• 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,"

  • Outfitter Smoke Elser leads guests on a back country trip in the Bob Marshall Wilderness in western Montana.

    3 Miles an Hour

    It is the speed of a horse and some folks say the best way to see and savor a life well lived. This is the story of retired back-country outfitter Smoke Elser. His vision of wilderness has always included people.

  • Bill McIntosh and his two sons Lou and Gib feed nearly 850 cattle during the winter months.

    Keepers of the Land

    Keepers of The Land is about three Montana families still living and working the land their ancestors homesteaded more than a century ago. The stories explore connections to the land, and connections to past and future generations.

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    Meet Iris Dodge who was inspired to record the vanishing cowboy life in paint and poems. In Butte spend a fun day at the annual Lineman's Rodeo. In Jefferson City explore the flowers, plants and trees at Tizer Gardens Arboretum. And in Kallispell meet a vibrant 84-year-old women who still teaches dance classes.

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    We watch the closing of dinosaur digging season near Bynum, listen to a centenarian bugler pay his respects, follow a Polson man in his quest to raise the state's largest pumpkin and recount one man's efforts to preserve a special rock quarry near Geraldine.  William Marcus hosts the program from the 30th annual Hunters Feed in Ennis.

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    Backroads remembers a DeBorgia man who left behind a legacy on film. It's not possible to share a tasty artifact from Montana's military past in Miles City -- you'll find out  why. Meet a Toston woman who wrote songs about a cows thoughts. Listen to Judy Williams' entertaining concert. Learn the traditions and family ties that inspire Crow Indian artist...

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    Backroads meets a western Montana man who has worked hard to improve access to the state's great outdoors.  A tour of Rock City near Valier. The show profiles Chontay Standing Rock, a student at Stone Child College on the Rocky Boy Reservation, who has a unique approach to American Indian songs. And in Deer Lodge Backroads visits retired rancher, Gene...

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    We'll spend a day with Lunch Lady Salley Young in Fairfield. In Kalispell we switch into the world of antique phones. We'll veer off the road to some of Montana's beautiful lakes and ponds to observe the  springtime ritual of birds' courtship dances. And we'll meet a man in  Fort Benton whose skill in crafting musical instruments is only surpassed by his...

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    Backroads travels to Polson for the Flathead Cherry Festival. Then tells the story of Hobson dentist Virgil Stewart. The next stop is the Sweet Grass Hills where local residents take us to an unexpected natural wonder rising out of the prairie. And finally you'll meet an eastern Montana man whose passion for art has literally spread all over the town of...

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    Travel to Coffee Creek for a stop Nemec's Parts and Repair. Then, take off to the small town of Haugan to visit the Savenac Historic Tree Nursery.  We'll sample a slice of one of the best pizzas in the world in Bigfork and wind up at the Nevada City Music Hall to listen to the largest public collection of automated music machines in North America.

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    A series of educational programs detailing a century of fascinating Montana history. This episode reveals that Montana was, and still is, a patchwork of peoples from all across the globe. The second half shows how that ethnic diversity has contributed to Montana's rich history of art. The program visits the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts and...

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