MTPR

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 peagreen.boat@yahoo.com

FAVORITE PEA GREEN BOAT SONGS:

  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


 

Autism
Nick Youngson http://nyphotographic.com (CC-BY-SA-3)

"The myth is that autistic kids sometimes don't feel emotion, and that is just not true at all. I can say from personal experience that autistic kids have emotions," says Logan, who joins Annie to clear up some misconceptions you might have about autism.

Learn about autism from Logan and his mom Lisa on this episode of "Kids Like You And Me."

Every Friday through May 12, Annie will be giving away Bill Harley related prizes during the "Pea Green Boat." Tune in between 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. on MTPR for your chance to win t-shirts, books and CDs from Bill Harley.

Attention kids of all ages: Bill Harley returns to Missoula on Mother’s Day, May 14 at 2:00 p.m. to perform your favorite children's songs and stories.

As a singer and storyteller, Harley is a favorite of fans of MTPR's "Pea Green Boat." Entertainment Weekly called him "the Mark Twain of contemporary children's music."

The Pepper Weevil -- an unexpected surprise living inside Glenn's green pepper.
Glenn Marangelo

Glenn Marangelo from the Missoula Insectarium returns to "Pea Green Boat" on January 25 to talk about insects in winter, and the unexpected insect surprise he found living inside his green pepper.

Tune in to "Pea Green Boat," Wednesday, January 25 at 4:00 p.m. to learn more.

Kids Like You And Me: Type I Diabetes

Jan 13, 2017
PracticalCures.com

Type 1 diabetes is "a chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin, a hormone needed to allow sugar (glucose) to enter cells to produce energy" (Mayo Clinic).  There's no cure for type 1 diabetes. So what does a kid with this disease do everyday to keep himself healthy? It's complicated! And how does his family help him? And how does he explain insulin injections to his friends? This week, Annie talks to Robby, and his dad, Bob, about what it's like to live with type I diabetes.  

"The Pea Green Boat" welcomes a director and two actors from the China National Theater for Children. Joining them is the education director of the Missoula Children's Theater. The two theaters have been engaged for a year in a collaboration that has taken Missoula kids to Beijing and now brings Beijing kids to Missoula! The collaborative performance of "The Princess and the Pea" was staged at MCT this past weekend. Listen to the interview to learn more and hear the kids sing songs from the play.

'Pea Green Boat' Spots Monsters On The Subway

Sep 15, 2016

Have you ever seen monsters on the bus or subway? An artist named Ben Rubin takes pictures of people sitting across from him on the subway, and then adds an illustrated monster companion to the photo. He calls his pictures "Subway Doodles." I liked them so much I decided to play monster songs on "Pea Green Boat" today beginning at 4:00 p.m. Here's a look at one of the pictures. Find more Subway Doodles here.

Kids Like You And Me: Williams Syndrome

Sep 9, 2016
Williams Syndrome Association

"The Pea Green Boat" provides a unique and nurturing place to hear stories about how it feels to be excluded, mocked, and bullied because you’re different, in color or ability – or how it feels to be accepted despite those differences. This week, Annie talks to Claire Carmody, a teenager with Williams Syndrome, and her mom, Jen Carmody, about the advantages and challenges of the disorder.

Ichneumon wasp
Glenn Marangelo - Missoula Insectarium

Glenn Marangelo from the Missoula Insectarium will be on "Pea Green Boat" on Thursday, July 28 to teach us about Ichneumon Wasps and Robber Flies. 

All other insects should beware the robber fly! These incredibly fast and agile predators can easily capture most other flying insects for a meal.

Ichneumon wasps may look a little scary, but luckily have no interest in humans. They have an amazing ability to to locate the larvae of wood-boring horntail wasps. How and why? You'll need to tune in to find out.

Learn more on "Pea Green Boat" Thursday at 4:00 p.m. Listen on your radio, or online.

Kids Like You And Me: Hearing Loss

Jun 29, 2016
Colin Mutchler (CC-BY-2)

"The Pea Green Boat" provides a unique and nurturing place to hear stories about how it feels to be excluded, mocked, and bullied because you’re different, in color or ability – or how it feels to be accepted despite those differences. This week, Annie talks with 9-year-old Dutch about his hearing loss and how he felt when he discovered he was different. She also talks with Dutch's mother and his speech language therapist about teaching Dutch to advocate for himself.

Kids Like You And Me: Isolation 2

Jun 24, 2016
Gerolf Nikolay

"The Pea Green Boat" provides a unique and nurturing place to hear stories about how it feels to be excluded, mocked, and bullied because you’re different, in color or ability – or how it feels to be accepted despite those differences. This week, Annie facilitates conversations with middle-school students and a teacher, Caroline Patterson, about isolation. Students write poetry about their feelings during this classroom session and then read their poems.

Kids Like You And Me: Megalencephaly

Jun 10, 2016
Kate Ter Haar

"The Pea Green Boat" provides a unique and nurturing place to hear stories about how it feels to be excluded, mocked, and bullied because you’re different, in color or ability – or how it feels to be accepted despite those differences. This week, Annie facilitates a conversation about megalencephaly.

Kids Like You And Me: Kindness

Jun 3, 2016
Louisa Billiter

"The Pea Green Boat" provides a unique and nurturing place to hear stories about how it feels to be excluded, mocked, and bullied because you’re different, in color or ability – or how it feels to be accepted despite those differences. This week, Annie talks about kindness with middle school children who share their "hurtful" experiences.

Glover's moth caterpillar.
Glenn Marangelo

Glenn Marangelo from the Missoula Insectarium will be back on "Pea Green Boat" Wednesday to teach us more fascinating things about the insect world. He sent along these pictures of the bugs he'll be telling us about.

