Monthly Highlights - April 2018

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

Devil's Brigade: to Helena & BackWe follow a number of men of the First Special Service Force from their training at Fort Harrison near Helena to their battles in Europe during World War II. Predecessors of soldiers in today's special forces, these American and Canadian men were dubbed "The Devil's Brigade" by the Germans. After the war, many of them settled in and near Helena. Produced by Ray Ekness for KUFM-TV/MontanaPBS, UM-Missoula. Airs Sunday, 4/1 at 10am 

Montana Mosaics: 20th Century People and Events: History of the Anaconda Copper Mining Company (No. 102) This episode documents the rise and the fall of a company credited with creating the state's economy but criticized for the environmental toll it took on the land. Airs Sunday, 4/1 at 10:30am 

Montana Mosaics: 20th Century People and Events:Homesteading/the Great Depression/resource Economy (No. 103) This episode begins with the homesteading that carved Montana out of the wild frontier, detailing the affects the National Depression had on the state and following the rise of Montana's resource-driven economy after World War II. Airs Sunday, 4/8 at 10:30am, Thursday, 4/5 at 7:30pm 

Active Shooter: Are Montana Colleges Ready? As America grapples with a growing number of mass shootings, training for an active shooter situation has become more commonplace, even in Montana. The state hasn't had a deadly shooting on campus since 1990 but police know it could happen here at any time. School administrators and police are tasked with keeping over 40,000 students and faculty safe on more than a dozen campuses across the state. What are they doing to prepare for the worst? Airs Thursday, 4/5 at 7pm, Sunday, 4/8 at 10am 

Backroads of Montana:Reaching Goals (No. 132) This edition of Backroads starts at an exciting amateur skijoring event in the Big Hole Valley, then meets up with some senior weight lifters in Ronan, visits an ice cave in the Pryor Mountains, and spends time with two women who have formed a fast friendship through their community work in Lame Deer. William Marcus hosts the program from Fort Missoula. Airs Saturday, 4/7 at 5pm 

Montana Ag Live: What's Beer Without Hops? (No. 4902) Jake TeSelle, MSU graduate and 5th generation Gallatin county producer, will be talking about hop production, one of Montana's newest agricultural industries. If you like Montana craft beers, don't miss this program. Airs Sunday, 4/15 at 11am, Sunday, 4/8 at 6pm 

Montana Ag Live: Truck Farms in Montana (No. 4901) Mac Burgess, small farm specialist at Montana State University, talks about the booming truck farm industry in Montana. Airs Sunday, 4/8 at 10:59am 

11th & Grant with Eric Funk: The Dirty Shame (No. 702)In the tradition of outlaw country music, The Dirty Shame takes listeners on a journey into the wild west, offering their own twist on a Western theme. Airs Saturday, 4/14 at 10pm, Thursday, 4/12 at 7pm, Monday, 4/16 at 2am

Backroads of Montana: News, Brews and Views (No. 133)We learn the history of Montana breweries at a beer museum in Polson, spend time with the radio voice of the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation KGVA, visit Montana's smallest state park and meet a Three Forks man who collects artifacts and stories for his newspaper column. William Marcus hosts the program from the Prairie Winds Cafe in Molt. Airs Saturday, 4/14 at 5pm 

Montana Ag Live: Critter Control! (No. 4903)Stephen VanTassel, vertebrate pest specialist with the Montana Department of Agriculture, will discuss unwanted Montana critters--voles, moles and pasture pooches. Airs Sunday, 4/15 at 6pm, Sunday, 4/22 at 11am 

Business: Made in Montana: (No. 2402)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.And finally, meet Butte residents whose distillery connects the past and the present in their community. Airs Sunday, 4/22 at 10am, Thursday, 4/19 at 7pm 

Backroads of Montana: Harlo to Huntley (No. 134)The Backroads crew attends the annual threshing bee in Huntley to visit a simpler era when hay wagons were piled high and steam ruled the prairie. At the Harlo Theatre in Harlowton, students run everything from popcorn sales to projectors, proving there's more to this little theatre than box office returns. In Grass Range, a group of folks come from miles around one Sunday every month for a sense of community and nostalgia - and because they love to dance. Airs Saturday, 4/21 at 5pm 

Montana Ag Live: The Future of Rangeland Beef Production (No. 4904) Tim DelCureto, the Nancy Cameron Endowed Chair in range land beef cattle production at Montana State University, will look at the sustainability of range land beef production in Montana and the western states. Airs Sunday, 4/22 at 6pm, Sunday, 4/29 at 11am 

11th & Grant with Eric Funk: Dave Grusin (No. 1201) Legendary Grammy and Oscar winning film composer Dave Grusin performs selections from his vast library of original scores and time-honored jazz tunes. Grusin showcases his prowess in a memorable solo piano performance with music from Mulholland Falls, Random Hearts, The Milagro Beanfield War, and jazz classics from Bill Evans and Antonio Jobim. Grusin's prolific recording career as an artist, arranger, producer and executive producer has made him a household name. His illustrious career began at the University of Colorado where he played with Jazz legends Terry Gibbs and Johnny Smith, and was the assistant music director and pianist for Andy Williams. He continued performing and touring with musical legends including Gerry Mulligan and Lee Ritenour, all while turning his attention to writing for the screen. His gift for composition and orchestration quickly put him in the forefront of a new generation of motion picture composers. Grusin, adept at a broad musical spectrum, has the unique ability to score movies with the style suited to each individual film, while maintaining his own signature sound. His extraordinary catalogue has earned him 10 Grammy Awards, one Academy Award, and dozens of other accolades. He won the Oscar for The Milagro Beanfield War, as well as nominations for The Champ, The Fabulous Baker Boys, The Firm, Havana, Heaven Can Wait, and On Golden Pond. In 1979, he partnered with Larry Rosen to form GRP Records, one of the top contemporary jazz and fusion labels. Airs Saturday, 4/28 at 10pm, Monday, 4/30 at 2am, Thursday, 4/26 at 7pm 

Aging Out: Autism in MontanaEach year, more children are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, but the framework of care drastically changes for them after adolescence. The tidal wave of children transitioning into adulthood leaves many families on a search for help and structure. Follow Montana families as they recognize their fears and explore their options for the future. Airs Saturday, 4/28 at 4pm, Sunday, 4/29 at 10am

Backroads of Montana: Coffee Creek to Haugan (No. 135)Travel to the bucolic town of Coffee Creek for a stop at the only business in town, Nemec's Parts and Repair. Then, take off to Montana's western border and the small town of Haugan to visit the Savenac Historic Tree Nursery, one of the oldest U.S. Forest Service nurseries in the West. Sample a slice of one of the best pizzas in the world in Bigfork and wind up at the Nevada City Music Hall to listen to the largest public collection of automated music machines in North America. Host William Marcus shares a close-up view of Our Lady of the Rockies high above Butte. Airs Saturday, 4/28 at 5pm 

Montana Ag Live: The Dirt On Montana Soil Changes (No. 4905)Clain Jones, MSU Extension soil scientist, will discuss the change from Montana's high pH soils to acid soils in several Montana counties, and why it is occurring at an alarming rate. Airs Sunday, 4/29 at 6pm


Monthly Highlights

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