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Open Spaces: Podcast

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

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    Today on the show, a challenge to Wyoming's abortion ban is now headed to the state's supreme court. We head to the one clinic that provides medical abortions in the state. Some precious metals dealers have seen a recent uptick in people interested in alternative currencies as inflation has risen. We'll hear an interview with Aziz Abu Sarah. He recently came to Wyoming to talk about his life work - helping people across the globe understand each other and let go of hate. Those stories and more.
  • Today on the show, we'll float down the Snake River with the Wyoming Game and Fish, trying to get a better understanding of cutthroat trout. Wyoming's new congresswoman Harriett Hageman speaks to us about her plans for her new position. And we tag along for two different contests…. we'll taste test tap water in our region, and visit a mustache competition in Casper. Those stories and more.
  • Today on the show, hay prices are at an all time high, mostly because of inflation, and it's costing farmers more than ever to produce hay. We take a look at how Wyoming's economy is faring since COVID-19. And we'll hear how the Wyoming Department of Health is prioritizing behavioral health care. Those stories and more.
  • I'm Bob Beck. I'll be wrapping up my career in a couple of weeks and folks asked me to bring you a few stories from my time here at the station. We'll remember a crash that killed 8 cross country runners. Also a look back at the Matthew Shepard murder. But I'll also bring you stories about a Choir Director turned weightlifter, bullfighters, and the kindness ranch. Join me as I bring you some stories from my past.
  • Today on the show, a conflict over public lands access in Wyoming and why four hunters are being charged in federal court for trespassing without stepping foot on private land. The author of a book of essays notes that Wyoming people can be part of the solution. The Wyoming State Fair is holding up better than some of its counterparts in other parts of the country. Plus Wyoming's nuclear future. Those stories and more.
  • Today on the show, we'll hear about how more and more livestock are suffering and dying from heat stress as the climate heats up. The Northern Arapaho are asking the state to create a law that helps protect Indigenous children involved in custody proceedings. And we'll hear about a new book that looks at our relationship with public lands and wild horses. Those stories and more...
  • Today on the show, we will review efforts to remove election powers from the Secretary of State's office following the election of Chuck Gray. Wyoming is a top producer in the fossil fuel industry. Congress is pushing the state to take a harder look at how the industry impacts climate change. And food banks across the region are facing shortages. Those stories and more.
  • Today on the show, A playwright reading based on the life of a Wyoming man who openly crossdressed will tour the Cowboy state. Recreational trails - like for hiking or biking - are all over the state…but some are better than others. One community is beginning to refurbish its old trails. A look at an affordable housing development at the Teton County fairgrounds. Those stories and more.
  • Today on the show An Arapaho headdress is in a London museum, and a young Indigenous law student is helping bring it back. A new University of Wyoming poll confirms that things don't look good for Liz Cheney. Western communities are trying to crack down on human-bear conflicts, but that's a tall task. And a look at the Wyoming Cowboys football team. Those stories and more.
  • Today on the show, the latest look at the primary race for Liz Cheney's at-large House seat. The states that rely on the Colorado River are under pressure to make huge cuts in water use or face a federal crackdown. In Colorado, providers are seeing a sharp rise in demand from out-of-state patients, including some from Wyoming. Those stories and more.
  • In this episode, Wyoming's abortion ban was put on hold this week the same day it was supposed to go into effect. Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney knows her re-election is an uphill battle. A program that helps new moms on the Wind River Reservation just lost funding. And a debate over controlling mosquitoes. Those stories and more.
  • In this episode, we will speak to state superintendent Brian Schroeder about his election campaign and what he thinks about consolidating school districts. Voters tell us what keeps them up at night. And Wyoming has one of the oldest drum and bugle corps in the nation. Plus a discussion about Wild Horses. These stories and more.