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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In Other Words
5:00 am
Fri August 22, 2014

In Other Birds, Bees, And Butterflies

Naturalist and educator Sue Reel has written several guides to Montana's native plants and pollinators.

Amy Cilimburg talks with naturalist and Lolo National Forest Wildlife Interpreter Sue Reel about native bees, the plants they need, why we need pollinators, and the colorful guides Sue developed.

Amy also speaks with Amy Seaman – Amy's colleague at Montana Audubon – about cool birds.

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In Other Words
5:50 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Donna McCrea, Historian and Archivist

Donna McCrea
Credit Donna McCrea

If you've ever wondered what an archivist does, you'll want to listen to Ann Szalda-Petree's conversation with Donna McCrea. And if the word "archivist" sounds like a synonym of "boring," think again - McCrea's job brings surprising discoveries. She's the head of the University of Montana-Missoula's Mansfield Library Archives and Special Collections, a History Librarian, and Associate Professor at the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library.  Produced by Ann Szalda-Petree.

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Pea Green Boat
11:13 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Cross-Country Family Road Trip

An audio postcard. Beth Anne talks with Darryl, Nancy and Ray about their three-generation family road trip from Pennsylvania to Montana.  Nancy narrates the trip itinerary, from Falling Water in Pennsylvania to a farm in Ohio, from giant sand dunes on the shore of Lake Michigan to Buffalo Bill State Park in Wyoming. Darryl recalls an unusual encounter with a familiar four-legged critter in Yellowstone National Park in 1948. Twelve-year-old Ray chimes in with his perspective, including an alternative vision for the scenic Dry Fork drainage on the east side of Glacier National Park.

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Mountain West Voices
11:00 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Blackfoot Language Revolutionary, Darrell Kipp

Darrell Kipp
Credit Clay Scott

This week's Mountain West Voices looks back at the late Darrell Kipp, scholar, educator and Blackfeet language revolutionary.  In a 2012 interview, Kipp reflected on a career that took him from the Army, to the Harvard School of Education, then back to the Blackfeet reservation, where for the last 30 years he pioneered efforts

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Reflections West
5:00 am
Wed August 20, 2014

James Davenport & John Steinbeck

James Davenport grew up in Deer Lodge, MT, at a slower pace than his urban peers and without the surfeit of pop culture that informs their language. In his 1962 bestseller, Travels with Charlie, John Steinbeck observes that Montanans seem unaffected by television and the homogeneity overtaking other rural places:

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Musician's Spotlight
5:00 am
Tue August 19, 2014

John Butler

On the heels of the release of "Flesh and Blood," John Butler returns to Musician's Spotlight, updating listeners on the state of his "garden,” John's metaphor for balancing time with family and friends with his responsibilities as a business owner and his passion for music.

(Broadcast: Musician's Spotlight, 5/13/14 and 8/19/14)

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Home Ground Radio
5:38 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Jim Hagenbarth, Montana Rancher

Jim Hagenbarth
Credit courtesy of Jim Hagenbarth

The settlers who came to Montana relied on livestock for their livelihoods and the lives. More than 150 years later, technology has removed most of us from the ranching life. But not Jim Hagenbarth. Far more than most, he understands the needs, complexities and rewards of ranching.

(Broadcast: Home Ground Radio, 8/19/14)

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The Food Guys
5:00 am
Sun August 17, 2014

Corn

Illustration by Albrecht Meyer. Plate from 1542 book "De historia stirpium commentarii insignes." (CC-PD)

Jon and Greg's annual hymn to sweet corn includes instructions for quick cooking and various uses for fresh, local corn in salad, chowder, omelettes, soufflés and cornbread. When it comes to flavor, Jon accuses non-local corn of being a good-looking but insipid imposter: "It looks larger than life, compared to the corn we grew when I was a kid."

(Broadcast: The Food Guys, 8/17/14)

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The Plant Detective
5:00 am
Sat August 16, 2014

Camptotheca

In southern China, where Camptotheca acuminata is native, people call these big-leafed trees "Happy Trees." Chinese herbalists have been prescribing medicine from the leaves for centuries to treat various ailments, including leukemia. In the 1950s, National Cancer Institute researchers in the U.S. isolated the alkaloid camptothecin from the leaves, and today, several drugs derived from camptothecin help treat ovarian and colon cancer.

(Podcast: The Plant Detective, 8/16/14)

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Field Notes
5:00 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Squirrels "Cache" In

Collage of a grey squirrel burying a nut. (CC BY 2.0)
Credit Bob MacInnes

"Squirrel Behavior," written by Tracy Wendt, read by Caroline Kurtz.

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