Monthly Highlights - May 2017

Vacancy in the House
The race for Montana's vacant US house seat is going to be short and fierce. Flathead musician Rob Quist and Bozeman businessman Greg Gianforte have less than three months to get to know voters. And voters have many questions. Where do Quist (D) and Gianforte (R) really stand on health care, public lands, public schools, social security, guns and veterans? What life experiences have shaped their ethics and their politics? "Vacancy in the House" examines these questions; delving into an election where the attack ads started immediately and there is precious little time for Montanans to make up their minds. 
Airs Tuesday, 5/2 at 8pm, Thursday, 5/4 at 2am and 12pm, Thursday, 5/4 at 7pm, Sunday, 5/7 at 5pm, Wednesday, 5/10 at 1am, Friday, 5/12 at 7:30pm, Saturday, 5/20 at 5pm, Sunday, 5/21 at 10:30am, Monday, 5/22 at 8:30pm, Tuesday, 5/23 at 11:30pm, Wednesday, 5/24 at 12pm

Business: Made in Montana
This episode features a unique Missoula business that utilizes stay-at-home moms to transform blemished fishing line into take-home treasures; a businessman who reclaims wood and turns it into functional gifts and beautiful household decor; a pair of friends who craft leather into special belts, wallets and more. Another Missoula inventor shows off the revolutionary CO2 bag to help indoor gardening. Finally, meet Butte residents whose distillery connects the past and the present in their community.  Airs Tuesday, 5/2 at 8:30pm, Thursday, 5/4 at 2:30am and 12:30pm, Monday, 5/8 at 5:30am, Wednesday, 5/10 at 1:30am

Backroads of Montana: Capitol Rock & Community Folk (No. 127) 
From Capitol Rock near Ekalaka to the Hot Club of Troy, this program covers Montana from border to border. Stops include Easter services at the Serbian Orthodox Church in Butte, a profile of the mayor of Alberton, who also runs the junkyard, a visit to Troy's music venue, the Hot Club Coffee House and a stop at the nation's least-visited national landmark, Capitol Rock. William Marcus hosts the program from the American Computer Museum in Bozeman. Airs Saturday, 5/6 at 5pm

Montana Ag Live: Organics! (No. 4706) 
Bob Quinn, an organic producer from Big Sandy, will discuss organic crop production and how producers can transition from non-organic to organic production. 
Airs Sunday, 5/7 at 6pm, Sunday, 5/14 at 11am

Montana Ag Live: Weeds Are More Than Just An Annoyance! (No. 4705) 
Montana Department of Agriculture and Noxious Weed Trust Fund Coordinator Jasmin Reimer will discuss the inner workings of Montana's Noxious Weed Trust Fund and how it's helping keep invasive and noxious weeds at bay. Airs Sunday, 5/7 at 11am

Timeless Legacy: Women Artists of Glacier National Park 
In 1928, one would not expect to find a woman artist with an easel and forty-five pound pack on her back hiking alone through the spring snow of Glacier National Park to paint. But, for almost a century women have been coming to one of the most ruggedly beautiful and culturally rich locations in Montana to capture the majesty of the landscape. A Timeless Legacy: Women Artists of Glacier National Park shines a light on the untold story of these early artistic pioneers, along with four of their contemporary sisters, who share the common drive to commune with and observe nature, then paint it from their hearts. Spanning over a hundred years, through the backdrop of the early history of the Park and its enduring artistic-legacy, we hear their stories, see their art and learn of the frustrations of being women artists in a market dominated by men. These kindred spirits, doing what they love, have competed for recognition and respect as artists, while continuing the legacy of painting the timeless place known as Glacier National Park. Airs Tuesday 5/9 at 8pm, Thursday 5/11 at 2am, Sunday 5/14 at 10am

Mary Rose
Explore the life of Mary Rose Moyer. At age 91, she is clinically blind yet perseveres every day through her physical limitations as well as her storied past. 
Airs Wednesday, 5/10 at 5:39am, Sunday, 5/14 at 4:39pm

