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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.

Bob Beck has been News Director of Wyoming Public Radio since 1988. During his time as News Director WPR has won over 100 national, regional and state news awards.
Melodie Edwards is the host and producer of WPM's award-winning podcast The Modern West. Her Ghost Town(ing) series looks at rural despair and resilience through the lens of her hometown of Walden, Colorado. She has been a radio reporter at WPM since 2013, covering topics from wildlife to Native American issues to agriculture.
Based on Capitol Hill, Matt Laslo is a reporter who has been covering campaigns and every aspect of federal policy since 2006. While he has filed stories for NPR and more than 40 of its affiliates, he has also written for Rolling Stone, The Atlantic, Campaigns and Elections Magazine, The Daily Beast, The Chattanooga Times Free Press, The Guardian, The Omaha World-Herald, VICE News and Washingtonian Magazine.
Savannah comes to Wyoming Public Media from NPR’s midday show Here & Now, where her work explored everything from Native peoples’ fraught relationship with American elections to the erosion of press freedoms for tribal media outlets. A proud citizen of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe, she’s excited to get to know the people of the Wind River reservation and dig into the stories that matter to them.
Noah Glick is from the small town of Auburn, Indiana and comes to KUNR from the Bay Area, where he spent his post-college years learning to ride his bike up huge hills. He’s always had a love for radio, but his true passion for public radio began when he discovered KQED in San Francisco. Along with a drive to discover the truth and a degree in Journalism from Ball State University, he hopes to bring a fresh perspective to local news coverage.
Maggie Mullen is Wyoming Public Radio's regional reporter with the Mountain West News Bureau. Her work has aired on NPR, Marketplace, Science Friday, and Here and Now. She was awarded a 2019 regional Edward R. Murrow Award for her story on the Black 14.