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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Field Notes
5:00 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Bats vs. Insects: A Sonic Arms Race

Bats at sunset. (CC BY 2.0)
Credit Flickr user, Bev Sykes

"Bat Hearing," written by Erick Greene, read by Caroline Kurtz.

"Most people know that bats are able to perceive their surroundings using ultra high frequency sonar. But how exactly do they do it?

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Reflections West
5:00 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Stephanie Land & Judy Blunt

Stephanie Land

Stephanie Land grew up in Alaska and thought she was ready for anything the extreme climate could throw her way. She recalls the night in Gold Stream Valley when winter proved her wrong. Judy Blunt's memoir, "Breaking Clean," tells the story of "practical rather than humane" decisions that ranchers along Montana's Hi-Line had to make after the devastating 1964 blizzard.

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The Food Guys
5:00 am
Sun November 23, 2014

Bitter Is Sweet For Your Health

Herb crop on the patio. (CC-BY-2.0)
Credit Flickr user, Thomas Kriese

Jon and Greg discuss a 2013 New York Times opinion piece by Jo Robinson called "Breeding the Nutrition Out of Our Food," which compares the phytonutrient content of wild plants with that of supermarket produce.

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Home Ground Radio
5:00 am
Sun November 23, 2014

The Montana Raptor Conservation Center: 26 Years of Bird Rescues And Education

Swainson’s Hawk (dark morph) release.
Credit Whitney Hall. Courtesy of the Montana Raptor Conservation Center

Montana's hawks, owls and eagles get injured by collisions with cars and windows (not to mention bullets), by electrocution, and by poison. In some cases, a young bird will "imprint" on humans, leaving it unable to live in the wild. Bozeman's Montana Raptor Conservation Center works to heal these raptors and return them to the wild; about 40% of the birds at the center get released.

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The Plant Detective
5:00 am
Sat November 22, 2014

Cranberry: North America'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

'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' "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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