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.


Musician's Spotlight
5:00 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Carolina Chocolate Drops

The Carolina Chocolate Drops

For the past decade, the Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops have been highlighting the African-American place in American stringband music. Singer Rhiannon Giddens and multi-instrumentalist Hubby Jenkins reflect on the band’s ascending career and how it fits into the history of the genre.

(Broadcast: Musicians' Spotlight, 7/22/14)

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Home Ground Radio
6:22 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Dan Whittle And The Environmental Defense Fund's Partnership With Cuba

National Aquarium of Cuba. (CC BY 2.0)
Credit Patrick Nouhailler

The natural world ignores many of the artificial barriers that humans designate, including the political one created by the U.S.'s embargo of Cuba. Daniel Whittle, of the Environmental Defense Fund, knows well that birds, fish and even oil spills connect the two countries. Whittle directs the EDF's marine and coastal conservation projects in Cuba, working on fisheries, coral reef conservation, and sustainable coastal development in Cuba and the region.

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The Food Guys
5:00 am
Sun July 20, 2014

Rhubarb And Strawberry Galette

Strawberry-Rhubarb Galette (CC-BY-NC)
Credit Two Peas and Their Pod

Now that local strawberries and rhubarb are in season, Greg offers his recipe for strawberry-rhubarb galette.

(Broadcast: The Food Guys, July 20th, 2014)

Strawberry-Rhubarb Galette:

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In Other Words
7:07 pm
Sat July 19, 2014

Health, Mental Health, Psychology And Global Warming: A Conversation

Nurse Beth Schenk and psychotherapists Jen Robohm and Kevin Dohr talk with Amy Cilimburg about the connection between health, mental health, and global warming
Credit Amy Cilimburg

Producer Amy Cilimburg talks with three Missoula-area professionals: nurse Beth Schenk, and psychotherapists Jen Robohm and Kevin Dohr. These experts share research and their professional and personal experiences around climate change and human health. In this time of rapid change, they offer reasons for hope.

(Broadcast: In Other Words, July 15th, 2014)

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The Plant Detective
5:00 am
Sat July 19, 2014


When taken as herbal medicine, echinacea stimulates our immune systems, raising white blood cell counts and strengthening cell walls. Although it originated in North America, where native Americans used echinacea as something of a cure-all, in the 20th century, Germany is where its popularity first surged. People use echinacea to shorten the duration of the common cold and reduce the symptoms, and to boost immunity and fight off upper respiratory infections.

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Field Notes
5:00 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Stump Stabber

Dolichomitus imperator Oviposition (CC BY-SA 2.5)
Credit Richard Bartz

"Giant Ichneumon Wasp," by Christine Wren.

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Mountain West Voices
8:38 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

The Gardener: A Hmong Life In Montana

Mo Thao, Missoula
Credit Clay Scott

Mo Thao reflects on her chaotic early life in Laos and on coming to Montana...and on gardening.

(Broadcast: Mountain West Voices, 7/16/14)

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Reflections West
5:00 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Toby Thompson & Ken McCullough

The New Atlas Bar, Columbus, MT. Some rights reserved. (CC BY 2.0)
Credit Bradley Gordon

7/15/14 & 7/16/14: This week on Reflections West: In his youth, Toby Thompson stormed thirty saloons a day in search of the Great American Bar. In the dark of a recent December night, he experienced a revival at the New Atlas Bar in Columbus, MT. Poet Ken McCullough finds consolation at the New Atlas, too:

"Your conversation

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Musician's Spotlight
5:00 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Chris Botti

4/15/14 and 7/15/14: This week on "Musician's Spotlight:" Grammy award-winning trumpeter Chris Botti tells John Floridis about his intensive jazz training, and how it led him to collaborations with Paul Simon, Andrea Bocelli, Sting, Steven Tyler, Gladys Night and Yo-Yo Ma, among others. 

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Home Ground Radio
5:00 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Dr. Jonah Western

Dr. Jonah Western, chairman of the African Conservation Centre, Nairobi, Kenya
Credit David Western

7/15/14: This week on Home Ground Radio: Dr. Jonah Western grew up in the 1950s on the "elephant trail" of southern Tanzania, where elephants, their habitat, their hunters - and their protectors - enjoyed a last bastion. Western became a scientist, studying conflict and co-existence between wildlife and humans.

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