Monthly Highlights - February 2018

Listed by first date of broadcast, these Montana-Made programs have individual websites and pressrooms with more information.


11th and Grant Classics: Jeff Troxel & Trevor Krieger: 1973 (No. 1001) Jeff Troxel and Trevor Krieger showcase a distinctive blend of Americana Folk and Fiddle tunes and original work. They have been playing together for more than 20 years, exploring diverse musical roles. Troxel is a jazz and flatpicking guitarist, songwriter, singer,and composer, who easily crosses musical boundaries. Krieger is an accomplished classical violinist and traditional fiddle player. Airs Thursday, 2/1 at 9:50pm

11th & Grant with Eric Funk: Jeremy Morton (No. 503)"11th & Grant" presents Jeremy Morton, a talented composer, singer and guitarist. Singer/songwriters are a mainstay in American music and Jeremy brings a direct and sincere approach to this episode. His performance is relevant and memorable, revealing why he is a Montana artist in demand. Airs Thursday, 2/1 at 7pm, Saturday, 2/3 at 10:02pm, Monday, 2/5 at 2am

Backroads of Montana: Kilns and Kin (No. 126)The Backroads crew travels along as family and friends gather near Lodge Grass to move animals onto summer range; we visit some abandoned beehive charcoal kilns west of Melrose -- all that's left of one of Montana's earliest and most productive gold smelters; we find the exact geographic center of the state near Lewistown; and visit with a woman who's maintaining her family's connection to the African-American history of the Miles City area. William Marcus hosts the program from a barber shop in Columbus. Airs Saturday, 2/3 at 5pm

Confluence: A Duet of Words and MusicFrom Beethoven to John Muir, artist have found inspiration in nature. In a unique blending of artistic expression, classical guitarist, Stuart Weber, and writer, Alan Kesselheim, weave together compositions that evoke in the listener fundamental natural themes. Produced by Bill Bilverstone for KUSM-TV/MontanaPBS. Airs Sunday, 2/4 at 10:30am

Montana Ag Live: Groundwater Quality -What is the Outlook? (No. 4704)Montana Department of Ag hydrologist Christopher Kelly will discuss Montana's Ground Water Protection program, which helps to keep one of Montana's treasures clean. Airs Sunday, 2/4 at 11am

Home to MontanaHome to Montana is a 30-minute production filmed in September 1987 on location in Fort Peck and the surrounding area. The main figure in the movie is M.R. 'Monty' Montgomery, a feature writer for the Boston Globe, whose columns are nationally syndicated in over sixty news- papers in the U.S. and Canada. Montgomery was born in 1937 at Fort Peck, where his father was an inspector on the depression era dam project. He had left Montana as a child, and returned in 1987 for his first visit back to Fort Peck. Home to Montana documents the younger Montgomery's trip to his birthplace. During that trip he explores his search for his own roots between the depression era and Fort Peck today. The film portrays Montgomery's encounters with a number of Fort Peck residents,including Thelma 'Sis' Bondy, Debbi Gagne, George Gallagher, George Nicholas, and Ron Wallem. A segment of original film from the dam construction project is included in Home to Montana, as well as still photographs. Viewers will follow Monty Montgomery's odyssey of discovery about his father, himself, and his look at the traces of history, which survive at Fort Peck. The movie has been structured so that it will appeal to viewers of all ages. Rather than being a straightforward documentary, this movie is a careful combination of drama, reconstruction and history. Airs Sunday, 2/4 at 10am

11th and Grant Classics: Kenny James Miller Band: Borderline (No. 1003)The powerful Blues-Rock trio, Kenny James Miller Band, brings their all original, high energy music to 11th & Grant. The potency of a large rock band fits into the hands of three accomplished musicians; Ken Sederdahl on lead guitar and vocals,Mark Cornett on bass, and Mark Miller on drums. Airs Thursday, 2/8 at 9:50pm

Business: Made in Montana (2501) This episode introduces viewers to Bitterroot Cycles in Hamilton, Eco-Built Homes in Billings, Red Ants Pants in White Sulphur Springs, Tandem Doughnuts in Missoula and The R.L. Winston Rod Company in Twin Bridges. Airs Thursday, 2/8 at 7pm, Sunday, 2/11 at 10am

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, 2/10 at 5pm

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, 2/11 at 11am

11th and Grant Classics: Josh Farmer Band: Addictions (No. 1004)The Josh Farmer Band features original songwriting and dynamic instrumental performances on 11th & Grant. Josh Farmer's earthy, spiritual semblance paired with the powerhouse trio of guitarist Tommy Pertis, drummer Caleb Van Gelder, and bassist Jesse Christian, create a one-of-a-kind sound that blends jazz, funk, rock and soul. Airs Thursday, 2/15 at 9:50pm

