Monthly Highlights

The Bad Betty Organ Combo

The Bad Betty Organ Combo

Watch Thursday, June 18 at 7pm

The Bad Betty Organ Combo brings the classic soul jazz sound of the 60s and 70s.

Changing Home: Small Town Survival
How do two families adapt to their changing Montana town? As White Sulphur Springs anticipates a new industry arriving, will it fundamentally alter this small town? One high school senior prepares to leave for college and wonders if the town will be the same if she returns. Another family hopes for more opportunities in town to bring their children home. It is a scenario happening in small towns across Montana. Airs Monday, 6/1 at 2:30am, Sunday, 6/7 at 10am

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. Airs Thursday, 6/4 at 7pm, Monday, 6/8 at 4am

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, 6/6 at 5pm

Magic Yellowstone: Historic 1920's Motion Picture of Yellowstone
This is the recently restored half hour black & white moving picture of Yellowstone filmed by official Park photographer Jack Ellis Haynes to promote tourism for the Northern Pacific Railroad in the 1920's. Accompanied by an original score of period piano and organ music. Revel with the first venturesome tourists riding the Northern Pacific's steam engine chugging down Paradise Valley and arriving at the Gardiner Station! Pass through the Roosevelt Arch and down Yellowstone's unpaved roads in the first motorized open-air tourist buses! Airs Sunday, 6/7 at 10:30am, Wednesday, 6/10 at 1am

Montana Ag Live: A Mushrooming Interest? (No. 4310) 
Making a return appearance will be Cathy Cripps, mycologist extraordinaire from MSU, to help us choose wild mushrooms wisely! Airs Sunday, 6/7 at 6pm, Sunday, 6/14 at 11am

Montana Ag Live: Climate Change - Real or Perceived? (No. 4309) 
Elizabeth Shanahan, MSU Department of Political Science, will bring viewers up to date on the perception of climate change in the West as well as in Montana. Airs Sunday, 6/7 at 11am

Indian Relay
The hope and determination of modern-day American Indian life is revealed in this film about what it takes to win one of the most exciting and perilous forms of horseracing practiced anywhere in the world today. Featuring remarkable high-speed cinematography, INDIAN RELAY follows three teams from different American Indian communities as they prepare for and compete in a grueling Indian Relay season -- all hearts set on the glory and honor of winning an Indian Relay National Championship. 
Airs Monday, 6/8 at 9pm, Wednesday, 6/10 at 5am

Power Brokers
It's arguably one of Montana's most tragic stories. It led to the demise of Montana Power, the state's only Fortune 500 Company, and it pushed power prices into the stratosphere. While most know how the experiment in Electricity Deregulation ended, few know how it all began. In this hour-long documentary, Montana PBS investigates the sources of the deregulation movement and the subsequent power crisis. The documentary uncovers surprising relationships and business connections that would eventually cast a shadow over former Governor Marc Racicot and draw Montana Power into a federal investigation. Airs Tuesday, 6/9 at 9pm

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 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 Thursday, 6/11 at 7pm, Sunday 6/14 at 10am

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, 6/13 at 5pm

11th & Grant with Eric Funk: Bad Betty Organ Combo (No. 1002) 
The Bad Betty Organ Combo brings the classic soul jazz sound of the 60s and 70s to 11th & Grant. Five energetic, seasoned musicians display their prowess with a blend of groove, blues, and jazz. Appearing in this all-star cast are Buff Brown on harmonica, guitar, and lead vocals, Ryan Montana Matzinger on Alto and Baritone Sax, Chris Cundy on Hammond B3, Mike Gillan on drums, and John Sanders on bass. Airs Thursday, 6/18 at 7pm, Saturday, 6/20 at 10:22pm, Monday, 6/22 at 2am

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, 6/20 at 5pm

In Murky Waters: The Plight of the Pallid Sturgeon 
Review the life history of the pallid sturgeon, a fish species with an ancestry dating back 80 million years when dinosaurs were walking the shores of the ancient Missouri River. Learn why the pallid sturgeon became an endangered species in 1990 and the factors affecting its future in the Upper Basin of the Missouri River. Ongoing research and management activities are identified that are helping to recover this ancient fish species of the Missouri/Mississippi River system. Airs Sunday, 6/21 at 10am

Montana Ag Live: Crop Diversity (No. 4301) 
Perry Miller will guest this week on Ag Live to help us understand how crop diversity is one of the keys to sustainability in today's Montana agricultural landscape. Airs Sunday, 6/21 at 11am

Paupers Dream
This documentary provides a historical overview of hard rock mining in Montana. It also serves as a tribute to the industry and the miners in search of fortune. Narrated by Joseph Campanella.
Airs Thursday, 6/25 at 7pm, Sunday, 6/28 at 10am

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, 6/27 at 5pm

Montana Ag Live: Specialized Montana Farms (No. 4302) 
Is Montana's agriculture going toward small specialized farms? What is the outlook for financial success there? MSU small farms agronomist Mac Burgess will help us find out. Airs Sunday, 6/28 at 11am

Monthly Highlights

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