Monthly Highlights

Keepers of the Land

Keepers of the Land

Airs Thursday, 9/24 at 7pm

Three Montana Families and their Homestead Legacies

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Finding Traction
Finding Traction presents the inspirational story of ultra-runner Nikki Kimball's quest to become the fastest person in history to run America's oldest hiking trail, the 273-mile Long Trail. Through Nikki's incredible journey, racing towards a dream and against time, we gain a new perspective on what we all share in terms of endurance and the human spirit. Airs Thursday, 9/3 at 7pm

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, 9/5 at 5pm

Distracted: Eyes Off the Road
We've all seen it, we've all done it, and yet it continues to happen on Montana's roads every day. This documentary explores the consequences of driving while distracted through the stories of those who have experienced it first-hand. Can we put the brakes on this behavior? Airs Sunday, 9/6 at 10am

Backroads of Montana: Making Connections (No. 140) 
In this episode, meet Iris Dodge who was inspired to record the vanishing cowboy life in paint and poems. Spend a fun day in Butte at the annual Lineman's Rodeo where professionals and amateurs show off their skills. In Jefferson City, explore the flowers, plants and trees at Tizer Gardens and Arboretum and then visit Kalispell to meet a vibrant 84-year-old woman who still teaches dance classes. William Marcus hosts the program from the annual Creston Fire Department Auction and Country Fair in northwest Montana. Airs Sunday, 9/6 at 6pm

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. Airs Sunday, 9/6 at 11am

Indian Relay
The hope and determination of modern-day American Indian life is revealed in this film about what it takes to win one of the most exciting and perilous forms of horseracing practiced anywhere in the world today. Featuring remarkable high-speed cinematography, INDIAN RELAY follows three teams from different American Indian communities as they prepare for and compete in a grueling Indian Relay season -- all hearts set on the glory and honor of winning an Indian Relay National Championship. 
Airs Sunday, 9/13 at 10am, Thursday, 9/10 at 7pm, Saturday, 9/19 at 4:30pm

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, 9/12 at 5pm

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. Airs Sunday, 9/13 at 11am

Montana Ag Live: Montana's Livestock Industry (No. 4401) 
Emily Gunk, forage specialist, will join the animal specialists from MSU to discuss today's livestock picture in Montana. Airs Sunday, 9/20 at 11am, Sunday, 9/13 at 6pm

Bard in the Backcountry
From first read through to final performance, this program takes a behind-the-scenes look at a summer of Montana Shakespeare in the Parks and tells the story of Shakespeare in Montana. Meet professional actors, some veterans and some fresh out of school, who have their lives changed by the people and places of Montana. Airs Sunday, 9/20 at 10am, Thursday, 9/17 at 7pm

Montana Ag Live: Droughts, Floods, 1860s Water Rights (No. 4402) 
Russ McElyea, Montana's Chief Water Court Judge, will answer questions regarding Montana's water law, and how that law affects Montana citizens. Airs Sunday, 9/20 at 6pm, Sunday, 9/27 at 11am

Keepers of the Land: Three Montana Families & Their Homestead Legacies
The Homestead Act of 1862 remains one of the most significant and enduring events in the westward expansion of the United States. The chance for free land and opportunity proved irresistible to many, and in the following decades, 151,600 homesteads had been claimed in Montana, the most out of any state. Keepers of the Land is about three Montana families still living and working the land their ancestors homesteaded more than a century ago. Airs Sunday, 9/27 at 10am, Thursday, 9/24 at 7pm

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, 9/26 at 5pm

Montana Ag Live: Precision Farming (No. 4403) 
Bruce Maxwell, MSU agroecologist, will look at some amazing advances in precision farming, and the producer development of on-farm research programs. Airs Sunday, 9/27 at 6pm

Monthly Highlights

Each month, MontanaPBS presents new programs and favorites from the past that have been produced in the state. For a detailed schedule with airdates and descriptions of the upcoming Montana programs, view the featured Monthly Highlights.

Future Productions

MontanaPBS stations KUSM-TV/Bozeman and KUFM-TV/Missoula are always hard at work on new stories for our viewers. View a listing of the productions that are in our program pipeline.

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Improved and more economical television production technologies, such as the digital video (DV) format, have made it easier than ever before for individuals to create their own programs for potential broadcast. MontanaPBS encourages these Independent Producers, and in some cases we may be able to provide some assistance on your project. Visit our Independents page for more information.