Micah Schweizer

Cultural Affairs and Production Director

Phone: 307-766-3587
Email: mschweiz@uwyo.edu

 

Micah Schweizer oversees podcast productions at Wyoming Public Media, including HumaNature and The Modern West, as well as arts and culture programming. You can also catch him spinning music on Wyoming Sounds and hosting broadcasts of the Grand Teton Music Festival and the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra.

He started his career at Wisconsin Public Radio, and before moving to Wyoming, Micah worked as an award-winning reporter, producer, and host in Indiana. He has contributed to networks including NPR, CBC Radio Canada, and the BBC World Service. During the 2008 presidential primaries, he was a recurring guest on WNYC’s news show The Takeaway

Micah’s work at Wyoming Public Media has garnered wide recognition, including a 2016 Best Interview award and multiple Best Station Podcast awards from the Public Media Journalists Association. He has also served as a mentor for dozens of student interns from the University of Wyoming.

Micah received his B.A. in French and German from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. Before working in media, he was a public school teacher. He lives in Laramie with his wife and is an active local musician.

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Journalists with APM Reports have been investigating a pattern of abuse and harm at juvenile treatment centers run by Sequel Youth and Family Services. The company has facilities across the country, including one in Wyoming. Reporter Tennessee Watson teamed up with APM Reports to look at Wyoming's response to concerns about Sequel's facility in Sheridan and brings us this story.

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The coronavirus pandemic has been particularly disruptive for musicians. Some solo performers and small ensembles have figured out creative ways to keep performing, but for symphony orchestras, which can have upwards of 80 players on stage, the problem of safe performances is especially complex. As he explained to Wyoming Public Radio's Micah Schweizer, figuring out a way forward has been occupying University of Wyoming Symphony Orchestra conductor Michael Griffith's time. The Symphony has its first fall concert scheduled for October 1.

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Taxes Continue To Be A Hard Sell For Many Lawmakers

This week, Gov. Mark Gordon started addressing Wyoming's $1.5 billion shortfalls with $250 million in budget cuts.

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The Jackson Hole Center for the Arts has announced a new executive director. A native of Buffalo, Wyo., Marty Camino joined the Center in 2018 as events services director and has served as chief operations officer over the past year.

He spoke with Wyoming Public Radio's Micah Schweizer about stepping into the executive director role when much of the organization's programming has been rearranged by the pandemic.

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Limitations on in-person gatherings because of the pandemic has led to theatres closing-or rethinking how the show can go on.

Some theatres have, for the time being, moved productions from the stage to the internet. That's the case for Laramie-based Relative Theatrics, and the transition has led the company to hire a Director of Virtual Events. Noelia Berkes spoke with Wyoming Public Radio's Micah Schweizer about her new role and how theatre can benefit from a challenging time.

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July 19, 2020 marks the 110th anniversary of the Cathedral Home for Children, a youth residential treatment center in Laramie. A new book, Keeping the Promise: Cathedral Home for Children, tells the organization's history through interviews, photographs, and archival materials.

Former board member Sally Biegert and former executive director Robin Haas spent three years researching, writing, and designing the book. As they told Wyoming Public Radio's Micah Schweizer, the Cathedral Home's origin dates back to an unexpected encounter at the Lander train station in 1910.

A new documentary revealing one Marine's experience of the Vietnam War is screening in Cheyenne at the Terry Bison Ranch Drive-In on Sunday, July 19 at 9 p.m.

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The coronavirus pandemic has put an indefinite hold on live events, and musicians are among those losing out. So performers are turning to the internet as a virtual concert venue.

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A somewhat unusual instrument claimed first place in the annual Dorothy Jacoby Student Soloist Competition at the University of Wyoming in March. As she told Wyoming Public Radio's Micah Schweizer, Mikayla Peterson is the second saxophone player in her family to perform with the UW Symphony Orchestra in the concerto competition.

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Nearly 300 works of Western art go on display-and on sale-this weekend in Cheyenne as part of the 38th annual Western Spirit Art Show and Sale at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum.

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A series of online workshops is aiming to expand the number of successful applicants for the Wyoming Arts Council's Community Support Grants, which offer up to $20,000 for arts-related services. They're available to public and non-profit organizations, as well as fiscally-sponsored groups.

