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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In Other Words
11:26 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Fear

Rachel Patrie

2/23/14 and 5/20/14: This week on "In Other Words:"  An episode all about what makes us afraid and how we deal with it, from stage fright to the fear of death. Contributor Beth Judy interviews Amy Ragsdale about her career in dance and the fears she’s faced (and overcome) on the stage. Producer Clark Grant interviews a fearless young woman going through treatment for her life-threatening cancer.

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Home Ground Radio
7:00 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Evergreen State College

Dr. Les Purce, president of The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA

5/20/14: This week on "Home Ground:" Evergreen State College was founded to offer integrated, flexible and reasonably-priced education. Its academic approach is unorthodox; instead of following pre-programmed curricula, students design their own programs of studies. Outgoing president Les Purce answers the question: in an age of specialization, how is Evergreen doing?

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The Food Guys
8:00 am
Sun May 18, 2014

Peanuts

Franz Kohler's botanical drawing of the peanut plant (Arachis hypogaea)
Credit Franz Eugen Köhler, from Köhler's "Medizinal-Pflanzen"

5/18/14: This week on "The Food Guys:" Where did peanuts come from? What's the biggest commercial use for peanuts? Who grows the most peanuts?  What's the most prudent way to eat deep-fried peanuts? Greg and Jon dispel myths and reveal surprises about the legume known alternately as "groundnut," "peanut," and "goober pea."

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The Plant Detective
8:00 am
Sat May 17, 2014

Rhodiola Rosea

5/17/14: This week on "The Plant Detective:" The harsh living conditions of rhodiola, a plant that grows at high latitudes and elevations, might explain the strong protective compounds it produces. People of the Arctic used it in their folk medicine for everything from increasing endurance and fighting fatigue, infection and depression to increasing fertility, sharpening memory, and reducing the effects of aging and stress.

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Front Row Center
8:00 am
Sat May 17, 2014

Missoula's Dana Gallery Hosts Art Exhibit, "Icons of the West"

Parvin's "Milliseconds Count," from the new exhibit at The Dana Gallery in Missoula, "Icons of the West."
Credit The Dana Gallery

5/18/14: This week on "Front Row Center:" Michael Marsolek talks with Dudely Dana, co-owner of The Dana Gallery in Missoula, about the gallery's third annual national juried art exhibition, titled "Icons of the West."

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Field Notes
8:00 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Animal Curiosity

Sitka fawn
Credit Junebug

5/18/14 & 5/19/14: This week on "Fieldnotes:" "Animal Curiosity," by Adam Phillips, read by Allison de Jong.

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Mountain West Voices
7:00 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

No Right Way to Play a Tune: A Conversation with two "Old Time" Musicians

Mike Williams and Aaron Parrett of Helena, MT.
Credit Clay Scott

5/14/14: This week on "Mountain West Voices:" Mike Williams and Aaron Parrett of Helena, Montana, talk about old time American music, its evolution, and their relationship to the genre.

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Reflections West
7:00 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Kaya Juda-Nelson & Tony Abeyta

5/13/14 & 5/15/14: This week on "Reflections West:" Kaya Juda-Nelson finds her place in nature. Navajo artist Tony Abeyta observes an ancient Pueblo village by moonlight.

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Musician's Spotlight
1:00 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

John Butler

5/13/14: This week on "Musician's Spotlight:" On the heels of the release of "Flesh and Blood," John Butler returns to "Musician's Spotlight," updating listeners on the state of his "garden,” a metaphor for balancing time with family and friends, his responsibilities as a business owner, and his passion for music.

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Home Ground Radio
1:00 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Tami Haaland, Montana's Poet Laureate

Tami Haaland
Credit Brian D'Ambrosio, Huffington Post

5/13/14: This week on "Home Ground:" Merriam Webster's dictionary defines "poem" as "a composition in verse, especially a highly developed, imaginative one." Poetry enjoys great popularity in some cultures, but not in the U.S. Does this matter? Can something be done about it? Tami Haaland, raised on a farm on the Hi-Line, thinks it does and it can. She's Montana's poet laureate.

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