Monthly Highlights - February 2017

11th & Grant with Eric Funk: Bebe Leboeuf (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 Saturday, 2/4 at 9:43pm, Thursday, 2/2 at 7pm, Monday, 2/6 at 2am

The Rundown with Beth Saboe
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. 
In the Legislature - Feb. 3rd, 2017 (No. 204) Airs Friday, 2/3 at 6:59pm, Friday, 2/3 at 10:02pm

In the Legislature - Feb. 10th, 2017 (No. 205) Airs Friday, 2/10 at 6:59pm, Friday, 2/10 at 10:30pm

In the Legislature - Feb. 17th, 2017 (No. 206) Airs Friday, 2/17 at 6:59pm, Friday, 2/17 at 10pm

In the Legislature - Feb. 24th, 2017 (No. 207) Airs Friday, 2/24 at 6:59pm, Friday, 2/24 at 10:02pm

Backroads of Montana: Wheels and Wings (No. 117) 
Take a look at aviary art in Moccasin, develop an appreciation of Montana's first airmail service in Great Falls, visit a local history center and historic bridge near Sidney, see Snake Butte near Ft. Belknap and meet with a wheelwright in Deer Lodge. Airs Saturday, 2/4 at 5pm

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. Airs Sunday, 2/5 at 10:30am

Montana Ag Live: Ag Education Matters (No. 4504) 
Associate Professor of Ag Education Shannon Arnold will discuss the wide range of educational opportunities in agriculture, including such successful programs as using horses to teach life skills to youth and adults. Airs Sunday, 2/5 at 11am

Business: Made in Montana (No. 2401)
This episode introduces viewers to Coaster Pedicab in Bonner, Adipose Boatworks in Helena, McCollum Longboards in Missoula, Alpine Tipis in Polson, E.L.K. Inc. in Gardner and Kochel Guitars in Potomac. Airs Sunday, 2/5 at 10am

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. 
Airs Sunday, 2/12 at 10am, Thursday, 2/9 at 7pm

Backroads of Montana: Seeds and Weeds (No. 118) 
Meet an artist near Sidney whose medium is seeds, experience a weed roundup near Choteau, meet the Loma woman who curates the House of 1000 Dolls, and examine what the folks at ZooMontana in Billings do to enrich the lives of the zoo's animals. William Marcus hosts from the Charles M. Bair Family Ranch and Museum near Martinsdale. Airs Saturday, 2/11 at 5pm

Montana Ag Live: Tax Issues for Agriculture (No. 4505) 
Director of Montana's Department of Revenue Mike Kadas will steer us through the tax issues that affect Montana agricultural producers. Airs Sunday, 2/12 at 11am

11th & Grant with Eric Funk: Chris Cunningham  (No. 1205) 
Acclaimed singer and songwriter Chris Cunningham showcases his original, modern folk tunes. Joining Cunningham are Mike Parsons on fiddle and steel guitar, Tom Murphy on mandolin, and Russell Smith on acoustic bass. Old-fashioned storytelling paired with stirring acoustic arrangements and precise harmonies make this group one of a kind. A Bozeman native, Cunningham is a member of the famed duo, Storyhill, who appeared on NPR’s Prairie Home Companion, Mountain Stage, and won acclaim at the Kerrville New Folk Songwriting Competition. 
Airs Saturday, 2/18 at 9:31pm, Thursday, 2/16 at 7pm, Monday, 2/20 at 2am

Backroads of Montana: Alder Gulch to Plentywood (No. 119) 
Tour the Christenot family mill near Alder Gulch and take a ride on the steam train between Virginia City and Nevada City. After a stop to tempt your sweet teeth at the Parrot Confectionary in Helena, marvel at snow geese flocking in thousands at Freezout Lake, near Choteau, and at the creations of Plentywood inventor Pat Tange. Finally, tour the historic Northern Pacific railroad depot in Livingston. 
Airs Saturday, 2/18 at 5pm

Jailed for Their Words: When Free Speech Died in Wartime America
This program tells the fascinating story of Montanans imprisoned during WWI as part of the Montana Sedition Act of 1918 for criticizing America's war effort. Through powerful memoir, national expert commentary, archival footage, descendent interviews and re-enactments, the film highlights the importance of free speech in wartime America and ultimately of our first amendment rights. 
Airs Sunday, 2/19 at 10am

Montana Ag Live: Meat Processing On A Smaller Level (No. 4506) 
MSU Associate Professor of Meat Science in the Animal Science Department Jane Boles will discuss the challenges for small meat processors in Montana. Airs Sunday, 2/19 at 11am

Never Too Late
Shad Blair, a 36-year-old plumber living in Stevensville, Montana, has always dreamed of playing professional basketball. Against all odds, Shad receives an invitation to the Las Vegas Overseas Combine and his pipe dream might just become a reality. Local coach and one-time Montana basketball standout Ryan Wetzel thinks Shad has what it takes and agrees to help train the 6'11" inch Blair for the upcoming combine. With the support of his family, and all of his savings, Shad lays it all on the line to see once and for all if he has what it takes to play professional basketball. A story about always giving it your all and pursuing your dreams till the very end.
Airs Thursday, 2/23 at 7pm, Sunday, 2/26 at 10:/30am, Monday, 2/27 at 3am

Degrees of Difference
Can Montanans who disagree about the climate sit down and have a discussion? The phrase "Climate Change" is so polarizing that just uttering it can end a friendship. This program introduces us to three sets of friends across Montana who try to get past the controversy and have a productive conversation. 
Airs Monday, 2/27 at 3:30am, Thursday, 2/23 at 7:30pm, Sunday, 2/26 at 10am

Backroads of Montana: Augusta to Wisdom (No. 120) 
We visit a Big Hole Valley family that's been haying together for generations, hear and elk bugle near Moiese, meet a small-town guitarist who has crisscrossed 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, 2/25 at 5pm

Montana Ag Live: Diseases of Potatoes and Sugar Beets in Montana (No. 4507) 
MSU Extension plant pathologist Jessica Rupp will help us understand the unique diseases of two of Montana's most important crops -- potatoes and sugar beets. Airs Sunday, 2/26 at 11am


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