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A podcast featuring features only mostly unique to Montana.

Last Best Stories Jule Banville

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A podcast featuring features only mostly unique to Montana.

    Episode 13: Death Cafes + Time Trippers

    Episode 13: Death Cafes + Time Trippers

    After Nancy Reece Jones' mom died, she realized she needed to talk more about death, about how to have a good one, about how to be kind to others who also need to talk. Maybe all of us should say what we want to say about the inevitable over tea and cookies. Turns out there's a movement for that and it's called the Death Cafe. Reporters Katheryn Houghton and Nicky Ouellet visited the Flathead Valley's cafe and talked to the living about death.



    Also: Nicky is back with this episode's short feature, a story about a Whitefish '80s cover band with dreams to blow it up, maybe even pay rent or play Vegas. It's a story about ambition, punctuated with some killer kick drums.

    • 21 min
    Episode 12: Singers + Runners (The Beer Episode)

    Episode 12: Singers + Runners (The Beer Episode)

     







    What makes a person screw up enough courage to try open mic night at a brewery, where people are there mostly to drink beer and not hear you sing? You might be surprised and even impressed with what expert pint-pourer and audio producer Colin May watched evolve on the small stage of one Missoula brewery.



    Also in this episode: Runners with a drinking problem. You think pounding beer and running a mile is easy? Photographer and filmmaker Erik Petersen lived to tell the tale. Barely.



    [credit: Open mic photo of Jeff Overturf by Colin May. Beer Mile photo by Erik Petersen.]

    • 24 min
    Episode 11: Owning Pray

    Episode 11: Owning Pray

    The sign to Pray, Barbara Walker in the old post office and Madge Walker, one of its former, glorious postmasters.







    Barbara Walker owns a town in Paradise Valley, Montana, just north of the only year-round entrance to Yellowstone National Park. For years, she's been its mayor, its rent-collector, its head maintenance person and the chief lawnmower. The town of Pray, complete with a U.S. Post Office and its own ZIP code, is a place the Walkers have owned since the 1950s. She inherited it from her husband's family and it became a place to love and take care of and honor its history. It's complicated, but the truth is she's ready to move on. She first tried to auction her town in 2012, but that didn't work out and she's still waiting for someone else to write Pray's new chapter. Now, this is as much a story about Barbara's legacy as it is her town's. Reported by Last Best Stories host Jule Banville.

    • 16 min
    Episode 10: Bears + Advice

    Episode 10: Bears + Advice

    In the backcountry of Glacier National Park, two seasoned trail-crew workers watched a couple of cute, fuzzy cubs cross their path. "And then you think, uh oh, where's mom at?" Jon Bentzel and Micah Nelson tell producer Charlie Ebbers what happened when they found mom, or rather this is what happened when mom found them.



    Also in this episode: the musings and stylings of journeyman musician Bob Athearn, who's got a lot of thoughts about love and sex and women. But his best advice: Take care of your teeth!

    • 18 min
    Episode 9: Sticks + Stones (The Winter Sports Episode)

    Episode 9: Sticks + Stones (The Winter Sports Episode)

    As it turns out, there's a difference between Canadians and Americans and its name is hockey. Down here, we don't worship at the temple of Don Cherry. Anna Cole, a real-life Canadian, finds out why and other things, including whether or not her dad thought she was any good when she played for the Carstairs hockey league back in the day.



    Also in this episode: Curling. Outside. In Stanley, Idaho, which is famous for two things: hosting the Stanley Outdoor Bonspiel and being one of the coldest places in the Lower 48. A sound portrait, a love letter, a collage of folks who may have been drinking when interviewed by producer Sergio Gonzalez.

    • 14 min
    Episode 8: The Plane Crash

    Episode 8: The Plane Crash

    When the pilot of a plane saw a fireball explode on Emigrant Peak, about 15 miles north of Yellowstone National Park, the dispatcher called out for another plane that was supposed to be on that flight path. Fido 15! Fido 15! But Fido 15 never responded. It's been more than five decades since an Air Force bomber on a Cold War training mission crashed in Paradise Valley. People who live there know vaguely that it happened. Oh yeah, they'll say. That plane crash. When was that again? But one man, Bryan Wells, who lives at the base of the mountain and somehow found the wreakage when he was 15, has more recently made it his life's mission to make sure the men who died up there are never forgotten.



    This story is a collaboration between Last Best Stories podcast and the Bozeman Chronicle. It's narrated by Michael Wright, a staff writer at the paper, and by Jule Banville, who co-reported it. Find Michael's written feature and great photos by the BozeChron's Adrian Sanchez Gonzalez at the bozemandailychronicle.com.



    As a bonus, the end of the episode also details what happened after Bryan led us to the plane wreck. For awhile there, we didn't think we'd make it off the mountain to tell the tale. Spoiler alert: We did.







     

    • 24 min

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