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October 9th, 2020

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How Wyoming Hospitals Are Dealing With A Record Spike In COVID-19 Patients

This past week saw a record 56 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in Wyoming. This fact is making some health care professionals in the state nervous. Wyoming Public Radio's Kamila Kudelska looks at how one town's hospital is impacted by the spike of hospitalizations.

University Of Wyoming COVID-19 Testing Efforts May Be Missing People

Universities across the country have had to grapple with how to start the fall semester in the midst of a pandemic. One thing is clear, a successful in-person start relies on a strong COVID-19 testing program. Wyoming Public Radio's Ivy Engel tells us about the University of Wyoming's approach to testing and the fall semester.

Studying Yellowstone Tells Scientists About Geysers, Life

Scientists know there is a reservoir of water deep beneath Yellowstone National Park. Somehow, that water rises through the earth, creating the hydrothermal features that make Yellowstone unique. Researchers at the University of Wyoming and Montana State University are trying to figure out what's going on beneath the surface and what that means for life in the park and beyond. Wyoming Public Radio's Science Intern Ashley Piccone has more.

New Book Seeks To Dispel Misconceptions About Mountains Lions

Mountain lions are one of the great conservation stories. Hunting once whittled their numbers down to a few thousand. But when they were re-classified as a game instead of vermin, they made a big comeback. But it's also led to more conflicts with humans. A new book called the Cougar Conundrum offers ideas for how to live with these big predators...and how to better manage them. Wyoming Public Radio's Melodie Edwards chatted with author Mark Elbroch, the Director of Panthera's Puma project.

Pendley Looks To Set Record Straight Over Court Decision

Just recently, William Perry-Pendley held the power of director within the Bureau of Land Management. But a federal court in Montana found he had been holding that power illegally, given he wasn't Senate-confirmed. Wyoming Public Radio's Cooper McKim speaks with Wyoming-native Pendley about what happened, his efforts to return to his role, and what he's doing now.

Western Fires Have Become Part Of The Political Landscape

Every four years there's a near universal complaint that western issues get passed over in presidential elections. Not this year, which is mostly because large swaths of the West have been burning. Washington Correspondent Matt Laslo has this story on how Wyoming Senator John Barrasso's proposal to combat fires is gaining more currency…at least with the Trump administration.

Judges Are On The November Ballot. What Are You Voting For?

One thing I've see a lot on social media is how should you decide whether or not to support the retention of a judge? This year there are 28 judges up for retention. Wyoming Public Radio's Catherine Wheeler spoke with Executive Director of the Wyoming State Bar Sharon Wilkinson about how this process works.

Tips For Talking To The Conspiracy Theorist In Your Life

Here's a scenario you may have found yourself in recently. You open up Facebook or Twitter, and someone you know is posting about a conspiracy theory. You wonder, do I say something, and is there any convincing them otherwise? Wyoming Public Radio's Maggie Mullen went in search of some advice.

Award-Winning Podcast HumaNature Begins A New Season

The award-winning Wyoming Public Media podcast HumaNature podcast enters its sixth season this coming week. The podcast host and senior producer Erin Jones joins me to discuss the podcast and the coming season. She begins by telling us how the show came about.

Ashley is a PhD student in Astronomy and Physics at UW. She loves to communicate science and does so with WPM, on the Astrobites blog, and through outreach events. She was born in Colorado and got her BS in Engineering Physics at Colorado School of Mines. Ashley loves hiking and backpacking during Wyoming days and the clear starry skies at night!
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.
Ivy started as a science news intern in the summer of 2019 and has been hooked on broadcast since. She was supported by the Wyoming EPSCoR Summer Science Journalism Internship program. In the spring of 2020, she virtually graduated from the University of Wyoming with a B.S. in biology with minors of journalism and business. She continues to spread her love of science, wildlife, and the outdoors with her stories. When she’s not writing for WPR, she enjoys baking, reading, playing with her dog, and caring for her many plants.
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.
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.
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.