Open Spaces: Podcast

 

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

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Open Spaces February 15, 2019

Feb 15, 2019

On this episode, Wyoming has the most dangerous workplaces in the country. But a Wyoming law could be making it worse by making it hard for undocumented immigrants to get worker’s compensation. And we’ll hear about why the University of Wyoming is concerned about proposed changes to the federal guidelines concerning campus sexual assault. Also…acclaimed Mexican-American writer Luis Alberto Urrea tells the story of how he came to write his latest novel. And a bipartisan plan to make a land and water conservation fund permanent and a conversation with longtime lawmaker Eli Bebout.

Open Spaces February 8, 2019

Feb 8, 2019

On this episode, it seems like more anti-abortion bills are getting traction in the legislature, the question is why? Wyoming’s population has been decreasing for the past couple of years but we find there is a population that is growing in Cody. Kids can't vote but they can lobby for policy change. Those stories and the next edition of Story Corps from Jackson.

Open Spaces January 25, 2019

Jan 25, 2019

On this episode, how oil and gas permitting continued to occur on public lands while the shutdown was in full swing. Agencies that distribute food and food stamps say all the uncertainty about the government shutdown could mean people will get lost in the system. The 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp and CBD but Wyoming hasn't followed suit... will the legislature change that? We'll also hear about the efforts of lawmakers to improve Wyoming elections and hear an interview with the publisher of Native American comic books. Those stories and more.

Open Spaces January 18, 2019

Jan 18, 2019

On this episode, a decision at legislature about how to zone a new private school in Jackson and a uranium mine’s pursuit to solve its financial woes using acid. Following an officer-involved shooting, Laramie reckons with whether lethal force was really necessary. We'll join some bird lovers on one of the last rural bird counts in the U.S. And we’ll find out how Wyoming communities are recycling now that China is opting not to buy U.S. recycling materials. Those stories and more.

Open Spaces January 11, 2019

Jan 11, 2019

On this episode, during the partial government shutdown, the oil and gas industry says it’s feeling the impact but critics say the industry is still getting a better deal than most. The legislature is back in session and it's considering changing the way it raises taxes. And we will look at how the gender wage gap extends to some of Wyoming's pro skiers. Those stories and our latest I Respectfully Disagree.

Open Spaces December 21, 2018

Dec 21, 2018

On this episode, we will hear from Governor-elect Mark Gordon as he prepares for office. We will go to Cheyenne for a story about how trauma impacts sexual violence investigations. Wyoming is testing out new technology—a digital driver’s license. But not everyone is excited about it. Join us for these stories and more.

Open Spaces December 7, 2018

Dec 7, 2018

On this episode, Governor Matt Mead is wrapping up his final weeks and he’ll discuss some topics including his biggest disappointment. Farmers have been turning to Twitter to have conversations about mental health and depression. State lawmakers are looking at ways to reduce the prison population and if they don't… it'll be costly. Those stories and more. 

Open Spaces November 30, 2018

Nov 30, 2018

On this episode, Wyoming is looking at the high cost of health care and insurance. Mistrust between environmental groups and local government is keeping the Yellowstone Grizzly Bear in limbo. And we’ll explore why Washington DC lawmakers could learn from local collaborators working to solve wildlife and other controversial issues. Those stories, plus reports on oil prices and the 3rd annual conference for violence prevention and response in the state.

Open Spaces November 16, 2018

Nov 16, 2018

On this episode, Cloud Peak Energy is thinking of selling its company. Defense Secretary James Mattis visits Wyoming to meet with the Philippine Ambassador to U.S. about a pair of bells. In October, the Department of Workforce Services released a study on the gender wage gap in Wyoming. Now, legislators will have to decide what to do with that information. And the Albany County attorney discusses her release of a video to the media. Those stories and more.

Open Spaces November 9, 2018

Nov 9, 2018

On this episode, a story about the rise of oil and gas in Wyoming and why it’s happening. Does the presence grizzly bears actually affect the outfitter and guide industry? And a look at how one Wyoming School district is responding to the recently released school performance reports Those stories and a conversation with U.S. Representative Liz Cheney.

