY-NC-2.0)
Credit Flickr user, Granger Meador

Kaya Juda-Nelson left Missoula for college in Boston, excited to leave. But when events brought her back to Montana, instead of finding herself lonely or bored, she found that silence and spacious views provided "company as well as solace." In Tony Abeyta's essay, "Tsankawi's Trail," the Navajo painter describes an ancient Pueblo village in New Mexico "where spirits of past and present parallel infinitely:"

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Montana Symphony Orchestras
5:00 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Missoula Symphony Orchestra Broadcast: Sunday, November 23, 8:00 p.m.

Join host Marguerite Munsche Sunday evening, November 23, 2014, for our second broadcast from the Missoula Symphony Orchestra's 60th season, Darko Butorac, music director and conductor. The program, titled "Red, White and True," was recorded November 9, 2014, in the Dennison Theater at the University of Montana-Missoula.

Program:

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Mountain West Voices
5:00 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Crying For Eddie: A Vietnam War Nurse Tells Her Story

Diane Carlson Evans
Credit Clay Scott

Diane Carlson Evans was a U.S. Army Nurse during the Vietnam War. She survived indescribable trauma, felt resented when she returned to the U.S., and kept her bitterness and her tears inside for many years. Then she founded the Vietnam Women's Memorial Project, and helped hundreds of women vets tell their stories of Vietnam.

(Broadcast: "Mountain West Voices," 11/17/14. 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 November 16, 2014

Onion Ragout

The Onion Face-Paint Project. (CC BY 2.0)
Credit Flickr user, Travis Price

"It is hard to imagine a civilization without onions" - Julia Child.

Jon and Greg discuss different members of the allium genus - which are actually lilies - and recommend basic tips for cooking onions, specifically onion ragout. Onion quiche, onion pizza, and onions as a side-dish are recommended by Greg. Jon says, "Often I look at a new recipe and if there are no onions, I wonder, "What's wrong with this recipe?"

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Field Notes
5:00 am
Sat November 15, 2014

How Do Insects Survive Winter?

Hibernating ladybugs (Coccinellidae) (CC BY-NC 2.0)
Credit Flickr user, Jason

"An Insect's Guide To Surviving the Winter," written by Ashley King, read by Caroline Kurtz.

With the help of fur, hair, or clothing, warm-blooded mammals keep a consistent internal temperature, no matter the air temperature. That's not true for insects. How do they survive the cold of winter? 

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The Plant Detective
5:00 am
Sat November 15, 2014

Garlic II: "Don't Leave This Life Without It"

Garlic. (CC-BY-2.0)
Credit Flickr user, Jon Bunting

Among the artifacts discovered in the tomb of Egypt's Tutankhamen - objects meant to ease the boy king into the afterlife - were 3,000-year-old bulbs of garlic. Giving as well as receiving, Tut supplied daily rations of garlic to his pyramid-building slaves, for endurance and health. Garlic is a fabulous heart helper: its blood-thinning and anti-clotting abilities may slow down atherosclerosis and lower blood pressure.

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