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Monthly Highlights
December, 2013
Arranged by date of first airing


11th & Grant with Eric Funk    Christmas with Philip Aaberg   (No. 906 )
Philip Aaberg performs original holiday music and spirited Christmas favorites on 11th & Grant. Pristine silences and melodic expanses paint an audible portrait of the sweeping Montana landscape.
Airs Thursday 12/19 at 7pm, repeats Saturday 12/21 at 9:40pm, Monday 12/23 at 3am, Tuesday 12/24 at 7pm  
 

Backroads of Montana    Hook, Line and Singer   (No. 138 )
Backroads meets a western Montana man who has worked hard to improve access to the state's great outdoors. A terrifying highway accident left Chris Clasby a quadriplegic, but it couldn't diminish his passion for hunting and fishing. His spirit comes through as we tag along on a fishing trip on the Missouri River. Next is a tour of Rock City near Valier, a sandstone metropolis of hoodoos carved by Two Medicine River. The show profiles Chontay Standing Rock, a student at Stone Child College on the Rocky Boy Reservation, who has a unique approach to American Indian songs. He adds some English words and a striking stage presence to put his own spin on traditional music. And in Deer Lodge Backroads visits retired rancher, Gene Hensen, whose unlikely collection of home appliances grew from necessity. William Marcus hosts the program from the Fergus County Courthouse in Lewistown.
Airs Saturday 12/21 at 5pm  
 

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 Sunday 12/22 at 10:30am  
 

Business: Made In Montana    Episode No. 2002H   (No. 2002 )
This episode introduces Montana-based businesses including Montana Passage Company in Manhattan, Lifeline Farms in Victor, Snowy Mountain Rifle Company in Missoula, Montgomery Distillery in Missoula and the Montana Chocolate Company in Stevensville. The program is produced by students in the University of Montana School of Journalism and Department of Radio-Television.
Airs Sunday 12/22 at 10am  
 

Montana Ag Live    Farm Bill 2013   (No. 4005 )
What is going on with the Farm Bill? MSU Ag Economist Vince Smith will let us know the latest details.
Airs Sunday 12/22 at 11am  
 

11th & Grant with Eric Funk    Christmas Favorites   (No. 706 )
Featuring traditional and original music, musicians from across Montana return to the studio of 11th & Grant performing their Christmas favorites. Host Eric Funk plays piano alongside Jack Taylor on the acoustic bass and Mike Gillan on the drums as the "house band. " Other performers returning are Jake & Jeni Fleming, Elizabeth Croy &Julie Gosswiller, Kelly Roberti, MJ Williams & Ann Tappan, Don Stone, Jeremy Morton, Kris Klone, Tim Drackert & Julia Yates and Ashly Holland.
Airs Monday 12/23 at 4am, repeats Wednesday 12/25 at 4pm  
 

11th & Grant with Eric Funk    Vanguard   (No. 102 )
Vanguard is a jazz quartet of four young men from Helena who play with a smooth honesty and intention that sets them apart. Monte Grise (saxophones) and Jeremy Slead (drums) are both music teachers in the public schools. Mark Walker (piano), who used to play trumpet with the Helena Symphony, is a chemical engineer and Rennan Rieke (bass), works in communications/computers for the State of Montana. All Montana natives, this quartet's pure joy of performing their and other's arrangements of tunes is truly evident from the "standard repertoire" to the "favorites" of jazz music fans.
Airs Thursday 12/26 at 7pm, repeats Saturday 12/28 at 9:40pm, Monday 12/30 at 3am  
 

Backroads of Montana    Pancakes and Polo   (No. 111 )
Get ready for wild rides, wild flowers, and wild stories in this episode. We gape at cowboy polo east of Missoula; walk through a field of wildflowers on Big Hole Pass west of Dillon, listen in at the annual storytellers' conference in Cut Bank, and stop along the way for a bite to eat at Yesterday's Calf-A in Dell. And host William Marcus gives us a tour of the original Governor's Mansion in Helena, built by a businessman in 1888 and residence of governors from 1931 to 1959.
Airs Saturday 12/28 at 5pm  
 

Montana Ag Live    Climate Change   (No. 4006 )
Research Ecologist Greg Pederson, with the United States Geological Survey located at the Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center, will look at climate change and how it may affect agriculture.
Airs Sunday 12/29 at 11am  
 

Degrees of Difference        
Can Montanans who disagree about the climate sit down and have a discussion? The phrase "Climate Change" is so polarizing that just uttering it can end a friendship. This program introduces us to three sets of friends across Montana who try to get past the controversy and have a productive conversation.
Airs Sunday 12/29 at 10am  
 

Montana Journal    Climate Changing Business   (No. 1601 )
Montana's climate is changing and businesses have to adjust. This program explores the positive and negative impacts on everything from fishing guides to firefighters to farmers. How are businesses across the state coping with the changes?
Airs Sunday 12/29 at 10:30am  
 

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