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 MISSOULA – “Backroads of Montana,” the award-winning MontanaPBS travelogue, will premiere a new episode, “Speed of Sound,” at 8 p.m. Monday, May 14.

“We are all over the state on this episode of ‘Backroads,’” host William Marcus said. “We hope viewers will enjoy meeting the folks in our stories.”

Scott Arvidson cooks for patrons at the Home Cafe in Conrad. (photo credit: Gus Chambers)
Scott Arvidson cooks for patrons at the Home Cafe in Conrad. (photo credit: Gus Chambers)

On this episode, “Backroads” visits the Home Cafe in Conrad, where every Tuesday is Thanksgiving.For more than 60 years, the owners have served up succulent turkey and all the trimmings to their friends and neighbors in this area of north-central Montana.

You'll also meet a Baker man who wants to bring the growing “Fastest Gun in the West” shooting sport to Montana. Dan Lagasse is working with the World Fast Draw Association to get Montanans interested in the growing and exciting skills competition of shooting quickly and accurately.

 Arlee may be part of Indian Country on the Flathead Reservation, but there’s also an East Indian cultural area that’s welcoming visitors. The Garden of 1,000 Buddhas, just north of Arlee, hopes to awaken your inner peace, joy, wisdom and compassion.

Next, the Backroads crew travels to Vida, a small town between Circle and Wolf Point, in search of a mysterious sound that some locals are aware of. While searching, we learn the history and sense of community of a small eastern Montana town.

Marcus hosts the program from Glendive. For years, the volunteer members of the Glendive Medical Center Auxiliary have raised money for their local hospital. Their thrift store, The Attic, has proven to be profitable for the volunteers and the hospital, raising nearly $3 million that has helped bring in equipment such as a new mammogram machine.

“Speed of Sound” will re-air at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 17, and at 5 p.m. Sunday, May 20.

MontanaPBS (KUFM-TV in Missoula, KUSM-TV in Bozeman, KUKL-TV in Kalispell, KBGS-TV in Billings, KUGF-TV in Great Falls and KUHM-TV in Helena) is a service of the University of Montana and Montana State University. For more information, visit the MontanaPBS website.

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