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Author interviews, food, natural history, poetry, and more from "The Write Question", "The Food Guys", "Field Notes", "Home Ground Radio", "Front Row Center", and "Reflections West".

'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.

Cornelius Marion Battey (PD)

“For seven days in June 2015, Rachel Dolezal captured the news cycle,” writes University of Montana professor, Tobin Shearer, for "Reflections West."

 

“Dolezal had led Spokane's NAACP and taught Africana studies, but lost those positions after her parents outed her as a white person. Dolezal had presented herself as black for years.

 

In parts of the world wracked by violence, like Syria and Palestine, we often see images of destruction. But Samantha Robinson, founder and executive producer of Awareness & Prevention Through Art (aptART), is working to change that. She believes visual aesthetics play a significant role in psychological health, and by collaborating with communities to create bold murals, art can stimulate dialog and healing.

When Penelope Pierce drove through Montana's Paradise Valley in '85, she knew she was home. Now, as the Executive Director of the Gallatin Valley Land Trust, she has supported numerous conservation easements to protect large landscapes. Pierce believes that conservation has to make financial sense to people, and through cooperation and education, this type of model can prove successful.

For centuries, durable work clothes have been designed for men, but Sarah Calhoun, founder and owner of Red Ants Pants, is working to change that. This week on "Home Ground", we learn how White Sulfur Springs became the international headquarters of the first company dedicated to work-wear for women. It's also the home of the annual Red Ants Pants Music Festival, an event that supports rural families and communities across the state. 

'Green-Striped Melons'

Sep 12, 2016
Li Talpo

by Jane Hirshfield

They lie
under stars in a field.
They lie under rain in a field.
Under sun

Some people
are like this as well—
like a painting
hidden beneath another painting.

An unexpected weight
the sign of their ripeness.

Asian Green Beans: Getting Your Black Soy Sauce On

Sep 11, 2016
Flicker user, insatiablemunch (CC-BY-2.0)

Jon and Greg a share pet peeve: undercooked green beans in restaurants. "I think they wave a match near them to pretend to warm them up," says Greg. He prefers beans cooked just enough to bring out their flavor, but not so much as to create what Jon calls "the sodden cabbage effect."  Greg recommends basil pesto or miso as flavoring for blanched or sautéed green beans. Jon wonders where the strings in stringbeans have gone.

Flickr user, Jason Hollinger (CC-BY-2.0)

Recently, the work of lichenologist Toby Spribille, a research professor based part-year at the University of Montana-Missoula, has upended the idea that lichen are an alliance between just one fungus and one algae. In many lichens, a mysterious yeast is the third player in this symbiosis. 

Bitterroot Performing Arts Series
Bitterroot Performing Arts

Laurie Ruffner, the new executive director of the Bitterroot Performing Arts Council, shares some highlights from The Hamilton Performing Arts Center's upcoming season, including performances by Reduced Shakespeare and acclaimed singer/songwriter Darrell Scott.

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.

Recipe: Swedish Apple Pudding

Sep 4, 2016
Flickr user, Patrick Truby (CC-BY-2.0)

Late-summer apples have a thin skin and a gossamer flavor. They don't enjoy the endless shelf life of autumn's "storage" apples, but if you refrigerate them, you can easily pile up enough to make a big batch of  applesauce - or the following recipe. From Greg Patent's 2007 book, "A Baker's Odyssey: Celebrating Time-Honored Recipes from America's Rich Immigrant Heritage," here's how to make Missoulian Jody Anderson's recipe for Swedish Apple Pudding, an applesauce topped with a layer of sponge cake.

Why Spiders Appear To Bungee-Jump From The Sky

Sep 3, 2016
Flickr user, Hunter Desportes (CC-BY-2.0)

It felt like the perfect spot to see some wildlife. So I plopped down in the sun-soaked grasses among the widely scattered ponderosa pines and waited. I was squinting, or possibly had my eyes closed, and when my vision came back into focus I saw a visitor. One of the most creative, silent and lethal predators of the natural world was directly in front of me.

Three No-Cook Summer Sauces

Aug 28, 2016
Katrin Gilger (CC-BY-2.0)

The Food Guys are on a roll talking about no-cook foods that suit the heat of summer. This week, they recommend three types of sauces: pesto, vinagrettes, and mayonnaise.

We were making our way down the Bitterroot River. I said to Chinook:  “I’ll be Lewis; you can be Clark.”  Then I reconsidered. “We’ll both be Sacagawea – since, historically, probably more than one Indian woman filled that role.”  Chinook wasn’t listening.  He was working hard to plow through water up to his belly and keeping an eye out for fish.

Penguin Random House/Viking Books for Young Readers

This is Logan, here to tell you about The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle, a book for middle-school readers written by Janet Fox.

Recipe For Rustic Fruit Galettes

Aug 19, 2016
Flickr user, Chip Smith (CC BY-NC 2.0)

“Life is better than death, I believe, if only because it is less boring, and because it has fresh peaches in it.”
― Alice Walker.

During the "peach time" of summer, Food Guy Greg Patent loves raw peaches, either unadorned or served with crème fraiche or crème Anglaise. He's also partial to peach galette, a simple, rustic French tart. Recipes for peach galette, crème fraiche and crème Anglaise follow.