Kids Like You And Me: Isolation 1

May 20, 2016
Niclas Lindh

"The Pea Green Boat" provides a unique and nurturing place to hear stories about how it feels to be excluded, mocked, and bullied because you’re different, in color or ability – or how it feels to be accepted despite those differences. This week, Annie facilitates conversations with grade-school students and a teacher, Sheryl Noethe, about feeling different and isolated. Students write about their feelings and then read their poems.

Kate Davis with the star great horned owl, Miles (Davis). Miles was the star for hundreds of programs over the 18 years Kate had him. Miles passed away a few weeks ago. This was his last time on "Pea Green Boat".
Sam Manno

Kate Davis of Raptors of the Rockies will be back on 'Pea Green Boat' Thursday and she'll be bringing a bunch of sound recordings from the Raptor Ranch, plus three birds; a falcon, a hawk, and an owl.

Tune in Thursday, May 19 at 4:00 p.m., on your radio or online.

This week on "Pea Green Boat" we're talking about Montana's state symbols. If you're listening from anywhere in western Montana, chances are you can find many of these symbols on a short walk out your door. Check out these state symbols, and tune in to "Pea Green Boat" all week at 4:00 p.m. to learn more.

Hope and her entourage April 1st 2016.
Sam Manno

Fed up with being alone in a herd of 35, Hope created her own herd all - in one day.

 

Well...it took Dexter, a buck, five months to get there.

 

On May 1 last year, Hope gave birth to triplet does named Persistence, Compassion and Forgiveness, and started a herd of her own.

 

What Is A Poem?

Apr 14, 2016
Selya, our Librarian Poet
Sam Manno

April is National Poetry Month!  Join host Sam Manno and Selya, a librarian from the Missoula Public Library, on Saturday, April 16, for a lively conversation as they attempt to answer the question, "What is a poem?"  They'll explore the 'rhyme and reason' of different types of poems, while sharing some favorites.

Zoey May 10: Zoey 2 ½ months old on her first trip up Mt Sentinel in May 2009
Sam Manno

In my case the chicken came before the egg … then goats, all in an attempt to be closer to my food in an urban environment; and it all started with snakes. That is how we ended up on Mt Sentinel a couple of weeks ago with Zoey showing her kids, Empathy and Intuition the "ropes," actually the "rocks," of Urban living.

(L) Monarch butterly, (R) viceroy butterfly. Can you see the differences?
Piccolo Namek, Derek Ramsey (GFDL 1.2)

Can you tell the difference between a monarch and a viceroy butterfly? Do you know what a western two-tailed swallowtail is? Tune in to "Pea Green Boat" on Wednesday, March 30 at 4:00 p.m. to learn more about these butterflies of western Montana with Glenn Marangelo from the Missoula Butterfly House & Insectarium.

An African Olive tree Wangari Maathai planted at Huho-Ini Secondary School in 2003 one year later.
Courtesy Brian Theroux

In African tradition, a tree is a symbol of peace.

On 'Children's Corner' this past Saturday, Selya from the Missoula Public Library shared Wangari’s Trees of Peace, a true story of Wangari Maathai’s passion and dedication to reforesting Kenya and empowering women. Wangari Maathai was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 for her work through the Green Belt Movement.

"Love 12 Miles Long"
Sam Manno

Book review of "Love 12 Miles Long," heard on "Children's Corner" 02/20/16.

Missoula Librarian Selya will join Sam on "Pea Green Boat" To celebrate Women's History Month.
Sam Manno

"Pea Green Boat" will continue our celebration of Black History month and transition to Women's History Month. Monday February 29, Selya from the Missoula Public Library will talk about children's books by and about women of color.

Tune in to "Pea Green Boat" Monday at 4:00 p.m. on your radio or online to learn more.

All The Stars In The Sky

Feb 26, 2016
Snow on the goat's coat looks like stars in the sky.
Sam Manno

By the time I finish my milking and feeding chores, the stars are out and I get a chance to look at them and daydream. At the winter solstice, Orion  was laying on his side above the barn. Now he's standing upright above the pasture, and will soon disappear until next winter. Where does Orion go?

The days are getting longer, bears are waking up from hibernation, and buttercups are opening in the hills of Missoula. Spring is just over the horizon. As proof, "Pea Green Boat" listeners Lindley and Benton sent in these photos of their first buttercup sighting of the year. They found this one on Mount Jumbo in Missoula, Tuesday February 23, 2016.

Glenn Marangelo from the Missoula Insectarium will glide in to teach us about winter butterflies; that is, butterflies that spend the winter in Montana as adults.
Sam Manno

Glenn Marangelo from the Missoula Insectarium will glide in to teach us about winter butterflies; that is, butterflies that spend the winter in Montana as adults. How do they survive? What do they do to pass the time? Tune in to "Pea Green Boat" at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 24 to find out.

Pam the librarian will join the Pea Green February 22 to continue our celebration of Black History Month. Pam will be sharing children’s books by African American authors. 

Tune in to "Pea Green Boat" at 4:00 p.m. February 22, to learn about children's books by African American authors.

The Poetry Club will be in session February 17 on the "Pea Green Boat".

Join Marcia, Barbara, Marylor & Annie Garde for their monthly celebration of poetry. 4:00 p.m., on your radio or online, but only on MTPR.

Find out why one of Sam's goats wears a coat, on the next "Children's Corner".
Sam Manno

Find out why Sam’s spent $2,000 on his goat Zoey, and why she's wearing a coat.

You'll also learn how words freed the young slave Fredrick Douglass.

Saturday, February 6 at 7:00 a.m. on "Children's Corner". Tune in on your radio or online.

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