Monthly Highlights - August 2016

Jailed for Their Words: When Free Speech Died in Wartime America
This program tells the fascinating story of Montanans imprisoned during WWI as part of the Montana Sedition Act of 1918 for criticizing America's war effort. Through powerful memoir, national expert commentary, archival footage, descendent interviews and re-enactments, the film highlights the importance of free speech in wartime America and ultimately of our first amendment rights. 
Airs Thursday, 8/4 at 7pm, Sunday, 8/7 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, 8/6 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, 8/7 at 11am

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, 8/13 at 5pm

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, 8/14 at 11am

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, 8/18 at 7pm

Pride and Perseverance: Settlers in the Upper Missouri River Breaks
It took a special person to settle the Upper Missouri River Breaks country. Descendants of these early settlers tell the story of their ancestors, and what it takes to continue the agricultural lifestyle in this harsh and beautiful country. Airs Thursday, 8/18 at 7:30pm

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, 8/20 at 5pm

Montana Ag Live: Deadly? Delightful? Distasteful? Mycology in the M (No. 4509) 
Cathy Cripps will be making her (almost) annual pilgrimage to Ag Live to help you identify mushrooms in the Rocky Mountains. Airs Sunday, 8/21 at 11am

11th & Grant with Eric Funk: Steve Eckels (No. 1103) 
Steve Eckels is a skilled guitarist and educator whose formal training as a classical guitarist enables him to perform in a variety of styles. Steve showcases his arrangements of well-known classical pieces, combined with traditional American folk songs, creating a unique sound and varied repertoire. From Puccini's Madame Butterfly, La Boheme and Tosca to Americana classics like Red River Valley and Deep river blues, Steve's virtuosity takes center stage. 
Airs Thursday, 8/25 at 7pm, Saturday, 8/27 at 9:35pm, Monday, 8/29 at 2am

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, 8/27 at 5pm

Aging Out: Autism 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 Sunday, 8/28 at 10am

Montana Ag Live: What's Fueling the Pea and Lentil Revolution in Mt (No. 4510) 
Perry Miller will help us finish our spring season talking about the boom in pulse crops in Montana. 
Airs Sunday, 8/28 at 11am


Monthly Highlights

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