Monthly Highlights - December 2016

Glacier On My Mind
Glacier on My Mind celebrates the rugged beauty and spirit of Glacier National Park in Montana. This park is a stunning region of spectacular mountains, beautiful forests, cascading streams, and magnificent wildlife, all shown here in breathtaking color images by Montana photographer Michael Sample. The images are carefully matched with quotations from writers who know and love these splendid parks, creating a unique and timeless portrait of these remarkable lands. 
Airs Thursday, 12/1 at 3am, Thursday, 12/1 at 5:15am

Montana On My Mind
Montana on My Mind celebrates the unique beauty and spirit of the last best state. Inspired by the best-selling book, "Montana on My Mind," this program combines stunning film with inspiring quotes, music and commentary by Michael S. Sample. Including magnificent scenery, people, places and events, this program will leave you with an unforgettable portrait of Montana. 
Airs Thursday, 12/1 at 1:30am, Thursday, 12/1 at 3:45am, Saturday, 12/3 at 4:30pm

History of Glacier National Park: Crown of the Continent
The History of Glacier National Park: Crown of the Continent is a vivid journey, through the pages of history, revealing the natural forces that created the park's majestic landscape. By also exploring its cultural and economic history, the human impact is observed, including what the future might hold for this park as its glaciers quickly vanish. Glacier was established as a national park on May 11, 1910, American's 10th national park. Airs Saturday, 12/3 at 12:30am and 3am, Saturday, 12/10 at 1pm

Why We Love Backroads of Montana: Fans Celebrate 25 Years
Backroads of Montana viewers take us through a quarter century of stories featuring our state's people, places and events. The Backroads crew visited Montana farmers markets this past summer and spoke to more than 50 fans about the impact of the show, their favorite and most memorable characters, the show's recognizable theme song and why they love the show so much. Airs Monday, 12/5 at 7pm, Wednesday, 12/7 at 12am, Thursday, 12/8 at 12:30pm, Saturday, 12/10 at 3:30pm

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 old 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 Monday, 12/5 at 8:30pm, Wednesday, 12/7 at 1:30am

Beartooth Highway
Winding its way through pristine mountain air and majestic, snow-capped peaks, Montana's magnificent Beartooth Highway was described as "America's most beautiful roadway" by Charles Kuralt. You'll see why in this video tour travelling along the 69-mile scenic route from its beginning in Red Lodge, Montana, to its spectacular finish at the northeast entrance to Yellowstone National Park. 
Airs Wednesday, 12/7 at 1:30pm

Moveable Feast with Fine Cooking “Bozeman, Montana” (No. 402) 
In this episode, Big Sky meets lamb in Bozeman, Montana, where chefs Melissa Harrison and Eduardo Garcia create dishes with a rustic flair.Host Pete Evans joins the chefs in the beautiful Montana terrain for trout fly fishing, and the three channel their wild side as they forage for nettles and cattails. The episode culminates in an open-air feast at the spectacular Willow Spring Farm, where Chefs Harrison and Garcia serve a mouthwatering whole spit-roasted lamb.
Airs Thursday, 12/15 at 7pm, Sunday, 12/18 at 3am

Moveable Feast with Fine Cooking “Greenough, Montana” (No. 411) 
This week's Moveable Feast saddles up for a chuck wagon dinner in Greenough, Montana. Our host chef Pete Evans joins chef Ben Jones, of Paws Up, and grilling master Rory Schepisi, to experience a classic Montana barbecue. Chefs Jones and Schepisi take Evans on a tour of local farms to harvest honey and see how real Montana angus beef is raised. The chefs prepare a delicious meal featuring Montana beef in this quintessential Chuck Wagon dinner. This Moveable Feast even has our host on the move... on horseback! Airs Thursday, 12/15 at 7:30pm, Sunday 12/18 at 3:30am

Montana Ag Live: What the Heck is Craea? (No. 4604) 
There is a brand new Center planned for MSU, the Center for Regulatory and Applied Economics also known as CRAEA, and MSU Agricultural Economist Vince Smith is our expert on the Center and its funding. Airs Sunday, 12/18 at 11am

Conversation with Walter
Great Falls resident Walter Breuning was the world's oldest man until his death on April 14, 2011 at the age of 114. Walter Breuning liked to speak his mind. When he sat down with William Marcus (Backroads of Montana) he talked about childhood, career, family and the changes he witnessed over his many years. Walter knew James J. Hill, founder of the Great Northern Railroad, and often saw Charlie Russell in the Mint Bar in Great Falls. A Conversation with Walter is all about listening. 
Airs Sunday, 12/18 at 10am

Be Thou Always As A Guest
Bill Ohrmann was a rancher from Drummond, Montana, who took up painting at the age of 78. He passed away in 2014 at 95, having completed more than 200 paintings and many sculptures and carvings. His work, which can be seen at the Ohrmann Museum and Gallery in Drummond, includes beautiful and sometimes graphic illustrations of our disregard for the earth and her many creatures. 
Airs Sunday, 12/18 at 10:30am

11th & Grant with Eric Funk: Christmas Favorites (No. 706) 
Featuring traditional and original music, musicians from across Montana return to the studio of 11th & Grant performing their Christmas favorites. Host Eric Funk plays piano alongside Jack Taylor on the acoustic bass and Mike Gillan on the drums as the "house band. " Other performers returning are Jake and Jeni Fleming, Elizabeth Croy and Julie Gosswiller, Kelly Roberti, MJ Williams and Ann Tappan, Don Stone, Jeremy Morton, Kris Klone, Tim Drackert and Julia Yates and Ashly Holland. 
Airs Thursday, 12/22 at 7pm, Saturday, 12/24 at 10pm, Monday, 12/26 at 2am

11th & Grant with Eric Funk: Christmas with Philip Aaberg (No. 906) 
Philip Aaberg performs original holiday music and spirited Christmas favorites on 11th & Grant. Pristine silences and melodic expanses paint an audible portrait of the sweeping Montana landscape. 
Airs Sunday, 12/25 at 4:30pm

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 Thursday, 12/29 at 7pm, Saturday, 12/31 at 9:30pm

Backroads of Montana: Music and Memories (No. 112) 
The Backroads crew takes us along on visits to the Accordion Festival in Philipsburg, the Ross Cedars in Northwest Montana, a bucking bronco school in Arlee and historic Mann Gulch near Helena. We also meet a grain elevator photographer in Bozeman. Airs Saturday, 12/31 at 5pm


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