MTPR

Sam Manno

Host and Producer

Sam Manno is a rotating host and producer of the Children's Corner and the Pea Green Boat.

Groundbreaking biologist John J. Craighead turned 100 years old this week.
Courtesy Craighead family

Wildlife biologist and conservationist John J. Craighead celebrated his 100th trip around the sun Sunday. We'll celebrate this milestone and his life on Saturday on "Children's Corner." From eating fruit bats in coconut milk to Sam’s personal story of being lost in the woods with three Craigheads - and the wildflower they came across while lost - you'll learn about the Craighead brothers' research that forever changed our view of the natural world by stressing the interconnectedness of everything in the environment.

Join the celebration Saturday, August 20, during the second half of "Children's Corner" on Montana Public Radio. Tune in at 7:00 a.m. on your radio or online.

Hope and her entourage April 1st 2016.
Sam Manno

Fed up with being alone in a herd of 35, Hope created her own herd all - in one day.

 

Well...it took Dexter, a buck, five months to get there.

 

On May 1 last year, Hope gave birth to triplet does named Persistence, Compassion and Forgiveness, and started a herd of her own.

 

What Is A Poem?

Apr 14, 2016
Selya, our Librarian Poet
Sam Manno

April is National Poetry Month!  Join host Sam Manno and Selya, a librarian from the Missoula Public Library, on Saturday, April 16, for a lively conversation as they attempt to answer the question, "What is a poem?"  They'll explore the 'rhyme and reason' of different types of poems, while sharing some favorites.

Zoey May 10: Zoey 2 ½ months old on her first trip up Mt Sentinel in May 2009
Sam Manno

In my case the chicken came before the egg … then goats, all in an attempt to be closer to my food in an urban environment; and it all started with snakes. That is how we ended up on Mt Sentinel a couple of weeks ago with Zoey showing her kids, Empathy and Intuition the "ropes," actually the "rocks," of Urban living.

Michael, now a senior in high school, imitating a meditation pose at the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas.
Sam Manno

On a rare afternoon off of work and the farm, I made a trip to the Mission Valley to clear my mind. I stopped at the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas in Arlee. It was my son Michael who first "enlightened" me about the eightfold path in the design of the garden. I then made my way north to Mission Dam.

"Love 12 Miles Long"
Sam Manno

Book review of "Love 12 Miles Long," heard on "Children's Corner" 02/20/16.

Missoula Librarian Selya will join Sam on "Pea Green Boat" To celebrate Women's History Month.
Sam Manno

"Pea Green Boat" will continue our celebration of Black History month and transition to Women's History Month. Monday February 29, Selya from the Missoula Public Library will talk about children's books by and about women of color.

Tune in to "Pea Green Boat" Monday at 4:00 p.m. on your radio or online to learn more.

All The Stars In The Sky

Feb 26, 2016
Snow on the goat's coat looks like stars in the sky.
Sam Manno

By the time I finish my milking and feeding chores, the stars are out and I get a chance to look at them and daydream. At the winter solstice, Orion  was laying on his side above the barn. Now he's standing upright above the pasture, and will soon disappear until next winter. Where does Orion go?

Pam the librarian will join the Pea Green February 22 to continue our celebration of Black History Month. Pam will be sharing children’s books by African American authors. 

Tune in to "Pea Green Boat" at 4:00 p.m. February 22, to learn about children's books by African American authors.

The Poetry Club will be in session February 17 on the "Pea Green Boat".

Join Marcia, Barbara, Marylor & Annie Garde for their monthly celebration of poetry. 4:00 p.m., on your radio or online, but only on MTPR.

Find out why one of Sam's goats wears a coat, on the next "Children's Corner".
Sam Manno

Find out why Sam’s spent $2,000 on his goat Zoey, and why she's wearing a coat.

You'll also learn how words freed the young slave Fredrick Douglass.

Saturday, February 6 at 7:00 a.m. on "Children's Corner". Tune in on your radio or online.

Welcome the year of The Red Monkey with Dana, from the Missoula Public Library.
Sam Manno

Welcome the year of The Red Monkey with "Pea Green Boat" and Dana from the Missoula Public Library.

Dana will be joining the "Pea Green Boat" February 8, with books to celebrate the Chinese New year and to continue our celebration of Black History month.

Tune in to MTPR on your radio or online at 4:00 p.m., Monday February 8 to join the celebration.

Bradin from the Missoula Public Library, will be our guest on "Pea Green Boat" on February 1, and will continue the "new" theme.
Sam Manno

Bradin from the Missoula Public Library, will be our guest on "Pea Green Boat" on February 1, and will continue the "new" theme.

