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.

Ways To Connect

Clay Scott

7/17/13: This week on "Mountain West Voices:" A visit to the Nekaneet Reserve in southwest Saskatchewan. Elder Linda Oakes talks about racism, about the importance of the Cree language, and about her people's fight to remain in their ancestral home in the Cypress Hills.

6/17/14 & 6/18/14: This week on "Reflections West:" Historian Ellen Baumler, who witnessed Governor Brian Schweitzer's posthumous pardon of the 76 men and 3 women convicted of sedition under Montana's notorious 1918 law, reflects on WWI hysteria. Clem Work speculates on the convictions of two of the pardoned, William and Janet Smith.

Susan Harness

Jun 17, 2014
Judy DeHaas, The Denver Post

6/17/14: This week on "In Other Words:"

Producer Ann Szalda-Petree talks with cultural anthropologist Susan Harness (Colorado State University) about the historical and spiritual trauma of transracial adoption–mainly, adoption of American Indian children by whites. Harness herself was adopted off the Flathead Reservation and draws from her own experience to help others understand what it’s like to be a transracial adoptee.

Mike Dawes

Jun 17, 2014
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3/4/14 & 6/17/14: This week on "Musician's Spotlight:" English guitarist Mike Dawes took a look at Gotye’s hit song, "Somebody That I Used To Know,” and turned it into a finger-style guitar masterpiece. Two million YouTube hits later, the world is finding out more about this disciple of the two-handed, fret-tapping, percussive style of acoustic guitar.

6/17/14: This week on "Home Ground Radio:" If second chances are rare, it's even rarer to have a chance to buy back something valuable that you sold. Montana's electricity-generating dams are for sale.  Should we buy them back? NorthWestern Energy's Bob Rowe and John Hines think so. 

Olives

Jun 15, 2014
Dennis Koutou

6/15/14: This week on "The Food Guys:" What would you like to know about olives?  Greg and Jon deliver everything historical, linguistic, geographical, anthropological, horticultural, evolutionary and culinary that can be cold-pressed and decanted into the five-minute vessel known as "The Food Guys."

Aloe

Jun 14, 2014

6/14/14: This week on "The Plant Detective:"  Aloe was one of the most frequently prescribed medicines throughout most of the 18th and 19th centuries. It remains one of the most commonly used herbs in the United States today, protecting against ultraviolet rays, relieving the pain of minor burns - and sunburn -  and helping skin regenerate. One study found that aloe vera gel displayed anti-inflammatory effects superior to 1% hydrocortisone cream or a placebo gel.

 

NOAA

6/15/14 & 6/16/14: This week on "Fieldnotes:" "Montana's Forgotten Fish," written by Bridger Cohan, read by Caroline Kurtz.

Pramila Jayapal

Pramila Jayapal is a fellow at the University of Washington law school and the Center for Community Change, and a Washington state senate candidate. She ran an immigrant advocacy organization for 11 years, and was a White House "Champion of Change" in 2013.

When Jayapal came to the United States from India at age sixteen, her family could afford just one international phone call with her each year. Listen below as she talks about the call that dropped a bombshell on her father.

Clay Scott

6/11/14: This week on "Mountain West Voices:" Master canoe builder Greg Morley talks about his life-long love of exploring the wilderness in his own hand-crafted cedar boats.

Damon Falke

Jun 11, 2014

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."

Little Hurricane

Jun 10, 2014
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.

Jason DeShaw

Jun 9, 2014
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.

Pramila Jayapal

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

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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:

Gotu Kola

Jun 7, 2014

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.

Dhatier

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

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.

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.

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.

6/3/14: This week on "Musician's Spotlight:" "Dismiss labels. Forget trying to fit into a scene. Be true and play your songs." It’s an accurate self-description by the Grammy-nominated bluegrass expansionists, The Infamous Stringdusters. Comfortable as they are in their own collective skin, the title of the group's new album, "Let It Go," works equally well as their slogan.

6/3/14: This week on "The Folk Show:" The first Tuesday of each month, from 2:06-3:05pm, the first hour of "The Folk Show" is Stan Howe's monthly program, featuring everything from up-and-coming Montana fiddlers to scratchy old 45rpm records, new releases to the occasional wax cylinder.

This month, you'll hear banjo babes; appreciators of the Louvin Brothers; "yodeling blonde bombshells;" cowboy musicians; Canadian fiddling; and one of the Hanks of country music.

6/3/14: This week on "Home Ground:" For decades, the Greater Yellowstone Coalition has fought to protect grizzly bears. With numbers rebounding dramatically in and around Yellowstone Park, can the G.Y.C. shift gears and work cooperatively with the public agencies and private landowners it once fought?

Greg Patent

6/1/14: This week on "The Food Guys:" Greg and Jon outline how to make cream puff dough, or pâte à choux. Step-by-step instructions are below. For more photos, go to The Baking Wizard.

Ginger

May 31, 2014

5/31/14: This week on "The Plant Detective:" The rhizome of Zingiber officinale is eaten as a spice, a medicine, and a delicacy. It's an old remedy for nausea, motion sickness, morning sickness, and the common cold. It's also used to help digestion. And although further research is needed, a 2011 review of scientific literature found that ginger appears to be promising for cancer prevention.

Ron Klinger from Kays and Wilson's Mammals of North America

6/1/14 & 6/2/14: This week on "Fieldnotes:" "Packrats," written by Sandra Murphy, read by Caroline Kurtz.

6/2/14: This month on "You Must Remember This," 7:30-8:30pm:  host Allen Secher re-visits favorite standards, and favorite vocal pairings. A few of the artists: Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole;  Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong; Eydie Gormé and Steve Lawrence; Keely Smith and Louis Prima; Cleo Laine and Mel Tormé; Tony Bennett and k.d. lang; Tony and Celine Dion;  Tony and Bono...

"You Must Remember This" airs the first Monday of each month as a Monday Music Special.

5/27/14 & 5/28/14: This week on "Reflections West:" Brandon Reintjes, Curator of Art at the University of Montana's Montana Museum of Art & Culture, contemplates artistic innovation and "Montana modernism." Tristan Tzara, a founder of Dadaism, instructs "How To Make a Dadaist Poem."

Spencer Myer

May 27, 2014

2/18/14 and 5/27/14: This week on "Musician's Spotlight:"  Gold Medalist of the 2008 New Orleans International Piano Competition, Spencer Myer is garnering audience and critical acclaim from around the world. His stellar playing is rapidly establishing him as a leading concert pianist of his generation.

Dr. Les Purce

May 26, 2014

5/27/14: This week on "Home Ground:" The family photos on the wall are an American account of slavery, Indians, westward migration, hard luck and hard work. The fascinating story of Les Purce's family.

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