Monthly Highlights

Jeff Troxel and Trevor Krieger

Jeff Troxel and Trevor Krieger

Airs Thursday January 29 at 7pm

Jeff Troxel & Trevor Krieger showcase a blend of Americana Folk and Fiddle tunes.

Montana Ag Live: Boom! (No. 4104) 
Economic researcher at Headwaters Economics Mark Haggerty will examine depressed rural economies, and how the oil and gas boom could help stabilize rural Montana. Sunday 2/1 at 11am

Missouri Compromised
Arguments over Missouri River water management have been spinning for decades, impeded by the river's very infrastructure. Where river engineering birthed a strong recreation industry, it has brought heavy impacts to the ecosystem and unresolved challenges for the navigation industry. Sunday 2/1 at 10am

Virginia City: Where History Lives
This program takes viewers down the boardwalks of Virginia City, Montana. Regional characters share the captivating history of the area while incorporating wonderful stories and personal experiences that detail how Virginia City shaped the area and Montana's early days. Sunday 2/1 at 10:30am

11th & Grant with Eric Funk: Jeff Troxel & Trevor Krieger (No. 1001) 
Billings, Mont.-based fiddle player Trevor Krieger joins Cody, Wyo. -based singer-songwriter Jeff Troxel as they showcase their distinctive blend of Americana folk and fiddle tunes and innovative original work. The duo has been exploring diverse musical roles together for more than 20 years. Troxel is a jazz and flatpicking guitarist, songwriter, singer, composer, educator, and recording engineer who easily crosses musical boundaries. Krieger, an accomplished classical violinist and traditional fiddle player, shares his musical talents with his duties as a Billings firefighter. Experience their heartfelt music and inimitable musicianship on 11th &Grant with Eric Funk. Monday 2/2 at 2am

Be Thou Always as a Guest
"Be Thou Always as a Guest" is a documentary that focuses on Bill Ohrmann, a Drummond rancher, who began painting at the age of 78. Bill is now 91-years-old and has completed over 200 paintings, many of which hang in the Ohrmann Museum and Gallery located on his ranch. His work includes beautiful and sometimes graphic illustrations of our disregard for the earth and her many creatures. Sunday 2/8 at 10:30am; Wednesday 2/4 at 1am

11th & Grant with Eric Funk: Watercarvers Guild (No. 304) 
The unique sound of this family folk trio, performing original music by one of the members, guitarist David Casey, is both viable contemporary folk music and a flashback to the great folk era of the 1960s. You'll hear and see why Watercarvers Guild is in high demand all over the Northwest. Thursday 2/5 at 7pm, Monday 2/9 at 2am, Saturday 2/7 at 10:17pm

Backroads Of Montana: Comin' Round the Mountain (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. Saturday 2/7 at 5pm

Against the Darkness
A historical documentary about coal miners in Montana, serving as a tribute to the men and their trade. Hosted by Joseph Campanella.Wednesday 2/11 at 1am, Sunday 2/8 at 10am

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. 
Sunday 2/8 at 11am

Montana Journal: 100 & Counting (No. 1701) 
At last count, Montana boasts 175 centenarians. This episode introduces us to four remarkable people who have each lived over a century. Their stories of perseverance and overcoming adversity are inspiring. 
Wednesday 2/18 at 1am, Sunday 2/15 at 10am, Thursday 2/12 at 7pm

Backroads of Montana: Pancakes And Polo (No. 111) 
Get ready for wild rides, wild flowers, and wild stories in this episode of Backroads of Montana. 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.
Thursday 2/12 at 7:30pm, Sunday 2/15 at 10:30am

Backroads Of Montana: Cakes And Cowboys (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. Saturday 2/14 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. Sunday 2/15 at 11am

11th & Grant With Eric Funk: Josh Farmer Band (No. 1004) 
The Josh Farmer Band features original songwriting and dynamic instrumental performances on 11th & Grant. Josh Farmer’s earthy, spiritual semblance paired with the powerhouse trio of guitarist Tommy Pertis, drummer Caleb Van Gelder, and bassist Jesse Christian, create a one-of-a-kind sound that blends jazz, funk, rock and soul. Thursday, 02/19 at 7:00pm, Saturday, 02/21 at 10:01pm, Monday, 02/23 at 3:00am

Backroads of Montana: Reaching Goals (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. 
Saturday 2/21 at 5pm

Search for the Origin of Life
The Search for the Origin of Life takes a personal look at scientists around the United States working with the NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI) to understand the origin of life. Attempting the seemingly impossible, these researchers want to answer one of humanity's oldest questions - how did life begin? Sunday 2/22 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. Sunday 2/22 at 11am

Finding Traction
Finding Traction presents the inspirational story of ultra-runner Nikki Kimball's quest to become the fastest person in history to run America's oldest hiking trail, the 273-mile Long Trail. Through Nikki's incredible journey, racing towards a dream and against time, we gain a new perspective on what we all share in terms of endurance and the human spirit. Wednesday 2/25 at 1am, Monday 2/23 at 8pm

Bicycle Corps: America's Black Army On Wheels
This program tells the story of the 25th Infantry's bicycle trip from Missoula, Montana, to St. Louis, Missouri in 1897. The African American infantry took the trip to test a theory that the bicycle would replace the horse in transporting men for the army. With archival film, photographs and interviews with historians, the program also examines the life of the African American soldier at the turn of the century, in particular First Sergeant Mingo Sanders, the main motivator of the enlisted men. 
Thursday 2/26 at 7pm

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. Sharing 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. Saturday 2/28 at 1:30pm

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