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Author Sam Western - Getting at the core of the human soul

" I love writing history. I love writing about places and people's narratives. I love history for getting at the core of the human soul." Samuel Western has served in the Swedish Merchant Marine, worked as a commercial fisherman, a longshoreman, logger, and a hunting guide. He has published in the Economist, LIFE, and Sports Illustrated. A two-time recipient of the Wyoming Literary Fellowship for fiction, he is also a finalist for the High Plains Books Award for poetry. He lives in Sheridan,...


"The audio of storytelling space is just blowing up!" Jacqueline Van Meter of StoryCorp -

"Ultimately our goal is to give people the opportunity to really listen to one another and to honor each other by asking questions of the people in their lives." StoryCorps’ mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world.


Whats behind writing a song and hearing the music? For Dusty and Bo its full of passion and artistry

Canyon Kids is the creation of Dusty Nichols and Bo Elledge. Forged on the banks of the Snake River, with an unwavering love of the American West, Canyon Kids are students of Americana, rock, and folk, but also pioneers of something entirely new. And NOW they are the new music for the What’s Your Why podcast. The music is from their song Out Where The West Begins. Listen to their journey and story and love for Wyoming!


US Poet Laureate, Tracy K. Smith, Is A Woman With A Mission

Can bringing poems to the masses be an antidote to our toxic civic culture? US Poet Laureate, Tracy K. Smith, believes we can break down barriers with poetry. In 2017, Smith was appointed Poet Laureate of the United States. She is the director of Princeton University’s creative writing program and lives in New Jersey. Listen to her passion and inspiration for poetry and writing. Smith’s first collection, The Body’s Question (Graywolf Press, 2003), won the Cave Canem Poetry Prize in 2002. Her...


Addictions Counselor And Endurance Athlete, Ryan Burke: Addiction And Motivation

Ryan Burke is an endurance mountaineer and full time addictions therapist who lives in Jackson, Wyoming. He is currently developing The Mindstrength Project which works with athletes and survivors of addiction in risk composure education. He teaches his clients at Curran-Seeley - "...with addiction it’s about getting through the next day and reminding one’s self you have gotten through similar days before and have the strength to do it again." These similarities of what gets him through the...


Wyoming Entrepreneur, Chas Marsh, Vision, Creativity & Passion

Chas Marsh, co-owner Jackson Hole Still Works, discusses his journey into the business, how and why he came to Wyoming and his love for traveling the state. Jackson Hole Still Works’ handcrafted spirit roster includes vodka, gin and whiskey distributed throughout the Cowboy State. Along with his partner Travis Goodman, they practice and implement on a day to day basis "grain to glass" which means almost exactly what it sounds like. For example, Marsh and Goodman get all the corn from a...


Winning And Losing - The Power Of Playing Games By Tori Sanders

"This game can't create world peace but my goal is to create a classroom environment where everyone feels heard" Tory Victoria (Tory)Sanders is a game designer who believes that history can and must be harnessed to inform sustainable policy into the future. Ms. Sanders has a BA in Comparative Politics, and a MA in Peace Education from the UN’s University for Peace in San Jose, Costa Rica. She has worked as a migrant fruit-picker in New Zealand, she’s studied Astanga Yoga in Mysore, South...


Former FBI counterintelligence agent Asha Rangappa: Facebook's Role in Preserving Democracy

The 2016 U.S. presidential election highlighted the ability of Russian intelligence to exploit social media to target fragmented social communities and amplify its propaganda efforts within them. Former FBI counterintelligence agent Asha Rangappa examines how Russia took advantage of an already existing vulnerability in America's social fabric, and its implications for the future of democracy. Asha Rangappa is a Senior Lecturer at the Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs...


Author Nanci Turner Steveson: Keeping Your Dreams Alive and Staying Focused

Nanci Turner Steveson writes for middle grade readers and is an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. One of Nanci’s greatest ambitions is to work with kids and inspire them to become two-fisted readers, like herself, and allow their own creativity to soar through the beauty of creative writing. Nanci is dedicated to getting books into the hands of homeless people, especially in shelters that house children, through her Literacy for Hope Project.


Author Todd Parr's Books Contain Messages of Tolerance and Embracing Differences

Todd Parr is the author and illustrator of more than 40 books for children, including the New York Times bestselling The I Love You Book, The Earth Book, and The Thankful Book. His books are available in over fifteen languages throughout the world. He is the co-creator of the popular children's television show ToddWorld as well as short films for Sesame Street. Todd has partnered with Target, SF-MARIN Food Bank, Stouffer's, People Magazine and several companies and organizations to help...


