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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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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Reflections West
5:00 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Ken Egan & Granville Stuart: Manifest Destiny, 1864

Granville Stuart, c.1900
Credit A Brief History of Butte, Montana

"In 1864, men in a hurry journeyed to the region known as the headwaters of the Missouri. Called by gold, they were in a rush to acquire and ascend, whether through gold-mining, freighting and selling goods to the miners, raising wheat and cattle, organizing and leading a new government, or other, less reputable means."  Ken Egan describes the collision between native cultures, with their traditions of gift-giving, oral history, and piety, and a burgeoning population of American opportunists. 

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

Los Betabeleros: A 103-Year-Old Montana Woman Reflects On Her Life As A Farm Laborer

103-year-old Margaret Carranza of Richland County, MT
Credit Clay Scott

The first in a two-part series about Margaret Carranza, a 103-year-old, Mexican born woman who spent her life as a beet worker in Montana's upper Yellowstone River valley.

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Home Ground Radio
5:00 am
Sun January 4, 2015

Yedika Ivanonva, 94-Year-Old Russian Veteran Of World War II

Red Army medic and soldier, WWII.

From Hitler's 1941 invasion of Russia until the Nazi surrender in 1945, 24 million Russians died. Yedika Ivanonva served as a medic in the Red Army for all four years of the Soviet-German war. Now 94, she recalls: 

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The Food Guys
5:00 am
Sat January 3, 2015

Recipe: Baked Quinoa With Poblano Peppers, Butternut Squash And Cheese

Parmesan and Quinoa Butternut Squash. (Adapted from “Joy of Cooking: All about Vegetarian Cooking”, by Irma Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker, and Ethan Becker, Scribner, 2000 (CC BY-NC 2.0)
Credit Flickr user, Emily

(Broadcast: "The Food Guys," 1/4/15. Listen weekly on the radio at 11:50 a.m. Sundays, or via podcast.)

Notes below are taken from Greg Patent's March 4, 2008 "Missoulian" column, where Greg first introduced the recipe (bottom) that Jon Jackson has since adapted to include poblano and chili peppers instead of chard:

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Field Notes
2:27 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

The Trouble With Trumpeters

Flying trumpeter swans, Harriman State Park, ID. (CC BY-NC 2.0)
Credit Flickr user, Charles Peterson

"By the 1930s, conservation groups across North America teamed up to help save the trumpeter, of which only 69 were known to exist. Various projects restored and increased breeding, wintering and wetland habitat, including the new Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge in southwest Montana. Trumpeter populations rebounded and reached almost 35,000 swans by 2005.

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Musician's Spotlight
5:00 am
Thu January 1, 2015

Trevor Rogers

The Clumsy Lovers’ songwriter and lead vocalist Trevor Rogers visited host John Floridis to discuss his recent solo recording, Are You Happy Now? Rogers talked about balancing recording and touring with his  full-time gig as a father and husband, as well as the impact on his songwriting from the years he spent living in Missoula.

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