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March, 2013
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Celebrate America Across Montana    Tim Janis with State High School Choirs (2013)   (No. 401 )
High school choirs from throughout Montana perform with Tim Janis in this special he created to spotlight our nation's youth, and to pull communities together in an uplifting and inspiring celebration of music. The program was taped in January 2013, at the KUSM-MontanaPBS studio in Bozeman. School buses brought hundreds of students from Montana high school music programs including Belgrade, Big Timber, Billings, Polson, Missoula, Stevensville, Livingston, Hamilton, and Bozeman. Arriving well-prepared and very professional, each choir came into the studio to record their performance. Tim Janis, familiar to public broadcasting audiences from programs such as An Enchanted Evening, Beautiful America, and Coastal America, is well known for his "Music with a Mission" philosophy, and has worked on many philanthropic projects.
Airs Monday 3/4 at 6:59pm, repeats Wednesday 3/6 at 3am  
 

Yes to Running! Bill Harley Live        
The family entertainer's stories and songs paint a hilarious picture of growing up and family life.
Airs Sunday 3/10 at 1pm  
 

Glacier Park's Night of the Grizzlies.        
On the night of August 12, 1967, grizzly bears in Glacier National Park killed two young women and severely mauled one man. For everyone involved, it remains an unforgettable night of crisis, intense fear, bravery and, ultimately, grief. This dramatic and tragic story, and how it eventually influenced the fate of the grizzly bear in the continental United States, takes center stage in the historical documentary. Archival material, photographs, re-creations and gripping on-camera interviews with survivors, witnesses, family members, journalists and biologists, provide a complete account of those events. Veteran film and television actor J.K. Simmons (Law and Order, Juno, Up in the Air, The Closer) narrates.
Airs Wednesday 3/13 at 10:30pm  
 

Remembering The Columbia Gardens        
This program celebrates the now-vanished Columbia Gardens, in business from 1899-1973, in home movies, pictures, and first-hand accounts of people who enjoyed the rollercoaster, the carousel, the biplanes, the cowboy swings.
Airs Sunday 3/17 at 4pm  
 

For This and Future Generations    Montana's 1972 Constitutional Convention    
In mid-winter 1972, 100 grassroots delegates and a staff of some of the best and brightest young people under the Big Sky, gathered in Helena for what many would recall as the proudest time of their lives. Their task: to re-write the lumbering, old state constitution. Two months later, all 100 delegates walked down the aisle of the House Chambers and unanimously signed a document that would affect the lives of generations of Montanans to come. This is the story of those 100 delegates and the tumultuous times that ignited their fervor. It is also the story of the 700,000 Montanans who charged the delegates - a group of ranchers and farmers, business people, educators, housewives, attorneys, a beekeeper, a retired librarian, a graduate student and a retired FBI agent - with the challenge of writing a legal foundation for life in the state. 30 years later, in a new century, this is the story of their legacy. Produced by Gus Chambers and Paul Zalis, for KUFM-TV/MontanaPBS, UM-Missoula.
Airs Wednesday 3/20 at 12pm  
 

Hidden Fire: The Great Butte Explosion        
On a winter's night in 1895, Butte's first company of professional firefighters prepared to suppress the flames in a burning warehouse. They had no way of knowing that an illegal and enormous supply of explosive powder was burning inside. By morning, Butte's unprecedented growth and development would have a darker side. Produced by Gus Chambers for KUFM-TV/MontanaPBS, UM Missoula.
Airs Wednesday 3/20 at 1am  
 

11th & Grant with Eric Funk    Tra Le Gael   (No. 701 )
Old Country Celtic comes to 11th & Grant with the authenticity and passion that is central to the Irish tradition. Tra Le Gael is a four piece Celtic string, wind and vocal ensemble based in the Flathead Valley. They perform traditional ballads and soaring airs to driving, energetic reels and jigs.
Airs Thursday 3/21 at 7pm, repeats Saturday 3/23 at 10:08pm, Monday 3/25 at 2am  
 

Backroads of Montana    Cakes and Cowboys   (No. 131 )
This episode of Backroads travels first to Park City, where everyone will tell you that the best angel food for miles around comes from "The Cake Ladies." In Great Falls, we'll visit a special site that honors fallen soldiers and pays tribute to living veterans. We stop in the central Montana town of Winifred to see what may be the world's largest Tonka toy collection. Finally, we visit a working cowboy singer on his ranch south of Wibaux. William Marcus hosts the program from Malta.
Airs Saturday 3/23 at 5:30pm, repeats Sunday 3/24 at 2:32am  
 

Business: Made In Montana    Episode No. 1701   (No. 1701 )
This episode features Grizzly Saddlery in Great Falls, Walker Guitars in Alberton, Goertzen Adventure Equipment in Missoula, Creative Sale Company in Columbia Falls, Zombie Tools in Missoula and Bird House Crossing in Noxon.
Airs Saturday 3/23 at 5pm  
 

Montana Ag Live    Nitrate Contamination In Water Supplies   (No. 3709 )
Stephanie Ewing, Land Resources and Environmental Sciences, will join the panel to answer your questions about possible contamination from nitrates.
Airs Sunday 3/24 at 11am  
 

Global Positioning    Chuck Butler and Ken Butler   (No. 205 )
Chuck Butler and Ken Butler, Helena residents (father and son), who have both travelled with official purpose to Kyrgystan.
Airs Sunday 3/24 at 1am  
 

Montana Ag Live    Oil and Gas Leases In Montana (2013)   (No. 3901 )
The Bakken has changed everything. MSU Economist Tim Fitzgerald explains what you need to know about oil and gas leases in Montana.
Airs Sunday 3/24 at 6pm  
 

Backroads of Montana    Comin' Round The Mountain   (No. 130 )
The 30th episode introduces us to a man who's returned to Glacier National Park to sign on for a new job. We'll watch spring warmth transform a mountain snowpack, trace the history of Chinese immigrants in small-town Montana and more. William Marcus hosts the program from historic Stevensville.
Airs Thursday 3/28 at 7:30pm  
 

Billing Montanans: 2 Family Tax Stories        
Every election year politicians love to talk about taxes, but how much do we really know about where our Montana tax dollars go? Would better information help the conversation? This program follows two Montana families and their property tax and state income tax dollars.
Airs Thursday 3/28 at 7pm, repeats Sunday 3/31 at 10:30am, Sunday 3/31 at 3am  
 

Backroads of Montana    Reaching Goals   (No. 132 )
This edition of Backroads starts at an exciting amateur skijoring event in the Big Hole Valley, then meets up with some senior weight lifters in Ronan, visits an ice cave in the Pryor Mountains, and spends time with two women who have formed a fast friendship through their community work in Lame Deer. William Marcus hosts the program from Fort Missoula.
Airs Saturday 3/30 at 5:30pm  
 

Business: Made In Montana    Episode No. 1801H   (No. 1801 )
This episode features Quadrocopter, a Flathead Valley business that mixes technologies to market a new product. The show also profiles the people behind Montana's longest running microbrewery, a talented Missoula tattoo artist who has overcome his medical condition and a fourth generation Montana couple who started Montana's only whiskey distillery in Bozeman.
Airs Saturday 3/30 at 5pm  
 

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