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October 2nd, 2020

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"An Atmosphere Of Doubt:" Continued Calls For An Inquest Into Andy Antelope's Death

It's been a year since a Riverton Police Officer shot and killed 58-year-old Anderson Antelope, a citizen of the Northern Arapaho Tribe. The Fremont County Attorney's office ruled the shooting necessary and justified. But as Wyoming Public Radio's Savannah Maher reports, some community members are still asking for greater transparency.

New University Of Wyoming Law Podcast Dives Into Criminal Justice System

The Defender Aid Clinic at the University of Wyoming's College of Law is behind a new podcast that dives into the racial disparities in the United States criminal justice system.

Wyoming Public Radio's Maggie Mullen spoke with Law professor Lauren McLane and student Nathan Yanchek who says the podcast grew out of the outrage he and students in the clinic felt over police killings of African American men.

Pandemic Politics May Divide A Three-County Health Department In Colorado

We've been hearing a lot about public health departments and their essential role in responding to the pandemic. What you might not know, though, is that historically many public health departments have formed alliances. But in one part of our region, the strain of the pandemic is forcing one of those alliances apart. The Mountain West News Bureau's Rae Ellen Bichell reports.

Asbestos Devastated Libby, Montana. Now COVID-19 Hangs In The Air. ?

Libby, Montana was already living with an invisible enemy that attacks your lungs long before COVID-19 reached our shores. For the past century, asbestos has killed hundreds in this small town -- at least. And as our Mountain West News Bureau's Nate Hegyi reports, that experience informs how it's reacting today.

Wyoming's 'Dark Money' Coal Campaign

At a Sep. 3 press conference, Gov. Mark Gordon introduced a nonprofit that's been advocating for Wyoming's coal industry for years: the Energy Policy Network. He announced a new contract with the group in which taxpayers would "contribute" $250,000 this year. The governor believes there's still a place for Wyoming's coal in the electric utility market despite the long and accelerating shift toward renewable sources and natural gas.

How Rocky Mountain Locusts And Mountain Glaciers Tell A Story

Over a hundred years ago every decade - trillions of Rocky Mountain Locusts - a type of grasshopper- would swarm through the Rocky Mountain West. Now extinct, these locusts have been found frozen in mountain glaciers. Wyoming Public Radio's Kamila Kudelska follows two researchers who are trekking the Beartooth Mountain glaciers to document them and the long lost insect.

"What's The Priority?" Wyoming Teacher Of The Year Talks Teaching During A Pandemic

Alexis Barney teaches fourth and fifth grade at Evansville Elementary School in Casper. And this year, the Wyoming Department of Education has announced Barney is the state's 2021 teacher of the year. Barney says she's humbled to receive the award and views it as a privilege to represent the state's teachers. Wyoming Public Radio's Catherine Wheeler spoke with Barney about how she has been focusing on her students' mental health, especially since the pandemic.

New Kids Podcast Launches; Showcases Issues Wyoming Kids Care About

A brand new podcast, Kids Ask WhY, will be available showcasing issues Wyoming kids are interested in. The podcast, which debuts on Tuesday, October 6, was developed by the Buffalo Bill Center of the West and Wyoming Public Media. Bob Beck Sat down with the producer Kamila Kudelska.

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.
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.
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.
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.
Nate is UM School of Journalism reporter. He reads the news on Montana Public Radio three nights a week.
Rae Ellen Bichell is a reporter for NPR's Science Desk. She first came to NPR in 2013 as a Kroc fellow and has since reported Web and radio stories on biomedical research, global health, and basic science. She won a 2016 Michael E. DeBakey Journalism Award from the Foundation for Biomedical Research. After graduating from Yale University, she spent two years in Helsinki, Finland, as a freelance reporter and Fulbright grantee.
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.