Monthly Highlights
June, 2012
Arranged by date of first airing

Backroads of Montana    Collecting Memories   (No. 123 )
We profile the high flying exploits of '50s television icon and Montana native Kirby Grant, better known as "Sky King." Next, we visit Schafer Air Field in the Bob Marshall Wilderness, a woman in Fairfield with an unusually large hankie collection, and a Missoulian whose entrepreneurial dream is an inspiration to those around her. Also, tour the Fort Peck Dam near Glasgow.
Airs Saturday 6/2 at 5:30pm  

Montana Ag Live    Rural Poverty   (No. 3702 )
George Haynes, MSU agricultural economist, will examine Montana's rural poverty issues on this episode of Montana AG Live.
Airs Sunday 6/3 at 11am  

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 6/3 at 6pm, repeats Sunday 6/10 at 11am  

Montana Focus    Homeless Schooling   (No. 801 )
They're not as visible as homeless populations in large metropolitan areas of the country, but the growing number of homeless families in Montana face the same challenges of finding food and shelter. More often than not, homeless kids don't have a place to study or sleep. They show up for school hungry and are expected to compete for higher grades with students who are much better off financially. Montana Focus introduces us to homeless students around the state and documents their struggles and successes. How prepared will they be to compete in school, earn a diploma and attend the university or college of their choosing? You might be surprised.
Airs Monday 6/4 at 3:30am  

Paupers Dream        
This documentary provides a historical overview of hard rock mining in Montana. It also serves as a tribute to the industry and the miners in search of fortune. Narrated by Joseph Campanella. Produced by John Wheeler, Silvertip Productions. Funded by the Montana Dept. State Lands/ Office of Surface Mining Wash. D. C. Distributed by MontanaPBS.
Airs Wednesday 6/6 at 9pm, repeats Monday 6/11 at 3am  

Bicycle Corps: America's Black Army on Wheels        
This program tells the story of the 25th Infantry's bicycle trip from Missoula to St. Louis, Mo. in 1897. The African American infantry took the trip to test a theory that the bicycle could replace the horse in transporting men for the army. By means of archival film, photographs and interviews with historians, the program also examines the life of one African American soldier in particular, First Sgt. Mingo Sanders, who was the enlisted men's chief motivator.
Airs Wednesday 6/6 at 8pm  

11th & Grant with Eric Funk    Dave Walker Band   (No. 603 )
This legendary singer has toured all over the world with some of rock's biggest names: Savoy Brown, Fleetwood Mac and Black Sabbath. Today, the Dave Walker Band performs blues-rock with a bit of R&B. Formed in 2007, the band features Montana players Jimmy Lewis on guitar, Eddie Tsuru on bass, Mike Gillan on drums and Chris Cundy on keyboards.
Airs Thursday 6/7 at 7pm, repeats Saturday 6/9 at 10:18pm, Monday 6/11 at 2am  

Keepers of the Land    Three Montana Families & Their Homestead Legacies    
The Homestead Act of 1862 remains one of the most significant and enduring events in the westward expansion of the United States. The chance for free land and opportunity proved irresistible to many, and in the following decades, 151,600 homesteads had been claimed in Montana, the most out of any state. Keepers of the Land is about three Montana families still living and working the land their ancestors homesteaded more than a century ago.
Airs Thursday 6/7 at 1am, repeats Thursday 6/7 at 4am, Sunday 6/24 at 6pm  

Backroads of Montana    Fromberg to Ulm   (No. 124 )
Along the Missouri River south of Great Falls we meet a woman who gathers fiber from her family farm animals to make an intriguing variety of products. We stop by a Tea Shop in Anaconda for some cookies and Earl Grey. A naturalist guides us to see some of Montana's diverse butterfly population. We visit all that remains of the town of Gebo: the cemetery, which is being researched and preserved by a woman from Fromberg. And we cool our heels at the Cowboy Bar & Museum in Fromberg - the ideal place for a cold beer and a warm recollection.
Airs Saturday 6/9 at 5:30pm  

Global Positioning    Mark Johnson   (No. 117 )
Featuring Mark Johnson, Director, Montana World Affairs Council.
Airs Sunday 6/10 at 10:30am  

Montana Ag Live    Future of Farm Subsidies   (No. 3710 )
Vince Smith, MSU Agricultural Economist, will join AG Live today to discuss whether or not farm subsidies will become extinct.
Airs Sunday 6/10 at 6pm, repeats Sunday 6/17 at 11am  

