Clip of the Week

An audio highlight from this week's local programming.

In our Clip of the Week, Kim Anderson, Associate Director of Humanities Montana, talks about what makes the Montana Festival of the Book so special: community.

The festival is happening October 9 - 11 in Missoula, and includes a poetry slam, a special edition of the wildly popular storytelling event "Tell Us Something," a 15th anniversary gala event, and a roster of best-selling authors, including James Lee Burke, Pete Fromm, Walter Kirn, Gwen Florio, and many others.

Wildlife officials say bears are becoming more active as they search for food before hibernation

"In this city dedicated to the bear, I haven't seen a bear yet. Except in the airport lounge, where one such specimen is stuffed. Do you know the story?"

In our Clip of the Week, Poet Eduardo Chirinos, a professor at the University of Montana-Missoula, writes about bears - real, symbolic, and stuffed.

Listen to the entire episode of "Reflections West" featuring Eduardo Chrinos and Linds Sanders. Or hear more on your radio every Tuesday 8:30 p.m. and Wednesday 3:55 p.m.

Freedom Is A 3,100 Mile Solo Hike

Sep 25, 2014
Clay Scott

"I can't imagine a better existence," says Kayla Murchison. She's nearing the end of a 3,100 mile solo hike on the Continental Divide Trail. After 4 1/2 months walking from Mexico to Canada, she's "hard as nails", and "ready to take on anything."

In our Clip of the Week Kayla talks about the simplicity, freedom and beauty of life on the trail.

What Can We Learn From Wildlife?

Sep 18, 2014
Hunter J. Causey

Humans like to believe we're on the top of the pyramid when it comes to intelligence. Wildlife biologist Douglas Chadwick isn't so sure.

In our Clip of the Week, Chadwick talks about his experience working with big-brained animals, and explains two great reasons for studying wildlife.

'Okay to think your own thoughts...'

Sep 11, 2014

"Okay to take pictures. Okay to sit on turtle. Okay to let your dog out. Okay to think your own thoughts (crackpot though they might well be)." These words greet all who visit the domain of 95-year-old Montana artist Bill Ohrmann. 

In our clip of the week, Eric Funk, a Bozeman composer, jazz musician and host of the MontanaPBS television series, "11th and Grant" talks about his creative process.

Eric says most of his compositions start not in front of a piano, but off the beaten path in the solitude of Montana's forests.

Tom Zavitz painting

When ten-year-old Carlita Milkey bewitches nine-year-old Jaybird, he decides to win her love by giving her her heart's desire:  the biggest, most expensive package of fireworks available at Mr. Oltrogee's fireworks stand. But he doesn't have $19.95. So, he decides to stage an elaborate robbery.

In this short clip from The Church of Pancakes Jaybird and his friends meet to finalize the plan.

Sixteen Years Old And A Veteran Of The Cotton Club

Aug 21, 2014

At 16 years-old, Solomon Hicks is already a veteran of Harlem's famed Cotton Club. Since age 13, this musical prodigy has been the lead guitarist with the "Cotton Club All Stars."

Solomon excels in Jazz, Blues, Classical, Gospel, R&B, Funk and classic Rock. In the 10 years he's been playing music, Solomon has put together an impressive resume.

In our Clip of the Week, Solomon Hicks explains how hard work and practice helped him win over skeptics who didn't think a youngster like him could hang with more experienced musicians.

Kenneth Turan is a film critic for NPR and the LA Times. He's the author of Not To Be Missed: Fifty-Four Favorites From A Lifetime of Film.

In our Clip of the Week Turan explains why Hollywood movies seem to be losing some of their luster as they target ever larger audiences.

Christopher Allen

If there were an award for best-dressed performer at the 2014 Montana Folk Festival, it would have to go to Soul and R&B legend Swamp Dogg.

Swamp Dogg is still on the road at age 71 with his long time opening act, his 93 year old mother, the elegant and charming Ms. Vera Lee.

Get a taste of their family style in our Clip Of The Week.