Summer Salads: Go Mediterranean

Aug 15, 2016
Flickr user, amrufn (CC-BY-2.0)

In summer, if you're trying to avoid heating up your kitchen, dinner salads can be a staple. Classic Niçoise salad has tomatoes, capers, green beans, hard-boiled eggs and cucumber over a bed of lettuce, and with the addition of some canned salmon or tuna, it turns into a meal. Greek salad's hallmarks include chopped ham, red onion, feta cheese, Greek olives and hard-boiled eggs, but as Jon points out, "you don't have to get carried away with adhering to some recipe." Be resourceful and creative.

'Lovemaking in America'

Aug 15, 2016
Simon Huggins / Creative Commons

by  Rob Schlegel

I watch a silent film about the sea and I am forced
To imagine the sound the schooner is making.

Upstairs, you fill the bath with everything that has
Or could ever happen between us.

You think you have lived this day before. Earlier
At the fair we found a magician who claimed

Flickr user, Ralph Arvesen (CC-BY-2.0)

Wish I may, wish I might…see a shooting star tonight. If increasing your chances for wishing on a falling star sounds appealing, then circle the nights of August 11th and 12th on your calendar and make a big list of wishes – for this is the peak of the Perseid meteor shower, when it’s possible to see a hundred meteors an hour. In fact, for 2016, a meteor “outburst” is predicted, which means that if you’re able to watch after moonset, from midnight till dawn on August 12, you could see as many as 200 meteors an hour.

The Story Of The World's Most Famous Grizzly Bear

Aug 10, 2016
cover image credit : Tom Mangelson / Rizzoli Publications

Celebrating the most famous family of grizzly bears in the world — specifically matriarch 399 and her offspring — renowned nature photographer Thomas D. Mangelsen has been tracking and photographing these bruins of Greater Yellowstone for 10 years, amassing an incomparable portfolio that offers an intimate glimpse into the lives of this celebrated bear family.

Terry Tempest Williams signs a copy of her new book after a July reading in Missoula.
Nora Saks

If reading Terry Tempest Williams’ prose is like watching an inscrutable tapestry unfold, then to hear her speak is to be threaded onto her magical loom and woven into a story. It is a lived and felt experience.

Instead of watching Donald Trump’s acceptance speech on a recent Thursday night in July, I went to hear Williams share pieces from her new book, “The Hour of Land - A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks” at the UC Ballroom in Missoula, MT.

Flickr user, Michelle Annette Trembley (CC-BY-2.0)

Food Guys Greg Patent and Jon Jackson let vegetables lead them around their local farmers markets. "Eggplant, corn, snap peas, green beans, leeks, onions, shallots, garlic, peppers, zucchini, mushrooms, tomatoes - summer vegetables don't require a lot of cooking."

Flickr user, Peter Stephens (CC-BY-2.0)

"Glacier lilies set standards in beauty and cultural importance. These charming flowers are the lights of spring, indicators of winter’s end, symbols of nutrition, yellow images of patience and longevity, and for me, a new and solid representation of pure human enchantment."

Risotto With Fresh Herbs And The Ur-Wheat, Einkorn

Jul 26, 2016
Flickr user, Mark Nesbitt (CC-BY-2.0)

The Food Guys take a couple of shows to talk about einkorn, the ancient predecessor to modern wheat. Einkorn (rhymes with “fine corn”) means “one grain” in German. As with other ancient grains that have become trendy, the gluten structure of einkorn seems to suit some people better than that of modern bread wheat, Triticum aestivum. Einkorn boosters point out that, compared to bread wheat, it's low in starch and high in protein, and tastes nutty and earthy.

Flickr user, Ingrid Taylar (CC-BY-2.0)

I’m not sure if I’ve ever been on a river, at any time of year, and not seen a Great Blue Heron. They seem to stand as solitary sentries on the rivers of Montana, but also on rivers from Canada to South America.

'Home Ground Radio': Bob Ream, Part 2

Jul 24, 2016

Last week we talked with Bob Ream who's had an outstanding career in ecology, academics, and politics. This week we're talking about the politics. Bob Ream joins us for part two on this episode of "Home Ground".

'Home Ground Radio': Bob Ream, Part 1

Jul 22, 2016

If you're lucky in life, and/or determined, you get to choose how you use your time. Looking back, some careers stand out. Bob Ream's career in ecology, academics, and politics is one. Ream is the guest on this episode of "Home Ground Radio".

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Keith Williams (CC-BY-2.0)

My eyes open at 5:00 a.m. I see my breath billow towards the top of my tent as I sigh at the blaring intrusion of a battery-operated alarm clock. I must hustle if I want any shot at boiling the pot of water necessary for a hot breakfast. Fumbling around for my least stench-ridden set of clothes, the reality slowly creeps into my head: I am a field biologist.

Cool Or Cooked, Cucumbers Are Not Merely Pickles

Jul 18, 2016
Flickr user, Núria-Farregut. (CC-BY-2.0)

"Since cumbersome is a word,
Cumber must have been a word,
Lost to us now, and even then,
For a person feeling encumbered,
It must have felt orderly and right-minded
To stand at a sink and slice a cucumber."

- excerpt from "Poem With a Cucumber In It," by Robert Haas

The founders of our nation placed a great deal of trust in the role of a free press as the key to maintaining informed public opinion. Chuck Johnson, a professional newspaper reporter for 44 years, is in a good position to say how we're doing.

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