Behind the Scenes at the Red Ants Pants Music Festival

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The tiny town of White Sulphur Springs swells at the end of July when thousands arrive for fine music and a good time. It’s the Red Ants Pants Festival, associated with the Red Ants Pants Company, manufacturer of work wear for women, and benefitting the Red Ants Pants Foundation, focused in part on projects to help women succeed. Producer Beth Judy talks by phone with Festival Operations Manager Allie Olson and PR/Press Director Kat Healy. Find out more about this festival phenom and how it all goes down. This summer’s festival dates are July 24-27; more info at http://www.redantspantsmusicfestival.com.

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Missoula Colony 19: Salina Chatlain and Kate Morris

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This week on “In Other Words:” producer Ann Szalda-Petree welcomes Salina Chatlain, producer of the 2014 Missoula Colony, and Missoula playwright Kate Morris. Included is a reading from Kate’s play, “Church.”

The 19th Annual Missoula Colony takes place July 12th – 19th, 2014, and brings Montana and nationally-known playwrights together for a week to write, talk about, rehearse and perform staged readings of new plays. For the first time, The Colony is highlighting plays written, directed, produced, and organized by women. The Montana Repertory Theatre defines the mission of the Missoula Colony as “fostering great writing for the next generation of theatre and film in an atmosphere of generosity, creative fervor, breathtaking beauty, and laughter.”

 

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Immigration Policy is a Women’s Issue: Pramila Jayapal

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Activist Pramila Jayapal is one of the United States’ best thinkers today. An immigrant from India herself, she came to the US at 16, thanks to her parents’ sacrifices, and worked on Wall Street after college, but then turned to issues affecting immigrants, migrants, and America’s diverse populations.

Bad immigration policy disproportionately and adversely affects women, Jayapal argues, and immigration reformers and women’s movement organizations need to unite on the issue. Today, Jayapal chairs the “We Belong Together” campaign on women and immigration (www.webelongtogether.org). Missoula-area activist and author Kay Whitlock converses with Jayapal, and Jayapal’s essay with Gloria Steinem on immigration policy as a women’s issue is read after the conversation. Originally aired June 10, 2014. Produced by Kay Whitlock and Beth Judy, with thanks to Beth Anne Austein.

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Voices from Butte I

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       Frequent In Other Words contributor Clark Grant recently moved to Butte to begin a new community radio station.  Work is underway to fund and build KBMF 102.5 through the recently formed Butte America Foundation.  In the first of (hopefully) many interviews in this series, Clark talks to Jo, a long time resident of Butte and book store owner, Mary, an employee at the bookstore, Dark and Carson; new arrivals to Butte, and Clark is interviewed himself by Ann.  Clark asks questions about the history of the area, the present state of the city, thoughts on the Berkeley pit, and what new-comers can contribute to the vibrant culture of Butte.  

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Behind the Lens in India

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5/6/14: This week on “In Other Words:” Thanks to the Internet, at the click of a button, we can view photos and articles from around the world. But in the moment the photographer snapped that photo, what was HER experience? In this week’s “In Other Words,” University of Montana student reporters Allison Mills and Madelyn Beck talk with several photojournalists and writers about their recent study-abroad program in India, and the challenges of reporting there.  Produced by Allison Mills and Madelyn Beck.

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Music Edition: Music That Shaped Us

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Eden Atwood and Ann Szalda-Petree talk and share transformative and meaningful music – music that we love with a steely white hot passion from a thousand suns. Artists include Dolly Parton, Aretha Franklin, The Go Gos, Rickie Lee Jones, Ernestine Anderson, Loretta Lynn, Jenn Adams, Darlene Love, and more. Originally aired on Montana Public Radio on April 30, 2014.

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