Monthly Highlights - January 2017

Backroads of Montana: Sharp Shooters (No. 142) 
Meet a remarkable Great Falls woman with a sharp eye at the pool table and 100 years of stories. In Lincoln, attend a family-run, co-ed basketball tournament that keeps their late father's memory alive. In Alberton, the woman who has patrolled the sidelines at the team's games with her camera for decades has snapped thousands of memories. And in Billings, the "King of the One Armed Bandits" sells and restores antique slot machines. William Marcus hosts the program from the historic M&M Bar in Butte. 
Airs Sunday, 1/1 at 6pm, Tuesday, 1/3 at 5:30am

11th & Grant with Eric Funk: Julia Cory Slovarp & Friends (No. 1102) 
Accomplished cellist Julia Cory Slovarp invites a cast of remarkable classical musicians to the set of 11th & Grant with Eric Funk in a collaboration brimming with energy and character. The diverse repertoire showcases the exploration of several styles and crossover genres. From Brahms' Hungarian Dances to George Frideric Handel & Johan Halvorsen's Passacaglia, the incredible depth and virtuosity of Slovarp and her fine ensemble takes center stage. Joining Slovarp on this rich episode are renowned violinist Carrie Krause, pianists Laurel Yost and Stefan Stern, and classical guitarist Michael Videon. 
Airs Monday, 1/2 at 2am

11th & Grant with Eric Funk: Wilbur Rehmann Quintet (No. 802) 
Helena performers Wilbur Rehmann, saxophone, and Blackie Nelson, guitar, shine a light on jazz standards as this quintet heats up the studio of 11th & Grant. In his 80s, legendary Montana jazz guitarist Blackie Nelson demonstrates clearly how musicians seem to become younger even as they age. Jazz as it ought to be: The Wilbur Rehmann Jazz Quintet. 
Airs Thursday, 1/5 at 7pm, Saturday, 1/7 at 9:35pm, Monday, 1/9 at 2am

Backroads of Montana: Flathead Lake to the Crazy Mountains (No. 113) 
William Marcus introduces us to a Big Timber man who works on a minute level; follow a group of seniors as they beautify a stretch of highway in northwest Montana; hitch a ride on the Orphan Girl Express at the World Museum of Mining in Butte; unwind in Helena with a man who restores wind-up phonographs and storm the castle in White Sulphur Springs. 
Airs Saturday, 1/7 at 5pm

Two Rivers
TWO RIVERS explores the character of change. The film reveals that primary characters in this story aren't people at all, but places: the Berkeley Pit, the Bonner Mill site, the Milltown Dam, the local communities and, of course, the confluence of the Clark Fork and Blackfoot rivers. These characters have complex relationships and history that ultimately led to the climatic dam removal. Hawes-Davis and Carr largely let these places speak for themselves, with a narrative that is quiet, simple, thoughtful and often emotional. TWO RIVERS takes an impressionistic, long view on the removal of the Milltown Dam and how it affected residents. Airs Sunday, 1/8 at 10am

Freezeout Lake
A celebration of one of Montana's ultimate birding locations, Freezeout Lake, near the spectacular Rocky Mountain Front. Airs Sunday, 1/8 at 10:48am

Montana Ag Live: Ag Researchers & the MT Legislature Economic Dev. Grant (No. 4606) 
Barry Jacobsen and others discuss exciting innovations happening with the College of Agriculture Ag. Research and Economic Development Grant. Airs Sunday, 1/8 at 11am

Voice of the Hi-Line
VOICE OF THE HI-LINE is a profile of KGVA in Fort Belknap, Montana, which is among a growing number of Native American-run radio stations in the United States and Canada. The station provides a vast remote area of north central Montana with vital information, weather, music, and education.
Airs Sunday, 1/8 at 7:40pm

Violin Alone
The unlikely pairing of two modern visionaries, Vilmos Olah, a Hungarian violin virtuoso, and Eric Funk, contemporary classical composer from the heart of Montana, has resulted in a new piece of music that pushes the boundaries of music and our notion of the possible. Vili: Concerto for Violin Alone is an extreme concerto in which its player must simultaneously play the solo AND orchestra parts. He must emulate flutes, oboes, clarinet, timpani, and brass. A reflection of the violinist, the composer, and the unquenchable human spirit of Eastern Europe, The Violin Alone re-imagines what music can be. 
Airs Monday, 1/9 at 8pm, Friday, 1/27 at 9:02pm, Sunday, 1/22 at 10am, Wednesday, 1/11 at 12pm, Monday, 1/16 at 2am, Wednesday, 1/11 at 1am

