Author Archives: Amy

Stay Tuned


In Other Words Radio is on hold, and although we don’t have any radio to post, we do hope to be back on air (or on-line) with engaging radio one of these days or months. It might be 2016, but we’ll be back. In the meantime, poke around and enjoy an older show or two…  Thanks.

Listen in November 11 – A celebration of our last show


Tuesday, November 11 is our last In Other Words show aired on Montana Public Radio.

JOIN US from 10:30 – 11:30 pm at 89.1 in western Montana or live streaming via

We’re hosting an on-air celebration, bringing in the voices  and stories from the women who produced this show over the years – as volunteers – week after week.  IOW has been on this station non-stop for over 25 years, and we’re all sad the show will not continue. MTPR is making many programming changes, and this is one of them.

This won’t be our last word though. We’re considering many different ways to share the voices of women and the issues we care about.  Come back to this website for more news, updates, and, yes, “radio from a women’s perspective”!

Thanks for your listening support — Beth, Ann, Amy, Bryony, Jen and all the IOW radio producers over the years.

100 Years of Montana Women Voting — Then and Now with Diane Sands


Daine Sands

In this hour of In Other Words, Amy Cilimburg speaks with historian, public servant, candidate for the State Senate, and long-time Missoula resident and advocate Diane Sands.

It is the 100 year anniversary of women gaining the right to vote in Montana, and Diane helps us understand how we got there, where we are today and why it’s important to vote this Tuesday, November 4.

This show originally aired on October 28, 2014 on Montana Public Radio.

Anthropologist Dr. Sally Thompson’s Expedition to Northern India



This week on “In Other Words” Bryony Schwan speaks with Missoula anthropologist Dr. Sally Thompson who returned this summer from a 40-day, “life-changing” journey to the Himalaya region of Northern India. Sally traveled with the Helena based Tibetan Children’s Education Foundation to learn firsthand about the local health care needs in remote regions of Zanskar. Sally was particularly interested in traditional healing practices and the challenges facing these healers, or amchis. While there Sally attended two multi-day teachings with the 14th Dalai Lama in Zanskar and Ladakh. In addition to the trek through Zanskar, Sally and her colleagues spent a week in Dharamsala, the seat of the Tibetan government-in-exile. While there they met with the Prime Minister; the team at Gu Chu Sum an organization that serves formers political prisoners and their families; and the Nechung Medium, the Official State Oracle of Tibet.

Sally with the Dalai Lama

Sally (far left) with the Dalai Lama

In her interview Sally talks about her fascinating experiences in Northern India and reflects on how her experience working with Native American communities in Montana has shaped her work.

If you are interested in learning more about Sally Thompson and her trip you can email her at: oldtrails(AT)

This interview aired September 16, 2014 on Montana Public Radio.

In Other Birds, Bees, and Butterflies




Sue Reel with pollinator guides

Sue Reel with pollinator guides

A show about pollinators and more.

Amy Cilimburg visits with naturalist and educator Sue Reel about native bees, the importance of pollinators and the native plants on which they depend, the amazing guides she has developed, and more. Amy also speaks with Amy Seaman – her colleague at Montana Audubon – about cool birds. In the final segment Amy S. interviews butterfly expert Jeff Pippen about the research he is conducting this summer at the MPG Conservation Ranch.

Lots to learn about our flying friends and the critical roles the play in our ecosystems and food systems.

You can find these guides, created by Sue and artist Nancy Seiler, at the Montana Natural History Center or the Lolo National Forest Headquarters in Missoula.

You can download:  Attracting Pollinators to your Garden Using Native Plants

More information can be found at Celebrating Wildflowers,, and The Xerces Society.

Contact Team Amy:  Amy C or Amy S.

Women Farmers



Producer Lacy Roberts brings us an hour of conversation with and about female farmers. First, we learn why photographer Audra Mulkern started the Female Farmer Project and what it reveals about female back-to-the-land farmers. Next, we sit around the kitchen table with Tracy and Margaret, owners of Dixon, Montana’s County Rail Farm, and two of the farm’s young interns, Kitty and Morgan, who describe falling for organic farming. Finally, farmer-mom-journalist-editor Courtney Lowery Cowgill of Prairie Heritage Farm near Power, Montana shares how she, a farmer’s daughter who vowed to never marry a farmer, did exactly that. Cowgill’s description of this phase of her career: “part-time job, full-time Mom, part-time farmer and full-time cook and keeper of the house, the finances, the schedule, the diaper bag…”

This show first aired July 22, 2014 on Montana Public Radio.

Health, Mental Health, Psychology and Global Warming: a Conversation



Jen, Kevin, Beth

Amy talks with three Missoula-area professionals — nurse Beth Schenk and psychotherapists Jen Robohm and Kevin Dohr. These experts share research and their professional and personal experiences approaching and understanding global challenges like climate change. They discuss individual and societal barriers and opportunities in our efforts to successfully address, be solution-oriented, and be hopeful in this time of rapid change.Yes, hopeful!