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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Nonfiction
6:00 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Bill Ohrmann: Myths and Facts About This 95-Year-Old Artist

Joe Ashbrook Nickell talks about and reads from 'Tainted Revelations,' the book he wrote about painter and sculptor Bill Ohrmann.

Bill Ohrmann only began seriously painting when he retired from ranching in 1996. Since then, the 95-year-old Montana artist has produced hundreds of canvases that explore his blistering criticism of the modern West. His direct, narrative paintings, often inspired by quotations from his favorite poets and environmental writers, are by turns wry, apocalyptic, horrifying and hilarious.

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Fiction
6:00 am
Wed September 3, 2014

She Thought She Was Done With Montana...

Carrie La Seur talks about and reads from The Home Place, a mystery novel in which a successful lawyer is pulled back into her troubled family’s life in rural Montana in the wake of her sister’s death.

About the book:

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The Church of Pancakes
12:01 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Her Kisses Made Him Fireproof, But Will Jaybird Survive The Explosion?

Credit Tom Zavitz painting

When ten-year-old Carlita Milkey bewitches nine-year-old Jaybird, he decides to win her love by giving her her heart's desire:  the biggest, most expensive package of fireworks available at Mr. Oltrogee's fireworks stand. But he doesn't have $19.95. So, he decides to stage an elaborate robbery.

In this short clip from The Church of Pancakes Jaybird and his friends meet to finalize the plan.

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Fiction
6:00 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Richard Ford And The Usefulness Of Fiction

During this program Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Ford talks about and reads from his latest novel, Canada. He also considers character motivation, aging, the usefulness of fiction, and the many border crossings in the novel.

About the book:

First, I'll tell about the robbery our parents committed. Then the murders, which happened later.

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Cello Quartet, Aug 24
2:06 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Former "From the Top" Musicians Play St. Timothy's Music Festival

Andree, Mariel, Lucien, and Helene Werner, siblings and members of the Werner Quartet

Michael Marsolek talks with Helene and Lucien Werner about the quartet's performance at St. Timothy's Summer Music Festival, August 24.

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Memoir
6:13 am
Wed August 20, 2014

"Traildog" Tales From Glacier National Park

During this program, Christine Byl talks about her memoir, Dirt Work: An Education in the Woods, which describes her experiences working on trail crews in national parks in Montana and Alaska.

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Crown Guitar Festival, Aug 24-30
4:36 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

The Crown Of The Continent Guitar Workshop And Festival

Solomon Hicks, 16-year-old guitarist from New York, one of many participants in this year's Crown Guitar Workshop and Festival in Bigfork, Montana.

Michael Marsolek talks with David Feffer, Crown of the Continent Guitar Foundation Chairman and Founding Director, and 16-year-old guitar prodigy Solomon Hicks about this year's festival.

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Fiction
6:00 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Tribal Culture, Archeology, And Horses In Debut Novel

Malcolm Brooks talks about researching and writing his debut novel, Painted Horses.

About the book:

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Home Ground Radio
4:34 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

What Caused Steve Browning's Shift From Self to Citizenship?

Steve Browning
Credit Eliza Wiley/Independent Record

Steve Browning went from self-absorbed teen to a lawyer working in high-level politics, law, and philanthropy. What caused the shift from self-focus to citizenship, and what was learned along the way?

Brian Kahn talks with Browning about all that and more during this episode of Home Ground Radio.

(Broadcast: Home Ground Radio, 8/12/14)

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Jazz
3:39 pm
Sat August 9, 2014

Eden Atwood & Friends At St. Timothy's Summer Music Festival

Eden Atwood

Jazz vocalist Eden Atwood talks with Michael Marsolek about music, teaching, and her appearance at St. Timothy's Summer Music Festival, Sunday, August 10, at 4 p.m.

St. Timothy’s Summer Music Festival is celebrating its 19th season at St. Timothy’s Memorial Chapel,  a superb acoustical venue located at 7000 feet with beautiful views of the Pintler Mountains and Georgetown Lake.

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