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December 18th, 2020

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Funeral Homes Experience Increase In Services During Pandemic

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.

A Discussion With A Vaccine Expert

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.

Sheridan's Main Street Handling A Hard Year

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.

Enzi Prepares For Retirement

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.

Draper Natural History Museum Partners With Game And Fish For Its Collection

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 Shares What He's Thankful For This Year

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.

Hanukkah Takes On Special Meaning As COVID-19 Vaccines Begin To Distribute

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.

For Some Wyomingites, This Year Marks First Holiday Alone

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.

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.
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.
Naina Rao comes to Wyoming Public Radio from Jakarta, Indonesia. She has worked at NPR for Story Lab and the nationally syndicated show, "1A". Naina graduated from Michigan State University in 2018 with a B.A. in Journalism. Naina enjoys swimming, listening to podcasts and watching Bollywood movies.