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At Large with Leni Holliman

hosted by Leni Holliman

Leni HollimanYPR Arts and Humanities Producer Leni Holliman presents a variety of programs exploring the visual arts, the performing arts, literature, and regional cultural events. In addition to conducting interviews, Leni records presentations and special events, capturing the themes and topics and distilling them into a half-hour or hour of radio. With a focus on artists of all kinds working in or visiting our region, Holliman works to provide a fun and interesting look into the creative endeavors of artists of all kinds throughout Montana and Northern Wyoming.

Leni Holliman grew up in Billings and returned to Montana after having earned a degree in English Literature with a minor in violin performance from the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma. Realizing such an education suited her for nothing other than public radio work, she embraced her destiny and has called Yellowstone Public Radio home ever since. Over the last 9 years, Holliman has interviewed authors, painters, dancers, actors, sculptors, journalists, musicians, scholars, arts administrators, and a broad variety of others. Each year she brings both the Montana Festival of the Book and the High Plains Bookfest to the airwaves. Leading an amazing team of volunteers, she helped bring to life the Journey of the Corps of Discovery with the series Day by Day with Lewis and Clark.



At Large Audio Archive
YPR maintains an archive of recent At Large programs. They are available as on-demand, streaming audio using the Windows Media format, and as MP3 files encoded at 64kbps.

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Utah Phillips & Mark Ross
speaker iconUtah Phillips & Mark Ross (WMA)
mp3 logoUtah Phillips & Mark Ross (MP3)
In this archive edition of At Large, host Leni Holliman interviews folksinger and labor activist Utah Phillips, who passed away last month. This discussion, which also includes fellow folksinger and Butte resident Mark Ross, ranges from radical politics to the particulars of life as a hobo.


Jonna Tamases
Jonna Tamasesspeaker iconJonna Tamases (WMA)
mp3 logoJonna Tamases (MP3)
Jonna Tamases explores the trials of living through cancer and cancer treatments in her funny and touching one-woman show Jonna's Body, Please Hold. Tamases will perform her show in Helena, Butte, Bozeman, and Billings between April 23 - 26 [ticket information available here] in performances sponsered by the Cancer Family Network of Montana. Tamases has survived cancer three times. In this conversation with Leni Holliman, she discusses her journey through cancer, what she hopes to accomplish with the play, and how cancer can be funny after all.


Rory Rogina
Rory Roginapictured: Rory Rogina
speaker iconRory Rogina (WMA)
mp3 logoRory Rogina (MP3)
Rory Rogina is a yoga instructor and owner of Perfect Balance Yoga and Massage in Billings. In 2007, Rogina traveled to India, where he was deeply inspired by the faith and hope he witnessed amid crushing poverty and suffering. His experiences greatly impacted his worldview. Rogina discusses those experiences and what it was like to return to the U.S.


Anne Sherwood
Anne Sherwood Photography Left: photography by Anne Sherwood
speaker iconAnne Sherwood (WMA)
mp3 logoAnne Sherwood (MP3)
Anne Sherwood is an international freelance photojournalist who makes her home in Bozeman. Hear Sherwood discuss the camera as a passport into the story of a person's life. She also talks about the insight and understanding gained from travelling the world. Anne Sherwood will be the keynote speaker at this year's Girls For a Change conference on March 22.

Web-Only Audio Extra: Anne Sherwood
speaker iconAnne Sherwood Extra (WMA)
mp3 logoAnne Sherwood Extra (MP3)
Hear additional comments from Anne Sherwood, including what she thinks makes for a great photograph.


Katie Knight
The Most Precious CommodityFeatured Image: Kim Fink, The Most Precious Commodity
speaker iconKatie Knight (WMA)
mp3 logoKatie Knight (MP3)
The exhibit Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate is currently on display at the Holter Museum in Helena. Exhibit curator Katie Knight discusses the exhibit—in which artists transformed books of hate literature into art—and how it came to be. Knight also discusses the artists' experiences in creating the works, as well as how audiences are responding to them.

