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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Home Ground Radio
5:00 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Dan Wenk, Superintendent Of Yellowstone National Park

Dan Wenk, Superintendent of Yellowstone National Park
Credit National Park Service

Dan Wenk, Superintendent of Yellowstone National Park, walks in the footsteps of 142 years of leadership in the world's oldest national park. His decisions affect not only the park, but its neighboring landowners and businesses. "You don't answer the questions in national parks by building facilities. Oftentimes, it's (best) to leave the area alone. Try to give people a great, broad experience of what's in a national park, but don't commercialize that experience."

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The Food Guys
5:00 am
Sun August 24, 2014

Melons: How To Choose A Ripe One

Düsseldorf Gourmet Festival 2013. (Public Domain)
Credit Kürschner

Greg and Jon toot the horn of the cooling, flavorful muskmelon. Greg reminds us to avoid buying whole chilled cantaloupes and honeydews, since aroma is key to picking a ripe one. For a watermelon, Jon points out, you can determine ripeness the old-fashioned way: thump it.  "I remember thinking as a child that in heaven, we could eat all the watermelons we'd want, and they'd all be perfect."

(Broadcast: The Food Guys, 8/24/14)

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The Plant Detective
5:00 am
Sat August 23, 2014

Tea Tree

Indigenous Australians use the twigs and leaves of the melaleuca (tea tree) medicinally, and science has confirmed the tree's antimicrobial, antifungal, and antiviral properties.  Tea tree oil is used topically to treat a range of skin infections, cuts, burns, insect bites and stings. A 2012 review by the National Institutes of Health found that "a 5% tea tree oil gel appears to be as effective as 5% benzoyl peroxide" for treating mild to moderate acne.

(Podcast: The Plant Detective, 8/23/14)

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Field Notes
5:00 am
Fri August 22, 2014

The Quiet Courtship Of Mountain Pine Beetles

The scraper, half a beetle's stridulatory mechanism.
Credit Malcolm M. Furniss and Parks Canada

Pine beetle chirps are too quiet for humans to hear, but they play an important role in beetle courtship.

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Mountain West Voices
5:00 am
Fri August 22, 2014

I Ain't Leavin' My Road Dog, Part Two: Thoughts On Homelessness

Don, a resident of Helena's Willis Cruse House for homeless veterans
Credit Clay Scott

A story about a homeless Montana man, about grief and kindness, rootlessness and companionship, and about what happens when we put ourselves in situations we can neither predict nor control. (This piece, originally broadcast January 2014, was remixed as part of PRX's Second Ear Program.)

(Broadcast: Mountain West Voices, 8/13/14)

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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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