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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All-Beethoven, with piano and vocal soloists
8:00 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Missoula Symphony Orchestra and Chorale broadcast, Sunday, March 23rd, 7:00pm

Guest piano soloist, Lisa Smirnova

3/23/14: Join host Marguerite Munsche Sunday evening for a broadcast of the fourth concert in the 2013-2014 season of the Missoula Symphony Orchestra and Chorale, Darko Butorac, music director and conductor.

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Reflections West
8:00 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Erin Saldin & Marilynne Robinson

3/18/14 & 3/19/14: This week on "Reflections West:" Erin Saldin reflects on the mysterious bond between parent and child.  She pairs her thoughts with the classic western novel, Housekeeping, by Marilynne Robinson.

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Musician's Spotlight
1:00 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

The Hooligans

3/18/14: This week on "Musician's Spotlight:" Longtime Montana favorites, The Hooligans, waited for over twenty years to release their first recording, "Beggars and Thieves.” Along the way, they picked up an album producer and  part-time band member, Little Feat's Bill Payne. Just as they're hitting their stride, the veteran band is entering a new, exciting phase.

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The Plant Detective
8:00 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Hoodia

3/15/14: This week on "The Plant Detective:" Hoodia, native to the Kalahari Desert of Southern Africa, works as an appetite suppressant by telling the brain that the stomach is full without affecting the rest of the body's functioning. After a long legal battle, the San bushmen of the Kalahari won a settlement for traditional claims to the knowledge of the plant. 

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Tracking Long-Distance Migrants
8:00 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Bird Migration

Bar-tailed godwith (Limosa lapponica) in breeding plumage.
Credit Andreas Trepte

3/16/14  &  3/17/14: This week on "Fieldnotes:" "Bird Migration, Part 2," by Andrea and Don Stierle.

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The Food Guys
8:00 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Carnitine

ball-and-stick model of the Carnitine molecule
Credit Marina Vladivostok

3/16/14: This week on "The Food Guys:" Jon and Greg react to a Wall Street Journal article from April 2013, "New Health Worry in Red Meat," by Melinda Beck. (The article reports on the findings of a recent NIH study linking gut bacteria and carnitine to the formation of a metabolite called TMAO.

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Reflections West
8:00 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Robert Stubblefield & James Welch

3/11/14 & 3/12/14: This week on "Reflections West:" Robert Stubblefield reflects on the power of the written word to bring immediacy to story-telling.  He pairs his thoughts with a passage from a James Welch novel, Fools Crow.

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The Plant Detective
8:00 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Horse Chestnut

3/8/14: This week, on "The Plant Detective:" Horse chestnut improves circulation by strengthening vein walls, improving blood flow, and fighting inflammation. Applied topically, it can also reduce swelling after injuries.

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1st Tuesday of the month, 1st hour of "Folk Show"
8:00 am
Sun March 2, 2014

Stan Howe program, Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

3/4/14: The first Tuesday of each month, from 2:06-3:05pm, the first hour of "The Folk Show" is Stan Howe's monthly program, featuring everything from up-and-coming Montana fiddlers to scratchy old 45rpm records, new releases to the occasional wax cylinder.

For March, Stan fiddles with the waltz, via Calvin Volrath, Skip Gorman, Shelby Rae Russell, Fred Stoneking, and others.

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Joel Grey's Dad, Don Byron, and Jewish Jazz
9:16 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Borscht Capades: The Mickey Katz Project

According the Jewish calendar, we're in the year 5774, which means it’s about time somebody made a film about klezmer jazz bandleader and English/Yiddish comedian, Mickey Katz.

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