Features

Western films are iconic like Stagecoach, The Magnificent Seven and High Noon. But has the Western genre lost its popularity in the modern days of the Avengers and superheroes? Wyoming Public Radio's Kamila Kudelska asked film critic, Dr. Andrew Patrick Nelson, whether the genre is really dying or just changing?

Opera Wyoming

Friday evening, Casper residents can experience the first performance of the newly created Opera Wyoming.

Craig Hella Johnson
James Goulden

Considering Matthew Shepard is a three-part oratorio responding to Matthew Shepard's 1998 murder. Released in 2016, the piece moves through the events of Shepard's life and death using a chorus and a chamber ensemble. It was written by composer Craig Hella Johnson. During the 20th anniversary of Shepard's death, Johnson has toured the work around the country and will perform it in Laramie October 6, the day Shepard was robbed and beaten. Reporter Cooper McKim speaks with Johnson about the work and the role of art around Shepard's death.

James Goulden

The three-part oratorio Considering Matthew Shepard moves through the life and death of Shepard and the resulting trial alternating in genre and perspective throughout. The large-scale composition written for an orchestra and chorus was written by Craig Hella Johnson. The piece touches on western themes, religious ones, as well as focusing on Shepard's humanity.

Feb 2018 Conspirare Performance -- Craig Hella Johnson, composer of Considering Matthew Shepard
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It's been twenty years since the brutal murder of Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming. One legacy of his hate-motivated death is the wide collection of artistic responses.

A specific western furniture style was born in Cody in the 1930s. And for the past 30 years, its biggest fans have tried to spread it beyond the West by holding annual furniture expositions around the northwest Wyoming city. The style in question is an old-west, rustic look you might relate to the 1800s. Only when the community lost the exposition 15 years ago did locals realize what impact it had on the local economy.

Singer-Songwriter Leah Grams Johnson On Wyoming Sounds

Oct 3, 2018
Anna Rader

Leah Grams Johnson live on Wyoming Sounds recorded 10/03/18.  

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In her new book Girlhood in the Borderlands, associate UW professor Lilia Soto takes a deep look at the lives of teenage girls who grow up living between Mexico and the United States. In her research, she conducted interviews with teen girls who have "transnational" families, where loved ones live on both sides of the border.

Soto will be giving a talk about the book Wednesday, October 3 at 5 p.m. in the University of Wyoming Union East Ballroom as part of Hispanic Heritage month. She joined Wyoming Public Radio's Caroline Ballard for a conversation and said her own upbringing sparked her interest in the subject.

Novelist Alyson Hagy has been a professor at the University of Wyoming for 20 years and her last three novels were set in a realistic American West. But for her eighth novel, Scribe, Hagy ventures into very new territory, a dystopia in the Blue Ridge Mountain of Virginia, an area where Hagy spent her childhood. Wyoming Public Radio's Melodie Edwards asked Hagy where the inspiration for such a radical new direction came from. Hagy says it all started on a visit home.


The Worlds of Music program has brought folk music traditions and musicians from around the world to Wyoming for 23 years. The nonprofit’s next big program is a four-day event in Buffalo featuring the music of Quebec. Writer and musician David Romtvedt is the group’s founder. He spoke with Wyoming Public Radio’s Caroline Ballard about how making music can bring communities together.

Americana Band Dustbowl Revival On Wyoming Sounds

Sep 28, 2018
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Dustbowl Revival on Wyoming Sounds recorded on 09/28/18.

Singer-Songwriter Jason Tyler Burton On Wyoming Sounds

Sep 28, 2018
Anna Rader

Jason Tyler Burton on Wyoming Sounds recorded on 09/28/18.

Country Musician Miss V - The Gypsy Cowbelle On Wyoming Sounds

Sep 20, 2018
Mary Grace Bedwell

Miss V - The Gypsy Cowbelle on Wyoming Sounds recorded on 09/20/18.

University of Wyoming

The 2018-2019 Symphony Orchestra season at the University of Wyoming is shaping up to be a magical one. Literally. This season will have pieces inspired by famous magical stories such as “A Midsummer Night's Dream” and “The Nutcracker”.

