The Modern West

The Modern West 47: Back In The Saddle

Apr 30, 2019
Willow Belden

It's horseracing season, but instead of thoroughbreds, meet America's original horse.

NPS Climate Change Response

As the urgency around climate change increases, here’s a look at how the West is reacting.

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Public Domain

In the arid West, how do we manage the limited amount of water available to us? Exploring the complex issues of water…where it comes from, how it’s used, and who gets to use it.

The Modern West 36: Unexpected Migration

Jul 20, 2018
Moosejaw Bravo Photography

As climate change warms the West, birds of prey are moving north. What happens when an apex predator leaves its native hunting grounds?

The Modern West 35: Forgotten Women Of The West

Jun 21, 2018

From washing the army’s clothes to solving murders, three authors tell the stories of strong Western women.

The Modern West 33: Women In Wyoming, Part 2

Apr 17, 2018
Neltje on her ranch in Banner, Wyoming.
LINDSAY LINTON BUK

More conversations from the series Women in Wyoming…about pushing boundaries and redefining what it means to live in the modern West. Featuring Neltje and Affie Ellis.

The Modern West 31: Cleaning Up Coal, Folly Or The Future?

Feb 21, 2018
Zach Frailey/Uprooted Photographer

Coal is cheap, abundant…and dirty. In a greening energy economy, is clean coal the answer?

The Modern West 30: Melting And Migration

Dec 19, 2017
JOE RIIS

This time, we visit melting ice fields, ask whether climate change is fueling summer fires, and step into the hooves of big animals as they migrate to winter ranges.

The Modern West 28: Tiny Town, Big Bands

Oct 17, 2017
elkmountainhotel.com

In the mid-20th century, the little town of Elk Mountain, Wyoming drew crowds from miles and miles away to its summer dances on the bouncy floor at the Garden Spot Pavilion.

The Modern West 24: The Native West, Part 2

Jun 20, 2017
Melodie Edwards

Part two of a two-part series on the Wind River Reservation, focusing on housing issues on the increasingly populated Wind River Reservation. 

The Modern West 23: The Native West, Part 1

May 16, 2017
Aaron Schrank

Part one of two-part series, featuring stories that take us into the heart of the Wind River Reservation.

The Modern West 21: Wyoming's Immigrants And Refugees

Mar 23, 2017
Caroline Ballard

Wyoming is home to many immigrants, migrants, and former refugees. It is the only state, however, without a refugee resettlement program. But the current political climate has immigrants questioning their place in Wyoming and the U.S.

The Modern West 20: U.S. Citizens Incarcerated In The West

Feb 20, 2017
Discover Nikkei

It’s the 75th anniversary of an executive order that incarcerated thousands of Japanese Americans in internment camps across the nation. This episode includes first-hand accounts from this era. 

The Modern West 19: Women Run The West, Part 2

Jan 18, 2017
Caroline Ballard

In the final part of this series, we ask why Western women still lag in political power even though they got the right to vote almost 150 years ago?

The Modern West 18: A Look Back And A Look Ahead

Dec 20, 2016
whytoread.com

It’s a new literary edition, exploring Wyoming’s past, present, and future through conversations with authors. 

The Modern West 16: Women Run The West, Part 1

Oct 17, 2016
Jennifer Pemberton

Women are running, but they aren’t winning the West. Western women got the right to vote almost 150 years ago, so why do they still lag in political power?

The Modern West 15: Out In The West

Sep 19, 2016
Aaron Schrank

How equal is the “Equality State?” This month’s show explores progress and problems for Wyoming’s LGBT citizens.

The Modern West 14: Children Of The West

Aug 15, 2016
Melodie Edwards

  

The back-to-school episode. Young Wyomingites experience opportunities and challenges.

The Modern West 13: The Poets Of The Prairie

Jul 19, 2016
Anna Rader

Wyoming’s vast landscapes and rugged lifestyles offer plenty of poetic inspiration. 

The Modern West 12: Wide-Ranging Sounds On The Open Range

Jun 20, 2016

  

The old saw may be “We play both kinds of music, Country AND Western,” but melody in the mountains is more than guitars and campfires.

The Modern West 11: Eats And Drinks

May 16, 2016
Bob Beck

This month we’re putting specialty coffee, locally distilled spirits, and goat meat on the menu. Hear what’s happening in the Western kitchen. 

The Modern West 10: Writing In The West

Apr 19, 2016
Hannes Grobe

    

Western authors write about more than just cowboys. In this episode, we hear about writers exploring topics ranging from women’s issues to dying languages.

The Modern West 9: Western Art Beyond The Sunset

Mar 14, 2016
AARON WALLIS

Western art isn’t only paintings of horses and sunsets. This month, we’ll explore contemporary expressions of the Modern West. 

The Modern West 8: The Contemporary Black Western Experience

Feb 16, 2016
PALACE OF THE GOVERNORS PHOTO ARCHIVES 050884

In honor of Black History Month, we’ll hear about the highs and lows of the black experience in the Modern West. 

Wyoming Public Media

  

Maybe you’ve heard, or at least heard of, the podcast Serial. Millions of people have downloaded the show, and Serial’s massive success has helped put podcasts on the media map. Because podcasts are so convenient for listeners—you can listen anytime, anywhere—public radio stations are increasingly getting into podcasting.

Morning Music Live From Cheyenne Frontier Days: Part 2

Jul 24, 2015
Wyoming Public Media

Morning Music's last day at Cheyenne Frontier Days was a success! Take a look at the second day of Morning Music's live show, playing tunes at Old Frontier Town.

Morning Music Live From Cheyenne Frontier Days: Part 1

Jul 23, 2015
Wyoming Public Media

A behind the scenes look at the first day of Morning Music's live show at Cheyenne Frontier Days. It was a fantastic Thursday with live music from Fort Collins Americiana band No Fences! We had a great time meeting listeners, members, the tourists for CFD, and residents of Cheyenne.

Aaron Schrank

A look at what our news team has been up to during Cheyenne Frontier Days as well as the various stories being gathered and experienced. 

The Modern West 2: Rodeos And Pow Wows

Jul 14, 2015

Cowboys and Indians are icons of the old West. But how do they live in the modern West? 

The Modern West 1: The Year Yellowstone Burned

Jun 30, 2015
Wikimedia Commons

  

In 1988, Yellowstone National Park was engulfed in flames. Hear what it was like—and whether an inferno like that could happen again.