Arranged by date of first airing
(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 3/2 at 7pm, repeats Monday 3/4 at 12am
(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 Monday 3/4 at 6:59pm, repeats Wednesday 3/6 at 3am
Montana on My Mind celebrates the unique beauty and spirit of the last best state. Inspired by the best-selling book, "Montana on My Mind", this program combines stunning film with inspiring quotes, music, and commentary by Michael S. Sample. Including magnificent scenery, people, places, and events, this program will leave you with an unforgettable portrait of Montana.
Airs Wednesday 3/6 at 8:30pm, repeats Thursday 3/7 at 11am, Friday 3/8 at 3:30am, Sunday 3/10 at 3:30pm
In 1971, two young musicians from Missoula, Montana, took a trip in a van and began a journey that continues to this day. Against the backdrop of cultural change that swept the nation, a group of Montanans with talent, big dreams and a tremendous sense of fun explored a sound that defied category and captivated audiences at home and across the country. As the band shares stories about working alongside musical greats like Bonnie Raitt and Charlie Daniels, playing to crowds that numbered in the tens of thousands, and surviving long years on the road, Never Long Gone offers an intimate portrait of a journey full of hope, loss and perseverance. With never before seen archival footage, national television performances and scenes from recent reunion concerts, this documentary tells the story of a musical family that embodied the magic of an era and remains as a centerpiece of Montana's musical tradition.
Airs Thursday 3/7 at 8:30pm, repeats Saturday 3/9 at 2pm, Saturday 3/9 at 2:31am, Thursday 3/14 at 4:30am
The ABER DAY KEGGER DOCUMENTARY traces the evolution of the Aber Day Benefit Kegger from its humble beginnings in 1972, through its meteoric growth over the next eight years, and its eventual conclusion in 1979. In the process, the event managed to leave its mark on the tens of thousands who attended, the beneficiaries who received its contributions, the community who hosted the event, and on the Guinness Book of Records which recognized the event at the world's largest benefit kegger.
Airs Thursday 3/7 at 7pm, repeats Saturday 3/9 at 12:30pm, Saturday 3/9 at 1:02am, Monday 3/11 at 9pm, Friday 3/15 at 10:30pm
The family entertainer's stories and songs paint a hilarious picture of growing up and family life.
Airs Sunday 3/10 at 1pm
Work had just begun, and already it was the largest Dam in the world. It provided hope and the prospect of a regular paycheck during darkest days of the great depression. The Dam was an engineering feat in a place as harsh and desolate as any on earth. Thousands of men and their families faced unforgiving conditions to build the Fort Peck Dam, a project bold in design, daring in execution, and far reaching in its effects.
Airs Thursday 3/14 at 8:30pm, repeats Saturday 3/16 at 1:30am
This program celebrates the now-vanished Columbia Gardens, in business from 1899-1973, in home movies, pictures, and first-hand accounts of people who enjoyed the rollercoaster, the carousel, the biplanes, the cowboy swings.
Airs Sunday 3/17 at 4pm
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 3/17 at 2:30pm, repeats Wednesday 3/20 at 1am
Grounded in the dramatic personal stories of five generations of mining families, and narrated by Irish actor Gabriel Byrne, this program tells the tale of Butte, Montana, once the world's largest producer of copper -- the "Richest Hill on Earth," the town that "plumbed and electrified America," the Pittsburgh of the West. Butte forged a community whose toughness, vitality and solidarity speak to what's missing in America today, while raising profound questions about the costs and consequences of industrialization and use of natural resources. "Butte, America" is an unsentimental and moving tribute to working class life and to the never-ending labor of achieving fairness in a world where powerful, destructive forces are always at play.
Airs Sunday 3/17 at 5:30pm
In mid-winter 1972, 100 grassroots delegates and a staff of some of the best and brightest young people under the Big Sky, gathered in Helena for what many would recall as the proudest time of their lives. Their task: to re-write the lumbering, old state constitution. Two months later, all 100 delegates walked down the aisle of the House Chambers and unanimously signed a document that would affect the lives of generations of Montanans to come. This is the story of those 100 delegates and the tumultuous times that ignited their fervor. It is also the story of the 700,000 Montanans who charged the delegates - a group of ranchers and farmers, business people, educators, housewives, attorneys, a beekeeper, a retired librarian, a graduate student and a retired FBI agent - with the challenge of writing a legal foundation for life in the state. 30 years later, in a new century, this is the story of their legacy. Produced by Gus Chambers and Paul Zalis, for KUFM-TV/MontanaPBS, UM-Missoula.
Airs Wednesday 3/20 at 12pm
(No. 701 )
Old Country Celtic comes to 11th & Grant with the authenticity and passion that is central to the Irish tradition. Tra Le Gael is a four piece Celtic string, wind and vocal ensemble based in the Flathead Valley. They perform traditional ballads and soaring airs to driving, energetic reels and jigs.
Airs Thursday 3/21 at 7pm, repeats Saturday 3/23 at 10:08pm, Monday 3/25 at 2am
(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 3/23 at 5:30pm
(No. 1701 )
This episode features Grizzly Saddlery in Great Falls, Walker Guitars in Alberton, Goertzen Adventure Equipment in Missoula, Creative Sale Company in Columbia Falls, Zombie Tools in Missoula and Bird House Crossing in Noxon.
Airs Saturday 3/23 at 5pm
(No. 3709 )
Stephanie Ewing, Land Resources and Environmental Sciences, will join the panel to answer your questions about possible contamination from nitrates.
Airs Sunday 3/24 at 11am
(No. 205 )
Chuck Butler and Ken Butler, Helena residents (father and son), who have both travelled with official purpose to Kyrgystan.
Airs Sunday 3/24 at 1am
(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 3/24 at 6pm
This documentary explores two cases of securities fraud in Montana, the Art Heffelfinger Ponzi scheme in Montana City and the Anne Schlenker investment theft in Bozeman.
Airs Wednesday 3/27 at 12pm
(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 Thursday 3/28 at 7:30pm
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 Thursday 3/28 at 7pm, repeats Sunday 3/31 at 10:30am, Sunday 3/31 at 3am
(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 3/30 at 5:30pm
(No. 1801 )
This episode features Quadrocopter, a Flathead Valley business that mixes technologies to market a new product. The show also profiles the people behind Montana's longest running microbrewery, a talented Missoula tattoo artist who has overcome his medical condition and a fourth generation Montana couple who started Montana's only whiskey distillery in Bozeman.
Airs Saturday 3/30 at 5pm
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