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What’s Your Why? is a powerful way to learn about Wyoming's icons and other wanderers who have come to the state. We capture these amazing stories and delve deeper into their “why.” ThinkWY | Wyoming Humanities bring influential people to Wyoming to share ideas and perspective. Learn and be inspired!

What’s Your Why? is a powerful way to learn about Wyoming's icons and other wanderers who have come to the state. We capture these amazing stories and delve deeper into their “why.” ThinkWY | Wyoming Humanities bring influential people to Wyoming to share ideas and perspective. Learn and be inspired!
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What’s Your Why? is a powerful way to learn about Wyoming's icons and other wanderers who have come to the state. We capture these amazing stories and delve deeper into their “why.” ThinkWY | Wyoming Humanities bring influential people to Wyoming to share ideas and perspective. Learn and be inspired!

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Lars Hallstrom: Coal Communities and Economic Diversification

6/25/2019
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Welcome to the Global Speaker Series. a podcast partnership between the Wyoming Humanities and the Jackson Hole Center for Global Affairs (www.jhcga.org). Lars Hallstrom is a political scientist by training, with a long-standing combination of teaching and research interests in comparative politics, environmental policy, environmental health, public health and natural resource management. He is the first Director of the Alberta Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities, University of Alberta...

Duration:00:21:54

Marlin Spoonhunter: Tribal Pride, Empowerment And Education On The Reservation

6/19/2019
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“Education will help our people; children, grandchildren for our future, even our adults,” Marlin Spoonhunter, Arapahoe Tribal Leader He is president of the Wind River Tribal College. Realizing that it was a cultural shock for many native students to attend colleges away from the reservation, tribal colleges started to form around 1972 in the United States to meet the needs of their community. Spoonhunter said that native students who go to a community college are more likely to continue...

Duration:00:22:42

Lukas Haynes: Strategies For Promoting Bipartisan Solutions To Climate Change

6/4/2019
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Welcome to the Global Speaker Series. a podcast partnership between the Wyoming Humanities Council and the Jackson Hole Center for Global Affairs (www.jhcga.org). Lukas Haynes is a member of the Center for Climate and Security’s Advisory Board, and Executive Director of the David Rockefeller Fund. Previously, he was Vice President of the Mertz Gilmore Foundation where he was responsible since 2006 for a philanthropic strategy to mitigate the risks of global warming, invest in low-income New...

Duration:00:18:36

Scotty Ratliff: Serving His Native Community, The Wind River Reservation

5/28/2019
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Scotty Ratliff is a member of the Eastern Shoshone tribe on the Wind River Reservation. Scotty grew up on his family’s horse ranch north of Pavilion, Wyoming. He served in the Wyoming State House as a legislator from 1980 to 1992. In 1990 he received the Human Rights Award from the Wyoming Counseling Association. He co-authored a school textbook with Janet Flynn on “Tribal Government at the Wind River Reservation.” He has also served as a member of the Wyoming State Council on Juvenile...

Duration:00:15:03

FBL - Leticia Liera: Head Start Program Director Influencing Positive Change For Young Latina Women

5/7/2019
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Leticia Liera migrated from Mexico City to Jackson Hole, WY in 2001. Hear her perspective on discrimination and how she is raising her son in the #metoo era. “Sometimes, I believe this American culture asks you to take sides: you’re a minority or the majority; you are a person of wealth or you are poor; black or white. I think we are much more complex than that and that’s why we don’t solve issues because they are not always one or the other.” – Leticia Liera. Learn more about this...

Duration:01:19:51

FBL - CEO Brook Kaufman: Instigating Constructive And Meaningful Change

5/4/2019
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Learn why CEO Brook Kaufman made Wyoming her home and what the State of Wyoming can do to attract and retain a younger population. “What I love the most about Casper and Wyoming is that there are so many opportunities to do anything you want to do here – it’s wide open. And if you believe you can do it, you absolutely can and there are people around you who will support you.” – Brook Kaufman. Learn more about this episode of First, but Last at www.thinkwy.org/06.

Duration:01:04:53

FBL - Dr. Susan Dewey: The Intersections Between Poverty, Violence and Women In Prison

5/2/2019
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Wyoming Pathways from Prison cofounder Dr. Susan Dewey talks about her research and the challenges faced by incarcerated women in Wyoming. “No matter where they're incarcerated – in any of our 50 states or in fact in the world, these are women who have landed a little harder than the rest of us did when we made our bad choices.” – Dr. Susan Dewey. Learn more about this episode of First, but Last at www.thinkwy.org/05.

Duration:01:24:03

FBL - Susan Stubson: Professional Pianist, Attorney and 6th Generation Wyomingite

4/30/2019
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Susan Stubson is a 6th generation Wyomingite. Tune in to hear her perspective on women's rights and humanities investment in Wyoming. “My challenge is to figure out how to be a conservative Wyoming woman yet to not diminish my strength or confuse that as a sign of weakness.” – Susan Stubson. Learn more about this episode of First, but Last at www.thinkwy.org/04.

Duration:01:20:58

Sierra Ferris and Jacoby Hereford: Native American Students Using their Education for the Reservation

4/30/2019
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Two Native American Students from the Wind River Reservation are sharing their journey to continue their education at Central Wyoming College in Riverton, Wyoming. They are both members of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe. They speak of their desire and passion to help others achieve their dreams and goals on the reservation. They also discuss breaking down the barriers and stereotypes that Native American people experience. “I feel like there's a lot of Indian kids that need that someone to...