Web-Only Audio Extra: Katie Knight
speaker iconKatie Knight Extra (WMA)
mp3 logoKatie Knight Extra (MP3)
Hear additional comments from Curator Katie Knight about the Speaking Volumes exhibit.


Alan Thompson
Black History Month Collagespeaker iconAlan Thompson (WMA)
mp3 logoAlan Thompson (MP3)
Image Credit: Great Falls Tribune photo illustration compiled from historic photos and original work by artist Brian Morger
In honor of Black History Month, Leni talks with cultural anthropologist Alan Thompson about African-American history in Montana. The Montana Historical Society is currently cataloging all of its material related to telling the story of African-Americans in Montana.


We're Making History: Billings' First 125 Years

Western Heritage Center: Billings 125thThe city of Billings celebrates its 125th anniversary this year. The Western Heritage Center has been looking back at the early days of Billings through their High Noon Lecture Series. YPR is pleased to present four of these lectures, covering the early growth of the "Magic City," the importance of the railroad, a partially built prison that never housed an inmate, and a survey of the extraordinary women who helped shape the city of Billings. Speakers include Dr. Carroll Van West, Kevin Kooistra-Manning, Dr. Keith Edgerton, and Sue Hart.


J.L. "Woody" Wooden
Cambodian Childrenpictured: "Cambodian Children," by J.L. "Woody" Wooden
speaker iconJ.L. "Woody" Wooden (WMA)
mp3 logoJ.L. "Woody" Wooden (MP3)
J.L. "Woody" Wooden is a professor of Photography at Northwest College in Powell, WY. He believes that travel is the best teacher and put that theory into practice recently by taking a group of students to Cambodia and Vietnam. The trip resulted in the exhibition The Similarities Between Our Differences, currently on display in the SinClair Gallery on the campus of Northwest College.


StoryCorps Logospeaker iconStoryCorps (WMA)
mp3 logoStoryCorps (MP3)
StoryCorps is a national project that allows people to interview each other. The recordings are then archived with the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. StoryCorp's mobile recording booth has been parked in Butte for most of July, and Leni Holliman interviewed Terry Scott, Senior Coordinator for StoryCorp's mobile booth, and Michael Marsolek, Program Director for Montana Public Radio, about the mobile booth and the power of the personal story.


Alberta Bair 20th Anniversary
speaker iconAlberta Bair 20th Anniversary (WMA)
mp3 logoAlberta Bair 20th Anniversary (MP3)
2007 marks the 20th anniversary of the Alberta Bair Theater. Hear Christine Meyers and Corby Skinner tell the story of their involvement in saving the old Fox Theater building and how it was then transformed into a cornerstone of the Billings arts community.


Online Extra!
speaker iconAlberta Bair 20th Extra (WMA)
mp3 logoAlberta Bair 20th Extra (MP3)
In this online-only extra, Corby Skinner remembers some of the great performers who have played at the Alberta Bair, and Christine Meyers reminices about a lifetime spent at the theater.


MSU-B Wine and Food Festival
speaker iconMSU-B Wine and Food Festival (WMA)
mp3 logoMSU-B Wine and Food Festival (MP3)
Leslie Sbroccopictured: Leslie Sbrocco (photo courtesy
The 15th annual MSU-Billings Wine and Food Festival begins May 14. Learn about the history of this fundraising event and the programs it helps support in a discussion with festival co-chairs Joe and Jane Howell. Also on the program, YPR General Manager Lois Bent joins At Large host Leni Holliman for a conversation with festival presenter Leslie Sbrocco. A wine expert, Sbrocco talks about her latest book, The Simple and Savvy Wine Guide.