Open Spaces October 26, 2018

Oct 26, 2018

On this episode, we take a deeper look into how the Wyoming Game and Fish Department is funded and whether it needs to change. The coroner who attended Matthew Shepard’s funeral has never spoken to the media…until now. She says she has good reasons to believe it was a hate crime. We’ll also hear about reduced transparency in the Fish and Wildlife Service and less access to documents relating to the Endangered Species Act. We’ll also talk to the Libertarian candidate for governor and hear a spooky Halloween tale. Those stories and more. 

Open Spaces October 19, 2018

Oct 19, 2018

On this episode, we will revisit the story of the Westmoreland coal bankruptcy and what that means for the future. Republican candidate for Governor Mark Gordon joins us to discuss a variety of subjects including reducing spending in education. A one-hundred-year-old squabble between Wyoming and the Philippines over a pair of bells may finally get resolved. Plus stories on climate change and our latest "I Respectfully Disagree."

Open Spaces October 5, 2018

Oct 5, 2018

On this episode, we’ll bring you a special edition of Open Spaces, where we examine the legacy of the Matthew Shepard murder 20 years later. We’ll hear from three people who were involved in the case and what they think happened. Wyoming is known as the Equality State, but we’ll talk to LGBTQ folks about the homophobia they encounter on a daily basis. And we’ll find out how the arts have become so intertwined with the legacy of Matthew Shepard - starting with the Laramie Project and continuing to new works today. Those stories and more.

Open Spaces September 28, 2018

Sep 28, 2018

On this episode, we will look at an effort to reduce the numbers of people going to prison. A story on to what degree is the Hathaway Scholarship is actually increasing access to higher education in Wyoming. A new kind of toilet may be coming to a national park near you. But be prepared for something different. Those stories and more.

Open Spaces September 14, 2018

Sep 14, 2018

On this episode, Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Mary Throne will join us and talk about her plans for the state. Around 30 million dollars will be removed from Bank of the West following its turn away from fossil fuels. But one city, surrounded by oil and gas, is not planning to punish its local branch. As young people move away in greater numbers from Wyoming, a new study shows there might be a trend helping to save some small towns…an influx of Latino families. We will also have a feature on an opera whose theme is locusts. 

Open Spaces September 7, 2018

Sep 7, 2018

On this episode, we’ll have a couple of discussions on the topic of civil discourse and about the roots of civility’s decline. We'll hear from the Catholic Diocese of Cheyenne about justice for child sexual abuse victims in Wyoming. And we’ll learn more about a small, brown insect that could disappear with climate change. Those stories and more.

Open Spaces August 24, 2018

Aug 24, 2018

On this episode, the Trump administration's version of the Clean Power Plan was released this week and many are skeptical it will actually help coal. But some in the industry are hoping for the best. Coming up, what Albany County is doing to better serve juvenile offenders and reduce costs. And we'll hear about an unlikely solution fo drought in the West - the walking, talking ecosystem that is the beaver. Those stories and more.

Open Spaces August 17, 2018

Aug 20, 2018

On this episode, Governor Matt Mead signed the Indian Education For All Act into law. And Wyoming Humanities Council plans to help get that education into schools and libraries right away. We will have a special report on migrant education in the state. The Colorado Sun is a newspaper that cropped up after a number of journalists left the Denver Post. We will also re-visit our story on a new tourism at the University of Wyoming. And a special interview with musician Herb Alpert. 

On this episode, UW announced it is shutting down its biodiversity institute, sending mixed messages about the university’s commitment to community engagement. The University of Wyoming football team had one of the nation’s best defenses last year and hopes to get even better this season. And a story about local, agricultural entrepreneurs who have gone beyond wheat, wool, and seeds. Those stories and more.

Open Spaces July 27, 2018

Jul 27, 2018

On this episode, some reports predict a recession could come within the next 6 months to two years. Which may seem strange when the economy is doing so well. With the NFL pushing for a policy that says its players on the field must stand for the anthem, the political debate is a familiar story to 14 black men that once played football at the University of Wyoming. And we’ll tag along with some Game Wardens as they compete in a series of competitive games. Those stories and more. 

