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.

Freedom Is A 3,100 Mile Solo Hike

Sep 25, 2014
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.

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)

Mister S

Sep 16, 2014

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)

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)

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.

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)

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

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)

courtesy of Kenton Rowe

A retired history professor from Montana reflects on a childhood during the Depression, and on the nature of poverty...and happiness.

(Broadcast: Mountain West Voices, 7/30/14)

Clay Scott

A really moving love story worthy of Shakespeare - only no one drinks poison. There's some plant biology and Irish music thrown in for good measure.

(Broadcast: Mountain West Voices, 7/23/14)

Clay Scott

Mo Thao reflects on her chaotic early life in Laos and on coming to Montana...and on gardening.

(Broadcast: Mountain West Voices, 7/16/14)

Montana Public Radio

7/9/14: This week on Mountain West Voices: 94-year-old activist Meyer Chessin talks about his journey from his Yiddish-speaking Bronx neighborhood during the Depression, to a career in plant pathology at the University of Montana.

Clay Scott

7/2/14: This week on Mountain West Voices: A middle-aged woman with grown children leaves a bad relationship to start her life over in Missoula, Montana. Within a couple of weeks she finds herself living in a homeless shelter. She got back on her feet through the generosity of strangers, and now works for a non-profit that deals with homelessness.

Clip of the Week: Crafting a Life in Montana

Jun 26, 2014
Clay Scott

Master canoe builder Greg Morley loves building canoes and exploring the Montana wilderness surrounding his home. He talks about the intersection of place and purpose in this week's Clip of the Week.

Clay Scott

6/25/14: This week on "Mountain West Voices:" The story of Doug and Anna Crabtree, who left good careers and invested their life savings in a farm in a remote part of north-central Montana.

Katy Wright

6/18/14: This week on "Mountain West Voices:" Montana rockabilly guitarist Russ Nassett visits with his grandson Jack about the importance of playing music.

Clay Scott

7/17/13: This week on "Mountain West Voices:" A visit to the Nekaneet Reserve in southwest Saskatchewan. Elder Linda Oakes talks about racism, about the importance of the Cree language, and about her people's fight to remain in their ancestral home in the Cypress Hills.

Clay Scott

6/11/14: This week on "Mountain West Voices:" Master canoe builder Greg Morley talks about his life-long love of exploring the wilderness in his own hand-crafted cedar boats.

Clay Scott

6/4/14: This week on "Mountain West Voices:" George Nickel survived the roadside bomb that killed his comrades in Iraq. Back home in Boise, Idaho, his readjustment to civilian life was a disaster. An armed standoff with Boise police led to jail, and almost a year of solitary confinement. Now George's life is dedicated to helping other combat veterans make the difficult transition to non-military life.

Clay Scott

5/28/14: This week on "Mountain West Voices:" When Scott Hannon retired after 23 years as Navy SEAL and made his way to Montana, he wanted to hunt, fish, and live a quiet life. Then he discovered the therapeutic value of working with injured wildlife - especially eagles.

Montana WILD Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

Clay Scott

5/21/14: This week on "Mountain West Voices:" 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.

Clay Scott

5/14/14: This week on "Mountain West Voices:" Mike Williams and Aaron Parrett of Helena, Montana, talk about old time American music, its evolution, and their relationship to the genre.

Clay Scott

5/7/14: This week on "Mountain West Voices:" A conversation with Kirby Mathew, award-winning preservationist, at a remote Montana cabin that is one of hundreds of historic buildings he has restored.

Clay Scott

4/30/14: This week on "Mountain West Voices:" A visit with award-winning environmentalist cowboy poet Wally McRae on his ranch in southeast Montana.

4/23/14: This week on "Mountain West Voices:" On the Tongue River, in southeast Montana, a tornado destroyed Mark Fix's log barn. With the help of local Amish craftsmen using hand tools, he rebuilds the homestead-era structure.

4/16/14: This week on "Mountain West Voices:" In 1937, Cassandra Norman's great-grandfather murdered the parents of 5-year-old Larry Kuntz, pistol-whipped the boy and left him for dead. Norman, who lives in Tacoma, Washington, recnetly tracked down Kuntz, now in his 80's, and the two have found a way to reconcile the tragedy that connects their families.

The Survivor, Part 1

Apr 2, 2014
Clay Scott

4/2/14: This week on "Mountain West Voices:" In 1937, the parents of 5-year-old Larry Kuntz were shot to death in an argument over wheat. Larry was beaten and left for dead. After years of silence, the 81-year-old retired pharmacist and Spokane, Washington resident has begun to share his story.

The Helmville Waltz

Mar 26, 2014
Clay Scott

3/26/14 & 3/23/15: This week on "Mountain West Voices:"  94-year-old Pat Geary, teacher and church organist in Helmville, Montana, talks about her community, and her life.

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

A World for Perfect People

Mar 19, 2014
Clay Scott

3/19/14: This week on "Mountain West Voices:" 95-year-old Irene Roberts, a student at Carroll College in Helena, Montana, talks about her life-long love of learning, about farm life during the Depression, about polio and poverty, and about the examples of generosity and kindness that have inspired and sustained her.

Wilmot Collins

Mar 12, 2014

3/12/14: This week on "Mountain West Voices:" the story of Wilmot and Maddie Collins, who came to Helena, Montana as refugees, fleeing Liberia's civil war.

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