Carroll Creates Podcast


Welcome to Carroll Creates, a podcast series that explores creativity within the Carroll community of faculty, students and staff.

We want to hear what Carroll folks have created and how. 

We hope that the stories you hear will inspire YOU to create something, whether that be to publish a book or a journal article, to develop a new app, or design your own product or solution. Learn from others and share back your own story.

Each episode delves into how a guest was inspired to create, what they did and how they went about it, as well as their advice to others. 

Episodes will end with a question or two related to library resources they have used and which they recommend you take advantage of. 

Listen to episodes in the podcast series on the audio player on the left side of this page.

Use the tabs at the top of the page to navigate to information about our guests featured in different episodes and show notes. 

Tell us what you think!

Episode Notes

Episode 1 featuring Dr. Jeanette Fregulia

Jeannette Fregulia

A Conversation with Dr. Jeanette Fregulia about her book, A Rich and Tantalizing Brew.

Dr. Fregulia is an Associate Professor of History at Carroll College and the Department Chair of History.

Find out more about Jeanette, the courses she teaches at Carroll College and the other work she's published, here:

Check out the recording here of Dr. Fregulia's related lecture she delivered in April 2020: "Coffee, for an addict like me, is the key to the day" - Mahmound Darwish. 


Show Notes

You can purchase A Rich and Tantalizing Brew at:

The print book is available for the public check out at Corette Library and at Lewis and Clark Public Library in Helena, Montana.

Our theme music, "A Magical Journey Through Space," is provided by Leonell Cassio through  Background music, "Pop Buzz" provided by Dave Miles through


Episode 2 featuring Dr. Lauri Travis


A Conversation with Dr. Lauri Travis about her work and her book, Arrowheads, spears, and buffalo jumps: Prehistoric hunter-gatherers of the Great Plains.

Dr. Lauri Travis is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Carroll College.

Lauri Travis received her PhD in anthropology from the University of Utah and now lives in Helena, Montana, where she runs her consulting business, Travis Archaeological Services LLC. Travis' consulting partner is Dax, an archaeological scent canine. Travis has worked in the Intermountain West for over three decades and leads research each summer in Montana's Big Belt Mountains. Her research concentrates on evolutionary ecology and human adaptation to past environmental change.

Find out more about Lauri, the courses she teaches at Carroll College and more of her work here:

If teachers want to arrange for Lauri and her bone-sniffing dog, Dax, to come visit their classroom, they can contact her through Travis Archaeological Services by email:


Show Notes

You can purchase Arrowheads, spears, and buffalo jumps: Prehistoric hunter-gatherers of the Great Plains at:

The print book is available for the public check out at Corette Library.

Our theme music, "A Magical Journey Through Space," is provided by Leonell Cassio through  Interview background music, "Wildman of Australia" provided by Audio Hero through


Episode 3 featuring Lorna Milne


A Conversation with Lorna Milne about her work and her book, Evelyn Cameron: Photographer of the West. Montana Center for the Book selected this title for state's contribution to the National Book Festival's "52 Great Reads," featured at the National Book Festival in 2018.

Lorna Milne was an English instructor at Carroll College for 30 years before retiring in 2019.

Lorna Milne grew up in eastern Montana, near the Camerons’ homesteads. She writes from Helena, Montana, on a small farm where she lives with her husband, Jon, and a sheep dog named Little Bear, along with assorted cats, chickens, ducks, turkeys, and an occasional peacock.  Milne has published essays and short stories in Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies, The Boston Globe Magazine, The Gettysburg Review, Walking, Orion, Highlights for Children, and The Sun.  In 2019, Milne retired from Carroll College where she taught writing and literature for 30 years. Milne holds a degree in journalism from the University of Montana-Missoula.  She is currently at work on a collection of essays. 

Find out more about Lorna and her work on her website:

You can check out this October 2019 article from the Independent Record to learn more about how Lorna became interested in her subject.


Show Notes

You can purchase Evelyn Cameron: Photographer on the Western Prairie at:

The print book is available for the public check out at Corette Library and at Lewis and Clark Public Library in Helena, Montana.

Our theme music, "A Magical Journey Through Space," is provided by Leonell Cassio through  Background music, "Comfort Blanket" provided by


Episode 4 featuring Joy Kelso


A Conversation with Joy Kelso, Master Chandler and owner of The Candle Shoppe,  Kelso’s business. Kelso graduated from Carroll in May 2020 and is a U.S. Army Veteran.

