• This program tells the epic tale of Butte, Montana, once the world's largest producer of copper. Pictured: "Entering Butte" road sign, 1939.

    Butte, America

     BUTTE, AMERICA tells the tale of Butte, Montana, once the world's largest producer of copper -- the "Richest Hill on Earth,"

  • The documentary examines Russell's arrival in Montana as a youth, his apprenticeship and work as a cowboy on the open Range, and his self-taught, almost explosive growth into an iconic American artist who affected generations.

    C.M. Russell and The American West

    The documentary examines Russell's arrival in Montana as a youth, his apprenticeship and work as a cowboy on the open Range, and his self-taught, almost explosive growth into an iconic American artist who affected generations.

  • The story of two modern visionaries, an extreme classical concerto, and a quest to push the boundaries of music and our idea of the possible.

    The Violin Alone

    The unlikely pairing of two modern visionaries, Vilmos Olah, a Hungarian violin virtuoso, and Eric Funk, contemporary classical composer from the heart of Montana, has resulted in a new piece of music that pushes the boundaries of music and our notion of the possible.

  • Follow teams from different American Indian communities as they prepare for Indian Relay.

    Indian Relay

    Featuring remarkable high-speed cinematography, INDIAN RELAY follows three teams from different American Indian communities as they prepare for and compete in an Indian Relay season.

  • Makoshika is an artful, informative portrait of a fascinating American region undergoing yet another huge transformation.

    Makoshika

    Makoshika is an artful, informative portrait of a fascinating American region undergoing yet another huge transformation. Examining both the present boom and those since passed, Makoshika alternates between intimate first person narratives and historical commentary, asking viewers to look at the present through the lens of history.

  • On August 12, 1967, grizzly bears in Glacier NP killed two young women and mauled a man.

    Glacier Park's Night of the Grizzlies

    Since the opening of Glacier National Park in 1910, there were no reported fatal bear attacks until one summer night in 1967, when two grizzlies, in two remote areas of the Park attacked campers and killed two young women. The dramatic and tragic story of that night, and how it eventually influenced the fate of the grizzly bear in the continental United States, is the subject of this historical documentary.

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    We've all seen it, we've all done it, and yet it continues to happen on Montana's roads every day. This documentary explores the consequences of driving while distracted through the stories of those who have experienced it first hand. Can we put the brakes on this behavior?

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    We will visit the Big Sky Rocketry Association and watch their launch event near Twin Bridges and then explore a geologic curiosity near Sunburst called "Jerusalem Peaks." We will also profile Dixon poet Victor Charlo. William Marcus hosts the program from the Range Rider's Museum in Miles City.

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    The film is based on the 1925  Nation prize-winning poem by Eli Siegel, which is celebrating its eightieth anniversary. The stunning landscapes in the film were taken by Montana photographers Doug Cox, John Lambing, Wayne Mumford, John Reddy, George Robbins, George & Donna Schuyler; and the stirring archival photographs of Montana were generously...

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    The 30th episode of Backroads introduces us to a man who's returned to Glacier National Park to sign on for a new job.  Then we'll watch spring warmth transform a mountain snowpack; trace the history of Chinese immigrants in small-town Montana; and more. William Marcus hosts the program from historic Stevensville.

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    Backroads travels first to Park City, where the best angel food for miles around comes from "The Cake Ladies."  In Great Falls, we'll visit a special site that honors fallen soldiers, and pays tribute to living veterans.  We stop in the central Montana town of Winifred, for the world's largest Tonka toy collection.  And we visit a working cowboy singer on...

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    This edition of Backroads starts at an exciting amateur skijoring event  in the Big Hole Valley, then meets up with some senior weight lifters in  Ronan, visits an ice cave in the Pryor Mountains, and spends time with  two women who have formed a fast friendship through their community work  in Lame Deer.  William Marcus hosts the program from Fort Missoula.

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    We learn the history of Montana breweries at  a beer museum in Polson; spend time at KGVA - the radio voice of the  Fort Belknap Indian Reservation; visit Montana's smallest state park,  and meet a Three Forks man who collects artifacts and stories for his  newspaper column. William Marcus hosts the program from the Prairie  Winds Cafe in Molt.

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    A series of educational  programs  detailing a century of fascinating Montana history. This episode details important political  moments in  Montana. It begins with a biographical account of Jeannette  Rankin. The second half of the program consists of excerpts from,  "For  This and Future Generations,".

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    A MontanaPBS Film exploring the life, work and times of Charles M. Russell, Montana's "Cowboy Artist".

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    This Home Video DVD (extended version) includes: A 67 minute version of the film, plus, a 10 minute special feature honoring film participants who have since passed away, and a 5 minute "behind the scenes" look at the making of Butte, America.

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    A historical documentary about the dramatic and tragic events of August 12, 1967, when two grizzlies, in two remote areas of the Park attacked campers and killed two young women.  The DVD relates how the fate of the grizzly bear in the continental United States was influenced after that night, as these were the first reported fatal bear attacks in the...

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    It is the speed of a horse and some folks say the best way to see and savor a life well lived. This Home Video DVD is the story of retired back-country outfitter Smoke Elser. His vision of wilderness has always included people. This program takes you into the Bob Marshall wilderness as Elser shares his history, passion and connection to the outdoors....

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    An intimate view of patients' frustrations, setbacks and goals as they deal with chronic pain.

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    Yellowstone National Park  has 4 seasons that can change at any time.  Summer is for eating…. Fall is for mating… Winter is for surviving ….and Spring is for re- birth.  And for thousands of years this real life drama has performed the same 4 act play over and over again…… Yellowstone in Four Seasons.

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    This Home Video DVD is an intimate portrait of the Mission Mountain Wood Band and a journey full of hope, loss and perseverance. With never before seen archival footage, national television performances and scenes from recent reunion concerts, the documentary tells the story of a musical family that embodied the magic of a time and remains as a...

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    In a 1934 speech at Fort Peck Montana, FDR unveiled his plan to build the world's largest earthen dam, creating thousands of jobs at a time when the country was still reeling from the Great Depression. It stands today as an icon of the "big dam" era, but our thirst for water places increasing demands on this precious commodity.

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    Visit the Aber Day Benefit Kegger from its humble beginnings in 1972, through its meteoric growth over the next eight years, and its eventual conclusion in 1979.

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    In 1902, a unique combination of Native women came together at a boarding school in Montana.  They used the new sport of basketball to help them adjust to a rapidly changing world.  Their travels and experiences led them to places they never imagined.  Ultimately, these women played for something much larger than themselves.

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