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Monthly Highlights
February, 2014
Arranged by date of first airing


Backroads of Montana    Weather, Feathers and Time   (No. 116 )
This show takes us along to meet a longtime National Weather Service observer near Roy, Butte musician John "The Yank" Harrington, and an artist from Westby. Then we're off to visit a seasonal waterfall near Big Timber and a Northeast Montana town with but one parking meter. Finally, we tour Fort Benton.
Airs Saturday 2/1 at 5pm  
 

Indian Relay        
The hope and determination of modern-day American Indian life is revealed in this film about what it takes to win one of the most exciting and perilous forms of horseracing practiced anywhere in the world today. Featuring remarkable high-speed cinematography, INDIAN RELAY follows three teams from different American Indian communities as they prepare for and compete in a grueling Indian Relay season -- all hearts set on the glory and honor of winning an Indian Relay National Championship.
Airs Sunday 2/2 at 10am  
 

Montana Ag Live    Grain Markets In Montana Today   (No. 3907 )
MSU agricultural economist Anton Bekkerman looks at the changing landscape of Montana's grain markets.
Airs Sunday 2/2 at 11am  
 

Montana Journal    Ethnic Flavors   (No. 1602 )
While Montana's population may not be very diverse, its food choices certainly are. This episode shares the stories of five ethnic restaurants around the state. It starts in Bozeman with authentic Iraqi food, then Billings for a taste from India. It continues with Mexican food in Dillon, Thai cuisine in Missoula and a bit of Native American food in St. Ignatius.
Airs Thursday 2/6 at 7pm, repeats Sunday 2/9 at 10am, Monday 2/10 at 5am  
 

Business: Made In Montana    Episode No. 2101H   (No. 2101 )
This episode introduces Montana-based businesses including Helmet Safety Latch in Kalispell/Polson, Satic in Missoula, onXmaps in Missoula, RipCord Arrow Rest in Dillon/Belgrade, Eva Gates Preserves in Bigfork and Dreamcatcher Weighted Blanket in Stevensville.
Airs Thursday 2/6 at 7:30pm, repeats Sunday 2/9 at 10:30am, Monday 2/10 at 5:30am  
 

Backroads of Montana    Wheels and Wings   (No. 117 )
We're given a look at aviary art in Moccasin, an appreciation of Montana's first airmail service in Great Falls, a visit to a local history center and historic bridge near Sidney, a trip to Snake Butte near Ft. Belknap and a meeting with a wheelwright in Deer Lodge.
Airs Saturday 2/8 at 5pm  
 

Montana Ag Live    A Biochemist Looks at Montana Crops   (No. 3910 )
MSU Biochemist Dave Sands looks at methods used to improve the nutritional value of Montana's crops.
Airs Sunday 2/9 at 11am  
 

Under The Big Stack    The Great Falls Smelter Remembered    
Under the Big Stack takes you back in time with rare and restored film, photographs, and first person accounts of the history of the Great Falls Smelter. For eight decades the Big Stack stood for industrial power and opportunity. Produced by Craig Wirth for the History Museum of Great Falls.
Airs Thursday 2/13 at 7pm, repeats Sunday 2/16 at 10am, Monday 2/17 at 5am  
 

Backroads of Montana    Seeds and Weeds   (No. 118 )
This episode introduces us to an artist near Sidney whose medium is seeds, takes us to a weed roundup near Choteau, introduces us to the Loma woman who curates the House of 1000 Dolls, and examines what the folks at ZooMontana in Billings do to enrich the lives of the zoo's animals. William Marcus hosts from the Charles M. Bair Family Ranch and Museum near Martinsdale.
Airs Saturday 2/15 at 5pm  
 

Montana Ag Live    Herbicide-Adapted Weeds   (No. 4002 )
MSU Southern Ag Research Center Weed Scientist Prashant Jha will lend his expertise to our panel to address developing herbicide resistance in Montana's agriculture.
Airs Sunday 2/16 at 11am  
 

Backroads of Montana    Alder Gulch to Plentywood   (No. 119 )
Host William Marcus takes us along for a tour of the Christenot family mill near Alder Gulch and for a ride on the steam train between Virginia City and Nevada City. After a stop to tempt our sweet teeth at the Parrot Confectionary in Helena, we marvel at snow geese flocking in their thousands to Freezout Lake, near Choteau, and at the creations of Plentywood inventor Pat Tange. Finally, we tour the historic Northern Pacific railroad depot in Livingston.
Airs Saturday 2/22 at 5pm  
 

After The Bell: Inside The Maps Media Institute        
What happens when you combine Hollywood movie and media professionals and Ravalli County high school students? You get the MAPS Media Institute. "After the Bell: Inside the MAPS Media Institute" is a behind-the-scenes look at one of Montana's most successful media production companies and its creative heartbeat is 14-18 year old students. You'll see MAPS students produce public service commercials, TV spots for fee-paying clients, documentaries and short dramatic films...they've even worked with Montana's former first lady, Nancy Schweitzer. Hosted by MAPS instructor Ian Marquand, if you've ever wondered what Montana kids do after school, here's your opportunity to find out.
Airs Sunday 2/23 at 10:30am  
 

Montana Ag Live    Climate Change   (No. 4006 )
Research Ecologist Greg Pederson, with the United States Geological Survey located at the Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center, will look at climate change and how it may affect agriculture.
Airs Sunday 2/23 at 11am  
 

Pretty Eagle        
Crow Indian kids are doing amazing things in school. At Pretty Eagle Catholic Academy in St. Xavier, Montana, students are learning science and technology by making films and building robots.
Airs Sunday 2/23 at 10am  
 

Backroads of Montana    Paintings, Partials and Pies   (No. 137 )
Follow competitors in the cherry pit spitting and cherry pie eating contests at the Flathead Cherry Festival in Polson. Learn the story of Hobson dentist Virgil Stewart who began his practice in 1912 during an era when most rural Montanans could not afford such care. Hike into the Sweet Grass Hills where an unexpected natural wonder rises out of the prairie. And meet an eastern Montana man whose passion for art has literally spread all over the town of Forsyth. William Marcus hosts the program from historical landmarks near Havre and Chinook.
Airs Thursday 2/27 at 7:30pm  
 

Backroads of Montana    Hook, Line and Singer   (No. 138 )
Backroads meets a western Montana man who has worked hard to improve access to the state's great outdoors. A terrifying highway accident left Chris Clasby a quadriplegic, but it couldn't diminish his passion for hunting and fishing. His spirit comes through as we tag along on a fishing trip on the Missouri River. Next is a tour of Rock City near Valier, a sandstone metropolis of hoodoos carved by Two Medicine River. The show profiles Chontay Standing Rock, a student at Stone Child College on the Rocky Boy Reservation, who has a unique approach to American Indian songs. He adds some English words and a striking stage presence to put his own spin on traditional music. And in Deer Lodge Backroads visits retired rancher, Gene Hensen, whose unlikely collection of home appliances grew from necessity. William Marcus hosts the program from the Fergus County Courthouse in Lewistown.
Airs Thursday 2/27 at 7pm  
 

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