Reflections West

Wednesday 4:54 PM

Reflections West is a weekly radio program that presents the thoughts of writers and scholars on the American West. These thinkers pair their own thoughts with a passage from literature and history.

Damon Falke

May 6, 2014

5/6/14 & 5/7/14: This week on "Reflections West:" Poet Damon Falke reflects on how the grand landscape of the West invites us to observe.  Falke shares a poem about his father teaching him how to look carefully for ancient fragments in the desert.

4/29/14 & 4/30/14: This week on "Reflections West:" Tessa Heineman explains why she loves archaeology. Poet Marjorie Manwaring's poem, "Treasure," unlocks the memories contained in a single rusty key.

4/22/14 & 4/23/14: This week on "Reflections West:" Tamara Linse reflects on being a woman in the masculine world of ranching.  She pairs her thoughts with a poem by Judy Blunt.

4/15/14 & 4/16/14: This week on "Reflections West:"

Robert Lee reflects on his experiences teaching poetry in a fishing town in Alaska. He pairs his thoughts with a poem by an elementary student from Hydaburg.

4/1/14 and 4/2/14: This week on "Reflections West:" Doug Midgett reflects on the legacy of agricultural ghost towns—a by product of the boom and busts of the homesteading era.  He pairs his thoughts with "Dried Out, a poem by Gwendolyn Haste.

3/25/14  &  3/26/14: This week on "Reflections West:" Bud Cheff, Jr. reflects on the enduring ties between two families, one white, one Indian, on the Flathead reservation.  He pairs his thoughts with a poem by Olivia Stiffler.

3/18/14 & 3/19/14: This week on "Reflections West:" Erin Saldin reflects on the mysterious bond between parent and child.  She pairs her thoughts with the classic western novel, Housekeeping, by Marilynne Robinson.

3/11/14 & 3/12/14: This week on "Reflections West:" Robert Stubblefield reflects on the power of the written word to bring immediacy to story-telling.  He pairs his thoughts with a passage from a James Welch novel, Fools Crow.

Tammy Elser & Luci Tapahonso

Mar 4, 2014

3/4/14 and 3/5/14: This week on "Reflections West:"  Tammy Elser reflects on the grand tradition of morning coffee, Monana style, which, though it may lack frills, is loaded with nostalgia.  She pairs her thoughts with a poem by Navajo poet Luci Tapahonso.

Philip Burgess & Penny Postcards

Feb 25, 2014

2/25 and 2/26, 2014: This week on "Reflections West,"  Philip Burgess reflects on the historical fad of Penny Postcards and how they helped form women’s communities of the past.  He pairs his thoughts with the contents of seven such cards written to two homesteading sisters in Montana.

James Davenport

Feb 5, 2014

2/11 & 12/2014 - James reflects on the pros and cons of not "getting" pop-culture references.  He pairs his thoughts with a passage by John Steinbeck.

Caroline Keys

Jan 27, 2014

2/4 & 5/2014 - Caroline Keys speaks to the value of pushing limits, of transcending perceived and accepted boundaries.  She pairs her thoughts with a traditional Salish story as told by Bon Whealdon.

Paul Theobald

Jan 27, 2014

1/28 & 29/2014 - Paul Theobald reflects on the conflict between having an ambitious career and finding a home.  He pairs his thoughts with a passage by Wendell Berry.

Dale Gillespie

Jan 27, 2014

1/21 & 22/2014 - Dale Gillespie reflects o how our attachment to landscape is driven by the memory of small details.  He pairs this with a passage from Wallace Stegner.

Alicia Gignoux

Jan 27, 2014

1/14 & 15/2014 - Alicia Gignoux reflects on the human ethic of sharing the land with wildlife.  She pairs her own thoughts with a prose poem by Charles Finn.

Toby Thompson

Jan 27, 2014

1/7 & 8/2014 - Toby Thompson reflects western saloon as an authentic place of refuge, pairing his thoughts with a passage from author Ken McCullough.

Kathleen Welsch

Jan 27, 2014

12/31/2013 and 1/1/2014 - Kathleen Welsch speaks to the value of protecting those things that cannot protect themselves, including the Earth.  She pairs her thoughts with a recent state from the Indigenous Elders and Medicine Peoples Council.

Erica Olsen

Jan 27, 2014

12/16 & 17/2013 - Erica Olsen reflects on the relationship between nature and technology, pairing her thoughts with those of the historian Frank Waters.

John Clayton

Jan 27, 2014

12/10 & 11/2013 - John Clayton reflects on the popular perception of women in the West as fiercely individual.  He selected a passage by one of Montana's first female novelists Caroline Lockhart.

Ellen Baumler

Nov 27, 2013

12/3 & 4/2013 - Ellen Baumler reflects on the grim legacy of the Sedition Act in Montana's history.  She pairs her thoughts with the historian Clemens P. Work

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