Monthly Highlights

Jeff Troxel and Trevor Krieger

Jeff Troxel and Trevor Krieger

Airs Thursday January 29 at 7pm

Jeff Troxel & Trevor Krieger showcase a blend of Americana Folk and Fiddle tunes.

Backroads of Montana: Two Dot to Fishtail (No. 125) 
In this episode we stop at one of Montana's legendary night-clubs, The Sip & Dip in Great Falls, complete with the piano stylings of Pat Sponheim. We also visit a knife maker in Missoula; Montana's oldest general store in Fishtail; and the Wheatland Senior Citizen's Center in Harlowton--which has been a source of strength for its director Irene Schuchcard. The program originates from Two Dot, Montana. 
Airs Saturday, 1/3 at 5pm

Degrees of Difference
Can Montanans who disagree about the climate sit down and have a discussion? The phrase "Climate Change" is so polarizing that just uttering it can end a friendship. This program introduces us to three sets of friends across Montana who try to get past the controversy and have a productive conversation. 
Airs Sunday, 1/4 at 10am

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.
Airs Sunday, 1/4 at 11am

Montana Journal: Climate Changing Business (No. 1601) 
Montana's climate is changing and businesses have to adjust. This program explores the positive and negative impacts on everything from fishing guides to firefighters to farmers. How are businesses across the state coping with the changes? 
Airs Sunday, 1/4 at 10:30am

Brought to You by ALEC
They've been around for four decades and are behind some of the most influential and controversial legislation in Montana and the Nation, including Electricity Deregulation, Prison Privatization and Stand Your Ground laws. Despite these high-profile successes, few Americans know anything about the American Legislative Exchange Council, also known as ALEC. The group invites legislators from all 50 states to corporate-funded conferences where they sit down with corporate representatives and lobbyists to craft legislation together. Supporters say ALEC is an invaluable networking tool that gives them the opportunity to hear how policy could impact businesses. Critics say it gives corporations unfair access and undue influence over lawmakers. Using extensive research and interviews with both critics and supporters, MontanaPBS examines how ALEC operates, their impact in Statehouses across the United States and critics' claims that ALEC has failed to report millions of dollars spent lobbying. 
Airs Sunday, 1/11 at 10am, Thursday, 1/8 at 7pm

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, 1/10 at 5pm

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. 
Airs Sunday, 1/11 at 11am

11th & Grant with Eric Funk: Liza Hella & Ken Christensen (No. 305) 
Liza Hella and Ken Christensen grace our studio with a stellar performance of duo piano classical music. Settle back in your chairs and prepare yourself for a wonderful evening of classical piano music presented on the heels of their recent triumphant Carnegie Hall debut.
Airs Monday, 1/19 at 3am; Thursday, 1/15 at 7pm; and Saturday, 1/17 at 10:16pm

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, 1/17 at 5pm

Montana Ag Live: The Bees' Knees!, Revisited (No. 4101) 
Michelle Flenniken is joining us this week to talk about Montana bees and their importance in agriculture. Is colony collapse still going on? What is the forecast for honey this year? 
Airs Sunday, 1/18 at 11am

Ridin' for the Brand
This story journals a year in the life and times of three old-time Montana ranching families. Over the past few generations, an ever-changing and growing America has presented new and challenging environmental and economic issues. "Ridin' for the Brand" explores the hardships and the joys of traditional ranching life in Montana and explores looming concerns and issues that may impact our future as consumers. 
Airs Sunday, 1/18 at 10am

Painting John
A lone rancher and nomadic artist. A stark landscape and unrelenting winter. Through the intimacy of life portraiture, two divergent people meet and forge an improbable bond beyond the world of social networks and sound bites. 
Airs Sunday, 1/18 at 3:15pm

MontanaPBS Coverage "State of the State Address"
MontanaPBS provides live coverage and analysis of Governor Steve Bullock's State of the State Address. This speech, delivered before the joint chambers of the Montana Legislature, comes midterm for Governor Bullock. The live coverage will include a response from the Montana Republican Party and analysis. 
Date to Be Announced

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. 
Airs Thursday, 1/22 at 7pm and Sunday, 1/25 at 10am

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. 
Saturday, Airs 1/24 at 5pm

Montana Ag Live: Pain in the Ash? (No. 4102) 
MSU entomologist Mike Ivie will discuss the Emerald Ash Borer and its recent discovery in the Rocky Mountain region. What needs to be done to protect Montana's ash trees? What is the prognosis for early control? 
Airs Sunday, 1/25 at 11am

11th & Grant with Eric Funk: Jeff Troxel & Trevor Krieger (No. 1001) 
Billings, Mont.-based fiddle player Trevor Krieger joins Cody, Wyo.-based singer-songwriter Jeff Troxel as they showcase their distinctive blend of Americana folk and fiddle tunes and innovative original work. The duo has been exploring diverse musical roles together for more than 20 years. Troxel is a jazz and flatpicking guitarist, songwriter, singer, composer, educator, and recording engineer who easily crosses musical boundaries. Krieger, an accomplished classical violinist and traditional fiddle player, shares his musical talents with his duties as a Billings firefighter. Experience their heartfelt music and inimitable musicianship on 11th & Grant with Eric Funk.
Airs Thursday, 1/29 at 7pm, Saturday, 1/31 at 9:30pm

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, 1/31 at 5pm

Monthly Highlights

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