Arranged by date of first airing
(No. 804 )
Trained in a Hochschule fur Musik in Germany, Stefan Stern brings his impressive talent as a concert pianist to 11th & Grant. Stern elegantly interprets two pieces in this inspiring episode. The first, Fantasie in C Major, Op. 15, popularly known as "The Wanderer Fantasy, " is one of Franz Schubert's most technically demanding compositions for solo piano. Stern's second piece, Franz Liszt's Sonata in B minor, is a menacing and dramatic theme juxtaposed with a captivating melody. Experience Stern's passion made manifest through the music of Schubert and Liszt.
Airs Thursday 8/1 at 7pm, repeats Saturday 8/3 at 9:42pm
(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 8/3 at 5:30pm
(No. 105 )
This episode reveals that Montana was, and still is, a patchwork of peoples from all across the globe. The second half of the program shows how that ethnic diversity has contributed to Montana's rich history of art. The program visits the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts and profiles painter Ernie Pepion.
Airs Saturday 8/3 at 5pm
(No. 101 )
From ranchers who use guns to manage their livestock to survivors of a 1986 Montana school shooting, this program explores the role of guns in Montana's culture. In Montana, women in isolated, rural areas carry weapons to protect their families and 12-year-olds learn gun safety and hunt for food. But there's also a dark side to the gun culture. Crimes, violence and even school shootings in our state are also examined. This documentary is the most recent edition of a 26-year long tradition of films produced by the students of The University of Montana School of Journalism.
Airs Sunday 8/4 at 10am, repeats Monday 8/5 at 9pm, Wednesday 8/7 at 12:30am
(No. 3907 )
MSU agricultural economist Anton Bekkerman looks at the changing landscape of Montana's grain markets.
Airs Sunday 8/4 at 11am
(No. 136 )
The 50 students at bucolic Greenfield School in Fairfield are energetic and bright. One reason for their success is a tasty lunch program. We'll spend a day with Lunch Lady Salley Young as she prepares a special meal that's 100 percent Montana made. In Kalispell, we switch into the world of antique phones, with a man whose collecting began with his career as an installer with the phone company. He's proof that it pays to "keep the old stuff." We'll veer off the road to some of Montana's beautiful lakes and ponds to observe the springtime ritual of birds' courtship dances. And we'll meet a man in Fort Benton whose skill in crafting musical instruments is only surpassed by his generous spirit. William Marcus hosts the program from the Big Horn County Museum in Hardin.
Airs Monday 8/5 at 8pm
Dorothy Johnson was a Western writer ahead of her time. Women saved men, heroes died unwept and unsung, whites lived with Indians and benefited from the experience. Three of her stories were made into films and many critics consider "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" to be the cornerstone of the modern western. This documentary looks back on Dorothy's life, and her place in history.
Airs Tuesday 8/6 at 2:30am, repeats Saturday 8/10 at 5pm, Monday 8/12 at 9:30pm, Monday 8/26 at 5:30am
(No. 105 )
In keeping with our philosophy, "All Music - All Montana," we are proud to present a classical music program: Elizabeth Croy (soprano) and Julie Gosswiller (piano). With a touch of elegance, these musicians present a program of classical art song. Croy and Gosswiller, both on the music faculty at Montana State University in Bozeman, have competed nationally in various competitions and continually "wow" their audiences with their warmth, musicianship, stylistic breadth and pure charm. Featured in this performance are a number of short art songs by beloved classical composers, sung in French, German, Russian, and English. Gosswiller graces us with piano solos and Croy joins our host & artistic director, Eric Funk, for an intimate performance of the big band classic "Moonglow." Don't miss this superb duo!
Airs Thursday 8/8 at 7pm, repeats Saturday 8/10 at 9:42pm, Monday 8/12 at 3am
(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 8/10 at 5:30pm
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 Sunday 8/11 at 10am, repeats Tuesday 8/13 at 7pm, Saturday 8/17 at 5pm, Wednesday 8/28 at 1am
(No. 3908 )
Tracy Ellig will visit Montana Ag Live, and bring viewers up to date on the 2013 legislative session.
Airs Sunday 8/11 at 11am
(No. 214 )
Bill War, a Helena-based mechanical engineer specializing in refinery projects, participated with other folks from the state in the Montana Chamber of Commerce's visit to China in the fall of 2012.
