Pea Green Boat

Weekdays 4:00 PM -5:00 PM

The Pea Green Boat is a show for children of all ages, with stories, songs, poetry, and special guests - two and four-legged, and some with wings. 

“The Owl and the Pussycat went to sea in a beautiful pea green boat...” With its title borrowed from that Edward Lear poem, the Montana Public Radio Pea Green Boat sets sail each weekday afternoon at 4:00 p.m.

In between the stories and songs, guests like Kate Davis from Raptors of the Rockies, and Brian Williams from the Montana Natural History Center cover the Nature Beat. Librarians from the Missoula Public Library share new and classic books every Monday, and the Poetry Club meets once a month.

Listeners can call in requests for birthday songs and favorite songs and stories:

Phone: 1-800-325-1565 or 243-4931 or email


  1. The Hamster Dance, by Hampton the Hamster, from Hamster Dance
  2. Everyone Asked About You (Nora, Nora), by Bob McGrath, from Sing Me A Story
  3. Peanut Butter Bears, by Brent Holmes, from Bear Tunes For Kids
  4. Little Chickadee, by Chenille Sisters, from Teaching Hippopotami to Fly
  5. A Pirate's Life, by Cathy Fink & Marcie Marxer, from Scat Like That
  6. Waltzing With Bears, by Priscilla Herdman, from Star Dreamer
  7. Alligator In The Elevator, by Rick Charette, from Alligator In The Elevator
  8. There's A Pea On My Plate, by Bill Harley, from There's A Pea On My Plate
  9. On The Day That You Were Born, by Red Grammer, from Hello World
  10. T-Rex, by The Dinner Dogs, from Meet The Dinner Dogs
  11. Lime Jello, Marshmallow, Cottage Cheese Surprise, by Two of a Kind, from So Many Ways To Be Smart


Pine Grosbeak

Nov 17, 2015
Pine grosbeak
Papa Lima Whiskey (CC-BY-SA-3)

We talked about pine grosbeaks on yesterday's "Pea Green Boat", and listener Qin Yu sent in a story of her recent grosbeak sighting:

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.

Black widow spider
Courtesy Glenn Marangelo/Missoula Insectarium

Glenn Marangelo from the Missoula Insectarium will be on "Pea Green Boat" today at 4:00 p.m. with some creepy crawly guests, including a black widow spider.

Tune in on your radio or online to hear more about the fascinating spiders and insects show in the pictures above.

October the Goat was born just last week on Pea Green Boat host Sam Manno's farm.
Sam Manno

Sam Manno got a pledge-week surprise last Thursday when a new goat kid was born on his farm.

He showed up to do chores Thurdsay evening, and there was chaos in the barnyard. Patience the goat had given birth to a little buck while Sam was raising money for public radio. Here's a picture of the newborn October the goat.

Did you hear the radio play "The Nose" on "Pea Green Boat" October 17? Host Annie Garde asked listeners to draw pictures based on the play and send them in. Natalie from Helena sent us this nice drawing of the nose biking around. She also included a thank you note. You're welcome Natalie, thank you for the picture.

Why Sam Manno Has A Bull In His Kitchen

Oct 21, 2015
How do you say no to a face like that?
Sam Manno

"I sat at the kitchen table for an hour, determined not to reward him for his bad behavior," Sam said. "But what choice do I have?"

Little Bear the steer greets Sam at his back door every  morning. Lately, he's invited himself inside to look for goodies like pears and apples. That's life on a farm.

Tune in to "Pea Green Boat" today to hear more about Sam's adventures on the farm.

"The Nose" A "Pea Green Boat" radio play.
Tony Alter (CC-BY-2)

Rodeo Radio Theater In The Air is back on "Pea Green Boat" with a play called "The Nose" by Nikolai Gogol.

Listen as one character discovers a nose in his bread while another character looks in a mirror and sees that his nose is gone. Crazy! And it gets crazier.

A blue death-feigning beetle, living up to its name.
Josh Burnham

Today on "Pea Green Boat" Annie had special guests from  the Missoula Insectarium. Glenn Marangelo joined the show to talk about insects, and he brought some six-legged friends with him.

"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.