Mixtape: Dreams

Jan 15, 2019
Anna Rader

Dreams might be portents, or they might be random scatterings of light as the brain removes plaque. Sleep well.

Mixtape: Tessa's Breakup

Jan 15, 2019
Anna Rader

Heartbreak shatters us open. This is the story of Tessa.

Mixtape: New Beginnings

Jan 15, 2019
Anna Rader

You know how before digital streaming and CDs, people used to make mixtapes for each other? The next hour is the radio version of that.

Mary Beth Coyne

Last February, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort launched a new extreme skiing and snowboarding competition. 18 men and seven women competed to be crowned the King and Queen of Corbet's. At the awards ceremony, the top male won $5,000 more than the top female finisher. The incident drew attention to the fact that there's nothing in place to guarantee equal prizes in big mountain freeskiing.

Caroline Ballard

The population in Tie Siding, Wyoming is technically zero - it's basically just a post office that serves homes and ranches in this part of southeast Wyoming. Even though the population is tiny, there is not one but two popular mystery writers living there. And they're married to each other.

Jen Tennican

A Jackson Hole documentary filmmaker, Jennifer Tennican, is premiering her film "Hearts of Glass" at the Wild and Scenic Film Festival in Northern California later this month. The film follows the trials of the first 15 months of the Vertical Harvest project.

Laramie Folk Band The Woodpile On Wyoming Sounds

Dec 14, 2018
Mary Grace Bedwell

Laramie folk band The Woodpile for the Wyoming Public Radio & Media Holiday Open House. Recorded on Wyoming Sounds on 12/14/18.

Vote For The Best Music Of 2018

Dec 7, 2018

Do you have favorite albums from this year? Now's your chance to tell us! One vote per person please and the deadline is midnight on December 27. We’ll play back all your favorites on Wyoming Sounds, Monday, December 31 and Tuesday, January 1 from 9 a.m. to noon.

A paper published in BioScience looks at how poetry can be used to teach scientific concepts and how researchers can use poetry to gain a new perspective.

Hunter Old Elk

For the past 15 years, the Plains Indian Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West welcomes high school students from the St. Labre Indian School located in Montana. In two days, the students pick objects from the museum’s archive and learn the process of creating an exhibit. Wyoming Public Radio’s Kamila Kudelska spoke with St. Labre teachers, Philippe Franquelinand Cecilia Thex on the exposure a program like this gives high school students.

Jordan Dresser

A new museum installation called "Arapaho Roots" is opening November 17 in Colorado at the Museum of Boulder. The pieces will be animated Arapaho stories put up on screens throughout the museum. 

Quadra Dangle Turns 90

Nov 9, 2018

It's unusual for a square dance club to own a building—usually, folks gather to dance in community centers or other borrowed spaces. But in Laramie, the Quadra Dangle Square Dance Club owns its own space. This year, the building on the east side of town turns ninety.

Tim Lawson

Tim Lawson is a nationally recognized painter. He grew up in Sheridan and has recently moved back, after living all over the U.S. Now, his hometown is celebrating his work with a show at SAGE Community Arts. The exhibition runs through January 2. On Thursday, November 15, Lawson will give an artist talk at the WYO Theatre, followed by a reception at SAGE. Wyoming Public Radio's Erin Jones spoke with Lawson.

Paula Wilson-Caziér

The public will have an opportunity to view artwork from the Laramie area Saturday, November 10 and Sunday, November 11. The event, called Touchstone Laramie, will take place at the Fairfield Inn and Suites and feature work from nearly 40 professional artists.

Courtesy of Discovery Channel

A new Discovery Channel show features one of Wyoming’s own. Ashley Hlebinsky is the curator of the Cody Firearms Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West and is now a judge on “Master of Arms” as well.

Denver-Based Indie Rock Band Wildermiss On Wyoming Sounds

Nov 1, 2018
Anna Rader

Wildermiss live on Wyoming Sounds recorded 11/01/18.

Oregon State University Press

A full-color atlas of Wyoming's big game migrations is now on bookshelves. It's called Wild Migrations and uses maps to reveal the complex world that wildlife navigate in order to survive.

Public Domain

Most people know John Wesley Powell as the first man to travel through the Grand Canyon. However, as author of The Promise of the Grand Canyon: John Wesley Powell’s Perilous Journey and His Vision for the American West, John F. Ross found out that adventure inspired Powell to re-envision water usage in the West. 


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.

Kids! It's almost Halloween, but this year your spooky shenanigans can last longer than October 31. The Cheyenne Youth Short Film Festival presents the 2018 Fear Film Fest. Anyone under 18 from anywhere in Wyoming is invited to create their own suspense/thriller film.

Robert Eddy


The University of Wyoming Symphony Orchestra will premiere a new composition Thursday, October 25 at 7:30 p.m. at UW’s Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts. The performance of Gwyneth Walker’s Earth and Sky will include multimedia elements including projections and narrators. The triple concerto will feature the Musica Harmonia string trio with the UW Symphony. As Walker told Wyoming Public Radio’s London Homer-Wambeam, Musica Harmonia commissioned the piece.

Tom Mangelsen

Photographer Tom Mangelsen may be most known for introducing the world to grizzly bear 399 but he hasn’t only photographed wildlife in the states. A new exhibit, Tom Mangelsen: A Life in the Wild showcases 40 of his most iconic works.

Singer-Songwriter Lang Termes On Wyoming Sounds

Oct 22, 2018
Melaina Nielson

Lang Termes live on Wyoming Sounds recorded 10/12/18.

Austin, Texas Folk Grass Band Steel Betty On Wyoming Sounds

Oct 19, 2018
Anna Rader

Steel Betty live on Wyoming Sounds recorded 10/19/18.

Western films are iconic like Stagecoach, The Magnificent Seven and High Noon. But has the Western genre lost its popularity in the modern days of the Avengers and superheroes? Wyoming Public Radio's Kamila Kudelska asked film critic, Dr. Andrew Patrick Nelson, whether the genre is really dying or just changing?

Opera Wyoming

Friday evening, Casper residents can experience the first performance of the newly created Opera Wyoming.

Craig Hella Johnson
James Goulden

Considering Matthew Shepard is a three-part oratorio responding to Matthew Shepard's 1998 murder. Released in 2016, the piece moves through the events of Shepard's life and death using a chorus and a chamber ensemble. It was written by composer Craig Hella Johnson. During the 20th anniversary of Shepard's death, Johnson has toured the work around the country and will perform it in Laramie October 6, the day Shepard was robbed and beaten. Reporter Cooper McKim speaks with Johnson about the work and the role of art around Shepard's death.

James Goulden

The three-part oratorio Considering Matthew Shepard moves through the life and death of Shepard and the resulting trial alternating in genre and perspective throughout. The large-scale composition written for an orchestra and chorus was written by Craig Hella Johnson. The piece touches on western themes, religious ones, as well as focusing on Shepard's humanity.

Feb 2018 Conspirare Performance -- Craig Hella Johnson, composer of Considering Matthew Shepard
Marlee Crawford / University of Mississippi

It's been twenty years since the brutal murder of Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming. One legacy of his hate-motivated death is the wide collection of artistic responses.

A specific western furniture style was born in Cody in the 1930s. And for the past 30 years, its biggest fans have tried to spread it beyond the West by holding annual furniture expositions around the northwest Wyoming city. The style in question is an old-west, rustic look you might relate to the 1800s. Only when the community lost the exposition 15 years ago did locals realize what impact it had on the local economy.