Rundown with Beth Saboe: In the Legislature - Jan. 13th, 2017 (No. 201) 
Every other year, Montana state lawmakers convene for 90 days in Helena to discuss changes to our laws on taxes, healthcare, the environment, business and much more. Each week we'll look at the important issues being debated in the Legislature and explain how they could impact Montanans from Superior to Sidney. With insightful reporting and one-on-one interviews, this program helps viewers understand the legislative process and how they're being represented by elected officials. 
Airs Friday, 1/13 at 6:59pm, Friday, 1/13 at 11:02pm

Backroads of Montana: Roundup to Nine Mile (No. 114) 
Meet a rural mail carrier in Roundup, a veteran firespotter near Nine Mile, and the creator of Glasgow's giant metal animals; then we head out for a look at the Red Sun Labyrinth near Victor and at Native American pictographs and petroglyphs in a canyon near Forest Grove. 
Airs Saturday, 1/14 at 5pm

Montana Ag Live: Branching Out Into Trees! (No. 4607) 
Bozeman City Parks and Recreation's Mitch Overton and MSU Extension Forester Peter Kolb will look at the status of trees in both native and urban environments. This is your chance to ask these specialists questions or concerns about trees in Montana. 
Airs Sunday, 1/15 at 11am

11th & Grant with Eric Funk: Dave Walther & the Dusty Pockets (No. 1206) 
Bozeman based Dave Walther & The Dusty Pockets showcases their original music influenced by the roots of American folk, soul, and blues. Traversing terrain where blues and soul intersect with traditional folk, it's a sound both urbane and earthy. Featuring Dave Walther on guitar and vocals, Steve Brown on bass, Matt Rogers on guitar, and Dean Wakerlin on drums, the group radiates heart and soul. From Montana to Minnesota to Chicago, the band members' backgrounds influence their songwriting and style. Dave writes his music based on his personal experiences with relationships, struggle, family, and the emotions everyone can relate to. The band's original songwriting mixed with a group of talented, tight musicians sets them apart. 
Airs Saturday, 1/21 at 10pm, Monday, 1/23 at 2am, Thursday, 1/19 at 7pm

Rundown with Beth Saboe: In the Legislature - Jan. 20th, 2017 (No. 202) 
Every other year, Montana state lawmakers convene for 90 days in Helena to discuss changes to our laws on taxes, healthcare, the environment, business and much more. Each week we'll look at the important issues being debated in the Legislature and explain how they could impact Montanans from Superior to Sidney. With insightful reporting and one-on-one interviews, this program helps viewers understand the legislative process and how they're being represented by elected officials. 
Airs Friday, 1/20 at 10pm, Friday, 1/20 at 6:59pm

Backroads of Montana: Medicine Lake to Missoula/10th Anniversary Program (No. 115) 
The Backroads crew takes us across the state for stories about a leather artist in Billings, the history of Montana's historical roadside markers, the wildlife refuge at Medicine Lake, historic Fort Union in northeast Montana and an assisted skiing program near Missoula. William Marcus hosts from the historic OTO Ranch in Paradise Valley. 
Airs Saturday, 1/21 at 5pm

Montana Ag Live: Montana's Grain and Livestock Industry, A View From the Inside (No. 4501) 
We visit with some of our ag association representatives about how the puzzle pieces of industry, research and producers fit into the big picture of ag in Montana. Guests include Errol Rice of Montana Stockgrowers, Collin Watters with the Wheat and Barley Committee, and Lola Raska of the Montana Grain Growers. Airs Sunday, 1/22 at 11am

MontanaPBS Coverage “State of the State Address” – January 2017: Governor Bullock
MontanaPBS provides live coverage and analysis of Governor Steve Bullock's State of the State Address. This speech, delivered before the joint chambers of the Montana Legislature, comes at the beginning of the Governor's second term. The live coverage will include a response from the Montana Republican Party, interviews with lawmakers and analysis. Airdate TBA

Rundown with Beth Saboe: In the Legislature - Jan. 27th, 2017 (No. 203) 
Every other year, Montana state lawmakers convene for 90 days in Helena to discuss changes to our laws on taxes, healthcare, the environment, business and much more. Each week we'll look at the important issues being debated in the Legislature and explain how they could impact Montanans from Superior to Sidney. With insightful reporting and one-on-one interviews, this program helps viewers understand the legislative process and how they're being represented by elected officials. 
Airs Friday, 1/27 at 6:59pm, Friday, 1/27 at 10pm

Backroads of Montana: Weather, Feathers and Time (No. 116) 
Meet a longtime National Weather Service observer near Roy, Butte musician John "The Yank" Harrington, and an artist from Westby. Then visit a seasonal waterfall near Big Timber and a Northeast Montana town with one parking meter. Finally, tour Fort Benton. 
Airs Saturday, 1/28 at 5pm

Montana Ag Live: Why Using Quality Seed Matters (No. 4502) 
Manager of the Montana Seed Growers Association Heather Rimel will discuss Montana's seed industry, and the importance of utilizing quality seed in order to produce superior crops. 
Airs Sunday, 1/29 at 11am

 

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