Steven Dietz
speaker iconSteven Dietz (WMA)
mp3 logoSteven Dietz (MP3)
Pulitzer-nominated, award-winning playwright Steven Dietz wrote all the plays in Venture Theatre's current season. Dietz came to Billings recently to see a production of one of those plays. While he was in town, At Large host Leni Holliman sat down with Dietz, former Venture Theatre artistic director Mace Archer, current artistic director Lysa Fox, and actor Russ Palmer, who appeared in two of this season's plays. The discussion includes Dietz's style, his body of work, and what it's like to work in theater in today's crowded media market.


Western Heritage Center: Billings' 125th Anniversary
speaker iconWestern Heritage Center: Billings' 125th Anniversary (WMA)
mp3 logoWestern Heritage Center: Billings' 125th Anniversary (MP3)
WHC logo2007 marks the 125th anniversary of the city of Billings. The Western Heritage Center (WHC) is celebrating this benchmark with an exhibit titled "We're Making History: Billings' First 125 Years." WHC Director Julie Dial and community historian Kevin Kooistra-Manning walk listeners through the exhibit and discuss Calamity Jane, the first Western Days Parade, and an old fire wagon pulled by people.


Bonnie Sachatello-Sawyer, Ph.D.
Bonnie Sachatello-Sawyer (WMA)
mp3 logoBonnie Sachatello-Saywer (MP3)
The Bozeman-based organization Hopa Mountain provides community leaders with the resources and training necessary to advance the educational opportunities, ecological health, and economic well-being of their communities. Founder and Director Bonnie Sachatello-Sawyer, Ph.D. discusses the ways in which Hopa Mountain provides this vital resource, as well as the organization's scholarship program for high school seniors who have demonstrated a commitment to community service.


Robert Manchester
Robert Manchester (WMA)
mp3 logoRobert Manchester (MP3)
robert manchesterRobert Manchester is the new Senior Curator at the Yellowstone Art Museum. He has a three-dimensional perspective that extends not only to the art he displays, but also to the space in which it's displayed. By March 23, his approach can be explored in three new exhibits at the museum.



Lisa Woll Keynote Address
2007 Girls for a Change-Bozeman conference
Lisa Woll Keynote (WMA)
mp3 logoLisa Woll Keynote (MP3)
girls for a changepictured left to right: Cameron Dabney, Lisa Woll, Annie Hansen, Sarah Craig (photo by Julie Langaker)
On February 24, the Bozeman-based organization Girls For a Change (GFAC) held their annual day-long conference. This year's conference was called "Dream Big," and the keynote speaker was Lisa Woll, CEO of the Social Investment Forum and former Executive Director of the International Women's Media Foundation. In honor of Women's History Month, At Large presents Ms. Woll's address concerning handling the social pressure both girls and women face, building and managing a career, and how to make big dreams into realities. The program also features a brief interview with some of the girls who help run GFAC and a short conversation with Ms. Woll.


Rose Marie Goetz Aus
part of Five Who Make a Difference Week

Five Who Make a Difference: Rose Marie Goetz Aus (WMA)
mp3 logoFive Who Make a Difference: Rose Marie Goetz Aus (MP3)
During her 25 years as a member of the English/Humanities Faculty at Dawson Community College, Rose Marie Goetz Aus staunchly advocated for humanities programming in eastern Montana. She does so to this day, both encouraging and offering programs for the Montana Speaker's Bureau. In addition, she logs thousands of miles driving to communities all over eastern Montana to lead reading groups and One Book Montana discussions.


William "Woody" Wood
William "Woody" WoodWilliam "Woody" Wood (WMA)
William "Woody" Wood (MP3)
William "Woody" Wood is the new Executive Director of the Alberta Bair Theater in Billings. Wood previously ran the Interlochen Arts Festival in Michigan. He discusses his broad definition of "the arts" and the importance of bringing a variety of performances to the region.

