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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Musician's Spotlight
5:00 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Sam Bush

Credit courtesy of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival

Mandolin virtuoso and Newgrass pioneer Sam Bush returns to Musician's Spotlight for a visit with host John Floridis.

(Broadcast: "Musicians' Spotlight," 11/20/14. Listen weekly on on the radio Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., or via podcast.)

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Reflections West
5:00 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Kaya Juda-Nelson & Tony Abeyta

"Yeis in Chanting Procession," by Tony Abeyta. (CC BY-NC-2.0)
Credit Flickr user, Granger Meador

Kaya Juda-Nelson left Missoula for college in Boston, excited to leave. But when events brought her back to Montana, instead of finding herself lonely or bored, she found that silence and spacious views provided "company as well as solace." In Tony Abeyta's essay, "Tsankawi's Trail," the Navajo painter describes an ancient Pueblo village in New Mexico "where spirits of past and present parallel infinitely:"

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Montana Symphony Orchestras
5:00 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Missoula Symphony Orchestra Broadcast: Sunday, November 23, 8:00 p.m.

Join host Marguerite Munsche Sunday evening, November 23, 2014, for our second broadcast from the Missoula Symphony Orchestra's 60th season, Darko Butorac, music director and conductor. The program, titled "Red, White and True," was recorded November 9, 2014, in the Dennison Theater at the University of Montana-Missoula.

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Mountain West Voices
5:00 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Crying For Eddie: A Vietnam War Nurse Tells Her Story

Diane Carlson Evans
Credit Clay Scott

Diane Carlson Evans was a U.S. Army Nurse during the Vietnam War. She survived indescribable trauma, felt resented when she returned to the U.S., and kept her bitterness and her tears inside for many years. Then she founded the Vietnam Women's Memorial Project, and helped hundreds of women vets tell their stories of Vietnam.

(Broadcast: "Mountain West Voices," 11/17/14. Listen weekly on the radio on Mondays, 3:00 p.m., or via podcast.)

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The Food Guys
5:00 am
Sun November 16, 2014

Onion Ragout

The Onion Face-Paint Project. (CC BY 2.0)
Credit Flickr user, Travis Price

"It is hard to imagine a civilization without onions" - Julia Child.

Jon and Greg discuss different members of the allium genus - which are actually lilies - and recommend basic tips for cooking onions, specifically onion ragout. Onion quiche, onion pizza, and onions as a side-dish are recommended by Greg. Jon says, "Often I look at a new recipe and if there are no onions, I wonder, "What's wrong with this recipe?"

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Field Notes
5:00 am
Sat November 15, 2014

How Do Insects Survive Winter?

Hibernating ladybugs (Coccinellidae) (CC BY-NC 2.0)
Credit Flickr user, Jason

"An Insect's Guide To Surviving the Winter," written by Ashley King, read by Caroline Kurtz.

With the help of fur, hair, or clothing, warm-blooded mammals keep a consistent internal temperature, no matter the air temperature. That's not true for insects. How do they survive the cold of winter? 

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The Plant Detective
5:00 am
Sat November 15, 2014

Garlic II: "Don't Leave This Life Without It"

Garlic. (CC-BY-2.0)
Credit Flickr user, Jon Bunting

Among the artifacts discovered in the tomb of Egypt's Tutankhamen - objects meant to ease the boy king into the afterlife - were 3,000-year-old bulbs of garlic. Giving as well as receiving, Tut supplied daily rations of garlic to his pyramid-building slaves, for endurance and health. Garlic is a fabulous heart helper: its blood-thinning and anti-clotting abilities may slow down atherosclerosis and lower blood pressure.

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30+ Years Of Radio From A Women's Perspective
5:36 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

The Final MTPR Broadcast Of "In Other Words"

The IOW team, 2012. Clockwise from lower left: Amy Cilimburg; Janet Scott; Clark Grant; Beth Judy; Jen Euell; Ann Szalda-Petree.
Credit Courtesy of IOW

After more than thirty years of broadcasts, the final "In Other Words" show on Montana Public Radio aired on Tuesday, November 11, 2014.

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Reflections West
5:00 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Damon Falke

Credit courtesy of Damon Falke

Poet and novelist Damon Falke's West is a region that begs us to stop and look closely. Falke remembers a mysterious cemetery, perched on the rim of a plateau, where as a young man he would stop and watch and wait, not quite knowing why. In his poem, "Dove Creek" Falke reveals the deep observation practiced by his father, on trips into the desert:

"...There was my father,

Hunched over a cache of stones,

Sorting them out like so many bones

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Mountain West Voices
5:00 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Singing Dakota: Keeping Language Alive In A Montana Reservation Church

Dean Blount, Frazier, MT
Credit Clay Scott

Dean Blount was a Cold War-era Russian language specialist in Turkey. Back home on Montana's Fort Peck Indian Reservation, he is trying to ensure that his two Native languages - Dakota and Nakota - are passed on. At the Presbyterian church where he is a lay minister, he has taught his tiny congregation to sing hymns in Dakota.

(Broadcast: "Mountain West Voices," 11/12/14. Listen Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m., or via podcast.)

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