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A news and public affairs program about Wyoming and the West.

  • Today on the show, an alleged child assault in a Cody elementary school has parents saying the safety systems that are set up aren't working. Wyoming Rocky Mountain Power customers will see their bills go up again in January. But state officials are still figuring out just how much is fair. The Municipality Equality Index scores cities on how well they serve LGBTQ+ residents. Some of those cities are using their scorecard as a blueprint for progress. And a conversation with Wyoming Representative Harriet Hageman about her reflections from nearly a year in Congress. Those stories and more.
  • This week, we reach beyond our studios and bring you interviews from Wyoming PBS' Wyoming Chronicle. At one point, the Wyoming Cowboys were an NCAA Division One baseball team. And Jeff Houston was one of the best players they had. He came to Laramie from Arizona. Fossil fuels are an important industry for the state. But as the nation is trying to move away from relying on oil, the state says it's important to diversify. An interview with a historian on the history of oil in Wyoming from 2010.
  • This week we reach beyond our studios and bring you interviews from Wyoming PBS’ "Wyoming Chronicle." Almost everyone in the state has a story of hitting wildlife while driving or a really near miss. How some in the state are working to make that less common. And, back in 2011, Palestinian-American poet Naomi Shihab Nye came to Wyoming. We revisit that interview as a new conflict in the region flares up.
  • Today on the show, the Endangered Species Act became law 50 years ago. Since then, hundreds of species have been put under its protection. Wyoming and the West are home to many of them. We’re taking time this week to tell the stories of a few of the fish, insects, and mammals that call the state home. We’ll learn about a tiny fish that only lives in a thousand-foot stretch of stream in Western Wyoming and nowhere else. A small toad that was thought to be extinct is now making a comeback thanks to partnerships between conservationists and landowners. Grizzly bears are expanding outside of the ecosystems set aside for them and some communities are preparing for their arrival. Those stories and more.
  • The bison, also known as the American buffalo, is an iconic animal of the West. But its path has been a fraught one. We’re going to take a look back at reintroducing bison in Wyoming. We look at why the bison quarantine program started. We go back to when we attended the first bison release on the Wind River Reservation - a long time goal for both the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes. We look at what the current management of the bison looks like now and its plan for the future. And we’ll wrap up with an exclusive interview with filmmaker Ken Burns on his most recent documentary, "The American Buffalo." Those stories and more.
  • On today’s show, we remember Mathew Shepard - a gay University of Wyoming student murdered 25 years ago this month. His death impacted Laramie, Wyoming, and the nation, symbolizing the oppression and violence faced by gay and other marginalized Americans. We’re going to do things a little differently by playing stories from Wyoming Public Radio’s 10th and 20th anniversary coverage and new reporting from this year, including checking in on the impact this coverage had on an AP reporter, 20 years later, the autopsy was released and we spoke to the coroner, and we go around the UW campus to see if college students think Laramie has changed. We also speak with Judy Shepard, who is Mathew’s mother. Those stories and more.
  • Today on the show, we go to a public meeting in Big Piney where the Bureau of Land Management discusses its draft plan for managing federal land in southwest Wyoming. And there’s a lot of misinformation. We will hear about the state of internet in Wyoming, and the conversation it's sparked around large federal projects. An educational event on the Wind River Reservation connected local high schoolers with their Native roots. And anglers across the West love to fish in high alpine lakes. But how those trout got there is anything but natural. Those stories and more.
  • Today on the show, many people who hunt and fish are using new technology to connect with private landowners. In Teton County, a new nonprofit will offer low-cost legal help to the growing immigrant community. And, the feds announced more than 10 million dollars of funding for sagebrush ecosystem conservation across the West. How will the money be used on the Wind River Reservation? Those stories and more.
  • This week, we reach beyond our studios and bring you interviews from Wyoming PBS’ Wyoming Chronicle. The United States Constitution was signed in Philadelphia in September 1987. 234 years later, we visit Sheridan High School to hear the students in the We The People program. And, a building known as "Old Stoney" in Sundance was destined to be demolished. But then the community came together to save it.
  • Today on the show, Wyoming ranchers, lawmakers and conservationists met to discuss the future of the state’s water. Ukrainian refugees are calling Jackson home while they wait for the war to end. But, for some, leaving their country meant growing their families. Earlier this month, a legend in Wyoming sports history passed away. We spoke to those who remember Paul Roach. And, we head to Sheridan to visit the new Northern Cheyenne Medicinal Garden. Those stories and more.
  • Today on the show, we hear about a group of women who climbed Wyoming’s second-highest peak to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the mountain’s first known female ascent. And about cyclists and hikers from across the world who are following the Continental Divide to an old gold mining town in Wyoming. The University of Wyoming Cowboys football team kicks off their season this week. And there’s a lot of optimism in Laramie about this year. And, a new documentary focuses on how Wyoming can try to reduce suicides. Those stories and more.
  • This week, we reach beyond our studios and bring you interviews from Wyoming PBS’ Wyoming Chronicle. If you’re a fan of Wyoming football or basketball you’ll recognize the voices of these two... We’ll hear from the University of Wyoming’s sports broadcasters Dave Walsh and Kevin McKinney. Plus we learn about a woman-run and invested Language AI company located in Cheyenne.