New Kitty On The Farm

Jan 28, 2016
A bobcat, spotted on Sam Manno's farm.
Sam Manno

While I was moving hay in the hay loft goat barn I saw what I thought was a new stray house cat at the farm.

It was checking out an old log cabin about 100 feet north of the barn when I noticed it was quite large for a house cat. When it hopped up on the window sill to peer into the window, I noticed about half its tail was missing. While wondering how it lost the half of its tail I realized it was not a house cat at all, but a bobcat!

Jack, the farm dog and I gently encouraged the bobcat to move uphill and away from the goat barn.

"New" library books. Monday on "Pea Green Boat".
Sam Manno

Celebrate "New" on the "Pea Green Boat" with Pam a not-so-new librarian. Pam will read from books about a new puppy, a new girl in class, and new experiences.

Missoula Public Librarians come in every Monday to share some great books with us on Pea Green Boat.

Tune in Monday, January 25 at 4:00 p.m. on your radio or online.

Linette from the Missoula Public Library will be in to celebrate the advancement of civil rights with songs and stories about Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks.
Sam Manno

Join us on "Children's Corner" Saturday morning when Linette, from the Missoula Public Library will be in to celebrate the advancement of civil rights with songs and stories about Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks.

Tune in on your radio or online, Saturday January 23 at 7:00 a.m.

Renee helps with the morning milking on Sam's birthday last February.
Sam Manno

This Saturday at 7:00 a.m. on the "Children's Corner" we'll talk about how a seasonal life has developed on the farm, partially shedding the 12 month calendar.

Missoula Librarian Selya will join Sam on "Pea Green Boat" To celebrate Women's History Month.
Sam Manno

Celebrate the solstice and the first day of Kwanzaa with Missoula librarian Selya on the next "Children's Corner". Sam will also explain how his goats Solstice (light one) and Crescent got their names. Saturday, December 26 at 7:00 a.m. on Montana Public Radio.

On December 24, actor David Mills-Low will read — no, perform — "How The Grinch Stole Christmas" on "Pea Green Boat". Tune in at 4:00 p.m. on your radio or online to join in.

Less than six weeks old, new goat kids Empathy, Intuition, Scopulorum, and Atlas test their 'goat' legs on a December 5 walk at the farm.
Sam Manno

Sam Manno hosted today's "Pea Green Boat" and gave an update about the farm and his new goat kids Empathy, Intuition, Scopulorum, and Atlas.

Who is guarding who? Athena and Intuition
Sam Manno

Sam Manno is hosting "Pea Green Boat" today, and he has more pictures from his big happy farm family. Tune in to "Pea Green Boat" at 4:00 p.m. online or on your radio for children's music, and to find out what's going on at Sam's farm.

Sam had a surprise tea party on the Pea Green Boat, Tuesday, November 24, to Celebrate Annie Garde's birthday, complete with David Shaner, tea, and tea bowls from Montana Tea and Spice Trading company.

Atlas, Empathy, Intuition, Scopulorum, on their first walk in the mountains of Western Montana.
Sam Manno

"Pea Green Boat" host Sam Manno loves to tell tales from his farm, where a goat can be a goat. Saturday at 7:00 a.m. on "Children's Corner" he'll talk about his new goat kids Atlas, Empathy, Intuition, & Scopulorum. Tune in on your radio or online to hear more.

Bruce the goat demands equal time in Sam's kitchen.
Sam Manno

Tune in to "Childrens Corner" on MTPR at 7:00 a.m. Saturday to hear more  farm tales from Sam Manno.

Bill Harley sings "You're in Trouble" during his show in Missoula, Nov 1, 2015
Josh Burnham

Bill Harley entertained and delighted over 1,000 fans Sunday in Missoula. He engaged the audience with familiar songs and his stories "Yeast Rolls” and "Field Trip”.

Harley has been a longtime favorite of "Pea Green Boat" listeners. Host Annie Garde welcomed him to the stage.

"Pea Green Boat" Host Sam Manno says he's most at peace when he's out walking with his goats.
Sam Manno

Today is International Peace Day, and "Pea Green Boat" is celebrating. A librarian from Missoula Public Library will visit to talk and share books about peace.

Robert Nighthawk playing on Chicago's Maxwell St in April, 1983.
Sam Manno (All Rights Reserved)

Americana can mean a lot of different things. To Sam Manno, it brings to mind Robert Nighthawk, who Sam happened upon on Maxwell Street in Chicago one cold April morning in 1983. Sam took these pictures while working on a documentary project about Maxwell Street. He'll play some Robert Nighthawk on tonight's "Get To That", 10:00 p.m. on your radio or online.