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Monthly Highlights
June, 2014
Arranged by date of first airing


Montana Ag Live    Calling All Wanna-Be Veterinarians!   (No. 4108 )
Montana State University rallied hard for a pre-vet program, and Becky Mattix will tell us where the program stands and how it's working.
Airs Sunday 6/1 at 11am  
 

Distracted: Eyes Off The Road        
We've all seen it, we've all done it, and yet it continues to happen on Montana's roads every day. This documentary explores the consequences of driving while distracted through the stories of those who have experienced it first hand. Can we put the brakes on this behavior?
Airs Sunday 6/1 at 10am  
 

Montana Ag Live    Spring In Montana - It Must Be Time for Mushrooms!   (No. 4109 )
Back by popular demand - okay, the panel ALWAYS wants this one! Kathy Cripps, MSU mycologist, will teach us how not to poison ourselves when grabbing mushrooms we find in the wild.
Airs Sunday 6/1 at 6pm, repeats Sunday 6/8 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 6/2 at 4am  
 

Brought to You By ALEC        
They've been around for four decades and are behind some of the most influential and controversial legislation in Montana and the Nation, including Electricity Deregulation, Prison Privatization and Stand Your Ground laws. Despite these high-profile successes, few Americans know anything about the American Legislative Exchange Council, also known as ALEC. The group invites legislators from all 50 states to corporate-funded conferences where they sit down with corporate representatives and lobbyists to craft legislation together. Supporters say ALEC is an invaluable networking tool that gives them the opportunity to hear how policy could impact businesses. Critics say it gives corporations unfair access and undue influence over lawmakers. Using extensive research and interviews with both critics and supporters, MontanaPBS examines how ALEC operates, their impact in Statehouses across the United States and critics' claims that ALEC has failed to report millions of dollars spent lobbying.
Airs Monday 6/2 at 3am, repeats Sunday 6/22 at 10am  
 

Montana PBS Election Coverage    Primary Election Night 2014 - Tease   (No. 1201 )
On Tuesday, June 3, Montana voters will take an important first step towards the 2014 general election. Join MontanaPBS for Primary Night coverage, with live updates and analysis of the major races throughout the evening. Montana PBS' John Twiggs hosts the program.
Airs Tuesday 6/3 at 6:54pm  
 

Montana PBS Election Coverage    Primary Election Night 2014 - Intro & Overview   (No. 1202 )
On Tuesday, June 3, Montana voters will take an important first step towards the 2014 general election. Join MontanaPBS for Primary Night coverage, with live updates and analysis of the major races throughout the evening. Montana PBS' John Twiggs hosts the program.
Airs Tuesday 6/3 at 7:56pm  
 

Montana PBS Election Coverage    Primary Election Night 2014 - Initial Returns   (No. 1203 )
On Tuesday, June 3, Montana voters will take an important first step towards the 2014 general election. Join MontanaPBS for Primary Night coverage, with live updates and analysis of the major races throughout the evening. Montana PBS' John Twiggs hosts the program.
Airs Tuesday 6/3 at 8:54pm  
 

Montana PBS Election Coverage    Primary Election Night 2014 - Returns Update   (No. 1204 )
On Tuesday, June 3, Montana voters will take an important first step towards the 2014 general election. Join MontanaPBS for Primary Night coverage, with live updates and analysis of the major races throughout the evening. Montana PBS' John Twiggs hosts the program.
Airs Tuesday 6/3 at 9:53pm  
 

Montana PBS Election Coverage    Primary Election Night 2014 - Wrap Up   (No. 1205 )
On Tuesday, June 3, Montana voters will take an important first step towards the 2014 general election. Join MontanaPBS for Primary Night coverage, with live updates and analysis of the major races throughout the evening. Montana PBS' John Twiggs hosts the program.
Airs Tuesday 6/3 at 10:30pm  
 

Homefront: United Or Divided        
At the start of WWII, different shades of nationalism lead to divergent views on entering foreign warfare. This program explores the different ideas of patriotism through the eyes of four Montanans. Join a conscientious objector who tells of his decision to opt for civilian public service in Missoula over armed combat and hear from a Butte miner who was required to keep working in the mines during the war. Learn what it was like for a Bozeman high school student to interview families of servicemen killed in battle and find out what a Crow veteran took with him to foreign battlefields. Discover how these four individual's perceptions evolved as the war raged on and whether life in Montana would ever be the same.
Airs Thursday 6/5 at 7:30pm, repeats Monday 6/9 at 3:30am  
 

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 6/5 at 7pm, repeats Sunday 6/8 at 10:30am, Monday 6/9 at 3am  
 

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 Saturday 6/7 at 5pm  
 

From The Mekong to Montana    As Told By Diane Steffan    
Randy Steffan suffered severe post-traumatic stress from his service in the Vietnam War. Fifteen years after her husband's death, Diane Steffan visits Vietnam to see for herself the country that changed her life.
Airs Sunday 6/8 at 10am, repeats Tuesday 6/10 at 2:30am  
 

