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.

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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.

Governor Steve Bullock says the Korean market for Montana coal isn’t going away, even though the state’s largest coal producer is cutting back on its exports to Asia.
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.