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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Field Notes
5:00 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Not With A Howl But A Whimper: Wolf Calls

Dakota, a grey wolf at the UK Wolf Conservation Trust, howling on top of a snowy hill.
Credit Retron

"Take a dozen railroad whistles, braid them together, and then let one strand after another drop off, the last peal so frightfully piercing as to go through your heart and soul." According to biologist Stanley P. Young, that's a stockmen's take on the sound of a howling wolf pack. But it'll come as no surprise to any dog owner that while howling is the most recognizable of four different wolf vocalizations, under various circumstances, wolves also growl, whimper, and bark.

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Reflections West
5:00 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Stephen Behrendt: Early Morning Animal Tracking

Credit University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Visits to poet Stephen Behrendt's favorite places in the West linger in his memory and imagination as "places of mind," where blue skies and the fragrance of sun-baked evergreen needles connect him more intensely to his surroundings than the "whitish Great Plains summer sky, heavy with humidity" of his home in Nebraska.

From Behrendt's poem, "Tracks:"

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Mountain West Voices
5:00 am
Mon January 19, 2015

The Lion's Den: A Montana Town Copes With Change

Lambert, a small Eastern Montana town near the Bakken oil fields, copes with sudden and dramatic change.

(Broadcast: "Mountain West Voices," 1/19/14. Listen weekly on the radio on Mondays, 3:00 p.m., or via podcast.)

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Home Ground Radio
5:00 am
Sun January 18, 2015

Helping Victims Of Child Sexual Abuse In Montana

Brian Kahn talks with Dana Toole, Bureau Chief of the Children's Justice Bureau in the Montana Department of Justice, and Rep. Jenny Eck, member of the Montana Legislature. The topic: initiatives at the DOJ to improve how the department responds to victims of child sexual abuse, and prevention strategies.

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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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