Monthly Highlights

Concussion: Answers in the Blood?

Concussion: Answers in the Blood?

This documentary explores the consequences of driving while distracted through the stories of those who have experienced it first-hand.

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Homefront: United or Divided
At the start of WWII, different shades of nationalism lead to divergent views on entering foreign warfare. This program explores different ideas of patriotism through the eyes of four Montanans. Join a conscientious objector who tells of his decision to opt for civilian public service in Missoula over armed combat and hear from a Butte miner who was required to keep working in the mines during the war. Learn what it was like for a Bozeman high school student to interview families of servicemen killed in battle and find out what a Crow veteran took with him to foreign battlefields. Discover how these four individual's perceptions evolved as the war raged on and whether life in Montana would ever be the same. 
Airs Sunday, 11/1 at 10:30am

Montana Ag Live: Head for Cover! (No. 4407) 
NRCS Area Agronomist for SW Montana Susan Tallman will discuss the status of cover crops, soil health issues and erosion issues in irrigated fields.
Airs Sunday, 11/1 at 11am

Before There Were Parks: Yellowstone and Glacier Through Native Eyes
For more than 12,000 years, the intermountain West's native peoples have called the lands known as Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks "home." This program explores modern indigenous perspectives on these great wilderness areas and explores both the cultural divide that separates modern times from the not-so-distant past and recent efforts by the National Park Service and native peoples to bring these disparate visions into greater harmony. 
Airs Sunday, 11/1 at 10am

Not Yet Begun to Fight
Retired Marine Colonel Eric Hastings remembers flight missions high above the death and destruction in Vietnam. From the cockpit, he traced meandering ribbons that cut through the jungle. He recognized the shapes of the trout streams of home. Every night, he dreamed about fly-fishing. When he returned home to Montana in 1969, to a nation decades away from diagnosing PTSD, he went to the water. He tied a fly onto a line and cast. The river, he says, healed him. In the space between war and a new battle, NOT YET BEGUN TO FIGHT unfolds. Hastings reaches out to five men, a new generation returning from war. He brings them to the river and shares his secret: there are places where you can still be consumed by a simple act, find joy in a fight, and be redeemed as you gently release another creature, unharmed, into quiet waters.
Airs Thursday, 11/5 at 7pm, Sunday 11/8 at 10am, Monday 11/9 at 2am

Backroads of Montana: Harlo to Huntley (No. 134) 
The Backroads crew attends the annual threshing bee in Huntley to visit a simpler era when hay wagons were piled high and steam ruled the prairie. At the Harlo Theatre in Harlowton, students run everything from popcorn sales to projectors, proving there's more to this little theatre than box office returns. In Grass Range, a group of folks come from miles around one Sunday every month for a sense of community and nostalgia - and because they love to dance. 
Airs Saturday, 11/7 at 5pm

Montana Ag Live: Montana's Livestock Industry (No. 4401) 
Forage specialist Emily Gunk will join the animal specialists from MSU to discuss today's livestock picture in Montana. 
Airs Sunday, 11/8 at 11am

Concussion: Answers in the Blood?
Potentially groundbreaking research is taking place in Montana to improve diagnosis and treatment of concussions. Two scientists are attempting to find critical information in human blood. This program gives an inside look at people who suffer a concussion and those who are trying to help them. 
Airs Tuesday, 11/10 at 8pm, Thursday, 11/12 at 7pm, Sunday, 11/15 at 10am, Monday, 11/16 at 5am

Backroads of Montana: Coffee Creek to Haugan (No. 135) 
Travel to the bucolic town of Coffee Creek for a stop at the only business in town, Nemec's Parts and Repair. Then, take off to Montana's western border and the small town of Haugan to visit the Savenac Historic Tree Nursery, one of the oldest U.S. Forest Service nurseries in the West. Sample a slice of one of the best pizzas in the world in Bigfork and wind up at the Nevada City Music Hall to listen to the largest public collection of automated music machines in North America. Host William Marcus shares a close-up view of Our Lady of the Rockies high above Butte. 
Airs Saturday, 11/14 at 5pm

Montana Ag Live: Droughts, Floods, 1860s Water Rights (No. 4402) 
Montana's Chief Water Court Judge Russ McElyea will answer questions regarding Montana's water law, and how that law affects Montana citizens. Airs Sunday, 11/15 at 11am

11th & Grant with Eric Funk: Angella Ahn & Friends (No. 1101) 
"Angella Ahn and Friends" showcases a diverse performance that crosses genres and merges styles, breaking the barriers that exist between them. Her deep repertoire ranges from William Grant Still and Hyung ki-Joo to Jimmy Paige and Robert Plant. Collaborating with accomplished singer Jeni Fleming, pianist Julie Gosswiller, and classical guitarist Stuart Weber, Ahn's groundbreaking vision makes this episode one of a kind, filled with music that is moving and fresh.
 Airs Thursday, 11/19 at 7pm, Saturday, 11/21 at 9:50pm, Monday, 11/23 at 2am

Backroads of Montana: Marking Passages (No. 141) 
We watch the closing of dinosaur-digging season near Bynum, listen to a centenarian bugler pay his respects, follow a Polson man in his quest to raise the state's largest pumpkin and recount one man’s efforts to preserve a special rock quarry near Geraldine. William Marcus hosts the program from the 30th annual Hunters Feed in Ennis. 
Airs Saturday, 11/21 at 5pm, Monday, 11/23 at 8pm

Sundancing with the Muse: Heyoka Merrifield's Sacred Art Story
In Sundancing with the Muse, we discover the importance of the sacred. Montana Artist and shaman Heyoka Merrifield exposes his personal and creative journey to reveal the source of creativity and the roots of imagination. In his story as a sundancer for more than thirty years and his near death shamanic experience, which gave him a unique grasp of the interplay between our world and the world of spirits, a path is illuminated. Our walk on earth a sacred journey during which each person has a gift to give to the circle of life. 
Airs Sunday, 11/22 at 10am

Montana Ag Live: Precision Farming (No. 4403) 
MSU agro-ecologist Bruce Maxwell will look at some amazing advances in precision farming, and the producer development of on-farm research programs. 
Airs Sunday, 11/22 at 11am

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 Monday, 11/30 at 9:15pm

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 Monday, 11/30 at 8:30pm, Monday, 11/30 at 11:15pm

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 Monday, 11/30 at 7pm

Monthly Highlights

Each month, MontanaPBS presents new programs and favorites from the past that have been produced in the state. For a detailed schedule with airdates and descriptions of the upcoming Montana programs, view the featured Monthly Highlights.

Future Productions

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