Clay Scott

The Picture Bride: From Guangdong to Montana

Jan 24, 2016
courtesy of Flora Wong

This week on "Mountain West Voices:" The remarkable story of Flora Wong, a Chinese-American woman who survived the Sino-Japanese war and came to Montana as a "Picture Bride."

Bletchley Park: A Montana War Bride Looks Back

Dec 28, 2015
Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez

In this episode of Mountain West Voices, we hear from Dulcie May Klusmann, who, as a teenager, worked as a code breaker at Bletchley Park, Britain's top secret center for breaking German codes and ciphers.

Clay Scott

In this episode of Mountain West Voices, we visit a remarkable language teacher at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Dorothy Thunder grew up at Little Pine First Nations Reserve in Saskatchewan, surrounded by the Plains Cree language. Today, the number of young people who speak the language is dwindling. Dorothy has dedicated her life to reversing that trend.

Clay Scott

Pronghorn antelope make the second longest migration of any North American land animal. But their ancient migration routes are threatened by livestock fencing.

A visit with the band Scatter Their Own from the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Pine Ridge is a vast, sparsely populated reservation with the highest poverty and unemployment rates in the nation. But for Scotti, Scotti Junior and Julianna Clifford, their land and their Oglala Lakota culture are things of profound beauty to be celebrated in song.

Guss Yellow Hair, a Lakota and Northern Cheyenne artist from South Dakota's Pine Ridge Reservation, talks about his role as "culture bearer," and about the importance of passing on tradition through language and music.

Clay Scott

A visit with award-winning environmentalist cowboy poet Wally McRae on his ranch in southeast Montana.

Jim Schulz, Helena, MT
Clay Scott

This week on Mountain West Voices, we visit the class of award-winning biology teacher Jim Schulz, of Helena, Montana, on his last day of teaching before he retires.

(Broadcast: "Mountain West Voices,"  8/3/15, Monday afternoons, 4:53 p.m., or via podcast.)

Clay Scott

A visit with Pauline Berekoff at the Sons of Freedom Gilpin Settlement, a little known community near Grand Forks, British Columbia. The Sons of Freedom are descended from the Russian Doukhobors who came to Canada in the late 1800's, and Pauline talks about the fight to maintain her beliefs, and about her community's conflict with the Canadian government.

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.

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