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October is coming to a close, which means Halloween is just around the corner and spooky stories are on the agenda. A little more than a decade ago, Joe Donnell was working as a park ranger Wasatch-Cache National Forest in Utah. One of his responsibilities was to manage the trail grooming program for the national forest – meaning he’d be high up in the mountains in the dead of winter. His story begins with an abandoned car in deep snow.

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

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Ethan Russell, a multi Grammy nominated photographer, filmmaker and author talks about his work and his show 'The Best Seat in the House.' He is known as the only photographer to have shot album covers for The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and The Who. 

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Endangered Black-Footed Ferrets Have A Chance At A Comeback

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Wyoming Lawmakers Still Working On Trumpcare

Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney helped her party pass a historic bill to unwind Obamacare this week, but its chances of passage in the Senate remain far from certain. Matt Laslo has the story from Washington.

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The era of the mountain man was brief—the high point of the Rocky Mountain beaver fur trade was between 1820 and 1840. But the period still holds fascination today. Clay Landry has written extensively on the subject.

He’ll be speaking on non-fiction writing at the Wyoming Writers Conference June 2-4 in Gillette. As Landry told Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer, he recently served as a historical advisor for the 2016 film The Revenant.

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Doomed love is the theme of this week’s University of Wyoming Symphony Orchestra 2016-17 season finale. It includes Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet, as well as works by four other composers, including recent UW eminent composer in residence, Libby Larsen.

Four recipients of the 2016 Governor’s Arts Awards have been announced. Two recipients are from Jackson: author, art historian, and curator Adam Duncan Harris, and arts advocate Tim Sandlin. Marianne Vinich is a visual artist and art teacher from Lander.

And a posthumous award has been given to Forrest Mars, Jr., the Mars candy bar heir and arts patron from Big Horn who died last July at age 84.

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GOP Politicians Won't Keep The Sage Grouse From Listing

Wyoming Republicans were dealt a setback in their efforts to keep sage grouse off the federal endangered species list. Correspondent Matt Laslo has the story from Washington. 

 

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The celebrated Wyoming artist Neltje has led a storied life. Her new memoir, North of Crazy, chronicles her journey from high society to the high plains.

As the daughter of famed publisher Nelson Doubleday, Neltje had a privileged upbringing, growing up in her family’s homes in New York, Long Island, and South Carolina.

But as an adult, she left society life and moved to her adopted home near Sheridan, where she still lives. Neltje spoke with Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer.

A new anthology of Wyoming writers offers a current snapshot of the state’s literary tradition. The book’s release is being celebrated with readings and book signings in six communities around the state.

‘Blood, Water, Wind, and Stone’ features the work of more than 70 poets, fiction, and non-fiction writers. Editor Lori Howe says the title reflects the overall theme that runs through the anthology.

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Wyoming Lawmakers Worry About Last Minute Obama Regulations

With President Obama heading out of office soon Wyoming lawmakers fear he’s preparing a slew of executive orders that could hurt the economy out west. Matt Laslo has the story from Washington.   

 

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According to demographers, small town America is in trouble. Populations are aging and shrinking, as young people leave for the big city. But that’s not the whole picture. In her new book, Julianne Couch draws on her own experience to paint a portrait of nine small towns in Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, and Wyoming—specifically Centennial.

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The Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, Jane Chu, was recently in Laramie. The visit was one of hundreds of trips Chu has made to communities around the country to see first-hand the role the arts are playing. Chairman Chu stopped by our studios to talk with Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer.

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The University of Wyoming Symphony Orchestra begins its new season under the direction of a guest conductor. As part of a so-called ‘podium exchange,’ UW Symphony director Michael Griffith conducted an American piece in Brazil.

On Thursday, Brazilian conductor Carlos Henrique Costa will conduct two works from his home country in Laramie. One piece, Museu da Inconfidência, by César Guerra-Peixe, draws on folkloric styles. The other piece, Psalmus, by living composer João Guilherme Ripper, reflects the modern urban experience.

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After more than 40 years of hosting ‘A Prairie Home Companion,’ Garrison Keillor is handing the show over to his hand-picked successor, mandolinist Chris Thile, who debuts as the show’s new host this weekend.

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Representatives from the National Endowment for the Arts are in Laramie for a public event this evening. Chairman Jane Chu and Wyoming Arts Council Executive Director Michael Lange will host a town hall reception at the Gryphon Theatre at 6 p.m in honor of the NEA's 50th anniversary and Chu's first visit to Wyoming.

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