Monthly Highlights

Race For The U.S. House - Fall 2014

Race For The U.S. House - Fall 2014

Airs Saturday 10/04 at 6pm

A televised debate between candidates John Lewis (D) and Ryan Zinke (R)

For This And Future Generations - Montana's 1972 Constitutional Convention
In mid-winter 1972, one hundred grassroots delegates and a staff of some of the best and brightest young people under the Big Sky, gathered in Helen a for what many would recall as the proudest time of their lives. Their task: to re-write the lumbering, old state constitution. Two months later, every delegate walked down the aisle of the House Chambers and unanimously signed a document that would affect the lives of generations of Montanans to come. Thursday, 10/02 at 7:00pm

Backroads Of Montana - Medicine Lake To Missoula (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. 
Saturday, 10/04 at 5:00pm

Montana PBS Debate Night - Race for The U.S. House - Fall 2014 (No. 801)

In a wide open U.S. House race, MontanaPBS presents a televised debate between candidates John Lewis (D) and Ryan Zinke (R). Moderated by the Montana Television Network's Jay Kohn, journalists will question the candidates in front of a live audience in Bozeman. Saturday, 10/04 at 6:00pm, Wednesday, 10/08 at 12:00am, Wednesday, 10/08 at 12:00pm

Montana Ag Live - Getting Ready For Winter (No. 4204) 
Ready to help those crops over the winter? Clain Jones, MSU Extension Soil Fertility Specialist, will entertain questions about fall fertilization programs in both farm and urban settings. 
Sunday, 10/12 at 11:00am, Sunday, 10/05 at 6:00pm

Montana Ag Live - Forages - The Key To Montana's Livestock Industry (No. 4203) 
MSU Forage Extension Specialist Emily Glunk will talk about the key niche that forage plays in today's livestock operation. Sunday, 10/05 at 11:00am

Under The Big Stack - The Great Falls Smelter Remembered
For eight decades the Big Stack stood for industrial power and opportunity. This program takes you back in time with rare restored film, photographs and first person accounts of the history of the Great Falls Smelter. Produced by Craig Wirth for the History Museum of Great Falls.  Sunday, 10/05 at 10:00am

From Both Sides: Curtis Vs. Daines
With an open seat in the United States Senate, two relatively fresh faces in Montana politics vie for one of the top jobs in the state. Join MontanaPBS as we follow freshman Montana House Representative, Amanda Curtis and freshman U.S. House Representative, Steve Daines as they engage with voters on the campaign trail. Spend time with each candidate as they delve into the issues they consider important to Montanans, and learn how they plan to tackle the country's problems as your voice in Washington DC.  Tuesday, 10/07 at 7:30pm, Wednesday, 10/22 at 12:00pm, Wednesday, 10/15 at 1:00am, Monday, 10/27 at 4:00am, Monday, 10/13 at 8:30pm, Friday, 10/24 at 8:00pm, Sunday, 10/12 at 10:30am, Saturday, 10/25 at 4:30pm

Lone Representative: Zinke Or Lewis?
One hails from a small town in Montana, the other from one of the biggest cities in the state. One has a large, boisterous personality, the other an understated, below-the-radar style. Zinke and Lewis couldn't be any further apart, but they do have one thing in common; little to no experience in elected office. Now, they want represent you in the U.S. House. How will you decide who to vote for? Watch MontanaPBS's in-depth study of these two very different candidates. The documentary explores their past, their characters and their politics. It also reveals what the candidates hope to accomplish in a gridlocked Congress if Montana voters give them a chance to be the State's lone representative.  Tuesday, 10/07 at 7:00pm, Wednesday, 10/22 at 12:30pm, Wednesday, 10/15 at 12:30am, Monday, 10/27 at 4:30am, Sunday, 10/12 at 10:00am, Monday, 10/13 at 8:00pm, Friday, 10/24 at 8:30pm, Saturday, 10/25 at 4:00pm

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 but one parking meter. Finally, tour Fort Benton. Saturday, 10/11 at 5:00pm

Montana Ag Live - Symbiosis Of Conservation, And Farms Or Ranches (No. 4205) 
Robert Sanders, Ducks Unlimited Manager of Conservation Programs for Montana, and Kent Wasson, Phillips County farmer/rancher, will illustrate how coordinated conservation and farm and ranch programs can be beneficial to both the environment and production agriculture. 
Sunday, 10/12 at 6:00pm, Sunday, 10/19 at 11:00am