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Earlier this year, the Trump Administration put its zero-tolerance policy into place at the border, leading to the separation of immigrant parents and children. Now some people are looking back at history to try to understand how this policy truly affects those involved. 

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Two professors from the University of Wyoming have created an original opera about the story of an unusual subject; the Rocky Mountain locust.

Shawn Parker

On October 5 through 7, the Sheridan WYO Film Festival will kick off its new event by showing Miss Snake Charmer. The world premiere will be in good company with 33 other films from all over the world. There were over 600 entrants from 54 countries.

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The independent film Neither Wolf Nor Dog is set to screen in Jackson this week. Set in Indian Country, it showcases Native actors and explores the history of the Wounded Knee massacre.

Courtesy Garrett Fisher

With rising global temperatures, glaciers are shrinking. Garrett Fisher is a pilot and photographer, and he recently set out to capture all of the glaciers in the Rocky Mountains while flying his plane, a two-seater built in 1949. His new book Glaciers of the Rockies is the result of the effort, and he told Wyoming Public Radio’s Caroline Ballard that there is something different about seeing the world from above.

Winston Churchill / Heather James Fine Art

Winston Churchill is known for being the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during World War II and helping lead the allied powers to victory. But in addition to being a statesman, Churchill was also an accomplished amateur artist, submitting his work to shows under pseudonyms.

Now, eleven of his paintings are on display at Heather James Fine Art in Jackson through September 16, and on September 11 there will be a reception for the exhibit. Churchill’s great-grandson Duncan Sandys is attending the reception. He spoke with Wyoming Public Radio's Caroline Ballard about what led Churchill to paint.

Singer-Songwriter Stoll Vaughan On Wyoming Sounds

Aug 31, 2018
Anna Rader

Stoll Vaughan on Wyoming Sounds recorded on 08/31/18.

Colorado Bluegrass Band Trout Steak Revival On Wyoming Sounds

Aug 29, 2018
Anna Rader

Trout Steak Revival on Wyoming Sounds recorded on 08/29/18

 

Pat Sansone Trio On Wyoming Sounds

Aug 24, 2018
Anna Rader

Pat Sansone Trio on Wyoming Sounds recorded on 08/24/18.

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Edward B. Stabler. 1.69.2641 Buffalo Bill Museum, Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Cody, WY

Theodore Roosevelt worked hard during his presidency to conserve the natural resources of the United States. As such, he was often traveling around the West. During these trips, he often went out on hunting expeditions.

Kamila Kudelska


The black-footed ferret is one of the fiercest, tiny predators. In the 1950’s scientists suspected the predators had gone extinct in the wild. But Corey Anco, the assistant curator of the Draper Natural History Museum, says in 1981 there was a new discovery.

The Oglala Lakota leader Crazy Horse helped lead The Battle of the Greasy Grass. That the tribe’s name for what non-Natives call the Battle of Little Big Horn. Crazy Horse has had many biographies written about him, but never from someone related to the leader.

Floyd Clown and William Matson have changed that.

The two have recently collaborated on a book, Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior’s Life and Legacy, an oral history of Crazy Horse from his direct decedents. Only recently has the family felt that it was time to tell their story.

Dewey Nicks

If you know the songs “A Taste Of Honey,” “Spanish Flea” or “This Guy’s In Love With You,” then you know Herb Alpert. 50-some odd years later and the jazz musician is still going strong, with new albums and a tour. 

A new music school is opening in Cheyenne, and it’s is different from most traditional music schools. 

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The town of Medicine Bow — population roughly 200 — nearly doubles in size every August for the Battle of Old Wyoming. It’s not a reenacted gunfight as the name might suggest, but a music festival where 24 bands play back-to-back 30-minute sets for 12 hours. 

Texas Western Swing Band Big Cedar Fever On Wyoming Sounds

Aug 6, 2018
Anna Rader

Big Cedar Fever on Wyoming Sounds recorded on 08/06/18.

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