Montana Public Radio

Pea Green Boat

Weekdays 4:00 PM -5:00 PM

The Pea Green Boat is a show for children of all ages, with stories, songs, poetry, and special guests - two and four-legged, and some with wings. 

“The Owl and the Pussycat went to sea in a beautiful pea green boat...” With its title borrowed from that Edward Lear poem, the Montana Public Radio Pea Green Boat sets sail each weekday afternoon at 4:00 p.m.

In between the stories and songs, guests like Kate Davis from Raptors of the Rockies, and Brian Williams from the Montana Natural History Center cover the Nature Beat. Librarians from the Missoula Public Library share new and classic books every Monday, and the Poetry Club meets once a month.

Listeners can call in requests for birthday songs and favorite songs and stories:

Phone: 1-800-325-1565 or 243-4931 or email


  1. The Hamster Dance, by Hampton the Hamster, from Hamster Dance
  2. Everyone Asked About You (Nora, Nora), by Bob McGrath, from Sing Me A Story
  3. Peanut Butter Bears, by Brent Holmes, from Bear Tunes For Kids
  4. Little Chickadee, by Chenille Sisters, from Teaching Hippopotami to Fly
  5. A Pirate's Life, by Cathy Fink & Marcie Marxer, from Scat Like That
  6. Waltzing With Bears, by Priscilla Herdman, from Star Dreamer
  7. Alligator In The Elevator, by Rick Charette, from Alligator In The Elevator
  8. There's A Pea On My Plate, by Bill Harley, from There's A Pea On My Plate
  9. On The Day That You Were Born, by Red Grammer, from Hello World
  10. T-Rex, by The Dinner Dogs, from Meet The Dinner Dogs
  11. Lime Jello, Marshmallow, Cottage Cheese Surprise, by Two of a Kind, from So Many Ways To Be Smart


There is a Baby Shark or Little Potato or Hamster Dance stuck in your head on what seems like an endless loop.

An “Earworm” has buried in and set up home. One study shows 92 percent of people report having songs stuck in their heads at least once a week.

Chickens do it, goats do it, people do it, even trees and bushes do it … bully.

Being aggressive to weaker individuals seems to be part of the evolutionary strategy, in general.

It’s been asked by Greek Monks in the 6th century, Johannes Kepler in the 17th century and Edgar Allen Poe in the 19th century.

In the year 1823, a doctor named Wilhelm Olbers looked at the night sky and wondered: if we’re surrounded by so many stars, why is the night sky so dark? Now, 300 hundred years later, Tai asks the same question and he’s searching the universe for answers.

You’re just going through your day, doing your normal stuff then – WHOA! an overwhelming feeling; I’ve done this before, but you haven’t, but you feel like you have – but you haven’t …

Déjà Vu!

For years humans have tried to teach animals to understand our language – from teaching the family dog to “sit” and to “stay,” to teaching KoKo the gorilla sign language, to Alex the parrot who could actually speak Engish with a vocabulary of over 100 words. Alex, was the first non-human to ask a question, but that is us teaching them our language. What about us learning their language? And what are animals really saying to each other!

Tumble, the science podcast for kids and families now airs on The Pea Green Boat.

Tumble with us into topics as diverse as “Poop & Snot” to the science of “Whiskers & The Peregrines’ Fast Flight” to “Reinventing the Wheel” and of course “Dinosaurs”.

Join host Annie Garde, Tuesdays during the 4 o’clock hour as we explore stories of science discovery.

Tune in to the Pea Green Boat Monday, November 23rd at 4 pm and you will learn how kids and goats can change the world as we explore the work of Heifer International,
Heifer International

Discover how a gift of a goat transformed a young girl’s life, her family’s and her village and how the idea of giving a goat inspired a 5th grade class to work together to improve the world, one goat at a time.

Catch the spirit of giving and transforming lives - Tune in to the Pea Green Boat Monday, November 23rd at 4 p.m. and you will learn how kids and goats can change the world as we explore the work of Heifer International.

Tune in to Pea Green Boat on Monday, September 14 at 4 p.m. to celebrate the beginning of fall and the end to the Missoula Public Library construction.

You'll hear Pam from the library reading Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Frances Burton and playing music by Grin Brigade, Sugar Free Allstars, Rebecca Frezza and more.

Have “S’more” fun and join Storyline Online Summer Camp!

A resource for kids and parents, Storyline Online Summer Camp was created by Storyline Online to keep everyone in touch while staying engaged in reading. It’s also a way for kids to share their favorite stories during “a summer unlike any summer on record!”


If you’re a home-bound kid climbing the walls, it might be time to ask a grown-up for a pair of headphones.   You could find yourself slowing down, listening, and making friends with Heidi, Harry Potter, Alice, Winnie the Pooh, Sherlock Holmes, Anne of Green Gables or Peter Rabbit. A large selection of beloved books, recorded and streamed by the audiobook service Audible, are available (in six languages) free of charge as long as school’s out.