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January 10th, 2020

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Two Wyoming Republicans Are Playing A Role In The Impeachment Debate

Two Wyoming lawmakers are playing key roles in the impeachment saga slowly unfolding in Washington. Correspondent Matt Laslo has the details from the nation’s capital.

William Ruckelshaus, Two-Time EPA Administrator And UW Institute Namesake, Remembered

The man known as the father of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency died on November 27th. His name may be a familiar one if you’ve been to the University of Wyoming: William Ruckelshaus - like the institute. The first ever EPA Administrator and one-time deputy attorney general fought for environmental protection and pushed back on President Nixon during the Watergate Scandal. He also had a connection to this state. Wyoming Public Radio’s Cooper McKim speaks with Harold Bergman - former director of the Ruckelshaus Institute. Bergman helps remember him.

Gillette College Virtual Reality Program Looks To Help With Mine Safety

In 2017 close to 40 percent of all fatalities and around a third of injuries at surface mines across the country involved mobile equipment. That’s according to the Mine Safety and Health Administration or MSHA. A big component for potential mobile equipment accidents is blind spots. So, a safety instructor at Gillette College is using virtual reality to train new and experienced miners to recognize the limits of their perspective. Wyoming Public Radio’s Catherine Wheeler has more.

Wind River’s Women And Girls Help Each Other Succeed In STEM

Across our state and around the country, schools are looking for ways to help female students succeed in the male-dominated fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. But at Wyoming Indian High School, girls are taking that initiative on their own. Wyoming Public Radio’s Savannah Maher has more. 

Yellowstone Wolves Mark 25 Years Back In The Park

On January 12th, 1995, the first truck loaded with grey wolves from Canada arrived in Yellowstone National Park. The reintroduction occurred after intense debate and serious scrutiny. The wolves reintroduction occurred nearly a century after park rangers helped exterminate the last wolves in Yellowstone. Wyoming Public Radio’s Jeff Victor has more.

25 Years Later, Livestock Producers Still Dealing With Depredation From Wolves

When wolves were reintroduced, livestock producers, outfitters and other people who live near the park waited to see what would happen. Wyoming Public Radio’s Kamila Kudelska reports on one group that hasn’t been too happy about the reintroduction: livestock producers. 

"You're Called Upon To Become An Elder": Alexandra Fuller's New Memoir Explores Grief

Writer Alexandra Fuller has penned numerous memoirs about her childhood growing up in war-torn Africa in a family constantly scrambling to find stability. And now Fuller has released a new book called Travel Light, Move Fast. It chronicles both her father’s death in a Budapest hospital and the horror of her son’s death soon after. Wyoming Public Radio’s Melodie Edwards sat down with Fuller at her home in Jackson to talk about how, as she gets older, it’s even more necessary to process such trauma by writing about it.

A Twist On 'Go West, Young Man'

A new novel tells the story of a newly-out transgender Harvard student who has to give everything up when his family and girlfriend reject him. He's broke and looking for a new start-so he heads to Wyoming. Continental Divide is partly based on the real-life experiences of author Alex Myers, who was the first openly transgender student at Harvard. He talked with Wyoming Public Radio's Erin Jones about Wyoming, masculinity, and writing a new kind of fiction.

Catherine Wheeler comes to Wyoming from Kansas City, Missouri. She has worked at public media stations in Missouri and on the Vox podcast "Today, Explained." Catherine graduated from Fort Lewis College with a BA in English. She recently received her master in journalism from the University of Missouri. Catherine enjoys cooking, looming, reading and the outdoors.
Before Wyoming, Cooper McKim has reported for NPR stations in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and South Carolina. He's reported breaking news segments and features for several national NPR news programs. Cooper is the host of the limited podcast series Carbon Valley. Cooper studied Environmental Policy and Music. He's an avid jazz piano player, backpacker, and podcast listener.
Erin Jones is Wyoming Public Radio's cultural affairs producer, as well as the host and senior producer of HumaNature. She began her audio career as an intern in the Wyoming Public Radio newsroom, and has reported on issues ranging from wild horse euthanization programs to the future of liberal arts in universities. Her audio work has been featured on WHYY Philadelphia’s The Pulse and the podcast Out There.
Jeff is a part-time reporter for Wyoming Public Media, as well as a freelance journalist published in the Laramie Boomerang and WyoFile, among others.
In addition to reporting daily on the happenings in Northwest Wyoming, Kamila is also the producer of the Kids Ask WhY Podcast and the History Unloaded Podcast.Kamila has worked for public radio stations in California, New York, France and Poland. Originally from New York City, she loves exploring new places. Kamila received her master in journalism from Columbia University. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring the surrounding areas with her two pups and husband.
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.
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.
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.