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.


Home Ground Radio
4:00 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Greg Gianforte: Engineer, Entrepreneur, And Christian

Greg Gianforte (CC BY 2.0)
Credit Jim Winstead

Greg and Susan Gianforte started a hi-tech business in a spare bedroom of their home in Bozeman. Fourteen years later, they sold RightNow Technologies, Inc. to Oracle for $1.5 billion.

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The Food Guys
5:00 am
Sun October 12, 2014

Butter, From The Everyday To The Boutique

Home-made cultured butter. (CC BY 2.0)
Credit Flickr user, litlnemo

"The Food Guys" Jon and Greg review the results of a recent "butter tasting," discussing why butter's taste and texture varies so widely. The categories of sweet, salted, or cultured butter (a premium butter which has been flavored and is made in small batches) are just the beginning of the butter distinctions and vocabulary.

There's the ratio of butterfat to water, which matters in certain types of sauces and baking. What the dairy cows have been eating, of course, explains a lot.

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The Plant Detective
5:00 am
Sat October 11, 2014

Devil's Claw's Popularity Puts It At Risk

Devil's claw (Harpagophytum procumbens)
Credit Henri Pidoux © CITES Secretariat

The powerful anti-inflammatory action of harpagoside, a compound in the roots of devil's claw, relieves the pain of osteoarthritis, and many herbalists recommend it for digestive problems. The San of the Kalahari have used it medicinally for centuries. But because devil's claw is gathered wild from the deserts of Southern Africa, where the tubers are an important source of income, there is pressure on the population. In some regions, the current rate of harvest might not be sustainable.

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Field Notes
8:29 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Daddy Longlegs: Two Eyes, Eight Legs, And No Webs

Harvestman, a.k.a. Daddy longlegs (Holocnemus pluchei). (CC BY 2.0)
Credit Mattknight

"Daddy Longlegs," written by Melissa Zapisocky, read by Caroline Kurtz

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In Other Words
1:57 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Helping Women Pay For College: The Jeannette Rankin Women's Scholarship Fund

Sue Lawrence, Executive Director of the Jeannette Rankin Foundation of Athens, GA
Credit courtesy of the Jeannette Rankin Foundation

Operating out of Athens, Georgia since 1976, the Jeannette Rankin Foundation (founded by Jeannette herself and some admirers) assists women over age 35 in going back to school, a step that improves their lives and those of their families and communities.

IOW Producer Beth Judy talks with Sue Lawrence, Executive Director of the foundation, and also Francy Moll of Polson, Montana, a Rankin Scholarship alumna.

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Mountain West Voices
5:00 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Full Circle: From Refugee To English Teacher

Linh Huynh of Calgary, AB
Credit Clay Scott

Linh Huynh came to Canada as a child with the exodus of the 'boat people' from Vietnam. Today, she helps Calgary's new immigrants, teaching them English, and helping them adapt to their adopted country while preserving their own cultures.

(Broadcast: "Mountain West Voices," 10/8/14. Wednesday evenings, 7:30, or via podcast.)

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Reflections West
5:00 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Doug Midgett & Gwendolyn Haste

In 1913, Doug Midgett's grandfather gazed at the tableland around Sumatra, Montana and saw a hopeful future of verdant crops. Looking at the same land fifty years later, Doug's father, who grew up in Sumatra, saw perennial drought, searing heat, and stifling dust storms. Poet Gwendolyn Haste lived in Eastern Montana in the early 1920s and watched the losing battles of its farmers:

"...Seven full years, says the Book, and seven lean -

And we come in at the end of the full ones, I guess.

There ain't no crops where they's no rain.

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Musician's Spotlight
5:00 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Birds Of Chicago

"Rock & Roll in the old sense of the word: blues, country, gospel and folk...sun-lit, dappled in shadows....poetry you can dance to and poetry you can play really loud." Birds of Chicago founders Alison Russell and JT Nero (along with their 9-month-old  daughter, Ida) visit host John Floridis on the next Musician's Spotlight.

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Home Ground Radio
5:00 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Mike Wheat, Incumbent Candidate For The Montana Supreme Court

Montana Supreme Court Justice Mike Wheat

In the 2014 general election in Montana, perhaps the most interesting statewide race is for a seat on the state supreme court. The winner will make decisions about the constitutional rights of all Montanans.

In this episode of "Home Ground Radio", Brian Kahn sits down with incumbent Montana Supreme Court Justice Mike Wheat. They talk about judicial philosophy, the role of judges, judicial elections, and money in politics.

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

The Big Tent of Turnovers (The Edible Kind)

Fatayer (Lebanese meat pie) (CC BY 2.0)
Credit Flicker user, Joe Foodie

Greg and Jon review the world of turnovers, including Chinese dumplings and jiaozi (pot stickers), Russian piroschki, Welsh pasties, Italian calzone, and American moonpies.  Whether it's savory or sweet, made with yeast dough or pastry dough, baked or fried, Greg considers it a turnover. "Think anything good. Put it inside a dough, wrap it up, seal it, and either bake it or fry it. That's a turnover."

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