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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Front Row Center
5:00 am
Sun January 18, 2015

The Great Gatsby: The Montana Rep Brings An Enigma To Stages Across Montana And The Country

Michael Marsolek talks with Greg Johnson, artistic director of the Montana Repertory Theatre, and actor Mark Kuntz, about the Rep's touring production of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby," adapted for stage by Simon Levy.

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The Food Guys
5:00 am
Sat January 17, 2015

Do Gut Bacteria Tell Us What To Eat?

Scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are developing a model of the microbial environment inside the human gut. (CC BY-NC 2.0)
Credit Courtesy of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Greg and Jon continue their discussion of Ari LeVaux's online column, "Irony Alert: Artificial Sweeteners Make You Fat" with information from a second article cited by LeVaux: "Do Gut Bacteria Rule Our Minds?" by Jeffrey Norris, UC San Francisco -  itself summarizing new research review findings:

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Field Notes
5:00 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Natural History Under A Microscope

Daphnia, a genus of small, planktonic crustaceans. (CC BY-NC 2.0)
Credit Flickr user, Chris Moody

"Not long ago, I grabbed my boots, a small cooler, and a turkey baster from our kitchen. In just a few minutes, I had broken through the ice on the shore of the Bitterroot River, sucked up some water from under rocks, and squirted it into the cooler. I moved on a bit and watched two muskrats, while I listened to chickadees singing with the sounds of the river behind. This was natural history at its best, almost. It was about to get better. I returned home where my microscope was waiting to show me what minute life forms I had captured.

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Musician's Spotlight
5:00 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Perla Batalla

Credit Guy Webster

Though she is known as one of Leonard Cohen's go-to backup vocalists, Grammy-nominated singer, composer and arranger Perla Batalla is an artist with a capital "A." Multiple solo albums and collaborations with artists including Jackson Browne and Rufus Wainwright head the long list of her musical accomplishments.

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Reflections West
5:00 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Catherine Melin Moser & Laura Hellenbrand: Montana Thoroughbreds

Spokane, winner of 1889's equivalent to today's Triple Crown of throughbred horse racing.
Credit Montana Historical Society

Thoroughbred horses are Catherine Melin Moser's passion, but moving to Montana, she discovered something she hadn't know: winners of several of America's preeminent horse races in the 1880s and 1890s were raised on Montana bunch grass. Racers Spokane, Ben Holladay, Tammany, and Scottish Chieftain were raised by Montanans Noah Armstrong, Samuel Larabie, and Marcus Daly, and were winners of the Kentucky Derby, the Belmont Stakes, and other races.

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Mountain West Voices
5:00 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Where We Belong: A 103-Year-Old Mexican-Born Woman Fights To Get Her Farm Back

Juanita and Margaret Carranza, Lambert, MT
Credit Clay Scott

Last week we heard from 103-year-old Margaret Carranza, who came from Mexico to Montana's Yellowstone River Valley when she was a girl to work in the sugar beet fields. This week we will hear the story of how her family finally acquired a farm of their own - only to have it taken away.

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Home Ground Radio
5:00 am
Sun January 11, 2015

Reducing Montana's Power Plant Carbon Emissions By 21%

Colstrip, MT. (CC-BY-2.0)
Credit Randy Stiles

As part of a plan to address climate change, a proposed 2014 EPA rule would reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants nationwide by an average of 30% by 2030. (Montana's proposed target is 21%.) The EPA's Clean Power Plan has directed states to develop strategies to reduce CO emissions.

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Front Row Center
5:00 am
Sat January 10, 2015

The Art Of Making A Living: The Montana Arts Council Talks Shop

Michael Marsolek talks with Arlynn Fishbaugh, Executive Director of the Montana Arts Council, reviewing the council's work in 2014. MAC spearheads a program that teaches professional artists across Montana how to improve their business acumen, and Fishbaugh shares the results of a report about the financial impact of this program on artists' families. The link between cultural tourism and art is also a focus of the council.

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The Food Guys
5:00 am
Sat January 10, 2015

Do Artificial Sweeteners Induce Glucose Intolerance?

Sugar dish. (CC BY 2.0)
Credit Flickr user, Steve Snodgrass

Jon and Greg discuss a November 2014 online column by Ari LeVaux, "Irony Alert: Artificial Sweeteners Make You Fat." LeVaux's piece examines recent findings, published in Nature, that mice who were fed artificial sweeteners in their water developed glucose intolerance.

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Field Notes
5:00 am
Fri January 9, 2015

American Dippers: Singing From Montana's Icy Streams

American Dipper (Cinclus mexicanus), near Moulton Falls, Yacolt, Washington. (CC BY-NC 2.0)
Credit Flickr user, Teddy Llovet

"Skiing next to a creek north of Missoula on a morning so cold that ice crystals dance in the air, the world seems silent, asleep. Then a brilliant melody pours forth like a breath of spring. The sound seems to come from the water itself. I ski closer to the ice-lined creek and a splash in the shallows reveals a stub-tailed, plump little bird whose dark coloring blends perfectly with the drab gray rocks. This is a dipper, or water ouzel, a year-round native of Montana's rushing, forested streams.

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