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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Mountain West Voices
5:00 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Meyer Chessin: A Bronx Kid Comes to Montana

Meyer "Mike" Chessin
Credit Montana Public Radio

7/9/14: This week on Mountain West Voices: 94-year-old activist Meyer Chessin talks about his journey from his Yiddish-speaking Bronx neighborhood during the Depression, to a career in plant pathology at the University of Montana.

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Reflections West
5:00 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Kathleen Welsch & Indigenous Elders

Kathleen Welsch
Credit Kathleen Welsch

7/8/14 & 7/9/14: This week on "Reflections West:" Literature professor Kathleen Welsch describes John Randall: a Winnebago born in prison, a tunnel rat in Vietnam, a wheelchair-bound warrior for the "little guy." Welsch excerpts a commentary about Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster from the Indigenous Elders and Medicine Peoples Council.

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In Other Words
5:00 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Behind the Scenes at the Red Ants Pants Music Festival

7/8/14: This week on In Other Words: Beth Judy talks with Allie Olson and Kate Healy, the behind-the-scenes engines keeping the annual Red Ants Pants Music Festival rolling. The festival raises money for the Red Ants Pants Foundation, a non-profit supporting women’s leadership, working family farms and ranches, and rural communities.

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Musician's Spotlight
5:00 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Cyril Neville

3/25/14 and 7/8/14: This week on "Musicians' Spotlight:" The youngest of the Neville brothers and a member of the influential group The Meters, percussionist and singer Cyril Neville makes his first visit to Musician's Spotlight.

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music, art, dance and crafts from around the world
7:22 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Preview of the 2014 Montana Folk Festival, July 11-13, Uptown Butte

7/9/14: This week on the Wednesday Special, 1:25-1:55pm (following Moyers and Company):  a preview of the 2014 Montana Folk Festival, July 11 - 13, uptown Butte. Clark Grant talks with three musicians featured at the festival:

Fiddler Alical Svigals, leader of Alicia Svigals Klezmer Fiddle Express; 

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Home Ground Radio
5:00 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Richard Opper, Director of Montana's Department of Public Health and Human Services

Richard Opper
Credit Montana DPHHS

7/8/14: This week on "Home Ground Radio:" Montana's largest stage agency employs 3,100 people, overseeing 2,500 contracts and 150 programs. What it is?  Who runs it? Meet Richard Opper, Director of Montana's Department of Public Health and Human Services.

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Front Row Center
5:00 am
Sun July 6, 2014

2014 Montana Folk Festival, July 11-13, Uptown Butte

The Original Stage, Montana Folk Festival, Uptown Butte, July 11 - 13, 2014. Admission to all events is free. (CC-BY-NC)
Credit Joshua Pate-Terry, Montana Folk Festival

7/6/14: This week on Front Row Center: Michael Marsolek talks with George Everett, Executive Director of Mainstreet Uptown Butte, the presenting organization of the 2014 Montana Folk Festival, which takes place in Uptown Butte, Friday, July 11th - Sunday, July 13th.  As always, admission is free to all events during the three days of the festival.

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The Food Guys
5:00 am
Sun July 6, 2014

Chocolate Mess

Chocolate soufflé (CC-BY-2.0)
Credit Klearchos Kapoutsis

7/6/14: This week on The Food Guys: Greg reveals the mistake that complicated his recent preparation of chocolate soufflés for fellow MTPR listeners. Undeterred - and encouraged by the realization that he is, in fact, A Food Guy - Greg not only salvaged a chocolate mess, but turned the ad-hoc adventure in chemistry into a demonstration of soufflé-making and quick thinking.

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

Tea II

7/5/14: This week on The Plant Detective: They may have different flavors but black, green, white and oolong teas all come from the same plant: Camellia sinensis. They're just processed differently; black tea is fermented, green tea isn't. Unfermented green tea is especially high in catechins, those antioxidants that scavenge the blood for free radicals and are associated with lower rates of atherosclerosis.

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Field Notes
5:00 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Pinedrops

Woodland pinedrops, Pterospora andromedea Nutt. (CC-BY)
Credit Dave Powell, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org

7/6/14 & 7/7/14: This week on Fieldnotes: "Pinedrops," by Peter Lesica, read by Anne Garde.

"All of our conifers form a symbiotic partnership with certain soil fungi. The fungus helps the tree get minerals and in return receives energy-rich carbohydrates. Pinedrops (Pterospora andromedea) insinuates itself into this partnership by taking some of those carbohydrates from the fungus.

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