Chérie Newman

Host and Producer

Chérie Newman is an arts and humanities producer and host for Montana Public Radio, and a freelance writer. Her weekly literary program, The Write Question, is broadcast on several public radio stations, and available online at PRX.org and MTPR.org.

Her articles, essays, and book reviews have been published in Montana Magazine, High Country News, the University of Montana Alumni Newsletter, Whitefish Review, the Billings Gazette, the Missoulian, Montana Senior News, Outside Bozeman Magazine, and on numerous websites.

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Flathead Film Festival
3:59 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Cinemafest In Polson

"Stitting Bull's Voice" is one of the films being shown at the Flathead Lake International Cinemafest in Polson, Montana.
Credit Courtesy Flathead Lake International Cinemafest

Downtown Polson will be a hub of activity this weekend, when more than 80 films will be shown during the 2015 Flathead Lake International Cinemafest. Some of those films will win awards. MTPR's Chérie Newman talked with two of this year’s judges, Mac Swan and David King, to find out what they want to see in a film.

Newman: Mac, as a judge, what are you looking for?

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Fiction
6:00 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Love, Lament, And Letters In A Montana Cabin

David Allan Cates talks about and reads from his latest novel, Tom Connor's Gift, about which Bryan Di Salvatore writes, "Coursing between anecdote and musing, this is a novel only grownups can understand. It is smart and ecstatic and it will break your goddamn heart."

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Mental Illness
7:17 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Glenn Close Helps Suicidal Sister

In Resilience, the sisters share their story of triumphing over Jessie's illness. The book is written in Jessie's voice with running commentary and an epilogue written by Glenn.

I’m Chérie Newman.

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Memoir
7:16 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Memoir Reveals Student's Struggles With Bipolar

Elissa Washuta talks about and reads from her memoir, My Body is a Book of Rules.

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Student Response
6:00 am
Fri January 9, 2015

The Significance Of Grain Silos

Coffee Creek, Montana: 2006
Credit Bill Allard / Bill Allard

For the last several years, Robert Stubblefield has invited me to talk about The Write Question with students in one of the classes he teaches at the University of Montana. We talk about specific The Write Question programs students have listened to. Then I answer questions about the process of reading, interviewing, and creating programs for radio and the Web.

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Nonfiction
6:00 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Gary Ferguson Writes Grief Into Beauty

Award-winning nature writer Gary Ferguson talks about and reads from his memoir The Carry Home: Lessons from the American Wilderness.

About the book:

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Student Response
12:13 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

You Are The Color Of The World

Bill Allard, Montana: 1976
Credit Bill Allard / Bill Allard

For the last several years, Robert Stubblefield has invited me to talk about The Write Question with students in one of the classes he teaches at the University of Montana. We talk about specific The Write Question programs students have listened to. Then I answer questions about the process of reading, interviewing, and creating programs for radio and the Web.

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New Year's Greetings
7:47 am
Thu January 1, 2015

Edward O'Brien's Postcard From Vienna

Dancing in Vienna's streets!

Happy New Year, Montana! This is Ed O'Brien from the MTPR newsroom.

My wife and I are celebrating our honeymoon in Europe; specifically, Paris, Salzburg and Vienna. It's our first trip overseas and - wow, what a grand adventure! Woke up this morning to the sound of cathedral bells pealing across the city and the clop, clop, clopping of horse-drawn carriages for tourists.

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YA Fiction
6:06 am
Wed December 31, 2014

Pet Rat And Running Changes Teenager's Life

Rachel Toor talks about and reads from her YA novel On The Road To Find Out.

About The Book:

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Historical Nonfiction
6:16 am
Wed December 24, 2014

John Jacob Astor's Failed Empire

Peter Stark talks about and reads from ASTORIA: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson’s Lost Pacific Empire: A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival.

About the Book:

In 1810, John Jacob Astor sent out two advance parties to settle the wild, unclaimed western coast of North America. More than half of his men died violent deaths. The others survived starvation, madness, and greed to shape the destiny of a continent.

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