Monthly Highlights

Montana Ag Live: Ag Education Matters (No. 4504) 
Associate Professor Ag Education Shannon Arnold will discuss the wide range of educational opportunities in agriculture, including such successful programs as using horses to teach life skills to youth and adults. Airs Sunday, 5/1 at 11am

Montana Ag Live: Tax Issues for Agriculture (No. 4505) 
Director of Montana's Department of Revenue Mike Kaddis will steer us through the tax issues that affect Montana agricultural producers. Airs Sunday, 5/1 at 6pm, Sunday, 5/8 at 11am

11th & Grant with Eric Funk: Stuart Weber (No. 605) 
Classical Guitarist Stuart Weber is a fourth generation Montanan and accomplished solo artist. Mentored by legendary guitarist Christopher Parkening, Weber performs the classics with uncompromising virtuosity, while his original pieces interpret the natural environment with melodic inspiration and sensitivity. Stuart is joined on this episode by Angella Ahn, a Julliard educated and internationally renowned violinist. Airs Saturday, 5/7 at 9:57pm, Monday, 5/9 at 2am, Thursday, 5/5 at 7pm

Backroads of Montana: Augusta to Wisdom (No. 120) 
We visit a Big Hole Valley family that's been haying together for generations, hear and elk bugle near Moiese, meet a small-town guitarist who has crisscrossed Montana performing for more than 70 years, learn the history of a one-of-a-kind bridge near Augusta, and drop in on a woman who reports the news from Sweet Grass. Montana native William Marcus hosts the program from the C.M. Russell Museum in Great Falls. Airs Saturday, 5/7 at 5pm

Montana Ag Live: Meat Processing On A Smaller Level (No. 4506) 
MSU Associate Professor of Meat Science in the Animal Science Department Jane Boles will discuss the challenges for small meat processors in Montana. Airs Sunday, 5/15 at 11am, Sunday, 5/8 at 6pm

4-H: Six Montana Stories
Follow six young Montanans as they learn that 4-H is about having fun--but being responsible about it. It's about refusing to give up on the runt of the litter, staying up all night to bottle feed a sick calf while knowing someday you'll have to say goodbye. It's about knowing where you're headed but never forgetting where you've been. And it's about pledging your head, your heart, your hands, and your health--not for yourself, but to help others. Airs Sunday, 5/8 at 9:30am

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 Thursday, 5/12 at 7pm, Sunday 5/15 at 10am

Backroads of Montana: Anaconda to Comertown (No. 121) 
This episode takes us up the slopes with a long-time ski instructor near Anaconda, introduces us to the art of glass blowing in Townsend, shows us a new monument to Native American soldiers at the Little Big Horn Battlefield in Crow Agency and takes us to a reunion in the nearly forgotten northeastern Montana town of Comertown. Montana native William Marcus hosts the program from the Chief Plenty Coups State Park near Pryor. Airs Saturday, 5/14 at 5pm

Montana Ag Live: Diseases of Potatoes and Sugar Beets in Montana (No. 4507) 
MSU Extension plant pathologist Jessica Rupp will help us understand the unique diseases of two of Montana's most important crops -- potatoes and sugar beets. 

Airs Sunday, 5/22 at 11am, Sunday, 5/15 at 6pm

11th & Grant with Eric Funk: 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 Saturday, 5/21 at 10:15pm, Monday, 5/23 at 4am, Thursday, 5/19 at 7pm

Backroads of Montana: Coming Home (No. 122) 
In this episode, we accompany the Shakespeare in the Parks troupe to Birney, the smallest community to host their tour, visit Kremlin-Gilford for its last homecoming parade, plant a special tree with a group of Girl Scouts in Great Falls, and walk an interpretive trail near Hamilton that tells the story of Lewis & Clark from another perspective. Airs Saturday, 5/21 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, 5/22 at 10am

Montana Ag Live: Looking At the Montana Board of Livestock (No. 4508) 
Chairman of Montana's Board of Livestock John Lehfeldt will discuss the livestock industry in Montana and how the Board functions in maintaining a viable livestock industry. 

Airs Sunday, 5/22 at 6pm

Rundown with Beth Saboe: The Future of Colstrip (No. 101) 
At a time when the coal industry is facing one setback after another, MontanaPBS News & Public Affairs Producer Beth Saboe explores how the conflict over coal is playing out in the small town of Colstrip. This company town is home to around 2,200 people, and the coal-fired power plant and nearby coal mine are the community's largest employers. But Colstrip's plant is primarily owned by out-of-state utility companies who want to wean customers off electricity generated by coal and replace it with renewable energy. The Obama administration is also making it hard for this town that coal built, with a plan to fight climate change that would force Montana to drastically reduce its carbon emissions. Can the people of Colstrip win the war on coal? Or will this small town be forced to forgo its namesake to survive? Airs Thursday, 5/26 at 7pm, Monday, 5/23 at 8:30pm

Backroads of Montana: Sharp Shooters (No. 142) 
Meet a remarkable Great Falls woman with a sharp eye at the pool table and 100 years of stories. In Lincoln, attend a family-run, co-ed basketball tournament that keeps their late father's memory alive. In Alberton, the woman who has patrolled the sidelines at the team's games with her camera for decades has snapped thousands of memories. And in Billings, the "King of the One Armed Bandits" sells and restores antique slot machines. William Marcus hosts the program from the historic M&M Bar in Butte. Airs Monday, 5/23 at 8pm, Monday, 5/30 at 4:30am, Saturday, 5/28 at 5pm

Aging Out: Autism Care in Montana
Each 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 Tuesday, 5/24 at 8pm

Business: Made in Montana
This episode features the Kalispell Kreamery in Kalispell, Flathead Lake Brewing Company in Bigfork, Louies' Montana Pasties in Deer Lodge, Kornutopia in Missoula, Bad Goat Forest Products in Missoula and Montana Silversmiths in Columbus. Airs Thursday, 5/26 at 7:30pm

Not Yet Begun To Fight
Retired Marine Colonel Eric Hasting takes five veterans who just returned from war fly-fishing.

Airs Sunday, 5/29 at 10am

Montana Ag Live: Montana's Grain and Livestock Industry, A View From the Inside (No. 4501) 
We visit with some of our ag association representatives about how the puzzle pieces of industry, research and producers fit into the big picture of ag in Montana. Guests include Errol Rice of Montana Stockgrowers, Collin Watters with the Wheat and Barley Committee, and Lola Raska of the Montana Grain Growers. Airs Sunday, 5/29 at 11am


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.