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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Montana Summer Music Events
5:00 am
Sun July 13, 2014

Helena's Symphony Under The Stars Features The Music of Disney

Michael Marsolek talks with Allan R. Scott, Music Director of the Helena Symphony, about the 11th Annual Symphony Under the Stars concert and fireworks show, Saturday, July 19th, 8:30pm, on Carroll College's Guadalupe Lawn. Admission is free.

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The Food Guys
5:00 am
Sun July 13, 2014

Peanut Butter

Making peanut butter. Some rights reserved (CC-BY-2.0)
Credit Flickr user, Learning Lark

7/13/14: This week on The Food Guys: Jon and Greg discuss how easy it is to make your own peanut butter. If you want to avoid the sugar and palm oil that are in many brands of commercially-produced peanut butter, just d.i.y. (In an upcoming show, The Food Guys'll have more details on the demerits of palm oil.)

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The Plant Detective
5:00 am
Sat July 12, 2014

Asian Ginseng

7/12/14: This week on The Plant Detective: Asian ginseng, Panax ginseng, helps people with Type 2 diabetes maintain healthy blood sugar levels. Both Asian and American ginseng contain ginsenosides, just in different proportions. Asian ginseng stimulates while American ginseng calms, and in the terms of Chinese traditional medicine, Panax ginseng promotes yang energy and cleans excess yin. American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) does the opposite.

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Field Notes
5:00 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Common Mergansers

Female (crest) and male (black head) common mergansers (Mergus merganser). Bioweb.uwlax (CC-BY-NC)
Credit Amanda Bales

7/13/14 & 7/14/14: This week on Fieldnotes: "Common Mergansers," written by Kristi Johnson, read by Allison De Jong.

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Mountain West Voices
5:00 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Meyer Chessin: A Bronx Kid Comes to Montana

Meyer "Mike" Chessin
Credit Montana Public Radio

7/9/14: This week on Mountain West Voices: 94-year-old activist Meyer Chessin talks about his journey from his Yiddish-speaking Bronx neighborhood during the Depression, to a career in plant pathology at the University of Montana.

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Reflections West
5:00 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Kathleen Welsch & Indigenous Elders

Kathleen Welsch
Credit Kathleen Welsch

7/8/14 & 7/9/14: This week on "Reflections West:" Literature professor Kathleen Welsch describes John Randall: a Winnebago born in prison, a tunnel rat in Vietnam, a wheelchair-bound warrior for the "little guy." Welsch excerpts a commentary about Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster from the Indigenous Elders and Medicine Peoples Council.

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In Other Words
5:00 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Behind the Scenes at the Red Ants Pants Music Festival

7/8/14: This week on In Other Words: Beth Judy talks with Allie Olson and Kate Healy, the behind-the-scenes engines keeping the annual Red Ants Pants Music Festival rolling. The festival raises money for the Red Ants Pants Foundation, a non-profit supporting women’s leadership, working family farms and ranches, and rural communities.

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Musician's Spotlight
5:00 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Cyril Neville

3/25/14 and 7/8/14: This week on "Musicians' Spotlight:" The youngest of the Neville brothers and a member of the influential group The Meters, percussionist and singer Cyril Neville makes his first visit to Musician's Spotlight.

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music, art, dance and crafts from around the world
7:22 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Preview of the 2014 Montana Folk Festival, July 11-13, Uptown Butte

7/9/14: This week on the Wednesday Special, 1:25-1:55pm (following Moyers and Company):  a preview of the 2014 Montana Folk Festival, July 11 - 13, uptown Butte. Clark Grant talks with three musicians featured at the festival:

Fiddler Alical Svigals, leader of Alicia Svigals Klezmer Fiddle Express; 

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Home Ground Radio
5:00 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Richard Opper, Director of Montana's Department of Public Health and Human Services

Richard Opper
Credit Montana DPHHS

7/8/14: This week on "Home Ground Radio:" Montana's largest stage agency employs 3,100 people, overseeing 2,500 contracts and 150 programs. What it is?  Who runs it? Meet Richard Opper, Director of Montana's Department of Public Health and Human Services.

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