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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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Join host Marguerite Munsche Sunday evening, March 15, 2015, for our third broadcast from the Missoula Symphony Orchestra and Chorale's 60th season. Darko Butorac is the orchestra's music director and conductor; Dean Peterson directs the chorale. The program, titled "Keys to the Heart," was recorded February 28 and March 1, 2015, in the Dennison Theater at the University of Montana-Missoula, and features guest pianist, Spencer Myer . Program: Psalm 150 – Bruckner Ave verum corpus , K. 618 –...

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Jon recalls driving through Castroville, CA ("Artichoke Center of the World") one spring, when he encountered the annual Castroville Artichoke Festival. "The artichoke, for such an unlikely-looking food item, is widespread and adapted among so many cultures and cuisines around the world, it's startling," he observes. Greg waxes about the globe artichoke, which is a thistle: its influoresence, bracts, and stem all are edible as long as the budding artichoke flower-head hasn't bloomed. Steaming...

Brian Kahn talks with Gen. Gene Prendergast , retired adjutant general of the Montana National Guard, founder, and Jan Rouse, Executive Director of the Montana Youth Challenge Academy in Dillon, MT. They're joined by five Academy cadets, who talk about their program's core principles of academic excellence, job and life skills, health and hygiene, leadership and "followership," responsible citizenship, and physical fitness. "In high school, no one worked as a team. Here, you take one-on-one...

Michael Marsolek talks with Dean Peterson , Director of the Missoula Mendelssohn Club , and John Patterson, a tenor with the group for the past 31 years. Sunday, March 15 marks the group's seventieth annual spring concert , at 7:00 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall in the University of Montana-Missoula's School of Music. They'll share the stage with members of the Montana A Capella Society for a varied program of longtime favorites, from plainchant to jazz. (Broadcast: "Front Row Center," 3/8/15...

This month marks the 70th anniversary of the American invasion of Iwo Jima, one of the deadliest battles in the Pacific during World War II. Producer Danielle Thomsen recently spoke with a survivor of that battle, 88 year old Paul Milam . Milam recalls his impressions of Iwo Jima as an inexperienced 19-year-old from Bozeman, Montana. (Broadcast: " Mountain West Voices ," 3/2/15. Listen weekly on the radio on Mondays, 3:00 p.m., or via podcast .)

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Linda Gryczan served as lead plaintiff in a 1993 legal challenge to Montana's deviate sexual conduct statute, which made gay sex between consenting adults a crime. The Montana Supreme Court ruled the law unconstitutional in 1997, yet it remained on the books until 2013 . Brian Kahn talks with Gryczan and attorney Holly Franz about the evolution of Montana and U.S.law regarding same-sex couples. (Broadcast: " Home Ground Radio ," 3/1/15. Listen weekly on the radio, Sundays at 11:10 a.m., or...

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"I realize that many people do not like insects. The fourth graders are almost always exuberant, though, and when it comes to nature, there are no "ewwww"s in my class! Still, I do like to give a nod to the fact that bugs are not always appreciated. There are excellent reasons for this, reasons the kids can usually figure out: mosquitoes bite; wasps sting; beetles can eat corn, fruit and potatoes; bark beetles can kill many trees and destroy forests; insects sometimes carry diseases, which...

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Last week on Mountain West Voices, Haywood Big Day told the story of his name. This week he shares his thoughts on history and language, on being American, and being Crow. (Broadcast: " Mountain West Voices ," 2/23/15. Listen weekly on the radio on Mondays, 3:00 p.m., or via podcast .)

Brian Kahn talks with faculty members Sam Koenen and Beth Stohlmann, and junior Nathan Mayville, of Petra Academy of Bozeman, MT. Petra is an accredited member of the Association of Classical and Christian Schools. Mayville says: ""Whenever we go over a concept, the teacher always finds a way to relate it to creation or moral codes that are inherent to Christianity. We just read Thomas Aquinas's "Summa Theologica" in Humanities. It has a lot of discussion of morality and what is goodness, so...

" Death and the Maiden " is the title of the February 22, 2015 performance by the String Orchestra of the Rockies . Featured violinist Maria Larionoff and double bassist Barry Lieberman founded the American String Project , a fifteen-member conductorless string orchestra that bears some resemblance to Montana's SOR. Program:
*W.A. Mozart: Divertimento in D major, K. 136
*JS Bach: Violin Concerto in E major, BWV 1042 (Maria Larionoff, violin soloist)
*Franz Schubert: String...

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