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New Program Lineup Coming In September!

Montana Public Radio's new program schedule begins Sept. 2, 2019, and includes four new programs.
Montana Public Radio's new program schedule begins Sept. 2, 2019, and includes four new programs.

Starting September 2, you’ll hear an expanded lineup of engaging programs on Montana Public Radio. MTPR staff will be on the road to meet you on the MTPR Summer Brew Tour, August 12-22.Come chat and have a beer with us and listen to a preview reel introducing four new programs coming to the MTPR schedule.

Paying close attention to the changing needs, desires and habits of our audience, we thoroughly considered programs from great public radio producers across the country. The four new programs we chose are: The Splendid Table, Travel with Rick Steves, Planet Money & How I Built This and Hidden Brain; they are key to a new, dynamic weekend schedule.

Montana Public Radio’s new weekend schedule is designed to be “don’t miss radio.” We start with news where you tell us you need it most – Weekend Edition Saturday and Sunday will now be two full hours from 6-8 a.m. and an encore hour at 10 a.m.

After the news, Saturdays will be riveting, with an audience favorite, Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me! at 11 a.m. followed by This American Life and On the Media. At 4 p.m., Planet Money and How I Built This delivers creative and entertaining information about the economy and dives into stories behind some of the world’s innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists. The day’s changes will culminate in a new musical pairing starting at 6 p.m.: Live From Here followed by American Routes.

On Sundays after the news at 11 a.m., The Splendid Table celebrates the intersection of food, life and culinary culture. Then Travel with Rick Steves shares adventures and inspiration for you to forge your own path around the world. Radiolab completes the new midday program block.

As for your weeknight evenings at 7 p.m., Hidden Brain helps curious people understand the world using science and storytelling on Fridays. An hour-long Musician’s Spotlight premieres on Tuesdays, and a new world music show, World Bridges joins the Monday line-up. We are also extending local music past midnight with encores of Freeforms Monday-Friday and Pazz and Jop on Saturday.

Of course, just like you do at home, to make room for new things, something else must go. The Met Opera, Alternative Radio, and On Being are leaving our program schedule, but will still be easy for you to find online and on demand. We know these shows are favorites for many, so below we've listed ways you can continue to listen to these programs at your convenience.

We look forward to seeing you on the MTPR Brew Tour. Thanks for trusting us to bring you the very best in public radio!

See the new schedule here.

Learn More About The New Shows:

The Splendid Table - Hosted by award winning food writer Francis Lam. Produced by American Public Media.

Travel with Rick Steves - A lively mix of guest interviews and listener calls, covering global travel and cultures across every continent.

Planet Money & How I Built This – Two popular podcasts from NPR join together to form a one-hour program on the economy and business.

Hidden Brain –NPR Host Shankar Vedantam uses science and storytelling to reveal the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, choices and relationships.

How To Access Programs On Demand:

Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me! - If the move to Saturday means you’ll miss Wait Wait… listen to the latest episode or access the archive.

Met Opera - Find MET Opera on demand here:

Year-round stream WFMT Chicago, for Opera broadcasts including the MET, at 11 a.m. Mountain Time

In cinemas in Kalispell, Helena, Bozeman and Missoula:

On Being -All the latest episodes and the 15-year archive of programs.

Alternative Radio - Download programs for free:

In Missoula, listen on KFGM Community Radio 105.5 FM, Tuesday at 1 p.m, repeats Thursday at noon.

Subscribe for a fee and receive CDs or MP3 files.

Michael Marsolek is the program director of Montana Public Radio. He also hosts Tuesday Freeforms and Thursday Morning Classics.
Ray Ekness was named director of the Broadcast Media Center in August 2016. He’s a former UM School of Journalism professor and department chair of the Department of Radio-Television.
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