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Open Spaces: Podcast

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

Latest Episodes
  • On this episode, we will talk some about business, including the longtime discussion of how to diversify the economy. We'll hear about the worker shortage in southwest Wyoming. Some say the cause isn't just the pandemic — that there are other factors too. The Ucross Foundation is celebrating its 40th anniversary. Join us for those stories and a conversation with the Superintendent of Yellowstone National Park.
  • On this episode, when it comes to measuring drought, scientists are looking at four main numbers. Right now, they're all heading in the wrong direction. Wildfire seasons are getting more dangerous and more severe. But the federal government is losing experienced people to fight them. But the new infrastructure law hopes to change that. Plus a visit with State Health Officer Dr. Alexia Harrist. Those stories and a special from Montana Public Radio on the Fetterman massacre.
  • On this episode, Terra Power announced that a Natrium Nuclear Reactor is going to be placed in Kemmerer and the state senator from the area will join us to talk about it. Some are questioning whether it's ethical to get a booster vaccine. Climate change is impacting downhill ski season. Join us for those stories and more.
  • On this episode, we look back on the legislature's special session that led to just about nothing. Still, many legislators say it was a good idea. Many school districts are struggling with staffing shortages right now. That means teachers and principals are working overtime Climate change could be affecting big game animals... and hunting. Those stories and more.
  • On this episode, thanks to COVID-19, elective surgeries are hard to come by these days. In Jackson, there's another push for a real estate transfer tax. Reporter Cooper McKim visits Rock Springs to ask: what's next for Wyoming. We hear from a handful of locals who have many different opinions. Join us for those stories and more.
  • On this episode, we'll hear about one Wyoming county with no hospital and low COVID vaccination rates...many of the residents say they're skeptical of the vaccine. We will bring you another episode of the Kids Ask WhY podcast where kids talk about COVID-19 with a Wyoming doctor. Plus a conversation with Wyoming's House Minority Leader Cathy Connolly on a wide range of subjects including Juvenile Justice. Those stories and more.
  • On this episode, Wyoming National Guard whistleblowers are saying they got retaliated for trying to go down the official channels of reporting sexual harassment and workplace hostility complaints. Much of the water in the West is already designated in a deal that was made when there was a lot of precipitation. A climbing project outside the Wind River Reservation is years into planning. But the Tribes don't feel like they've been brought to the table. Plus an interesting conversation on the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women. Those stories and more.
  • On this episode, when it comes to kids back in the classroom, the coronavirus is one problem. Wildfire smoke is another. Much of the west is gripped in a historic drought. There are a lot of ideas for how to relieve it, some more feasible than others. In Teton County, crab apples are attracting bears... a team of entrepreneurs came up with an idea. Those stories and more.
  • On this episode, DACA recipients in Teton County can qualify to buy affordable housing. But some don't like it. Supporters say it benefits the community. Hospitals across the West are becoming overburdened with mostly unvaccinated COVID-19 patients. There's not much research into how wildfire smoke affects animals who spend most or all of their time outside, but one researcher has scratched the surface. We'll have those stories and a look at sundown towns in the Mountain West.
  • On this episode, a move by the Biden administration to mandate vaccinations for long-term care staff has worried officials in the state that it could increase an already existing staff shortage. We will also chat with the Natrona County Health Officer Mark Dowell about the reluctance to get vaccinations. Wyoming is welcoming legalized sports betting this month. Those stories and more.