Arranged by date of first airing
(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
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
(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
(No. 133 )
We learn the history of Montana breweries at a beer museum in Polson, spend time with the radio voice of the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation KGVA, visit Montana's smallest state park and meet a Three Forks man who collects artifacts and stories for his newspaper column. William Marcus hosts the program from the Prairie Winds Cafe in Molt.
Airs Saturday 4/6 at 5:30pm
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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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