Karen Kitchel – program 28


Karen Kitchel is that rare bird, a full time artist.   Join us for an audio version of a painter’s odyssey. 

“Kitchel proposes a new way of seeing both the land and landscape painting.  She strives to document reality as she finds it, to combine overlooked elements of mundane, non-spectacular surroundings with the grandiosity and romantic allure of historical landscape painting.”        –Katherine Plake Hough, Chief Curator, Palm Springs Art Museum

 Take a look at Karen’s work as you listen: 


Listen now:  Karen Kitchel 

Download: Karen Kitchel

Published in: on June 28, 2011 at 10:55 pm  Leave a Comment  

Brett Earl/Earl Fisher Biofuels – program 27

“Grown locally, manufactured locally, consumed locally” is the slogan of the Earl Fisher Biofuel company, the first and only biofuel plant in Montana.  Logan Fisher and Brett Earl are fourth generation farmers on Montana’s High Line.  They convert locally grown crops into clean burning biofuels for industry, ag, home and garden use.  Philip spoke with Brett at our recording studio The Bin, in Chester 

Listen now:  Brett Earl

Download: Brett Earl

Published in: on April 29, 2011 at 12:35 am  Leave a Comment  

Mel Lehman – program 26


Mel Lehman, Director the the Wind Montana Project in Great Falls, says it’s time to go beyond traditional Democratic and Republican politics, which he considers excess baggage, and seriously address world energy questions brought on by the end of the cheap oil era. He says,”We need to have a conversation about Sustainable Energy….that is, renewable energy, plus conventional energy, plus wise-use/conservation….and we need to have that conversation NOW!”

Philip spoke with Mel at our recording studio The Bin, in Chester 

Listen now: Mel Lehman

Download: Mel Lehman

Published in: on March 29, 2011 at 12:54 am  Leave a Comment  

Greg Johnson – program 24

Director, teacher and actor Greg Johnson has led the Montana Repertory Theatre as artistic director since 1990.  Based at the University of Montana in Missoula, this national touring company has a reputation for consistently excellent productions.   Greg and Phil met in Missoula to talk about the state of theatre in the Rocky Mountain west.

Listen now: Greg Johnson 

Download: Greg Johnson

Published in: on February 28, 2011 at 11:19 pm  Leave a Comment  

Deirdre McNamer – program 23

When Philip was reading Dee McNamer’s fourth novel “Red Rover”, he would glance up every so often and say something like “This is an incredible story”.  “Her writing is like poetry…”.   When I replied, or attempted to have the briefest conversation, he’d look at me as though I was REALLY interrupting him – couldn’t I see he was very engrossed and not in a mood to chat?   So get this book, turn off the phone and shut the door.

Deirdre McNamer teaches writing at the University of Montana. 

Listen now: Deirdre McNamer

Download:  Deirdre McNamer

Published in: on November 22, 2010 at 9:09 pm  Leave a Comment  

Michael Millard – program 22

Michael Millard has been crafting guitars for over 4o years.   He has also made an annual trek to Montana for decades, bringing generations of his beloved golden retrievers to recharge, hunt and keep his connection to the high plains.  He and Phil visited during his last Montana sojourn, about guitar making, music, fishing, and their common love of the land.


Listen now:  Michael Millard

Download: Michael Millard

Published in: on November 22, 2010 at 9:07 pm  Leave a Comment  

Henry Real Bird – program 21

  Cowboy poet, Crow Indian, Montana’s Poet Laureate – in 2010, Henry Real Bird rode 415 miles on horseback through western North Dakota and northern Montana, handing out books of poetry and connecting with people along the way.

photo courtesy of Western Folklife Center

Listen now: Henry Real Bird

Download: Henry Real Bird

Published in: on November 22, 2010 at 9:06 pm  Leave a Comment  
Tags: , , , ,

Jack Gladstone – program 20

Jack Gladstone is a Native “PoetSinger” and lecturer from the Blackfeet Indian Nation of Montana. Regarded as a cultural bridge builder, he delivers programs nationally on American Indian myth, legend and history.  He talked with Phil in the Sweetgrass Music studio “The Bin” at the completion of his most recent release Native Anthropology.   

For more information about Jack, visit his website at www.jackgladstone.com

To order the CD Native Anthropology, visit www.sweetgrassmusic.com

Listen Now:

or download: Jack Gladstone Program

Published in: on November 22, 2010 at 9:04 pm  Comments (1)  

Eric Funk – program 19

Eric Funk is an American contemporary classical composer and conductor residing in Bozeman, Montana, where he teaches music courses at Montana State University.  From 1994-2002, Eric was conductor of the Helena Symphony Orchestra in Helena, Montana. From 1994-1999, he was also the conductor of the Gallatin Chamber Orchestra in Bozeman, Montana.  Eric also serves as artistic director for 11th & Grant with Eric Funk, an Emmy Award winning show broadcast on Montana PBS featuring regional musicians.

In high school, Eric and Philip lived in neighboring towns on Montana’s Hi Line.  They kept track of one another through festivals and regional competitions, and have stayed in touch through their careers, talking about their shared love of music and Montana.  Now we get to listen in on one of these conversations.


Listen now:

Download: Eric Funk Program

Published in: on November 21, 2010 at 1:04 pm  Comments (2)  
Tags: ,

Mokey McNeilly – program 18

Michael “Mokey” McNeilly spent 17 years as a professional actor in Hollywood appearing in over 40 productions, with the Mark Taper Forum, the John Ford Theatre, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Theatre Exchange. He has appeared in movies, television, commercials and was a Mighty Carson Art Player with Johnny Carson. His company Mimeprov has performed his original works JUNGLE LIFE and THE LOST JOURNALS OF LEWIS AND CLARK. He recently wrote THE PIRATE PLAY which premiered in 2009. For the last 15 summers he has guided fly fishers down the Smith River.


Download: Mokey

Published in: on July 28, 2010 at 2:13 am  Leave a Comment