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Author interviews, food, natural history, poetry, and more from "The Write Question", "The Food Guys", "Field Notes", "Home Ground Radio", "Front Row Center", and "Reflections West".

Pathways To Self-Discovery

Feb 22, 2021

In this episode, writers Chris Sand, Freya Jones and Robert Lee are on the path to self-discovery. While on their journey, they run into things like girl traps, peacocks and rattlesnake juice.

Puzzles of Human Relationships

Feb 22, 2021

In this episode, writers Kevin Canty, Shaun Gant and David Allan Cates have put together puzzles—all made up from the pieces of human relationships. One will tally the cost of family, another the toll of an affair, and the other ignites romance.

Welcome To Words Out West

Feb 22, 2021

Welcome to Words Out West, a podcast where we hear voices from the literary landscape of Big Sky Country and beyond. Subscribe now wherever you get you podcasts.

Lee Nye portraits on the wall of Charlie B's bar in Missoula, previously called Eddie's Club.
Aaron Teasdale

“Without the portraits, the bar was just another place”: Celebrating ‘A Corner of Space and Time’ with Jean Belangie-Nye, Ben Ferencz, and Aaron Teasdale

Take a dive down Missoula’s memory lane! This week, Lauren chats with Jean Belangie-Nye, Ben Ferencz, and Aaron Teasdale, the creators behind A Corner of Space and Time: Lee Nye's Eddie's Club Portraits, a book of photography and stories celebrating beloved photographer and bartender Lee Nye, as well as the men and women who became his subjects—and his friends.

The University of Montana recently hired a permanent Dean of the College of The Arts and Media. Montana Public Radio's Tom Berich recently spoke with Laurie Baefsky to find out more about her history and vision for the school.

Chris Walch is COO of LifeScore music

While LifeScore COO Chris Walch is based in Bozeman, Montana, LifeScore is a fully remote company that produces its music at the iconic Abbey Roads Studio in London. LifeScore creates unique, real-time, and interactive music experiences with their adaptive AI music platforms. They start with world-class composers and musicians composing and performing sound that is organized as composable building blocks. Their proprietary technology then weaves these materials into music that suits a purpose, helping the listener have a completely unique experience.

'The Food Guys' Give The Side-Eye To Palm Oil

Feb 13, 2021
Palm oil plantation, Cigudeg, Bogor, Java, Indonesia
Achmad Rabin Taim (CC-BY-2.0)

Greg and Jon take on palm oil, whose associations with environmental destruction and human-rights abuses are increasing as rapidly as its ubiquity in manufactured foods.  Even as a substitute for trans-fats, when consumed in large amounts, palm oil isn't particularly healthy, given that it's saturated. The Food Guys' advice?

Whitebark pine

MontanaPBS Producer Breanna McCabe talks about her upcoming film Ghost Forests, which follows the efforts to save the dwindling population of whitebark pines. Bugs, trees and disease have taken a toll on this keystone species.

Hear from McCabe now, and tune in to the premier on MontanaPBS at 7 p.m. on Feb. 18.

What does it mean to want it all? In the first of this two-part conversation, Andrea Abi-Karam and Kay Gabriel, the editors of We Want It All: An Anthology of Radical Trans Poetics, discuss poetry’s role in political movement, the anthology’s collective language, and its many threads of abundant desire.

In the second part of this two-part conversation, they'll discuss poetry’s role in policy-making, the purpose of stating one’s desires, and the publishing industry’s fetishization of trans narratives.

Recipe: Falafel With Tzatziki Sauce

Feb 7, 2021
Vera Yu and David Lee (CC-BY-2.0)

Jon: "Greg, I know you publish a lot of recipes, but falafel? Where’d you come up with falafel?"
Greg: "I think the Egyptians came up with it about a thousand years ago."

The Egyptians may have used fava beans, but today, you can find falafel made of dried chickpeas at cafes and food stands around the world. Read on for 'Food Guy' Greg Patent's recipe for falafel with tzatziki (cucumber-yogurt) sauce.