Montana Ag Live    Small Farms = High Value?   (No. 4110 )
Are small farms really feasible in Montana? Mac Burgess, MSU's new small farm agronomy expert will be here to talk about the small farm movement and outcomes in Montana.
Airs Sunday 6/8 at 6pm, repeats Sunday 6/15 at 11am  
 

11th & Grant with Eric Funk    Twang   (No. 201 )
11th & Grant with Eric Funk is the premiere outlet for music performance in Montana, seeking out the state's most acclaimed, accomplished, and pioneering talent. The Emmy winning performance series also devotes significant time to each artist's personal story, insights into their music and their approach to life, ultimately providing a deeper experience than a seat at a concert. Accomplished composer and musician Eric Funk serves as host and artistic director, hand selecting each performer from communities around the state to form a diverse series featuring genres from jazz to classical, country to zydeco, and rock to fusion.
Airs Thursday 6/12 at 7pm, repeats Saturday 6/14 at 9:42pm, Monday 6/16 at 3am  
 

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 6/14 at 5pm  
 

Global Civics Roundtables    Brazilian Venture   (No. 103 )
This edition features a group of Youth Ambassadors from Brazil (brought to us through the good offices of World Montana in Bozeman) as well as an interview with Webb Brown, CEO of the Montana Chamber of Commerce.
Airs Sunday 6/15 at 10am  
 

Montana Newspaper Association Candidate Debates    Race for the U.S. House - 2014   (No. 101 )
United States House of Representatives candidates face off in the first broadcast debate of the general election season. Recorded at the Montana Tech Library Auditorium in Butte, on Saturday June 14th, the U.S. House debate is produced in conjunction with the Montana Newspaper Association Convention and MontanaPBS.
Airs Sunday 6/15 at 5pm, repeats Tuesday 6/17 at 12:30am  
 

Montana Newspaper Association Candidate Debates    Race for the U.S. Senate - 2014   (No. 102 )
United States Senate candidates face off in the first broadcast debate of the general election season. Recorded at the Montana Tech Library Auditorium in Butte, on Saturday June 14th, the U.S. Senate debate is produced in conjunction with the Montana Newspaper Association Convention and MontanaPBS.
Airs Sunday 6/15 at 6:30pm, repeats Tuesday 6/17 at 2am  
 

Joseph Kinsey Howard: A Life Outside The Margins        
A journalist and historian, Joe Howard was one of the most influential and controversial figures in Montana during the 1930s and 40s. He worked to draw attention to the social, political and economic struggles of the state. Still, his role in Montana's cultural development may have been his most significant contribution.
Airs Tuesday 6/17 at 7:30pm, repeats Wednesday 6/25 at 1am  
 

Guns in the Big Sky    Montana's Gun Culture   (No. 101 )
From ranchers who use guns to manage their livestock to survivors of a 1986 Montana school shooting, this program explores the role of guns in Montana's culture. In Montana, women in isolated, rural areas carry weapons to protect their families and 12-year-olds learn gun safety and hunt for food. But there's also a dark side to the gun culture. Crimes, violence and even school shootings in our state are also examined. This documentary is the most recent edition of a 26-year long tradition of films produced by the students of The University of Montana School of Journalism.
Airs Thursday 6/19 at 7pm, repeats Monday 6/23 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 6/21 at 5pm  
 

Montana Ag Live    The Bees' Knees!, Revisited   (No. 4101 )
Michelle Flenniken is joining us this week to talk about Montana bees and their importance in agriculture. Is colony collapse still going on? What is the forecast for honey this year?
Airs Sunday 6/22 at 11am  
 

11th & Grant with Eric Funk    Tumbledown House   (No. 903 )
The Sultry vocals of Gillian Howe and the eclectic Indie-Jazz guitar work of Tyler Miller bring "gritty saloon jazz" to 11th & Grant, reminiscent of the early 1930s prohibition era.
Airs Thursday 6/26 at 7pm, repeats Saturday 6/28 at 9:42pm, Monday 6/30 at 1:30am  
 

Backroads of Montana    News, Brews and Views   (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 6/28 at 5pm  
 

Montana Ag Live    Pain in the Ash?   (No. 4102 )
MSU entomologist Mike Ivie will discuss the Emerald Ash Borer and its recent discovery in the Rocky Mountain region. What needs to be done to protect Montana's ash trees? What is the prognosis for early control?
Airs Sunday 6/29 at 11am  
 

Ridin' for the Brand        
This story journals a year in the life and times of three old-time Montana ranching families. Over the past few generations, an ever-changing and growing America has presented new and challenging environmental and economic issues. "Ridin' for the Brand" explores the hardships and the joys of traditional ranching life in Montana and explores looming concerns and issues that may impact our future as consumers.
Airs Sunday 6/29 at 10am  
 

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