11th & Grant with Eric Funk: Jim Averitt & Friends (No. 1204) Jim Averitt showcases his Montana inspired folk & Americana music on 11th & Grant with Eric Funk. He is joined by Bozeman musicians Chelsea Hunt on fiddle and Tom Murphy on Mandolin. Averitt performs regionally on a regular basis and has shared the stage and studio with many well-known names, including Jackson Browne, Joe Cocker, Joe Walsh, Pat Benatar, Toto, Les McCann, Tom Rush, David Wilcox, Rambling Jack Elliott, Jim Messina, Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins. He has co-written several tunes with Jim Messina, Jane Fonda,Ted Turner and Kostas. Soundtracks credited to Jim include HBO, 20/20 and an MS national commercial. His music is also included in many documentaries. Experience Averitt's one of a kind music and his lyrical stories inspired by his adventures and travels, on this all-original episode. Airs Thursday, 2/15 at 7pm, Saturday, 2/17 at 9:48pm, Monday, 2/19 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, 2/17 at 5pm

11th and Grant Classics: 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 Sunday, 2/18 at 2:45pm

Sacred Journey of the Nez PerceIn 1877, the Nez Perce war erupted, the result of growing tensions between the Native peoples of the Northwest and the settlers who coveted Native lands. In an effort to flee, the Nez Perce -- 800 men, women and children, along with their 2,000 horses -- undertook a heroic, 1,600 mile journey over what is now Oregon, Washington, Idaho,Wyoming and Montana. The trek ended tragically, but it serves as a rallying point for the descendants of the Nez Perce, who are determined to carry on their ancient traditions. The program tells this story in the words and tales of the Nez Perce, passed from generation to generation. Beautifully shot, impeccably produced, and featuring haunting music and archival photography, this program is a moving chapter in the history of the American West, and an important testament to the will and the strength of the Nez Perce people. Airs Sunday, 2/18 at 10am

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, 2/18 at 11am

Magic Yellowstone: Historic 1920's Motion Picture of YellowstoneThis 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! Feed the bears! Thrill in the spray of erupting geysers! See Yellowstone froma bygone era with this film, available to the public for the first ti me since its original release in the 1920's. 30 minutes. Re-edited for television. Airs Thursday, 2/22 at 7:30pm, Sunday, 2/25 at 10:30am

Rundown with Beth Saboe: Enemy On Our Shores (No. 211)In 2016, one of the most devastating invasive species in the world was detected in a handful of Montana waterbodies for the first time. The evidence of non-native mussel larvae in Tiber and Canyon Ferry reservoirs prompted a statewide emergency response as stakeholders rushed to combat the aquatic enemy. Invasive zebra and quagga mussels,which are native to eastern Europe, have already wreaked havoc on the Great Lakes and spread throughout the majority of the U.S., except for Wyoming, Idaho, Washington and Oregon. The tiny invasive species can inflict colossal destruction and scientists and lawmakers agree that an infestation of zebra or quagga mussels is the single greatest threat to Montana's lakes and rivers. In this half-hour documentary, News and Public Affairs producer Beth Saboe examines the potential economic and ecological devastation the aquatic pest can cause by fouling boats, docks, beaches and clogging hydroelectric intake systems and irrigation pipes. It's estimated that zebra and quagga mussels cause $1 billion in damage each year to dams and other water-dependant industries. An invasion in Montana could mean higher electricity prices, lower property values, reduced fish populations and a potentially harmful hit to the outdoor recreation industry, which is now the state's number one economic driver. "Enemy on our Shores" also explores what state and tribal governments are doing to try to stop the aquatic invasive species from spreading like wildfire. From mandatory boat inspections to new early detection techniques, authorities are sounding alarm bells and asking for an "all-hands-on-deck" approach. Pressure to stop the mussels from crossing the continental divide and further invading Montana's waterways is also mounting from outside the state. Western Montana is home to the headwaters of the Columbia River watershed, which is the last mussel-free watershed in the lower 48 states and a vital Airs Thursday, 2/22 at 7pm, Sunday, 2/25 at 10am

11th and Grant Classics: The Drum Brothers: Ankaben (No. 1005) The Drum Brothers feature a mix of ethnic and contemporary world music. Driving west african rhythms, polyrhythmic dance grooves and authentic vocals make this Missoula group one of a kind in Montana. Four talented multi-instrumentalists comprise Drum Brothers; Matthew Marsolek, Michael Marsolek, Lawrence Duncan, and Colin Ruggiero meld a diverse array of percussion and melody with West African djembe and doun-doun drums, Australian didgeridoo, saxophone and flute, guitar, vocals, and hand percussion. Airs Thursday, 2/22 at 9:50pm

Backroads of Montana: Rockets, Peaks and Poets (No. 129) We will visit the Big Sky Rocketry Association and watch their launch event near Twin Bridges and then explore a geologic curiosity near Sunburst called "Jerusalem Peaks." We will also profile Dixon poet Victor Charlo. William Marcus hosts the program from the Range Rider's Museum in Miles City. Airs Saturday, 2/24 at 5pm

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, 2/25 at 11am





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