Open Spaces July 20, 2018

Jul 20, 2018

On this episode, the Endangered Species Act is in the news this week and Senator Barrasso wants to give more power to states. A new project spearheaded by the University of Wyoming is trying to create a new niche ag market for the state. In Wyoming’s lake mud are thousands of years worth of history… and tiny microbes are the memory keepers. Plus interviews with two more political candidates. Those stories and more.

Open Spaces July 13, 2018

Jul 13, 2018

On this episode, we will hear from Republican candidate for Governor Taylor Haynes who says he will bring a conservative and constitutional approach to the governor’s office. Senator Barrasso argues that Republicans did the right thing by trying to get rid of the Affordable Care Act. And the fly fishing community has found itself in the middle of a heated debate about what it means to be an ethical angler. What started it all? A magazine cover. Those stories and more. 

Open Spaces June 29, 2018

Jun 29, 2018

On this episode, Wyoming’s second largest industry – travel and hospitality – tries to navigate legal immigrants to compensate for the decreasing available local workforce. A lengthy battle between Campbell County and a coal company has ended with few happy; but it could lead to a change in laws around ad valorem taxes. Wyoming farmers and nutrition groups around the state are collaborating to solve problems of hungry and a lack of access to healthy foods. Those stories and an interview with Republican candidate for Congress Rod Miller.


 

On this episode, we bring you a civil discourse between a Muslim community member and a man who started the Facebook page Stop Islam In Gillette. The idea of the conversation was just to get two people sitting in the same room. But it ends up going farther, bringing up painful encounters. And there are glimmers when these diametrically opposed men are able to acknowledge mistakes they made along the way. A conversation not to be missed.

Open Spaces June 15, 2018

Jun 15, 2018

On this episode, guns are now allowed in schools with school board approval, but in Evanston some say the district is moving too fast. Lots of scientists depend on Wyoming’s public lands to do their research. And a story about a proposed coal bailout. Those stories and a conversation with a candidate for Governor Mark Gordon.

Open Spaces June 8, 2018

Jun 8, 2018

On this episode, we will hear Republican Sam Galeotos and Democrat Mary Throne discuss their bids for governor. We will also look into the arrival of a threatening disease to Wyoming that could wipe out whole colonies of bats. We will look into the work of a fire meteorologist. And have a discussion about graduation standards. Those stories and more.

Open Spaces June 1, 2018

Jun 1, 2018

On this episode, to the dismay of some, Wyoming is moving forward with a grizzly bear hunt. We’ll hear about the first utility-scale solar facility and what it means for Wyoming’s solar industry. And a new exhibit at Heart Mountain showcases watercolors by one of the few white women incarcerated in the Japanese-American internment camps during World War II. Those stories, plus conversations with Foster Friess about his campaign for Governor and a Jackson-based polar explorer – it’s all ahead.

Open Spaces May 18, 2018

May 18, 2018

  

On this episode, observers say that better treatment options could reduce Wyoming’s prison population. In our ‘Faces Behind The Fire’ series, we’ll meet an archaeologist who works with firefighters each summer, saving Wyoming’s precious artifacts from destruction. We’ll also go in search of an owl that’s become harder to spot as climate change has dried up its habitat. We chat with U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue…and discuss some possible changes to the University trustee’s powers of authority. Those stories and more.

Open Spaces May 11, 2018

May 11, 2018

  

On this episode, the Wind River Reservation tribes have collaborated to pass a law combating violence against women. A geyser that’s normal inactive in Yellowstone National Park has erupted four times in the last 2 months. Does this mean doomsday is near or is it normal? A story about a 50-million-year-old mammal found in a southwest Wyoming quarry and why it's so valuable. Plus Congress has crafted a water bill that could have lots of support in Wyoming. Those stories and more.

Open Spaces May 4, 2018

May 4, 2018

On the episode, the governor's economic diversity council says Wyoming's adults need to go back to school and that the state should help pay for it. We will have a story about the likely bankruptcy of the eight largest coal producer in the country due in part to a market strategy. We’ll hear voices from the commemoration of the 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty. And speak with Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Gary Trauner. Those stories and more. 

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