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.

"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.

Productivity Tip From A Farmer-Mother: Mud

Jul 31, 2014

As a busy mother, farmer and journalist, Courtney Lowery Cowgill knows a few things about hard work and multi-tasking.  In our Clip of the Week, she shares a tip that helps her squeeze a little more productivity out of her day: mud.

Listen to the entire program about Women Farmers, or find more "In Other Words" online, via podcast or on the air Tuesdays at 10:30 p.m.

Finding Peace Between People And Elephants

Jul 24, 2014
David Western

Dr. Jonah Western, chairman of the African Conservation Centre, Nairobi, Kenya Western is a scientist studying conflict and co-existence between wildlife and humans. In community-based conservation, Western has discovered a model that could be useful not just in Kenya, but in Montana.

In our Clip of the Week he explains how two different  elephant encounters heavily influenced his view of wildlife and wildlife-human conflict.

What's Really in 100% Orange Juice?

Jul 16, 2014, Gardenblackwash

Does  the term "100% pure orange juice" accurately describe an orange-flavored,  chemically-altered, long-shelf-life product? "The Food Guys" explain why 100% pure may not mean what you think it means.

Hear the entire Orange Juice episode or listen to  "The Food Guys" online, via podcast, or on the air on Sundays at 11:20 a.m.

Clip Of The Week: Like Asking For A Date

Jul 10, 2014
IMG Artists

Grammy Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn  commissioned 26 composers from around the world to write short-form works, suitable for use by violinists as performance encores for her latest recording "In 27 Pieces".

In our Clip Of The Week, Hilary tells John Floridis that cold-calling composers was like asking for a date.

Dr. Les Purce is the president of The Evergreen State College. The family photos on his wall are an American account of slavery, Indians, westward migration, hard luck and hard work.

In our Clip of the Week, Dr. Purce recounts a childhood experience with segregation.

Listen to the entire interview with Dr. Purce, or hear more episodes of Home Ground Radio online, via podcast or on the air on Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m.

Clip of the Week: Crafting a Life in Montana

Jun 26, 2014
Clay Scott

Master canoe builder Greg Morley loves building canoes and exploring the Montana wilderness surrounding his home. He talks about the intersection of place and purpose in this week's Clip of the Week.

In 1810, John Jacob Astor sent out two advance parties to settle the wild, unclaimed western coast of North America. More than half of his men died violent deaths. The others survived starvation, madness, and greed to shape the destiny of a continent.

Listen as Peter Stark describes how the killing of a Blackfoot man by the Lewis and Clark expedition came back to haunt later fur trappers.

Pramila Jayapal

Pramila Jayapal is a fellow at the University of Washington law school and the Center for Community Change, and a Washington state senate candidate. She ran an immigrant advocacy organization for 11 years, and was a White House "Champion of Change" in 2013.

When Jayapal came to the United States from India at age sixteen, her family could afford just one international phone call with her each year. Listen below as she talks about the call that dropped a bombshell on her father.