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May 7th, 2021

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When Concerns About Safety And Side Effects Lead To Vaccine Hesitancy

Wyoming is among the states with the highest vaccine hesitancy rates in the country. In Natrona County, that's left the local health department with a surplus of vaccines and empty appointment slots. Wyoming Public Radio's Maggie Mullen reports.

Casper-Based Nonprofit Aims To Address Health Concerns With The Arts

A Casper-based non-profit, ART 321, is holding its first statewide conference aimed at addressing the health concerns of Wyoming residents through the arts. Wyoming has the highest youth incarceration rate and one of the highest suicide rates in the nation. But the Casper-based nonprofit, ART 321, plans to fight against it using the arts. Wyoming Public Radio's Naina Rao talks with the nonprofit's executive director, Tyler Cessor, about the need for a conference like this right now.

Tribes' $20B In Aid Could Be Transformative - If Feds Learn From Botched CARES Act Rollout

The latest coronavirus relief package includes $20 billion for tribal governments -- a potentially transformative infusion of cash. But last year's aid roll-out to Indian Country was badly mismanaged -- and tribal leaders hope the Biden administration has learned from those mistakes. The Mountain West News Bureau's Savannah Maher reports.

"It's Undeniable These Are Cowboys. They're Real," Black Photographer Dives Into Black Rodeo

A new exhibit at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West focuses on Black cowboys and rodeos. Wyoming Public Radio's Kamila Kudelska speaks with photographer Ivan McClellan about his work, and the first black rodeo he went to in Oklahoma.

Wyoming Delegation Opposes Infrastructure Proposal

Some Democrats are prepared to go around Republicans to pass President Joe Biden's more than $2 trillion infrastructure proposal. That's not sitting well with Wyoming's congressional delegation. Correspondent Matt Laslo has the story from Washington.

Balow Criticizes Federal Proposal On Diversifying History Curriculum

The U.S. Department of Education is proposing a new set of priorities that would incentivize changes to the way history and civics is taught. The federal government is encouraging K-12 schools to include diverse perspectives in history and civics and to take notice of systemic racism in America's history.

Wyoming Public Radio's Catherine Wheeler spoke with State Superintendent Jillian Balow about the proposal, which Balow sharply criticized.

From High Society To The High Plains: Neltje's Life Outside The Lines

The celebrated Wyoming artist Neltje died last week at the age of 86. Neltje was also a businesswoman and philanthropist who contributed a lot to Sheridan County and Wyoming. In 2016 she released her memoir, North of Crazy, that chronicles her journey from high society to the high plains.

As the daughter of famed publisher Nelson Doubleday, Neltje had a privileged upbringing, growing up in her family's homes in New York, Long Island, and South Carolina. Then she came to Wyoming. She spoke with Micah Schweizer in a national award winning interview.

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.