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

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:", 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:

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.


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

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.


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.

5/27/14: This week on "In Other Words:" It's a live music show. Host Ann Szalda-Petree introduces her guest, singer Eden Atwood, to some favorite songs written and performed by women since 2000.


May 25, 2014
Jan Harenburg

5/25/14: This week on "The Food Guys:" Jon and Greg take up paella, the rice dish from Valencia, Spain. Spanish short-grained bomba rice is added to a paste composed of onion and grated tomato cooked in olive oil, and along with smoked paprika, a pinch of saffron, and chorizo, chicken or shellfish, the paella is cooked in such a way as to form a crust on the bottom of the rice. "Paella" refers to the round, shallow, polished cooking pan itself.

Cloud Mushroom

May 24, 2014

5/24/14: This week on "The Plant Detective:" Cloud mushroom, used for centuries in Chinese medicine, shows immunomodulator properties, helping prolong life after treatment in certain types of cancer. And in clinical trials, a compound derived from cloud mushroom, Polysaccharide-K,  inhibited the onset of cancer.


May 23, 2014
Gaurav P.

5/25/14 & 5/26/14: This week on "Fieldnotes:" "Mont-Africa," by Camille Barr.

5/23/14: This week on "Pazz & Jop:" Saturday is Bob Dylan's 73rd birthday, which makes Friday, May 23rd the occasion for the annual Bob Show. Join host Fred Rice from 7:30pm Friday till 2:00am Saturday as he salutes Mr. Zimmerman's five decades of influence over popular music and culture.

Because Fred will be playing six and a half hours of Dylan, Dylan, and more Dylan, we'll be disabling our digital stream for this show.*  Turn on your radio, sing along, and find out how many lyrics you've forgotten from "Desolation Row" and "Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts."

Voices From Butte

May 22, 2014

5/13/14: This week on "In Other Words:" producers Ann Szalda-Petree and Clark Grant - himself a brand-new resident of Butte, MT * -  talk with four residents of The Mining City about its vibrant history and culture, and about the Berkeley Pit, the former open pit copper mine which is slowly filling with toxic water. Between conversations, you'll hear music by Clark Grant, Larry Hirshberg and Big Sky Revival.

Clay Scott

5/21/14: This week on "Mountain West Voices:" When Ruth Walter and her husband, both of them with 8th grade educations, decided to take their three children and leave the Flat Willow Hutterite Colony to make a new life for themselves, they 'didn't have a kernel of salt in their cupboard.' 22 years later, they are pillars of the tiny Montana farm community of Judith Gap.

5/20/14 & 5/21/14: This week on "Reflections West:" Stephanie Land recalls how the cold of an Alaskan winter forced her to surrender to nature. Judy Blunt portrays the 1964 blizzard on Montana's Hi-Line.

Liam Ó Maonlaí

May 20, 2014

5/20/14: This week on "Musician's Spotlight:"  U2's Bono calls Hothouse Flowers singer Liam Ó Maonlaí "the best white soul singer in the world." As the rock and soul group approaches its fourth decade of trailblazing, Ó Maonlaí’s grounding in Irish language and traditional Irish music allows him to move with ease between the worlds of pop and traditional music.


May 20, 2014

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.