December 18th, 2020
We've seen a lot of numbers this year -- numbers of cases and deaths all related to the COVID-19 pandemic. With the rising number of deaths due to COVID-19 funeral homes have been busy. Wyoming Public Radio's Naina Rao says it’s required some changes in how they operate.
This week, Wyoming Public Radio's Maggie Mullen hosted a Facebook Live event with Dr. Rupali Limaye of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health to discuss the COVID-19 vaccine. In case you missed it, we've put together some highlights for you to hear, starting with what it means that a recent survey found that most - but not all - Wyomingites say they would be willing to get vaccinated against the virus.
With COVID-19's effects on business throughout the state, there have been concerns how all of Wyoming's small businesses are faring especially during this holiday season. Wyoming Public Radio's Catherine Wheeler spoke with Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce CEO Dixie Johnson about how Sheridan businesses have adapted this year. Johnson began by describing how a local holiday tradition was affected.
After more than two decades of representing Wyoming in the United States Senate, Mike Enzi is retiring. Washington Correspondent Matt Laslo talked with some of his colleagues about what his departure means, and they all agree - it's going to leave a huge deficit in the upper chamber.
When a grizzly bear enters more human populated areas or gets into human-bear conflicts, wildlife managers try different ways to stop the bear from their bad habits. But if it continues, one management technique is killing the bear. Wyoming Public Radio's Kamila Kudelska explains how researchers try to not let that death go to waste and help educate the public.
Wyoming's Poet Laureate, Eugene Gagliano, recently published a poem he wrote called "The Blessing of Wyoming" in the New York Times. The publication had an open call for poet laureates across the country to write about what they're thankful for about their state during this pandemic. Wyoming Public Radio's Naina Rao chats with Gagliano on the story behind the poem. But first, a reading of his poem, the Blessing of Wyoming.
The holiday season is upon us and with it comes the Festival of Lights, better known as Hanukkah. Folks around the country are lighting their menorahs, including here in Wyoming. Cooper McKim spoke with Seth Ward, University of Wyoming professor of religious studies, about the holiday's special meaning this year.
This year, the holidays are looking different for many people across Wyoming. With concerns about spreading COVID-19 to loved ones, some are opting to stay home this holiday season. Wyoming Public Radio's Catherine Wheeler brings us this postcard from some who are spending their first holiday alone.