Kristin KorbKristin Korb
Kristin Korb (WMA)
Kristin Korb (MP3)
Billings native Kristin Korb is a jazz vocalist, bassist, and educator who hit her stride after moving to Los Angeles. With a renewed focus on her perfermance career, Korb recently released her fourth album Why Can't You Behave. This interview was recorded in December 2006, when Korb was in Billings visiting her family and performing in the area.

Web-Only Audio: Kristin Korb on the photo shoot for her latest album


Broad Comedy
Broad Comedy (WMA)
Broad Comedy (MP3)
Broad Comedy is a Bozeman-based, all-female comedy troupe whose irreverent critiques of everything from foreign policy to motherhood have won them a growing local fan base, a 2005 Vancouver Fringe Festival "Pick of the Fringe," a successful run in Boston, and slots at two New York showcase events. Broad Comedy was founded in 1999 by Katie Goodman, co-director of the Equinox Theater in Bozeman.


Kristi Hager
Kristi Hager (WMA)
Kristi Hager (MP3)
Kristi Hager is a painter, photographer, printmaker, hula dancer, speaker, teacher, and architect. Her paintings are in the permanent collections of a number of Montana art institutions and some of her photographs are collected in the book Conveniences Sorely Needed: Montana's Historic Highway Bridges. In this conversation, Hager talks about her work, winning the Gottlieb Foundation Individual Support Grant, and what it's like to make a career out of being an artist.


William Wyckoff
William Wyckoff (WMA)
William Wyckoff (MP3)
In On the Road Again: Montana's Changing Landscape, photographer (and MSU Geography professor) William Wyckoff details the passage of time by contrasting photographs taken by highway engineers in the mid 20th century with recent photographs of the same scene. In this interview, Wyckoff talks about his book and his life as an "historical cultural geographer." An exhibit of photographs and information from the book is on display at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman through January 21, 2007.


Robert DeWeese
Robert DeWeese (WMA)
Robert DeWeese (MP3)
Robert DeWeeseRobert DeWeese was an artistic force in Montana for 40 years as a teacher, creating an impact on almost everyone who crossed his path. A retrospective of his work titled "A Look Ahead" is currently on display at the Holter Museum of Art in Helena. Hear a conversation about DeWeese with long time friend and colleague (and exhibit curator) Terry Karson. In addition, hear comments from a few of DeWeese's former students.

Image Credit: Robert DeWeese, Self Portrait, n.d., ink on paper (from the collection of the Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT)


Jeff Biggers
Jeff Biggers (WMA)
Jeff Biggers (MP3)
Jeff BiggersHear a conversation with Jeff Biggers, author of In The Sierra Madre. Biggers talks about the year he spent in the Mexican mountain range, the indigenous people of the village where he and his wife lived, some of the adventures he had while there, and what happens when drastically different cultures interact. Biggers is also the author of The United States of Appalachia.



Jerry Cornelia & Melissa Stewart
Jerry Cornelia & Melissa Stewart (WMA)
Jerry Cornelia & Melissa Stewart (MP3)
This program combines interviews with two artists connected by their New York "take" on Montana. Painter Jerry Cornelia grew up in eastern Montana, but spent a decade in New York painting mannequins and developing his artistic style and skill. He has since moved back to Montana, and his work is currently on display at the Yellowstone Art Museum. Cornelia also shows his work at Visions West Galleries in Livingston and Bozeman, which has an online gallery of some of his whimsical paintings. Photographer Melissa Stewart is a portrait photographer based in New York who traveled to Montana in the summer of 2004. During her stay, she lived and worked with her subjects, making her portaits an intimate portrayal of rural Montana. Stewart's Montana photography is on display at the Western Heritage Center through the end of 2006. Stewart's website features her work, and her Montana portraits are viewable by clicking the fourth icon from the left across the bottom of her homepage.

Jerry Cornelia Melissa Stewart
"It would be the last time Charlotte would let her half-wit husband trim her bangs" by Jerry Cornelia "Montana Portraits: Linda Grosskopf"
by Mellissa Stewart

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