Monthly Highlights
May, 2014
Arranged by date of first airing

Before There Were Parks    Yellowstone and Glacier Through Native Eyes    
For more than 12,000 years, the intermountain West's native peoples have called the lands known as Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks "home." This program explores modern indigenous perspectives on these great wilderness areas and explores both the cultural divide that separates modern times from the not-so-distant past and recent efforts by the National Park Service and native peoples to bring these disparate visions into greater harmony.
Airs Thursday 5/1 at 8:30pm, repeats Monday 5/5 at 5:30am, Sunday 5/11 at 10:30am  

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 5/3 at 5pm  

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 Sunday 5/4 at 10am, repeats Thursday 5/22 at 7pm  

Montana Ag Live    Readin', Writin' and Agriculture!   (No. 4105 )
Montana Department of Agriculture Agricultural Literacy Specialist Lorri Brenneman discusses programs designed to teach teachers about Montana agriculture, the state's number one industry.
Airs Sunday 5/4 at 11am  

Montana Ag Live    Head 'em Up, Roll 'em Out!   (No. 4106 )
Cattle questions? Darrin Boss will be here to talk about cattle production in Montana.
Airs Sunday 5/4 at 6pm, repeats Sunday 5/11 at 11am  

Not Yet Begun to Fight        
Retired Marine Colonel Eric Hastings remembers flight missions high above the death and destruction in Vietnam. From the cockpit, he traced meandering ribbons that cut through the jungle. He recognized the shapes of the trout streams of home. Every night, he dreamed about fly-fishing. When he returned home to Montana in 1969, to a nation decades away from diagnosing PTSD, he went to the water. He tied a fly onto a line and cast. The river, he says, healed him. In the space between war and a new battle, NOT YET BEGUN TO FIGHT unfolds. Hastings reaches out to five men, a new generation returning from war. He brings them to the river and shares his secret: there are places where you can still be consumed by a simple act, find joy in a fight, and be redeemed as you gently release another creature, unharmed, into quiet waters.
Airs Thursday 5/8 at 7pm, repeats Monday 5/12 at 5am  

Backroads of Montana    Capitol Rock & Community Folk   (No. 127 )
From Capitol Rock near Ekalaka to the Hot Club of Troy, this program covers Montana from border to border. Stops include Easter Services at the Serbian Orthodox Church in Butte, a profile of the mayor of Alberton - who also runs the junkyard, a visit to Troy's music venue, the Hot Club Coffee House and a stop at the nation's least-visited national landmark, Capitol Rock. William Marcus hosts the program from the American Computer Museum in Bozeman.
Airs Saturday 5/10 at 5pm  

Montana Ag Live    Orange Blossom Special!   (No. 4107 )
What? A new threat to wheat? An ugly threat with a very pretty name, Orange Wheat Blossom Midge, is in our sites, and Bob Stougaard will help us understand this pest.
Airs Sunday 5/11 at 6pm, repeats Sunday 5/18 at 11am  

11th & Grant with Eric Funk    Salsa Loca   (No. 901 )
A Latin-jazz band based in Missoula, Montana, Salsa Loca features a sizzling hot horn section and virtuoso Latin percussionists, specializing in the full range of danceable Latin and Afro-Cuban styles: mambo, cha-cha, danzon, guaracha, guaguanco, merengue, bolero, and everything in between. Salsa Loca is comprised of Chuck Florence on saxophone/flute and Leon Slater on trumpet, joined by percussionist Cody Hollow and veteran Bob Ledbetter on drums. First class bass by Beth Lo and rapid-fire originals by guitarist/pianist David Horgan round out this energetic and accomplished group.
Airs Thursday 5/15 at 7pm, repeats Saturday 5/17 at 9:42pm, Monday 5/19 at 5am  

Backroads of Montana    Places of Note   (No. 128 )
We remember the legendary Ozark Club in Great Falls, visit the Ringing Rocks geological site near Pipestone, profile the fabled Butte entertainer "Luigi" and more. William Marcus hosts the program from the Rialto Theatre in Deer Lodge.
Airs Saturday 5/17 at 5pm  

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 5/18 at 11pm  

Global Civics Roundtables    A Debriefing On Taiwan   (No. 102 )
Senate President Jeff Essmann, Speaker of the House Mark Blasdel, and House Minority Leader Chuck Hunter discuss their recent trip to Taiwan in the context of Montana's trade-based relationship with the island democracy and China writ large.
Airs Sunday 5/18 at 10am  

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 5/18 at 6pm  

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 Tuesday 5/20 at 8pm, repeats Thursday 5/22 at 2am, Thursday 5/22 at 12pm  

Backroads of Montana    Rockets, Peaks and Poets   (No. 129 )
We will visit the Big Sky Rocketry Association and watch their launch event near Twin Bridges and then explore a geologic curiosity near Sunburst called "Jerusalem Peaks." We will also profile Dixon poet Victor Charlo. William Marcus hosts the program from the Range Rider's Museum in Miles City.
Airs Saturday 5/24 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 5/25 at 11am  

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 Wednesday 5/28 at 7:30pm  

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