Episode 4: Faith the Size of a Mustard Seed
Ralph Summers is a mailman, bus driver, taxidermist and preacher living in Dagmar, Montana. In this episode, we explore the history of rural mail delivery, the value of neighbors, and what it means to have faith. Ralph shares stories of miracles he has seen on the road, how he finds inspiration for his sermons and his experiences with the healing power of prayer.
Episode 3: Unearthing the Indigenous Narrative in NE Montana
Eddie Hentges grew up and later taught history on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in Northeast Montana. A descendant of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, he discusses the politics behind looking Native, the history of the Assiniboine and Sioux tribes and how he approaches teaching U.S. high school history through a multicultural and decolonial lens.
Episode 2: The Scary Prairie Will Not Get the Best of Me
Margaret Hoven and David Anderson moved to Plentywood, Montana from Washington D.C. 15 years ago. Northeastern Montana culture, political memory, change and the power of music are themes explored in this episode named after Margaret's original song "The Scary Prairie Will Not Get the Best of Me" from a play the couple co-wrote, titled "Dead Thing On the Wall."
Episode 1: Preservation & Motherhood on the N. Great Plains
Kim Rudnigen is a mother of four, working as an environmental compliance officer in the oil and gas industry in Northeast Montana. In Reframing Rural's first episode, we'll learn from Kim what it is like to raise a family in a county where there are two people per square mile and how the Rudnigens are helping to reinvigorate the community surrounding Dagmar, MT.
Season 1 Preview
Reframing Rural's first season, "Coming Home," is set in Sheridan County, Montana, which borders Canada, North Dakota, and one of the most rural counties in the U.S.. Coming Home reflects on geography's role in our understanding of home and features stories of hope and resilience from the Northern Great Plains.