The Modern West: Original Podcast Archive

From 2015-2019, The Modern West was a digest of existing news and cultural stories about Wyoming and the West. This page serves as an archive of those productions. 

To hear the current iteration of The Modern West, which features brand new stories exploring the evolving identity of the American West, click here or subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

The Modern West: Season 1 Preview

Aug 21, 2019

The Modern West is getting a reboot! New host, new theme music, and brand-new stories just for this podcast. Season 1 starts September 17.

The Modern West 52: Gone Fishin'

Jul 16, 2019

Nothing says summer like fishing.

The Modern West 51: Remembering World War II

Jul 2, 2019
MAGGIE MULLEN

A painting brings the attack on Pearl Harbor back to life, recalling the war years in Wyoming, and the story of a dramatic war-time prison break that only surfaced in recent years.  

Lawrence Todd

Archaeologists are in a race against time to document some artifacts found in the Mountain West.

The Modern West 49: Archaeology And Fossils, Part 1

Jun 5, 2019
COURTESY OF DENVER MUSEUM OF NATURE & SCIENCE

How archaeologists are trying to track down the remaining pieces of a mammoth found in Wyoming.

The Modern West 48: Zarif Khan

May 22, 2019
sheridanmedia.com

Here's the story of an early 20th century Pakistani immigrant who created a life in Wyoming and set the path for others to follow. 

The Modern West 47: Back In The Saddle

Apr 30, 2019
Willow Belden

It's horseracing season, but instead of thoroughbreds, meet America's original horse.

The Modern West 46: Critters

Apr 19, 2019
Denali National Park and Preserve

From the mighty moose to the tiny stone fly, scientists are learning more about the animals we live with in Wyoming. Meanwhile, in Idaho, a town is trying to get thousands of crows to move out of the neighborhood.

The Modern West 45: Winning Winter

Mar 26, 2019
Andrew Burr

Men and women skiers might race down the same mountain, but the prize money at the bottom isn’t necessarily the same. Plus, how ice climbing is warming to female climbers and a conversation with the women who made dog sled racing history.

The Modern West 44: High Country, High Voices

Mar 12, 2019
Opera Wyoming

New York, Milan…Casper? Opera comes to Wyoming.

The Modern West 43: Slippery Slope

Feb 22, 2019
KAMILA KUDELSKA

Ski season is upon us as the sport faces major changes: how climate change is affecting ski resorts and whether downhill skiing is turning into a sport reserved for the wealthy.

Taylar Dawn Stagner

How the University of Wyoming hopes to increase Native American student enrollment, and how public school curricula represent indigenous peoples.

NPS Climate Change Response

As the urgency around climate change increases, here’s a look at how the West is reacting.

The Modern West 40: More People, Less Affordable Housing

Nov 20, 2018
Bob Beck

The Mountain West's population boom is putting a squeeze on affordable housing. What's being done address the issue?

The Modern West 39: The Fight For Land Conservation

Oct 16, 2018
Public Lands in Wyoming
Bob Wick, BLM / Bureau of Land Management

Are public lands meant to be used or protected?

The Modern West 38: Grizzly

Sep 19, 2018
By Gregory "Slobirdr" Smith licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license

Context and controversy surrounding the delisting of the Yellowstone grizzly bear and this fall's proposed hunt.

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Public Domain

In the arid West, how do we manage the limited amount of water available to us? Exploring the complex issues of water…where it comes from, how it’s used, and who gets to use it.

The Modern West 36: Unexpected Migration

Jul 20, 2018
Moosejaw Bravo Photography

As climate change warms the West, birds of prey are moving north. What happens when an apex predator leaves its native hunting grounds?

The Modern West 35: Forgotten Women Of The West

Jun 21, 2018

From washing the army’s clothes to solving murders, three authors tell the stories of strong Western women.

Caroline Ballard

Nearly a quarter of Wyoming’s population is Native American. But how they are portrayed—by Natives and by whites—is complicated.

The Modern West 33: Women In Wyoming, Part 2

Apr 17, 2018
Neltje on her ranch in Banner, Wyoming.
LINDSAY LINTON BUK

More conversations from the series Women in Wyoming…about pushing boundaries and redefining what it means to live in the modern West. Featuring Neltje and Affie Ellis.

The Modern West 32: Women In Wyoming, Part 1

Mar 27, 2018
Nina (left) with her mother, Nimi (right) at Nimi's home in Casper, Wyoming.
LINDSAY LINTON BUK

Conversations from the series Women in Wyoming…about pushing boundaries and redefining what it means to live in the modern West. Featuring Nimi and Nina McConigley.

The Modern West 31: Cleaning Up Coal, Folly Or The Future?

Feb 21, 2018
Zach Frailey/Uprooted Photographer

Coal is cheap, abundant…and dirty. In a greening energy economy, is clean coal the answer?

The Modern West 30: Melting And Migration

Dec 19, 2017
JOE RIIS

This time, we visit melting ice fields, ask whether climate change is fueling summer fires, and step into the hooves of big animals as they migrate to winter ranges.

The Modern West 29: Home On The Range

Nov 21, 2017
Theo Stein / USFWS

There’s a reason the cowboy hat is a symbol of Wyoming: ranching is woven into the state’s cultural fabric. On this episode, we’ll take you out on the wide open Wyoming range.

The Modern West 28: Tiny Town, Big Bands

Oct 17, 2017
elkmountainhotel.com

In the mid-20th century, the little town of Elk Mountain, Wyoming drew crowds from miles and miles away to its summer dances on the bouncy floor at the Garden Spot Pavilion.

The Modern West 27: Dark Side Of The Moon

Sep 19, 2017
GreatAmericanEclipse.com

August’s total solar eclipse drew hundreds of thousands of people to Wyoming for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

The Modern West 26: Going To The Movies

Aug 15, 2017

Wyoming is the setting for many a Western—even if the films aren’t shot on location. But even if big studios pass the state by, Wyomingites are making their own movies. 

The Modern West 25: Take A Trip On The Lincoln Highway

Jul 18, 2017
ERIN DORBIN

The Lincoln Highway was the first road to run coast-to-coast. Join us for a road trip with stops at some of the quirkiest roadside attractions along Wyoming’s stretch of the highway. 

The Modern West 24: The Native West, Part 2

Jun 20, 2017
Melodie Edwards

Part two of a two-part series on the Wind River Reservation, focusing on housing issues on the increasingly populated Wind River Reservation. 

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