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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Reflections West
5:00 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Damon Falke

Damon Falke

6/10/14 & 6/11/14: This week on "Reflections West:" Damon Falke, author, playwright and poet, returns to a bean field, where his nine-year-old self is practicing fly-fishing. Falke shifts the scene to shadows and "odd pickings" at "The Church at Yellowjacket."

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Musician's Spotlight
5:00 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Little Hurricane

Credit Dan Chusid - San Diego Troubadour

2/25/14 & 6/10/14: This week on "Musician's Spotlight:" Girls can't play drums? Soft spoken Californians can't sing the blues? Think again. Front man Anthony "Tone" Catalano and drummer Celeste "C.C." Spina found each other on Craigslist and formed the "dirty blues" band Little Hurricane. Within a year they’ve found a home at major festivals and on nationwide tours.

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Home Ground Radio
5:00 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Jason DeShaw

Jason DeShaw
Credit Eliza Wiley / Helena Independent Record

6/10/14: This week on "Home Ground Radio:" As a child, music got hold of you. As a young man, you wrote songs, began to perform, and started to enjoy success as a working musician. But on tour, at night you'd feel sky-high, imagining wild things. The next morning, you'd plunge into deep despair.  What was happening to you?  Meet singer/songwriter Jason DeShaw.

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In Other Words
8:00 pm
Sun June 8, 2014

Pramila Jayapal

Author, immigration activist, and candidate for the Washington State Senate, Pramila Jayapal.
Credit Pramila Jayapal

6/10/14: This week on "In Other Words:"

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The Food Guys
6:00 am
Sun June 8, 2014

100% Pure Orange Juice: True or False?

Credit Civileats.com, Gardenblackwash

6/8/14: This week on "The Food Guys:" Jon and Greg discuss a 2009 article about boxed, refrigerated orange juice - the pasteurized, "not from concentrate" kind - questioning whether the term "100% pure orange juice" accurately describes an orange-flavored,  chemically-altered, long-shelf-life product:

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The Plant Detective
5:00 am
Sat June 7, 2014

Gotu Kola

6/7/14: This week on "The Plant Detective:" For thousands of years, people in India, China, and Indonesia have used gotu kola to heal wounds, improve mental clarity, and treat skin conditions such as leprosy and psoriasis. Today, in the U.S. and Europe, gotu kola in ointment helps heal minor wounds and taken in other forms, it treats varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency. The Chinese use it to reduce stress.

Don't confuse gotu kola with cola or cola nut. They're completely different plants.

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Field Notes
6:00 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Flower Crab Spiders

Flower crab spider (Misumena vatia), camouflaged white on a rose petal.
Credit Dhatier

6/8/14 & 6/9/14: This week on "Fieldnotes:" "Flower Crab Spiders," by Sara Mintz.

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Mountain West Voices
6:00 am
Thu June 5, 2014

The Biggest Win: An Iraq Vet's Extraordinary Story

George Nickel, Boise, Idaho
Credit Clay Scott

6/4/14: This week on "Mountain West Voices:" George Nickel survived the roadside bomb that killed his comrades in Iraq. Back home in Boise, Idaho, his readjustment to civilian life was a disaster. An armed standoff with Boise police led to jail, and almost a year of solitary confinement. Now George's life is dedicated to helping other combat veterans make the difficult transition to non-military life.

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In Other Words
6:00 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Startup Women Montana

6/3/14: This week on "In Other Words:" producer Jen Euell shares a recent Startup 101 panel, which was an introduction for new entrepreneurs, moderated by Diane Smith of American Rural.org.

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Reflections West
6:00 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Linds Sanders & Eduardo Chirinos

Poet Linds Sanders

6/3/14 & 6/4/14: This week on "Reflections West:" Missoula slam poet Linds Sanders writes about the strange presence of life in Henry, a stuffed buffalo. Poet Eduardo Chirinos, a professor at the University of Montana-Missoula, writes about bears - real, symbolic, and stuffed.

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