Power Brokers        
It's arguably one of Montana's most tragic stories. It led to the demise of Montana Power, the state's only Fortune 500 Company, and it pushed power prices into the stratosphere. While most know how the experiment in Electricity Deregulation ended, few know how it all began. In this hour-long documentary, Montana PBS investigates the sources of the deregulation movement and the subsequent power crisis. The documentary uncovers surprising relationships and business connections that would eventually cast a shadow over former Governor Marc Racicot and draw Montana Power into a federal investigation.
Airs Monday 6/11 at 8pm, repeats Thursday 6/14 at 1am  

Glacier Park Remembered        
It is hard to imagine what was more memorable in Glacier Park a century ago: the breath taking scenery, or the adventure. Travel in time with us as we follow the adventures of our counterparts 100 years ago through rare, restored film, museum pictures and historical memorabilia. See how eastern city slickers were lured to North central Montana by a glitzy promotional campaign promoted by the Great Northern Railroad.
Airs Wednesday 6/13 at 8pm  

11th & Grant with Eric Funk    Stuart Weber   (No. 605 )
Classical Guitarist Stuart Weber is a fourth generation Montanan and accomplished solo artist. Mentored by legendary guitarist Christopher Parkening, Weber performs the classics with uncompromising virtuosity, while his original pieces interpret the natural environment with melodic inspiration and sensitivity. Stuart is joined on this episode by Angella Ahn, a Julliard educated and internationally renowned violinist.
Airs Thursday 6/14 at 7pm, repeats Saturday 6/16 at 10:10pm, Monday 6/25 at 2:30am  

Backroads of Montana    Two Dot to Fishtail   (No. 125 )
In this episode we stop at one of Montana's legendary night-clubs, The Sip & Dip in Great Falls, complete with the piano stylings of Pat Sponheim. We also visit a knife maker in Missoula; Montana's oldest general store in Fishtail; and the Wheatland Senior Citizen's Center in Harlowton - which has been a source of strength for its director Irene Schuchard. The program originates from Two Dot, Montana.
Airs Saturday 6/16 at 5:30pm  

Montana Journal    Home Grown   (No. 1401 )
Most people associate the local food movement with smaller businesses and farmer's markets. Can this concept work on a larger scale? This program examines two Montana local businesses and two Montana public institutions to see how they incorporate local food into their operations.
Airs Saturday 6/16 at 5pm, repeats Sunday 6/17 at 10:30am  

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 Sunday 6/17 at 6pm, repeats Wednesday 6/20 at 1am  

Backroads of Montana    Kilns and Kin   (No. 126 )
The Backroads crew travels along as family and friends gather near Lodge Grass to move animals onto summer range; we visit some abandoned beehive charcoal kilns west of Melrose -- all that's left of one of Montana's earliest and most productive gold smelters; we find the exact geographic center of the state near Lewistown; and visit with a woman who's maintaining her family's connection to the African-American history of the Miles City area. William Marcus hosts the program from a barber shop in Columbus.
Airs Saturday 6/23 at 5:30pm  

Montana Ag Live    Spring Vaccinations   (No. 3701 )
Dr. Robert Keene, the Technical Development Veterinarian with Boehringer-Ingleheim Corporation, joins the panel to talk about spring vaccinations and new developments in the vaccine industry.
Airs Sunday 6/24 at 11am  

Global Positioning    Dennis Nelson   (No. 118 )
Featuring Dennis Nelson, CEO, Project WET Foundation, Bozeman.
Airs Sunday 6/24 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 Thursday 6/28 at 7:30pm  

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 Thursday 6/28 at 7pm  

Backroads of Montana    Capitol Rock & Community Folk   (No. 127 )
From Capitol Rock near Ekalaka to the Hot Club of Troy, this program covers Montana from border to border. Stops include Easter Services at the Serbian Orthodox Church in Butte, a profile of the mayor of Alberton - who also runs the junkyard, a visit to Troy's music venue, the Hot Club Coffee House and a stop at the nation's least-visited national landmark, Capitol Rock. William Marcus hosts the program from the American Computer Museum in Bozeman.
Airs Saturday 6/30 at 5:30pm  

Maps: Finding Our Voice        
The MAPS students are at it again. Join alumni and current students on an intimate tour of who MAPS really is -- the students and their creative forces. Get an insider's look at the people of MAPS and the creative work they produce in the Bitterroot Valley. MAPS is an after school media arts program that provides free media arts education to Bitterroot Valley high school students. The students will take the audience on a whimsical tour of MAPS and the creative chaos behind it all.
Airs Saturday 6/30 at 5pm  

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