11th & Grant with Eric Funk: Wylie & the Wild West (No. 1202) 
Horseman, singer, songwriter, and world famous Yahoo! yodeler Wylie Gustafson brings his Big Sky spirit straight from the empty sprawl of northern Montana to the stage of 11th & Grant with Eric Funk. Wylie &The Wild West showcase their unique rural perspective and the essence of the 4th generation Montana rancher. Wylie is a real life cowboy on northern Montana's Hi-Line where he makes his home and finds inspiration for his music, which includes elements of Cowboy, Traditional Country, Western Swing, Folk and Yodeling. 
Airs Thursday, 5/11 at 7pm, Saturday, 5/13 at 10:12pm, Monday, 5/15 at 2am

Backroads of Montana: Places of Note (No. 128) 
We remember the legendary Ozark Club in Great Falls, visit the Ringing Rocks geological site near Pipestone, profile the fabled Butte entertainer "Luigi" and more. William Marcus hosts the program from the Rialto Theatre in Deer Lodge. Airs Saturday, 5/13 at 5pm

Montana Ag Live: Biological Weed Controls (No. 4707) 
Biological control specialist at Montana State University Jeff Littlefield will address the success of biological weed control efforts in Montana and how Montanans can utilize this technology to help with their weed control efforts. Airs Sunday, 5/14 at 6pm, Sunday, 5/21 at 11am

Montana Rx: Unintended Consequences
Explore Montana's unique struggle with prescription drug abuse. A Browning grandmother and Billings student face tragedies that have shaped their lives. Airs Thursday, 5/18 at 7pm, Sunday, 5/28 at 10am

Montana Ag Live: How Does Public Debt Affect Agriculture? (No. 4708) 
Retired Montana State University economist Myles Watts will address the effect of public debt on Montana's economy including the agricultural sector. 
Airs Sunday, 5/21 at 6pm, Sunday, 5/28 at 10:58am

Backroads of Montana: A Stone's Throw Away From Anywhere (No. 143) 
On this episode, curlers slide into Havre for the annual bonspiel where we follow a team from the small north central town of Rudyard as they compete in one of the oldest team sports known to man. Backroads highlights two young rodeo stars-in-the-making from Worden at the Little Britches Rodeo in Laurel. Hot Spring's Troy DeRoche first began playing his Native American flutes as a way to sell them, but his music that has taken him around the world. And along a secondary road, we'll explore the subtleties of "the old fashioned country hello." At the monthly square dance in Plains, Backroads of Montana host William Marcus tries his hand at the do-si-do and dance calling. 
Airs Monday, 5/22 at 8pm, Thursday, 5/25 at 7:28pm, Saturday, 5/27 at 5pm

Badger Creek 
Badger Creek is a portrait of Native resilience as seen through a year in the life of three generations of a Blackfeet family living on the rez in Montana. The Mombergs are a loving, sober family who run a successful ranch, live a traditional worldview and are re-learning their language.
Airs Thursday, 5/25 at 7pm, Sunday, 5/28 at 10:30am

Montana PBS Election Coverage: Special Election-May 25, 2017 
On Thursday, May 25, Montana voters will submit their votes in the 2017 U.S. House special election. MontanaPBS will provide Election Night coverage, including updates and analysis, as we follow the race for Montana's lone U.S. House seat. John Twiggs hosts the program. 
Welcome (pt. 1) (No. 1601) – Airs Thursday, 5/25 at 6:57pm
Update - (pt. 2) (No. 1602) - Airs Thursday, 5/25 at 7:57pm
Early Returns (pt.3) (No. 1603) - Airs Thursday, 5/25 at 8:47pm
Returns (pt. 4) (No. 1604) - Airs Thursday, 5/25 at 9:38pm
Wrap-up (pt. 5) (No. 1605) - Airs Thursday, 5/25 at 10:29pm


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