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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Mountain West Voices
5:36 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

A Big Day - The Story Of A Crow Indian Name

Haywood Big Day, near Pryor, MT
Credit Clay Scott

Haywood Big Day of Montana's Crow Indian Reservation shares the story of his name.

(Broadcast: "Mountain West Voices," 2/16/15. Listen weekly on the radio on Mondays, 3:00 p.m., or via podcast.)

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Field Notes
5:00 am
Sun February 15, 2015

All About Leeches

A (fed) Australian leech. (CC BY-NC 2.0)
Credit Flickr user, Michael Jefferies

"Some people seem surprised that I don't keep fish in the large aquarium in my home. Instead I have mud and debris, plants, insect larvae, beetles, hydras, scuds, crawdads...and leeches. I collected all these goodies from ponds and sloughs in the area. This fall, I noticed that one of the leeches, a good-sized sucker, was clinging to the side of the aquarium, out of the water. I wondered if it was trying to escape to find a winter home in less soggy mud. To find out, I went to the library and came back with a three-volume set of books all about leeches.

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The Food Guys
5:00 am
Sun February 15, 2015

Grass-Fed Cows' Milk And Omega-3 Fatty Acids

An organic dairy farm pasture in Ecuador. (CC BY 2.0)
Credit Flickr user, Julia Rubinic

Greg and Jon discuss a 2013 New York Times article by Kenneth Chang titled "More Helpful Fatty Acids Found in Organic Milk." Chang writes: "Whole milk from organic dairies contains far more of some of the fatty acids that contribute to a healthy heart than conventional milk."  Greg distinguishes between omega-6 fatty acids, which abound in the typical American diet, and o

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Home Ground Radio
5:00 am
Sun February 15, 2015

Pioneering Conservationists Honored Through Montana's Outdoor Hall Of Fame

John Singer Sargent's portrait of Theodore Roosevelt. Roosevelt is one of a dozen inaugural inductees in the new Montana Outdoor Hall of Fame.

Brian Kahn talks with Becky Garland, Gerry Jennings, and Jim Posewitz, who have helped launch Montana's Outdoor Hall of Fame.

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Pea Green Boat
6:58 am
Wed February 11, 2015

Pea Green Boat Presents "Let's Draw: The Velveteen Rabbit"

Mark Metcalf, Salina Chatlain, Howard Kingston, Kevin Harrington, and Teresa Waldorf rehearse their parts in Studio B
Credit William Marcus

Friday, February 13 (your lucky day), The Pea Green Boat presents a radio play, "Let's Draw:  The Velveteen Rabbit," written by Charles Sommers, adapted by Mark Metcalf and Annie Garde. Sommers' parody is based on The Velveteen Rabbit, by Margery Williams. You'll hear actors Teresa Waldorf, Howard Kingston, Salina Chatlain, Kevin Harrington, Mark Metcalf, and Annie Garde, with sound effects by Ann McDowell and music by The Angel Band (Ellie Nuno and Stu Williams). Recorded and produced by Beth Anne Austein.

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Reflections West
5:00 am
Wed February 11, 2015

Karin Schalm & Matthew Hansen: Building A Home

Matthew Hansen
Credit courtesy of the Wilderness Institute, University of Montana

Karin Schalm recalls: "I moved to Montana when I was 25, fleeing my grief. I was searching for a new sense of home. In the wilderness of the Rocky Mountain Front, I felt a familiar sense of belonging among the rocks, icy creeks and wind-bent trees.

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Field Notes
5:00 am
Sun February 8, 2015

The Short-Tailed Weasel: Life Sped Up

Short-tailed weasel (Mustela erminea) in its summer phase
Credit Steve Hillebrand, USFWS

"While some animals get off comparatively easily in the winter by hibernating, or by gorging and then fasting, the short-tailed weasel has to hunt every day to keep its blast-furnace metabolism stoked. With a heart rate of several hundred beats a minute and little in the way of fat reserves on its long and slender body, the animal must consume half its body weight daily.

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The Food Guys
5:00 am
Sun February 8, 2015

Improvised Catalan Beef Stew, Inspired By Julia Child

Catalán-style beef stew. (CC BY-NC 2.0)
Credit Flickr user, Anna Lynn Martino

Beef stew with rice, onions, bacon, tomatoes and cheese: that's the basis for Julia Child's recipe for "Boeuf À La Catalane," or Catalan Beef Stew. It became the jumping-off point for an adaptation by Greg one night as he improvised on this "hearty dish from the Spanish Mediterranean corner of France," with "a green salad, French bread, and a strong, young red wine" the recommended accompaniment.

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Home Ground Radio
5:00 am
Sun February 8, 2015

Richard Manning: Is Civilization Such A Good Idea?

Brian Kahn talks with writer Richard Manning, co-author with Harvard Medical School professor and M.D. John J. Ratey of the book "Go Wild." (2014 Little, Brown).

From the book's introduction:

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Musician's Spotlight
5:00 am
Thu February 5, 2015

Locksaw Cartel

Bridging the gap between finely-honed art rock and funky, jazz spirited dance grooves, Locksaw Cartel
brings a unique combination of performance styles to the stages of Montana.

(Broadcast: "Musicians' Spotlight," 2/5/15. Listen weekly on on the radio Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., or via podcast.)

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