Duration:00:15:07

FBL - Entrepreneur Sara Flitner: Practice Mindfulness at Home, in the Workplace, and Around the Community

4/27/2019
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Tune in to learn about Sara Flitner's life, her perspective on the challenges that women face in Wyoming, and how women can continue to strive for equality. “In all honesty, the last time we did something of note for equality in this state was about 150 years ago.” – Sara Flitner. Learn more about this episode of First, but Last at www.thinkwy.org/03

Duration:00:18:03

FBL - Rev. Dr. Bernadine Craft: Don't Give Up on Your Dreams, the Journey is Rewarding

4/25/2019
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Rev. Dr. Bernadine Craft discusses her experience as a Wyoming State Representative and how to get more women involved in government. “The finest people I have ever met in my life have been in Wyoming. There is something about our proud Wyoming heritage: we’re very independent, we’re very resilient.” – Rev. Dr. Bernadine Craft. Learn more about this episode of First, but Last at www.thinkwy.org/02

Duration:00:25:41

FBL - Judge Margaret McKeown: One of the Most Influential Women Lawyers in the U.S began her Career as a Trailblazing Attorney

4/23/2019
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Welcome to the first episode of First, but Last with Judge Margaret McKeown. This podcast introduces you to the creative, intrepid and influential women all across the state of Wyoming. Wyoming native Judge Margaret McKeown of the U.S. Court of Appeals talks about her career, workplace discrimination, and the state of women’s rights. “We have made enormous progress from the time when we got the vote (which was significant) to now, but we are not done!” - Judge Margaret McKeown. Learn more...

Duration:00:32:36

Dr. Tarissa Spoonhunter: Cultural Pride and Education on the Reservation

4/12/2019
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Dr. Tarissa Spoonhunter, professor of American Indian Studies at Central Wyoming College, is focused on sharing Native knowledge in order to increase understanding and build relationships—something that resides deep in her roots growing up on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. Her Nation Building classes introduce Federal Indian law and policy classes to help American Indians learn about contemporary issues that they are facing today in subject areas of treaty rights, national forest,...

Duration:00:25:04

Willard Gould: Returning To Our Native Tongue

3/21/2019
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Willard Gould grew up on the Wind River Reservation. He is former member of the Northern Arapahoe Business Council and a member of the Northern Arapahoe Language Commission. His work has been in substance abuse counseling, domestic violence and family services. “This journey has been wonderful, to see that people can change especially my people who have had problems identifying themselves with outside world and the obstacles that lead them to a dysfunctional way of life.” “It can be...

Duration:00:16:17

Eastern Shoshone Tribal Leader Ivan Posey: Born To Lead On The Reservation

3/12/2019
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What does it mean to be a citizen of an American Indian tribe and the history behind it? What does Blood Quantum mean to tribal citizens of the Wind River Reservation?Tune in and listen to Ivan talk about his experiences while growing up on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming. Ivan has been a member of the Eastern Shoshone Business Council and is the Tribal Education Coordinator for Central Wyoming College.

Duration:00:13:13

Filmmaker Jennifer Tennican: Disability, Diversity And Inclusion

3/5/2019
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"Hearts of Glass" documents the early beginnings of Vertical Harvest and its employees with disabilities. Vertical Harvest is one of the world’s only multi-story hydroponic greenhouses, provides year-round produce in a rural mountain town and meaningful employment to community members with disabilities. Jennifer Tennican describes her new documentary film as a once-in-a-lifetime story about innovation and possibility. “That story includes community members with disabilities.” “Over the...

Duration:00:18:39

Nona Yehia: Vertical Farming, Greenhouses and Community Impact

2/8/2019
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In 2009, Nona started work on Vertical Harvest of Jackson Hole. Following her passion for local food and experiences growing up with a brother with developmental disabilities, Nona conceived of a three story hydroponic greenhouse that employs people with developmental disabilities while producing local food for the community year round. In 2016 Vertical Harvest opened its doors as a 'for profit business with a non profit soul'. This flagship project embodies Nona’s efforts to pursue projects...

Duration:00:21:56

Chris Duncan: A Moral Responsibility to Amputees

1/24/2019
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"Watching individuals, adventurous daring intrepid individuals, go through life without limb function, spoke to me of a huge moral need to restore their function." Chris Duncan Dr Chris Duncan's research is focused on the restoration of movement and sensation for amputees through the development of advanced neuroprosthetic's that can tap into and communicate with the nerves and muscles. Photo courtesy of TEDxJacksonHole/Christie Quinn Producer

Duration:00:15:23

Taylor Rees: Seeking the Deeper meaning and giving "voice" to Indigenous peoples in her Films

1/10/2019
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Taylor Rees, is a filmmaker and photojournalist. She is driven by an insatiable curiosity to explore and tell the stories beneath the surface. Her work in environmental and humanitarian issues brings new perspectives and deeper public understanding to challenging topics such as climate change, indigenous food systems, land use and water. For example, Indigenous people and their cultures have been the subject of many films, television programs, and documentaries. For Indigenous people, the...

Duration:00:15:35

Slam Poet Kealoha: The Story Of Everything

12/12/2018
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Kealoha is the first Poet Laureate of Hawaii and the first poet to perform at a Hawaii governor’s inauguration. He is an internationally acclaimed poet and storyteller who has performed throughout the world from the White House to ‘Iolani Palace. His latest work "The Story of Everything" is a creation story (in epic poem format) that traces our origins from the big bang to now using science, poetry, storytelling, movement, music, visual art, and chanting. Based on multiple knowledge systems....

Duration:00:18:45