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Monthly Highlights
April, 2013
Arranged by date of first airing


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 Monday 4/1 at 2:30am  
 

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 Monday 4/1 at 2am  
 

11th & Grant with Eric Funk    Alex Nauman Trio   (No. 704 )
At the crossroads of traditional jazz guitar, funk, and experimental music, a hard-driving Billings band comes to 11th & Grant. Alex Nauman, with the skills and jazz savvy of someone twice his age, is joined by Erik Olsen on the Hammond C-3 organ and Brad Edwards on the drums.
Airs Thursday 4/4 at 7pm, repeats Saturday 4/6 at 10:05pm, Monday 4/8 at 2am  
 

Business: Made In Montana    Episode No. 1901   (No. 1901 )
This year's featured businesses include NOMAD Global Communication Solutions of Columbia Falls, Bequet Confections of Bozeman, American Eagle Instruments in Missoula, Bozeman Reel Company in Bozeman, Seneca Boards in Bozeman and Cafe Cebada in Manhattan. The program is hosted by UM journalism student Brin Merkley from Anaconda.
Airs Saturday 4/6 at 5pm, repeats Sunday 4/7 at 10:30am  
 

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 4/7 at 11am  
 

Montana Ag Live    How Are The Students?   (No. 3902 )
How are MSU ag students doing? Are there jobs for them when they graudate? Are agriculture classes still relevant? Assistant Dean of the College of Agriculture Nora Smith discusses the bright future for MSU College of Ag students.
Airs Sunday 4/7 at 6pm, repeats Sunday 4/14 at 11am  
 

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 Thursday 4/11 at 7pm, repeats Saturday 4/13 at 4:30pm  
 

Backroads of Montana    Harlo to Huntley   (No. 134 )
The Backroads crew attends the annual threshing bee in Huntley to visit a simpler era when hay wagons were piled high and steam ruled the prairie. At the Harlo Theatre in Harlowton, students run everything from popcorn sales to projectors, proving there's more to this little theatre than box office returns. In Grass Range, we'll meet a group of folks who come from miles around one Sunday every month for a sense of community and nostalgia - and because they love to dance.
Airs Saturday 4/13 at 5:30pm, repeats Monday 4/15 at 1am  
 

Global Positioning    Terry Weidner   (No. 206 )
Terry Weidner, formerly with the Mansfield Center for Pacific Affairs and now an Asian Studies professor at the University of Montana, talks about China's internal struggles, trade relations, and challenges in the South China Sea.
Airs Sunday 4/14 at 10:30am  
 

Montana Ag Live    Critter Chat!   (No. 3903 )
Do you have critters bothering you? MSU Extension Wildlife Specialist Jim Knight addresses wildlife damage control from mice to moose.
Airs Sunday 4/14 at 6pm, repeats Sunday 4/21 at 11am  
 

11th & Grant with Eric Funk    Bebe Leboeuf   (No. 805 )
America is a melting pot where the worlds come together. The people who immigrated to the US brought with them the durable, portable things they could carry and that one critical piece of their legacy: music from their homeland. Zydeco springs out of a Cajun heritage alive almost from the beginning in New Orleans. The region's only Zydeco/Cajun band brings their Montana flavor to that classic New Orleans sound, while preserving the heritage of this infectious genre.
Airs Thursday 4/18 at 7pm, repeats Saturday 4/20 at 10:05pm, Monday 4/22 at 2am  
 

World of K.D. Swan    Early 20th Century Photographer and Conservationis    
This documentary describes the establishment and early years of the national forests, which today comprise almost 200 million acres and contain the last remaining wildlands in the lower 48 states. The story is told through the life and remarkable photographs of K.D. Swan. For 37 years, this forester-artist recorded the beauty and value of natural landscapes in Montana and surrounding states.
Airs Saturday 4/20 at 5pm, repeats Sunday 4/21 at 10:30am  
 

Backroads of Montana    Coffee Creek to Haugan   (No. 135 )
Travel to the bucolic town of Coffee Creek for a stop at the only business in town, Nemec's Parts and Repair. Then, take off to Montana's western border and the small town of Haugan to visit the Savenac Historic Tree Nursery, one of the oldest U.S. Forest Service nurseries in the West. We'll sample a slice of one of the best pizzas in the world in Bigfork and wind up at the Nevada City Music Hall to listen to the largest public collection of automated music machines in North America. Host William Marcus shares a close-up view of Our Lady of the Rockies high above Butte.
Airs Saturday 4/20 at 5:30pm  
 

Montana Ag Live    The Bees' Knees!   (No. 3904 )
Are your honeybees moping about? Do they seem a bit peaked? Join us when MSU virologist Michel Flenniken answers questions regarding honeybee diseases.
Airs Sunday 4/21 at 6pm, repeats Sunday 4/28 at 11am  
 

Backroads of Montana    Singing in the Wires   (No. 136 )
The 50 students at bucolic Greenfield School in Fairfield are energetic and bright. One reason for their success is a tasty lunch program. We'll spend a day with Lunch Lady Salley Young as she prepares a special meal that's 100 percent Montana made. In Kalispell, we switch into the world of antique phones, with a man whose collecting began with his career as an installer with the phone company. He's proof that it pays to "keep the old stuff." We'll veer off the road to some of Montana's beautiful lakes and ponds to observe the springtime ritual of birds' courtship dances. And we'll meet a man in Fort Benton whose skill in crafting musical instruments is only surpassed by his generous spirit. William Marcus hosts the program from the Big Horn County Museum in Hardin.
Airs Saturday 4/27 at 5:30pm  
 

Business: Made In Montana    Outdoor Edition   (No. 2001 )
This episode features the following businesses: Mystery Ranch, Bozeman; LB Snow, Missoula; North Star West Inc., Antique Powder Rifles, Superior; Schnee's Boots, Bozeman; Hart's Motorsports & Dyno, Lolo; and 5 Cord Manufacturing, Missoula.
Airs Saturday 4/27 at 5pm  
 

Global Positioning    Ronan Donovan   (No. 207 )
Ronan Donovan is an extraordinarily gifted wildlife photographer with recent experience working with chimpanzees in Uganda. We talk about his craft, and the places he's been.
Airs Sunday 4/28 at 10:30am  
 

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