20 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
    • 5.0 • 28 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.

    Sowing Possibility Episode 8: Randi Lynn Tanglen, PhD

    Sowing Possibility Episode 8: Randi Lynn Tanglen, PhD

    Randi Lynn Tanglen, PhD grew up in the small NE Montana town of Sidney and turned an early love of literature into a career in education. Randi developed a specialty in hidden voices of 19th century Western American Literature including women, Indigenous and Black authors – a niche that has helped her uncover her family’s storied history on the Great Plains. Today Randi leads the statewide humanities council, Humanities Montana, ensuring the public humanities are stewarded in Montana’s rural and Tribal communities.

    • 1 hr
    Sowing Possibility Episode 7: Jeanie Alderson

    Sowing Possibility Episode 7: Jeanie Alderson

    Jeanie Alderson comes from a storied legacy of ranchers in Southeast Montana. In the 1970s, her parents were among the rural organizers to form Northern Plains Resource Council. Today, Jeanie and her husband Terry are continuing their work standing up for family farms and ranches by fighting against the "Big Four" meatpacking monopoly that's extinguishing competition and dictating prices, forcing some ranches to go out of business.

    • 57 min
    Sowing Possibility Episode 6: Ashley Hanson

    Sowing Possibility Episode 6: Ashley Hanson

    Ashley Hanson is the director of PlaceBase Productions, a site-specific theater company working with nontraditional actors to create stories specific to small towns, and the founder and executive director of Department of Public Transformation, an artist-led nonprofit that's fostering community connection, civic pride and equitable participation in rural places. This episode explores the role of the arts in facilitating community cohesion and rural community development, and the challenges and opportunities of leading an art nonprofit.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Sowing Possibility Season 5: Benya Kraus

    Sowing Possibility Season 5: Benya Kraus

    Benya Kraus is the co-founder of Lead for America, a national nonprofit nurturing the next generation of rural leaders. Benya embodies the virtue of getting proximate to issues most affecting her rural home, while striving to restore solidarity between disconnected cultures and a divided nation.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Bonus Episode: Ed Roberson on Creating his Celebrated Podcast, Mountain & Prairie

    Bonus Episode: Ed Roberson on Creating his Celebrated Podcast, Mountain & Prairie

    For an event hosted by the Rural Radio Collective Megan Torgerson sits down with Ed Roberson, the founder and producer of the acclaimed podcast Mountain & Prairie, to hear what he’s learned over the past six years producing intelligent and thoughtful conversations that illuminate the unfolding Zeitgeist of the modern American West.

    • 51 min
    Sowing Possibility Episode 4: Ben Winchester

    Sowing Possibility Episode 4: Ben Winchester

    Ben Winchester is a rural sociologist whose research into the rural “brain gain” has illuminated the trend of 30- to 49-year-olds migrating to rural America. A purveyor of good news that small towns are not dying, Ben is on a mission to elevate a positive narrative on rural America through the use of applied research and data. This episode spans the history behind the negative rural narrative, how small towns can be more welcoming to newcomers and the positive work happening in the rural development industry.

    • 1 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

Rick Woodfork ,

Outstanding Podcast!

Great thought provoking insights into rural life. Awesome music and great production quality as well. It’s an awesome listen!

Finn6424 ,

Best podcast I’ve listened to!

This is easily the best and most informative podcast I’ve ever listened to. It has a very high production quality with great background music. It has been so interesting to learn about rural community’s. Great job!

jessefaymes ,

Beautiful telling of rare stories

I love to see rural Montana represented in this complex and compelling style. A great glimse into a way of living that most people only know through sterotypes.

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