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March, 2014
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Celebrate America Across Montana    Tim Janis with State High School Choirs (2014)   (No. 501 )
High school choirs from throughout Montana perform with Tim Janis in this special created to spotlight our nation's youth, and pull communities together in an uplifting and inspiring celebration of music. The program was taped in January 2014 at the KUSM-MontanaPBS studio in Bozeman. School buses brought hundreds of students from Montana high school music programs including Anaconda, Belgrade, Billings Skyview, Mount Ellis Academy, Heritage Christian, Corvallis, Florence-Carlton, Frenchtown, Hamilton, Hobson and Polson. 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 3/3 at 6:59pm, repeats Monday 3/3 at 8:29pm, Wednesday 3/5 at 3am, Thursday 3/6 at 12:30pm  
 

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 Tuesday 3/4 at 8:29pm, repeats Thursday 3/6 at 2:30am, Saturday 3/8 at 3:30pm  
 

Under The Big Stack    The Great Falls Smelter Remembered    
Under the Big Stack takes you back in time with rare and restored film, photographs, and first person accounts of the history of the Great Falls Smelter. For eight decades the Big Stack stood for industrial power and opportunity. Produced by Craig Wirth for the History Museum of Great Falls.
Airs Tuesday 3/4 at 6:59pm, repeats Thursday 3/6 at 1am, Thursday 3/6 at 4am, Friday 3/7 at 12:30pm, Saturday 3/15 at 4:30pm  
 

Montana On My Mind        
A celebration of the beauty and spirit of "the last best state," and inspired by the best-selling book of the same title, this program combines stunning film with inspiring quotes and music and commentary by Michael S. Sample. Its scenery, people, places and events give us an unforgettable portrait of Montana.
Airs Saturday 3/8 at 2pm  
 

Never Long Gone    The Mission Mountain Wood Band Story    
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 Sunday 3/9 at 6pm, repeats Tuesday 3/11 at 2am  
 

Aber Day Kegger Documentary        
This 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 in Guinness World Records which recognized the event as the world's largest benefit kegger.
Airs Sunday 3/9 at 9pm, repeats Tuesday 3/11 at 3:30am  
 

Indian Relay        
The hope and determination of modern-day American Indian life is revealed in this film about what it takes to win one of the most exciting and perilous forms of horseracing practiced anywhere in the world today. Featuring remarkable high-speed cinematography, INDIAN RELAY follows three teams from different American Indian communities as they prepare for and compete in a grueling Indian Relay season -- all hearts set on the glory and honor of winning an Indian Relay National Championship.
Airs Sunday 3/9 at 4:30pm, repeats Wednesday 3/12 at 4:30am  
 

Evelyn Cameron: Pictures from a Worthy Life        
Evelyn Cameron left a life of privilege in England and found a sense of peace on the eastern Montana prairie. With an independent spirit suited for the American West, she started her own photography business. She left behind a legacy of photographs and diary writings providing an intimate portrait of pioneer life rarely seen.
Airs Monday 3/10 at 8:29pm, repeats Wednesday 3/12 at 1am, Saturday 3/15 at 3pm  
 

3 Miles An Hour        
It is the speed of a horse and some folks say the best way to see and savor a life well lived. This is the story of retired back-country outfitter Smoke Elser. His vision of wilderness has always included people. This program takes you into the Bob Marshall wilderness as Elser shares his history, passion and connection to the outdoors.
Airs Tuesday 3/11 at 8:30pm, repeats Thursday 3/13 at 3am  
 

Fort Peck Dam        
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 3/13 at 9pm, repeats Saturday 3/15 at 4am  
 

Love Is The Journey    The Montana Logging and Ballet Company    
Watch the final televised performance of the Montana Logging and Ballet Company after 37 years of touring. This program was filmed live in Helena, Montana and includes interviews and the history of the group.
Airs Thursday 3/13 at 11pm, repeats Sunday 3/16 at 3:30am  
 

Butte, America        
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 3/16 at 5:30pm  
 

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 Thursday 3/20 at 7pm, repeats Sunday 3/23 at 10am, Monday 3/24 at 5am  
 

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 Thursday 3/20 at 7:30pm, repeats Sunday 3/23 at 10:30am, Monday 3/24 at 5:30am  
 

Backroads of Montana    Augusta to Wisdom   (No. 120 )
We visit a Big Hole Valley family that's been haying together for generations, hear the sounds of fall as elk bugle near Moiese, meet a small-town guitarist who has criss-crossed Montana performing for more than 70 years, learn the history of a one-of-a-kind bridge near Augusta, and drop in on a woman who reports the news from Sweet Grass. Montana native William Marcus hosts the program from the C.M. Russell Museum in Great Falls.
Airs Saturday 3/22 at 5pm  
 

Montana Ag Live    Rural School Safety II   (No. 4003 )
Join us as John Dudley, from School Crisis Management in Lincoln, Nebraska, returns to Montana to give us an update on school safety issues in rural Montana.
Airs Sunday 3/23 at 11am  
 

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 3/23 at 6pm, repeats Sunday 3/30 at 11am  
 

Backroads of Montana    Anaconda to Comertown   (No. 121 )
This episode takes us up the slopes with a long-time ski instructor near Anaconda, introduces us to the art of glass blowing in Townsend, shows us a new monument to Native American soldiers at the Little Big Horn Battlefield in Crow Agency and takes us to a reunion in the nearly forgotten northeastern Montana town of Comertown. Montana native William Marcus hosts the program from the Chief Plenty Coups State Park near Pryor.
Airs Saturday 3/29 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 3/30 at 6pm  
 

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