11th & Grant With Eric Funk - Montana Rose (No. 203) 
Having just returned from Nashville, Tennessee where they recorded a new album of acoustic music, Montana Rose reveals yet another layer of the pure and honest sound this country quartet is known for. 
Thursday, 10/16 at 7:00pm, Saturday, 10/18 at 10:12pm, Monday, 10/20 at 5:00am

Backroads Of Montana - Wheels And Wings (No. 117) 
Take a look at aviary art in Moccasin, an appreciation of Montana's first airmail service in Great Falls, visit to a local history center and historic bridge near Sidney, see Snake Butte near Ft. Belknap and meet with a wheelwright in Deer Lodge.  Saturday, 10/18 at 5:00pm

Montana PBS Debate Night - Race for The U.S. Senate - Fall 2014 (No. 802)
In a wide open U.S. Senate race, MontanaPBS presents a televised debate between candidates Steve Daines (R) and Amanda Curtis (D). Moderated by the Montana Television Network's Jay Kohn, journalists will question the candidates in front of a live audience in the Petro Theater at MSU-Billings. MontanaPBS will provide full analysis and fact checking following the debate. Monday, 10/20 at 7:30pm, Monday, 10/20 at 5:57pm, Wednesday, 10/22 at 12:00am, Wednesday, 10/22 at 12:00pm

Montana Ag Live - Water, Water ... Everywhere Or Nowhere? (No. 4206) 
This program addresses the water supply in Montana, and the factors that influence long and short term availability.  Hosted by Jess Aber, Montana DNRC Water Resources Division and Staff for the Governor's Drought and Water Supply Advisory Committee. Sunday, 10/26 at 10:58am, Sunday, 10/19 at 6:00pm

Global Civics Roundtables - American Federalism (No. 106)  Sunday, 10/19 at 10:00am

Backroads Of Montana - Not Forgotten (No. 139) 
Backroads remembers a DeBorgia man who left behind a legacy on film. He went from western Montana lumberjack to improbable filmmaker and, in the process, provided memories to share. It's not possible to share a tasty artifact from Montana's military past in Miles City— you'll find out why. Did you ever wonder what a cow was thinking? We'll meet a Toston woman who took that a step further and wrote songs about it. Listen in on Judy Williams' entertaining concert and see how her approach to having fun has impacted others. And learn the traditions and family ties that inspire Crow Indian artist Kevin Red Star during visits to his studio in Roberts and family ranch near Pryor.  Thursday, 10/23 at 7:30pm, Sunday, 10/26 at 10:28am, Monday, 10/27 at 1:30am

Business: Made In Montana
This episode features Tom Morgan Rodsmiths in Manhattan, Lifting Technologies in Missoula, Tipu's Chia in Polson, Posh Chocolat in Missoula and Omnibar in Ovando. 
Thursday, 10/23 at 7:00pm, Monday, 10/27 at 1:00am, Sunday, 10/26 at 10:00am

Backroads Of Montana - Seeds And Weeds (No. 118) 
Meet an artist near Sidney whose medium is seeds, experience a weed roundup near Choteau, meet the Loma woman who curates the House of 1000 Dolls, and examine what the folks at ZooMontana in Billings do to enrich the lives of the zoo's animals. William Marcus hosts from the Charles M. Bair Family Ranch and Museum near Martinsdale.  Saturday, 10/25 at 5:00pm

Montana Ag Live - Long And Winding Roads In Montana (No. 4207) 
Steve Jenkins, engineer with the Western Transportation Institute, will focus on road issues in rural Montana cities and counties.  Sunday, 10/26 at 6:00pm

11th & Grant With Eric Funk - Salsa Loca (No. 901) 
A Latin-jazz band based in Missoula, Montana, Salsa Loca features a sizzling hot horn section and virtuoso Latin percussionists, specializing in the full range of danceable Latin and Afro-Cuban styles: mambo, cha-cha, danzon, guaracha, guaguanco, merengue, bolero,and everything in between. Salsa Loca is comprised of Chuck Florence on saxophone/flute and Leon Slater on trumpet, joined by percussionist Cody Hollow and veteran Bob Ledbetter on drums. First class bass by Beth Lo and rapid-fire originals by guitarist/pianist David Horgan round out this energetic and accomplished group.  Thursday, 10/30 at 7:00pm

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