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Mountain West Voices

Monday 4:54 PM
  • Hosted by Clay Scott

Mountain West Voices with host Clay Scott is a program featuring the extraordinary stories of ordinary people throughout the Rocky Mountain West.

Mountain West Voices podcast

Clay Scott

In this episode of "Mountain West Voices:" A Montana couple talks about wind, sustainable energy, and their (mostly) successful attempt to live off grid.

Curtis Brien is principal and athletic director of Lodge Grass High School on Montana's Crow Indian Reservation. But his path to that position was long and difficult. In this episode of Mountain West Voices, he talks about the emotional and physical scars left by his four years at Indian boarding schools, and what he learned from the experience.

Tongue River Stories: The Music of Martha Scanlan

Mar 11, 2016

This week on Mountain West Voices: A visit with singer/songwriter Martha Scanlan on the remote ranch in southeastern Montana that inspired Tongue River Stories - her album about landscape, tradition and community.

Elvia: A Parisian War Bride in Montana

Feb 28, 2016
Nicky Quellet

In this episode of "Mountain West Voices," Elvia Stockton talks about her romance with American painter Bill Stockton at the end of WWII, and her transition from Paris to the isolated Montana sheep ranch where she lived with her husband for more than 50 years.

Clay Scott

In this episode of "Mountain West Voices," Montana rancher Ellen Pfister talks about the impact of longwall coal mining on the ranching communities of central Montana.

(Broadcast: "Mountain West Voices,"  2/22/16, Mondays, 4:53 p.m., or via podcast.)

Little Patricia: Portrait Of A Fighter

Feb 8, 2016
Clay Scott

In this episode of Mountain West Voices, Patricia Netherland tells of the journey that took her from a successful career as an MMA (mixed martial arts) fighter - "Little Patricia Vidonic" - to her life as a single mother and successful entrepreneur in Billings, Montana.

The Picture Bride: From Guangdong to Montana

Jan 24, 2016
courtesy of Flora Wong

This week on "Mountain West Voices:" The remarkable story of Flora Wong, a Chinese-American woman who survived the Sino-Japanese war and came to Montana as a "Picture Bride."

Bletchley Park: A Montana War Bride Looks Back

Dec 28, 2015
Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez

In this episode of Mountain West Voices, we hear from Dulcie May Klusmann, who, as a teenager, worked as a code breaker at Bletchley Park, Britain's top secret center for breaking German codes and ciphers.

Susan K. Adams

In this episode of Mountain West Voices, Lorraine Rivers Tucker recalls the journey that took her from the rough Montana copper mining town of her childhood, to a Dominican convent in Wisconsin, to Mobile, Alabama in the early 1960s.

Clay Scott

In this episode of Mountain West Voices, we visit a remarkable language teacher at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Dorothy Thunder grew up at Little Pine First Nations Reserve in Saskatchewan, surrounded by the Plains Cree language. Today, the number of young people who speak the language is dwindling. Dorothy has dedicated her life to reversing that trend.

Sarah Hewitt

In this exciting episode of Mountain West Voices, producer Clay Scott recounts the rescue of an orphaned black bear cub on the Montana prairies, miles from suitable bear habitat.

Clay Scott

Pronghorn antelope make the second longest migration of any North American land animal. But their ancient migration routes are threatened by livestock fencing.

John Dendy
Courtesy John Dendy

If you live in Montana, you might have seen John Dendy playing guitar in a cafe, or club, or bar. A big tall guy with an upright bass or guitar, playing songs that are a little bit out of the ordinary.

A visit with the band Scatter Their Own from the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Pine Ridge is a vast, sparsely populated reservation with the highest poverty and unemployment rates in the nation. But for Scotti, Scotti Junior and Julianna Clifford, their land and their Oglala Lakota culture are things of profound beauty to be celebrated in song.

Guss Yellow Hair, a Lakota and Northern Cheyenne artist from South Dakota's Pine Ridge Reservation, talks about his role as "culture bearer," and about the importance of passing on tradition through language and music.

