Monthly Highlights
January, 2013
Arranged by date of first airing

Building Bridges: Back to Ireland        
In 1997, 12 young men and women from Ireland and Northern Ireland came to western Montana to work on Habitat for Humanity projects while learning how to deal with their cultural, political and religious differences. In 2010, MontanaPBS traveled to Ireland to tell the stories of five of the original 12 workers and how their lives have changed since their great adventure in Montana.
Airs Wednesday 1/2 at 12pm  

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 1/5 at 5:30pm  

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 Saturday 1/5 at 5pm, repeats Sunday 1/6 at 10:30am, Sunday 1/6 at 3:36am  

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 1/6 at 11am  

Mating for Life        
This intimate documentary, narrated by the filmmaker, focuses on a personal pilgrimage to witness the annual spring migration of the sandhill cranes in central Nebraska. As the author makes this journey she seeks answers to life's bigger questions, which she finds represented in the cranes' behavior, history and their ability to mate for life. "Mating for Life" is a non traditional nature film that explores the human needs for both connection and solitude.
Airs Thursday 1/10 at 7pm, repeats Sunday 1/13 at 10:01pm, Monday 1/14 at 2am  

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 1/12 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 1/13 at 11am  

Global Positioning    Serbian Visitors to Montana   (No. 201 )
Two members of a delegation from Serbia, under the auspices of the Montana Center for International Visitors.
Airs Sunday 1/13 at 10:30am  

11th & Grant with Eric Funk    Craig Hall Quartet   (No. 801 )
As jazz moved out of the big band era and dance hall and onto the concert stage, quartets became the mainstay of this genre. The sound continues to evolve as the influence of world music braids into American jazz. The Craig Hall Quartet reveals how far jazz guitar has come and where it is going.
Airs Thursday 1/17 at 7pm, repeats Saturday 1/19 at 10:09pm, Monday 1/21 at 2am  

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 1/19 at 5:30pm  

Montana Ag Live    Know Your Manure: Hidden Pesticide Problems   (No. 3703 )
Cecil Thorp, Montana State University's pesticide education specialist, will look at herbicide contamination issues in manure, a potential hidden problem.
Airs Sunday 1/20 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 Thursday 1/24 at 7pm, repeats Monday 1/28 at 2am  

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 1/26 at 5:30pm  

Montana Ag Live    Ag Leases for Energy Exploration   (No. 3704 )
MSU agricultural economist Tim Fitzgerald will discuss the timely issue of leasing farms or ranches for energy exploration.
Airs Sunday 1/27 at 11am  

Global Positioning    Caroline Riss   (No. 202 )
Caroline Riss, co-assistant director of the Kasiisi Project, a non-governmental organization in Uganda, building schools, training teachers, and promoting wildlife conservation.
Airs Sunday 1/27 at 10:30am  

Montana PBS Coverage "State of the State Address"    January 2013: Governor Bullock   (No. 501 )
MontanaPBS provides live coverage and analysis of Governor Steve Bullock's State of the State Address. This speech, delivered before the joint chambers of the Montana Legislature, comes as Bullock begins his first term as Governor. The live coverage will include a response from the Montana Republican Party and analysis.
Airs Wednesday 1/30 at 6:55pm  

11th & Grant with Eric Funk    The Songwriters   (No. 705 )
They write songs because they love to. They compose without a particular band in mind or even an intention that their song will find a performer. These three men create song after song and keep them to themselves...until now. Chris Cundy, Rick Winking and Gregory Lind share the secret world of their original creations with influences of folk, jazz and rock/hip hop.
Airs Thursday 1/31 at 7pm  

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