November 8th, 2019

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Do E-Bikes Belong On Public Lands? Depends On Who You Ask

Electric bicycles, or e-bikes, as they’re known, are having a moment. Right now, they’re the fastest growing segment of the country’s bike market. But - what exactly are they? As Wyoming Public Radio’s Maggie Mullen reports, that question is at the heart of the debate over the Department of the Interior’s decision to allow them on public lands.

What Layers Of Ice In Glaciers Tell Us About Climate Change

Wyoming is one of the states with the most surviving glaciers in the lower 48 states. And trapped in the layers of all that ice is an intricate history of life on earth. During a visit to the University of Wyoming this week, Wyoming Public Radio’s Melodie Edwards sat down to talk with Nobel Peace Prize winning geoscientist Richard Alley about what this history tells us about climate change. 

Merging Western Science With Native Knowledge To Combat Climate Change

The climate crisis is threatening traditional ways of life throughout Indian Country.  Tribal leaders and scientists are working together to help reservations become more climate resilient. But as the Mountain West News Bureau’s Noah Glick reports, native voices believe indigenous science should play a greater role. 

Disability Expert Says The Issue Has Had A Troubling Past

The author of a book called A Disability History of the United States is visiting the University of Wyoming this week as part of a celebration of the Wyoming Institute for Disabilities. Kim Nielsen is a professor of Disability Studies at the University of Toledo. Her book was not planned.

Senator Enzi Says Budget Reform Is Historic

Wyoming senior Senator Mike Enzi may be retiring, but that doesn’t mean he’s relaxing in Washington these days. This week the Budget Committee that he chairs passed a historic, bipartisan proposal to reform how the entire federal government spends money, as Correspondent Matt Laslo reports from Washington.

'The Modern West' Hopes To Tell Richer And Honest Stories About Life In Wyoming And The West

If you listen to Wyoming Public Radio, you know doubt have heard the reoccurring promos for The Modern West. Some of you probably have checked the new and improved podcast out, but for the rest of you…podcast producer Melodie Edwards shifts into the guest chair to explain what it’s all about. 

"You Can Love Wyoming And Not See A Future There"

Around 60% of 18-24 year olds leave the state each year. So, Wyoming Public Radio has turned the microphone over to young people to talk about what’s behind their decisions to stay or go. Sarah Mock and Mackenzie Muirhead grew up in Cheyenne. Now, they both live across the country in Washington D.C. Sarah and Mackenzie say they both feel pulled to come back to Wyoming, but a lack of jobs in their chosen fields of journalism and international affairs, respectively, makes that dream unrealistic.

Award-Winning Play Examines Love And Technology In Its Wyoming Premier

An award-winning play has its Wyoming premier in Laramie. Madeleine George’s play The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence won an Outer Critics Circle Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2013. As Madeleine George told Wyoming Public Radio’s Megan Feighery, the inspiration came from the most unlikely of places.