Clay Scott

A visit with award-winning environmentalist cowboy poet Wally McRae on his ranch in southeast Montana.

Jim Schulz, Helena, MT
Clay Scott

This week on Mountain West Voices, we visit the class of award-winning biology teacher Jim Schulz, of Helena, Montana, on his last day of teaching before he retires.

(Broadcast: "Mountain West Voices,"  8/3/15, Monday afternoons, 4:53 p.m., or via podcast.)

Cory Caswell has worked as a hired hand on Wyoming and Montana ranches since he came west as a teenager, not staying in any one place longer than a few months. He talks about his hard, unpredictable, but satisfying life as itinerant ranch hand.

Clay Scott

A visit with Pauline Berekoff at the Sons of Freedom Gilpin Settlement, a little known community near Grand Forks, British Columbia. The Sons of Freedom are descended from the Russian Doukhobors who came to Canada in the late 1800's, and Pauline talks about the fight to maintain her beliefs, and about her community's conflict with the Canadian government.

Clay Scott

Four exchange students - from China, Thailand, Korea and Mexico - spend a year in tiny Judith Gap, Montana. All four students are from cities of several million, and attended schools with thousands of students. Judith Gap has 120 inhabitants, and before the exchange students arrived, the high school had an enrollment of only two.

A Right Life

May 31, 2015
Clay Scott

This week on "Mountain West Voices:" a rare glimpse into the lives of unmarried Hutterite women, including the singing of 400-year-old, traditional Christmas songs.

A Forgotten War

May 24, 2015
Clay Scott

When Jack Price returned home from the Korean war in 1953, few people in his small western Montana community understood or seemed to care what he had been through. 58 years later, he travels back to Korea to try and make sense of the 'forgotten war' that shaped his life.

Clay Scott

Johanna Davis and Adam Nordell of Sassafrass Stomp share original and traditional tunes, and talk about their Maine and Montana roots, and about balancing their lives as working farmers and working musicians.

Powder river coal mine.
U.S. Geological Survey

Clay Scott travels through the Powder River Basin in northeastern Wyoming - the nation's most important coal-producing region - to talk with miners, ranchers and others who work in coal, or whose lives are affected by it.

Conrad, Montana: Prom Dress Mecca?

Apr 5, 2015
Clay Scott

An entrepreneurial Montana woman turns her small farm town into a Mecca for prom dresses, drawing high school girls from all over Montana, and as far as North Dakota, Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia.

Clay Scott

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.

(Broadcast: "Mountain West Voices," 3/30/15. Listen weekly on the radio on Mondays, 3:00 p.m., or via podcast.)

Lillian Johnson

The second part of the extraordinary saga of the late Marie Johnson, who as a young woman was cut off from her Siberian village during the Russian Civil War, made her way to the Bering Sea, and eventually settled in Polson, Montana.

(Broadcast: "Mountain West Voices," 3/16/15. Listen weekly on the radio on Mondays, 3:00 p.m., or via podcast.)

Lillian Johnson

This week on Mountain West Voices: Part 1 of a series telling the story of Maria Zimina - later Marie Johnson of Polson, Montana - who was caught up the turmoil of the Russian civil war in 1919 while on a trip to Vladivostok. Cut off from her family and with no money, she made her way east and north toward the Russian Arctic.

(Broadcast: "Mountain West Voices," 3/9/15. Listen weekly on the radio on Mondays, 3:00 p.m., or via podcast.)

This month marks the 70th anniversary of the American invasion of Iwo Jima, one of the deadliest battles in the Pacific during World War II. Producer Danielle Thomsen recently spoke with a survivor of that battle, 88 year old Paul Milam.  Milam recalls his impressions of Iwo Jima as an inexperienced 19-year-old from Bozeman, Montana.

Clay Scott

Last week on Mountain West Voices, Haywood Big Day told the story of his name. This week he shares his thoughts on history and language, on being American, and being Crow.

(Broadcast: "Mountain West Voices," 2/23/15. Listen weekly on the radio on Mondays, 3:00 p.m., or via podcast.)

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