Airs Sunday 8/11 at 10:30am
On the night of August 12, 1967, grizzly bears in Glacier National Park killed two young women and severely mauled one man. For everyone involved, it remains an unforgettable night of crisis, intense fear, bravery and, ultimately, grief. This dramatic and tragic story, and how it eventually influenced the fate of the grizzly bear in the continental United States, takes center stage in the historical documentary. Archival material, photographs, re-creations and gripping on-camera interviews with survivors, witnesses, family members journalists and biologists, provide a complete account of those events. Veteran film and television actor J.K. Simmons (Law and Order, Juno, Up in the Air, The Closer) narrates.
Airs Monday 8/12 at 8pm, repeats Wednesday 8/14 at 12:30am
Because of advanced new technology, a second oil boom has hit Western North Dakota and Eastern Montana. This Bakken formation has impacted more than just the oil industries. Towns around the Bakken oil formation are experience sudden growth in population. This program features those besieged by these new changes as well as those who are capitalizing on the oil boom.
Airs Tuesday 8/13 at 8pm, repeats Sunday 8/18 at 10am
(No. 1502 )
Montana ranks in the top ten nationally for animal-vehicle collisions. This program examines the various effects of the accidents, from individual drivers to vehicles to wildlife. Experts also discuss possible solutions to reduce the increasing number of collisions.
Airs Tuesday 8/13 at 7:30pm, repeats Wednesday 8/21 at 1am, Saturday 8/24 at 5pm, Sunday 8/25 at 10am
(No. 805 )
America is a melting pot where the worlds come together. The people who immigrated to the US brought with them the durable, portable things they could carry and that one critical piece of their legacy: music from their homeland. Zydeco springs out of a Cajun heritage alive almost from the beginning in New Orleans. The region's only Zydeco/Cajun band brings their Montana flavor to that classic New Orleans sound, while preserving the heritage of this infectious genre.
Airs Thursday 8/15 at 7pm, repeats Saturday 8/17 at 9:42pm, Monday 8/19 at 3am
(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 8/17 at 5:30pm
(No. 3801 )
Clain Jones, MSU Extension Fertility Specialist, addresses the question of whether or not biological amendments and micronutrient fertilizers are beneficial or even necessary.
Airs Sunday 8/18 at 11am
(No. 3909 )
Perry Miller, MSU's cropping system specialist, will address the reality of using cover crops in Montana to improve soil health.
Airs Sunday 8/18 at 11am
(No. 1510 )
Highlights include a 19th-century Arthur Brown watercolor scene of Yellowstone National Park.
Airs Monday 8/19 at 8pm
(No. 402 )
A jazz pianist and composer from Missoula, David Morgenroth performs his own music, showcasing technical mastery, incredible range and sensitivity. He is joined for two selections by Bozeman's Kelly Roberti on bass.
Airs Thursday 8/22 at 7pm, repeats Saturday 8/24 at 9:14pm
(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 8/24 at 5:30pm
(No. 3910 )
MSU Biochemist Dave Sands looks at methods used to improve the nutritional value of Montana's crops.
Airs Sunday 8/25 at 11am
(No. 215 )
Chad Lee, Montana Department of Agriculture, and MinMin, a visitor from Myanmar (Burma) share their insights about the work of non-governmental organizations as well as state agencies in advancing agribusiness endeavors.
Airs Sunday 8/25 at 10:30am
(No. 1511 )
Highlights include a 19th-century Japanese suit of armor and an 1825 Parisian gilt bronze plateau.
Airs Monday 8/26 at 7pm
(No. 1512 )
A collection of ruby, diamond and jade rings and an 1843 artillery sword and belt are appraised.
Airs Monday 8/26 at 8pm
Follow six young Montanans as they learn that 4-H is about having fun - but being responsible about it. It's about refusing to give up on the runt of the litter, staying up all night to bottle feed a sick calf while knowing someday you'll have to say goodbye. It's about knowing where you're headed but never forgetting where you've been. And it's about pledging your head, your heart, your hands, and your health - not for yourself, but to help others.
Airs Thursday 8/29 at 7pm
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 Saturday 8/31 at 9:30pm
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