38 episodes

Reframing Rural's mission is to cultivate curiosity and conversation across geographic, class and cultural divides. Season 1: Coming Home, is set in the rural homeplace of host Megan Torgerson's youth, on the plains of far Northeast Montana. Season 2: Sowing Possibility, sows hope in the future of the rural West and Heartland through interviews with rural activists, academics, artists and entrepreneurs. Hosted and produced by Torgerson, this podcast uses conversation and storytelling to reframe the narrative on rural America.

Reframing Rural Tree Ring Records

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 60 Ratings

Reframing Rural's mission is to cultivate curiosity and conversation across geographic, class and cultural divides. Season 1: Coming Home, is set in the rural homeplace of host Megan Torgerson's youth, on the plains of far Northeast Montana. Season 2: Sowing Possibility, sows hope in the future of the rural West and Heartland through interviews with rural activists, academics, artists and entrepreneurs. Hosted and produced by Torgerson, this podcast uses conversation and storytelling to reframe the narrative on rural America.

    Reframing Rural Update

    Reframing Rural Update

    Megan Torgerson has some big life news to share and is working with collaborators on the creative direction of the fourth season!

    • 2 min
    “Groundwork” Episode 10: Creator Roundtable: A Behind-the-Scenes Conversation with Reframing Rural’s Audio Engineer, Story Editor and Producer/Host

    “Groundwork” Episode 10: Creator Roundtable: A Behind-the-Scenes Conversation with Reframing Rural’s Audio Engineer, Story Editor and Producer/Host

    In this final installment of Season 3 “Groundwork,” Reframing Rural founder, host and producer, Megan Torgerson speaks with the podcast’s audio engineer, Aaron Spieldenner and story editor, Mary Auld about the inspiration behind the season and all the work that goes into producing the show’s long-form narrative episodes.

    • 53 min
    "Groundwork" Episode 9: A Conversation with Grace Olmstead, author of "Uprooted: Recovering the Legacy of the Places We've Left Behind"

    "Groundwork" Episode 9: A Conversation with Grace Olmstead, author of "Uprooted: Recovering the Legacy of the Places We've Left Behind"

    Grace Olmstead is the West’s preeminent author on place. In her book "Uprooted: Recovering the Legacy of the Places We've Left Behind” and in this interview, she speaks to rural outmigration, connection to place, the history of how agriculture was industrialized and the future of agriculture in the West amid suburban sprawl and a call to build more just and resilient regional food systems.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    "Groundwork" Episode 8: John Wicks: the Story of a Punk Rock Farmer and his Fight to Save the Future of Family Farming in Montana

    "Groundwork" Episode 8: John Wicks: the Story of a Punk Rock Farmer and his Fight to Save the Future of Family Farming in Montana

    At 21 John Wicks was faced with the decision to stay in college or come home and save his family's farm. Today he is a leader in Montana's organic and regenerative farming movement and an advocate for family farms across the state, serving as the associate director of Montana Farmers Union. Together with his friends Peyton Cole and Paul Neubauer, John is helping further the understanding that the health of our agricultural lands impacts the health of our communities.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    "Groundwork" Episode 7: Normalizing Mental Health Care in Agricultural Communities, Addressing Farm Stress & Restoring Wellbeing in Rural Montana

    "Groundwork" Episode 7: Normalizing Mental Health Care in Agricultural Communities, Addressing Farm Stress & Restoring Wellbeing in Rural Montana

    Dr. Alison Brennan, MSU Extension's designated mental health specialist, Courtney Brown Kibblewhite with Northern Ag Network and Beyond the Weather, and wellness coach and rancher Lisa Williams discuss mental health resources and stigma around mental health in Montana's rural and agricultural communities. This episode spans data on farm stress, free counseling services for Montana producers and actionable tips for restoring balance and wellbeing to our lives.

    • 1 hr 38 min
    "Groundwork" Episode 6: Winnett ACES: Strengthening Community & Keeping Ranchers on Working Lands

    "Groundwork" Episode 6: Winnett ACES: Strengthening Community & Keeping Ranchers on Working Lands

    In Winnett, the only town in the least populated county in Montana, out-of-state absentee land ownership poses a threat to the future of ranching and the preservation of the region’s intact prairie ecosystem. To keep people on the land and build a vibrant future for Winnett’s main street, the rancher-led nonprofit Winnett ACES is furthering economic and environmental sustainability for Petroleum Co. through local grassroots organizing.

    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
60 Ratings

60 Ratings

Kev'56 ,

Fascinating and informative

Having grown up in Billings Montana, then moving to Missoula in the mid-1970s, and now living in a very rural location in Stillwater County, I have a great appreciation for the insights that Megan shares during her podcast. I love her sense of neutrality with regard to politics, which is greatly needed in this day and age. This podcast is appropriate for anyone, whether urban or rural, as it sheds sensitive light on both environments.

Ty406 ,

Left of center

She is a very good speaker but definitely spent sometime out of Montana.

Comedy Gold! ,

Engaging America in Vital Conversations

The work of “Reframing Rural” challenges the stereotypes of rural America and delves into topics which are at once illuminating and vitally important. In the current climate where people are quick to label one another, I hope this brings compassion to both sides of the conversation. At the heart of these stories, people want and need to live with dignity in America. No matter which side of the political spectrum a person is on, this perspective seems infinitely reasonable. I hope this podcast can soften views and allow a more nuanced conversation around what it is to be “American”. Let’s support compassionate and informed storytelling which can bring community and country together.

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