Kelso’s journey to opening The Candle Shoppe began as an apprentice before the 2008 recession where she began to learn the 600 year old German folk art of candle carving; a deployment, marriage, and graduation later, she enjoys running her candle business out of Helena. Kelso’s candles look like intricate works of art: she creates keepsake candles that can become family heirlooms. Kelso is grateful to JoanAnn at Kat's Candle Company for mentoring her as she began learning the art and making that business her own; her professors at Carroll provided expertise and advice that helped her actualize her dream of successfully running her own business.

Find out more about Kelso and view and purchase her beautiful candles on her online store:

You can also find Kelso and her candles on Facebook and Instagram


Show Notes

The episode’s background music, "Yellow Cafe," was created by Audio Hero and provided by

Episode 5 featuring Dr. Richard Buswell


A Conversation with Dr. Richard Buswell about his photography and his most recent book, Richard S. Buswell: Fifty Years of Photography, which was published in 2020. 

Dr. Buswell has been photographing Montana's ghost towns and homesteads for five decades. He is the author of several other books of his photography: What they left behind: Photographs; Close to Home: Photographs; Silent frontier: Icons of Montana's early settlement; Traces Montana's Frontier Re-visited; and, Echoes: A visual reflection. His photography has been collected by over 225 museums, nationally and internationally, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Corcoran Gallery of Art, and his photography has been purchased by the Yale University Collection of Western Americana. Buswell has had exhibits of work internationally as well as nationally, including Montana’s own The Holter Museum of Art and the Montana Museum of Art and Culture.

Dr. Buswell was born and raised in Helena, Montana, and is a retired Helena physician. Carroll College offers students a scholarship named in his and his wife’s honor, the Dr. Richard S. and Sue A. Buswell Endowed Scholarship. This scholarship was created in 2012 and is intended for a worthy sophomore, junior or senior Carroll student majoring in nursing who has demonstrated strong academic promise and exemplifies the quality and character of a student enrolled at Carroll.

For more information on Dr. Buswell’s most recent book, check out this news article from the Missoulian.

Check out Carroll Magazine’s Winter 2020 edition which features an article about Dr. Buswell as a healer and photographer.


Show Notes

You can purchase Dr. Buswell’s most recent book and his others at:

  • Montana Book Co. and other local bookstores (they can order it for you if they don't have it in store)

  • Amazon

  • And all other major retailers

The episode’s music track, "Jazzing Around" was created by Dave Miles and provided by

Episode 6 featuring Dr. Bob Swartout


A Conversation with Dr. Bob Swartout about his work and his book, Bold Minds & Blessed Hands: The First Century Of Montana's Carroll College, which was published in honor of the college celebrating its centennial anniversary.

Dr. Swartout, Jr. is Professor Emeritus of History, Carroll College, Helena, Montana, where he taught both United States and East Asian history from 1978 to 2014. Dr. Swartout has many publications alongside Bold Minds & Blessed Hands, including  Montana Vistas: Selected Historical Essays (Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1982); The Montana Heritage: An Anthology of Historical Essays, with Harry W. Fritz (Helena, MT: Montana Historical Society Press, 1992); Montana Legacy: Essays on History, People, and Place, with Harry W. Fritz and Mary Murphy (Helena: Montana Historical Society Press, 2002). Dr. Swartout has won numerous awards for teaching, including Carroll’s Outstanding Teacher Award for Research in 1997, the Distinguished Scholar Award in 2009, and the Outstanding Teaching Award in 2013 and the Governor’s Humanities Award by the state of Montana and Humanities Montana in 2013. The Dr. Robert Swartout Endowed Scholarship was created at Carroll in his honor; the scholarship is intended for a worthy student with a passion for history and who exemplifies the quality, character and academic promise of a student at Carroll College.

For a full biography of Dr. Swartout, see his page in Montana Tech’s Digital Commons.

To read more about Dr. Swartout discussing the process of creating Bold Minds & Blessed Hands, check out the following two news articles: “Carroll College writing saint” and “Carroll professor writes its history.

For a brief introduction to Carroll College’s history, check out the History section of the college website.


Show Notes

You can purchase Bold Minds & Blessed Hands on site and online from The Saints Shoppe, Carroll College’s bookstore.

The print book is available for the public check out at Corette Library. Several copies are also available for in-library use.

This episode was produced by Elizabeth Karr, and hosted by Heather Navratil. The episode's music track, “Mr. Mason” was provided by