Linda Smith


Hannah Soukup



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Linda Smith discusses her involvement with the Montana Public Radio show, In Other Words from the mid-1980s to the early 2000s. She describes her interest in radio which started during her childhood. Smith details her career as a printer for an alternative paper, The Rag, in Austin, Texas, before moving to Missoula, Montana, and starting an all-women print shop. She talks about how she came to work on In Other Words when it was in jeopardy of being shut down, and how the show as partly funded by Women's Opportunity and Resource Development [WORD] various careers including her transition from newspaper printing to In Other Words, a radio show hosted in Missoula, Montana. Smith discusses the need for women to be able to comfortable speaking in public and to work collaboratively with one another. She describes her involvement in the feminist movement in Missoula through the radio show, and her thoughts on the future of feminism and women’s involvement in politics.


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Document Type

Oral History


Radio hosts, Women, Montana; Broadcasters, Women; Montana Public Radio In Other Words; The Rag; Alternative newspapers; Women’s movement, 1970s; Reproductive rights; Women’s rights; Peace Corps; Feminist movement; Counter-culture movement; Protests; Austin, Texas; Missoula, Montana; Radio, Montana; Feminist media; Women’s Opportunity and Resource Development [WORD]; Bryony Schwan; Women’s Voices for the Earth [WVE]; Janet Scott; Jane Ragsdale; Rita De Andrea

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

In Other Words Oral History Project, OH 457, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 /

Oral History Number

OH 457-001

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 MP3 (01:15:27 min.): digital + 1 transcript (16 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:15:27 minutes

Local Filename

OH_457_001.mp3; OH_457_001.pdf