Mountain West Voices

Monday 3:00 PM
Clay Scott

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

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Mountain West Voices
5:00 am
Thu October 2, 2014

I'm Gonna Be A Big Leaguer Someday: Goose Gregson Of The Boston Red Sox

Goose Gregson

The story of a rural North Carolina kid who took a long and circuitous path to the major leagues - and never lost his passion for the game of baseball.

(Broadcast: "Mountain West Voices," 10/1/14. Wednesday evenings, 7:30, or via podcast.)

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Mountain West Voices
5:00 am
Thu September 25, 2014

The Typewriter Poet: A Conversation With Tyler Knott Gregson

Credit Sarah Linden

A visit with poet Tyler Knott Gregson - an unlikely success story from Helena, Montana. He typed his first poem off the top of his head, standing up, on an old typewriter an a junk store. Three years and 900 poems later, he has a following of several hundred thousand people around the world.

(Broadcast: "Mountain West Voices," 9/24/14, Wednesday evenings, 7:30.)

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Continental Divide Trail
12:01 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Freedom Is A 3,100 Mile Solo Hike

Kayla Murchison is taking a solo through-hike of the Continental Divide trail from Mexico to Canada.
Credit Clay Scott

"I can't imagine a better existence," says Kayla Murchison. She's nearing the end of a 3,100 mile solo hike on the Continental Divide Trail. After 4 1/2 months walking from Mexico to Canada, she's "hard as nails", and "ready to take on anything."

In our Clip of the Week Kayla talks about the simplicity, freedom and beauty of life on the trail.

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Mountain West Voices
5:00 am
Thu September 18, 2014

A Long, Long Walk: A Woman Hikes Solo From Mexico To Canada

Kayla Murchison
Credit Clay Scott

We meet Kayla Murchison along the Continental Divide Trail in Montana, 4 1/2 months and 2800 miles into her quest to traverse the spine of the continent from Mexico to Canada.

(Broadcast: Mountain West Voices, 9/17/14)

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Mountain West Voices
6:00 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Mister S

Razmick Sarkissian came to Wyoming via Armenia, Iran and Calcutta. For the last thirty years he has taught music in Sheridan, Wyoming, bringing his students "joy in learning, truth in learning."

(Broadcast: Mountain West Voices, 9/10/14)

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Mountain West Voices
5:00 am
Thu September 4, 2014

A War Bride Looks Back

Joyce Vashro of Helena, MT
Credit Clay Scott

The first of several stories in a series looking at the "war brides" who came to the United States by the thousands at the end of World War II. Joyce Vashro, now of Helena, Montana, looks back on the tumultuous years when she and her fellow "Land Girls" (volunteer female farm workers) had whirlwind romances with men they knew they might not see again.

(Broadcast: Mountain West Voices, 9/3/14)

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Mountain West Voices
5:00 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Nothing Human Is Alien To Me: A Struggling Montana Novelist Talks About Writing And Poverty

Butte author, Robert Bassett
Credit Clay Scott

Robert Bassett of Butte, Montana talks about a life that took him from the Marine Corps, to the lumber camps of the Northwest, to the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. Now he is back in Montana, living in a rented room, saving money to get his teeth fixed, and working on his eighth novel.

(Broadcast: Mountain West Voices, 8/27/14)

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Mountain West Voices
5:00 am
Fri August 22, 2014

I Ain't Leavin' My Road Dog, Part Two: Thoughts On Homelessness

Don, a resident of Helena's Willis Cruse House for homeless veterans
Credit Clay Scott

A story about a homeless Montana man, about grief and kindness, rootlessness and companionship, and about what happens when we put ourselves in situations we can neither predict nor control. (This piece, originally broadcast January 2014, was remixed as part of PRX's Second Ear Program.)

(Broadcast: Mountain West Voices, 8/13/14)

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Mountain West Voices
11:00 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Blackfoot Language Revolutionary, Darrell Kipp

Darrell Kipp
Credit Clay Scott

This week's Mountain West Voices looks back at the late Darrell Kipp, scholar, educator and Blackfeet language revolutionary.  In a 2012 interview, Kipp reflected on a career that took him from the Army, to the Harvard School of Education, then back to the Blackfeet reservation, where for the last 30 years he pioneered efforts

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Mountain West Voices
5:00 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Jazz Is Like A Really Good Conversation

M.J. Williams
Credit Eliza Wiley

Montana jazz icon M.J. Williams was singing in clubs in the early 1960's. Fifty years later, her gorgeous voice and innovative style have reached new levels of warmth and maturity. Listen to this piece and you'll hear why she's a jazz legend in the Rocky Mountain West.

(Broadcast: Mountain West Voices, 8/6/14)

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