Montana Public Radio

Words Out West

  • Hosted by Jay Kettering

Welcome to Words Out West, a podcast where you’ll hear voices from the literary landscape of Big Sky Country and beyond.

We spotlight both established and emerging writers of the contemporary West.

A rapping cowboy, a river-guiding novelist and a bus-riding Poet Laureate are just a few of the folks you’ll hear from on Words Out West.

A Mysterious Relationship

May 6, 2021

In this episode, our season finale, Words Out West’s own Jay Kettering writes about a mysterious relationship.

This episode contains some adult language and themes, which may be unsuitable for some listeners. Listener discretion is advised.

Personal Landscapes

Apr 27, 2021

In this episode, Mark Gibbons, Shaun Gant and David E. Thomas explore their own personal landscapes. One ventures to where there are no fences, one observes an explosion of life in her own backyard, while another stays close to the tracks.

Words Out West: Fleeting Nature Of Time

Apr 20, 2021

In this episode, David Allan Cates, Sheryl Noethe and Robert Lee mull over the fleeting nature of time. One takes a nostalgic leap of faith, another explains how life never stops, while another makes a plan for when he’s a ghost.

Words Out West: Grab Bag

Apr 13, 2021

In this episode, we hear from Shane Wheeldon, Freya Jones and Chris Sand, three writers who are hard to put in a box. Therefore, it’s our first installment of the Grab Bag.

Words Out West: Searching

Apr 5, 2021

In this episode of Words Out West, writers Sheryl Noethe, David E. Thomas, and Sarah Aronson are in the process of searching. One is searching for stories from strangers, another seeks magic from a natural phenomenon, while the other is tracking those who want to get to their destination in the quickest way possible.

Bold Women

Mar 30, 2021

In this episode, a writer documents a real life, and in this case, a real glamorous life. Listen now on Words Out West.

Myrna Loy: More than a Movie Star - chapter #9 from Beth Judy's Bold Women in Montana History.

Self Reflection

Mar 23, 2021

In this episode, writers David E. Thomas, Sarah Aronson and Mark Gibbons meditate on self-reflection. One ponders which technological time-zone he belongs in, another celebrates the things that cannot be understood, and the other uses the mirror behind the bar to reflect.

This episode contains some adult language and themes, which may be unsuitable for some listeners. Listener discretion is advised.

True Love And Its Many Forms

Mar 15, 2021

In this episode, writers Shaun Gant, Mark Gibbons and Sheryl Noethe reflect on the many forms that true love takes, like an enduring marriage, the flicker from a candle’s flame, and even a drug-induced coma.

This episode contains some adult language and themes, which may be unsuitable for some listeners. Listener discretion is advised.

The Nature Of Love Via The Love Of Nature

Mar 8, 2021

In this episode, writers Brian Laidlaw and Sarah Aronson have come to understand how the nature of love can connect to the love of nature.

Sense Of Sound

Mar 1, 2021

In this episode, three writers have tuned into their sense of sound. The sound of memory, the sound of solace, and the sound of place.

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