Tara Clancy, Author & Comedian, on when she realized she had stories worth telling

Tara Clancy is a fifth-generation native New Yorker, third-generation bartender and first-generation author. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The Nation and The Paris Review Daily. She is a frequent host of The Moth Mainstage live shows, a Moth GrandSLAM winner, and has told stories on the Moth Radio Hour, NPR's Snap Judgment, The Story Collider and Risk! Her memoir, The Clancys of Queens, was published by Crown in 2016 and is a Barnes and Noble...


A Conversation With Author, Humorist, And ScreenWriter - Tim Sandlin

Tim Sandlin, American novelist and screenwriter. has penned nine novels, 11 screenplays (two of which have been made into movies: Floating Away (1998), which was based on his novel Sorrow Floats and Skipped Parts (2001), based upon the novel of the same name, and a book of humorous essays. He is known to capitalize on comedy and probe serious topics like alcoholism, suicide, and aging. He’s been compared to Tom Robbins. “When you think American master of absurdist humor with acute...


Alia Ali: Peace… this is what it's all about, isn't it? Or is it war? Or is it power?

Alia Ali (Austria, 1985) is a Yemeni-Bosnian-American multi-media artist. Having traveled to sixty-three countries, lived in seven and grown up among five languages, her most comfortable mode of communication is through image and multi-sensory mediums. Her extensive travels have led her to process the world through interactive experiences. As a child of two linguists, Alia believes that the interpretation of verbal and written language has dis-served particular communities and presents more...


Michael Sonnenfeldt: Grit And Focus Trump Intelligence

Michael Sonnenfeldt is an accomplished entrepreneur and philanthropist. Michael has been actively involved over the last twenty-five years at senior levels in numerous non-profit organizations focused on the environment, national security, Middle East peace, international peacekeeping, the US/UN relationship, the removal of land mines and communal development. He recently released a book called "Think BIGGER and 39 other Winning Strategies From Successful Entrepreneurs". In this interview,...


Paul-Gordon Chandler: The Art of Building Bridges Between The East and The West

Paul-Gordon Chandler is an author, interfaith advocate, art curator, social entrepreneur and US Episcopal priest. Having grown up in Senegal, West Africa, he has lived and worked extensively in the Middle East and North Africa in leadership roles within faith-based publishing, ecumenical relief and development agencies and the Episcopal Church Based now out of the Chicago area, he is the Founder and President of CARAVAN, an international peace-building non-profit/NGO that uses the arts to...


Keely Herron: The Cult of Happiness - How hard is it to be REAL?

"Leaving the Cult of Happiness is about walking through the darkness of shame and suffering to the light of compassion, purpose and ultimately fulfillment." Keely is a strategist and writer, with nearly 20 years of experience in advertising and business. She's traveled the world in search of a meaningful life, eventually landing in Jackson Hole. She has a BA in Journalism from the University of Minnesota, and an MBA from ESADE in Barcelona, Spain.


Peter Aguero, storyteller and educator, believes that everyone has a story to tell

Peter Aguero was born and raised in the wilds of South Jersey. He is a Moth Grandslam Champion, host of Moth Storylams and an instructor for the Mothshop Community Program. He is also the lead singer of The BTK Band, NYC's Hardest-Drinking Improvised Storytelling Rock Band. Peter loves his Mom.


Artistic Director, David Dorfman "My Motto is to Invite & Indict!"

David Dorfman, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR of David Dorfman Dance since 1987, is a Professor of Dance since 2004. He received a Guggenheim fellowship in 2005 to continue his research and choreography in the topics of power and powerlessness, including activism, dissidence, and underground movements. Since its founding in 1987, David Dorfman Dance has performed extensively throughout North and South America, Great Britain, Europe and Central Asia. David Dorfman Dance promotes the appreciation and...


U.S Ambassador Cameron Munter - The Art of Diplomacy

"Diplomacy is the art of having the other guy have it your way." Ambassador Cameron Munter He is the C.E.O. and president of East West Institute a nongovernmental organization that focuses on conflict resolution. Ambassador Munter has been a career diplomat serving in some of the most conflict ridden areas of the globe he served as ambassador to Pakistan from 2010 - 2012, where he guided us Pakistani relations through a strained period including the operation against Osama bin Laden. He...


Nicholas Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn - YES, Kindness Does Exist - Cultures Can Change - You Can Help.

New York Times reporters and Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn share their journey through Africa and Asia to meet the extraordinary women struggling there and how we can learn from others to make a difference. They have written best-selling books: China Wakes: The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power, Thunder from the East: Portrait of a Rising Asia, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide