Beth Anne Austein

Host and Producer

Beth Anne Austein has been spinning tunes on the air (The Folk Show, Dancing With Tradition, Freeforms), as well as recording, editing and mixing audio for Montana Public Radio and Montana PBS, since the Clinton Administration. She’s jockeyed faders or "fixed it in post” for The Plant Detective; Listeners Bookstall; Fieldnotes; Musicians Spotlight; The Write Question; Storycorps; Selected Shorts; Bill Raoul’s music series; orchestral and chamber concerts; lecture series; news interviews; and outside producers’ programs about topics ranging from philosophy to ticks.

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The Plant Detective
8:00 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Bitter Melon I

4/5/14: This week on "The Plant Detective:" Bitter melon (Momordica charantia) goes by many names and is used as food and medicine across the world, especially in the tropics. It's got twice the calcium and potassium of spinach and bananas, but if you're going to try some raw, be ready: it's one bitter cucurbid.

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Field Notes
8:00 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Chickadee Songs

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)
Credit University of Massachusetts OEB Program

4/6/14 & 4/7/14: This week on "Fieldnotes:" "Chickadee Songs," by Archie McMillan.

"Pretty Shield, a medicine woman born to the Crow Nation 160 years ago, heard the bird saying, 'Summer's near, summer's near!' She taught that the bird has a single tongue in the fall, and then, as the seasons progress, more tongues each month until spring, when it has seven...

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The Food Guys
8:00 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Buttermilk Pancakes

Credit Photoang23

4/6/14: This week on "The Food Guys:" Greg and Jon offer tips for making buttermilk pancakes. Flour, leavening, liquid, and a little bit of sugar are the basics, with two parts dry to three parts liquid ingredients. . http://www.thebakingwizard.com/

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Pennies From Heaven (and Bucks From Listeners)
7:00 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Monday Music Special, April 7th: "You Must Remember This"

4/7/14: This week on the Monday Music Special, 7:30 - 9:00pm:  Allen Secher joins us live in the phone room for a special hour-and-a-half-long Public Radio Week edition of "You Must Remember This." Along with his umbrella, Allen's bringing some standards that discuss the weather. Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Lorenzo Fuller and other crooners predict rain, lovely weather, and spring hang-ups. Secher's forecast: steady showers of financial support from listeners.

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Reflections West
7:00 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Doug Midgett & Gwendolyn Haste

4/1/14 and 4/2/14: This week on "Reflections West:" Doug Midgett reflects on the legacy of agricultural ghost towns—a by product of the boom and busts of the homesteading era.  He pairs his thoughts with "Dried Out, a poem by Gwendolyn Haste.

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Musician's Spotlight
8:00 am
Sun March 30, 2014

Robben Ford

4/1/14: This week on "Musician's Spotlight:"  Blues and jazz singer, songwriter- interpreter-guitarist extraordinaire, Robben Ford, makes his first appearance on Musician's Spotlight. Robben reflects on the choices he's made during his thirty-plus year career and how they have led to the acclaim and respect he enjoys today.

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The Plant Detective
8:00 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Tulsi

3/29/14: This week on "The Plant Detective:" “Holy basil” helps many ailments. It's sacred - dedicated to Vishnu - and has been cultivated by Indian people for centuries, as medicine for fever, digestion, diabetes, stress, and more.

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Little Pod, Big Aroma
8:00 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Vanilla

Drawing of Vanilla from the Florentine Codex (circa 1580) and description of its use and properties written in the Nahuatl language
Credit Maunus

3/30/14: This week on "The Food Guys:" Jon and Greg discuss vanilla, one of the most identifiable aromas in the world. "Vanilla" is a perfume, a flavoring agent, the pod of a tropical Meso-American orchid, an extract and a paste. It's not to be confused with synthetic vanillin, the widespread, inexpensive flavoring.

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Field Notes
8:00 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Mammal Insulation

Musk ox (Ovibos moschatus)
Credit Tim Bowman, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

3/30/14 and 3/31/14: This week on "Fieldnotes:" "Mammal Insulation," by Carol Alette.

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Reflections West
7:00 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Bud Cheff, Jr. & Olivia Stiffler

3/25/14  &  3/26/14: This week on "Reflections West:" Bud Cheff, Jr. reflects on the enduring ties between two families, one white, one Indian, on the Flathead reservation.  He pairs his thoughts with a poem by Olivia Stiffler.

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