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Wyoming PR

A news and public affairs program about Wyoming and the West.

A news and public affairs program about Wyoming and the West.
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Laramie, WY

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Wyoming PR

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A news and public affairs program about Wyoming and the West.

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English


Episodes

Open Spaces August 3rd, 2018

8/6/2018
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On this episode, UW announced it is shutting down its biodiversity institute, sending mixed messages about the university’s commitment to community engagement. The University of Wyoming football team had one of the nation’s best defenses last year and hopes to get even better this season. And a story about local, agricultural entrepreneurs who have gone beyond wheat, wool, and seeds. Those stories and more.

Duration:00:51:08

Open Spaces July 27, 2018

7/27/2018
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On this episode, some reports predict a recession could come within the next 6 months to two years. Which may seem strange when the economy is doing so well. With the NFL pushing for a policy that says its players on the field must stand for the anthem, the political debate is a familiar story to 14 black men that once played football at the University of Wyoming. And we’ll tag along with some Game Wardens as they compete in a series of competitive games. Those stories and more.

Duration:00:50:55

Open Spaces July 20, 2018

7/20/2018
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On this episode, the Endangered Species Act is in the news this week and Senator Barrasso wants to give more power to states. A new project spearheaded by the University of Wyoming is trying to create a new niche ag market for the state. In Wyoming’s lake mud are thousands of years worth of history… and tiny microbes are the memory keepers. Plus interviews with two more political candidates. Those stories and more.

Duration:00:52:53

Open Spaces July 13, 2018

7/13/2018
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On this episode, we will hear from Republican candidate for Governor Taylor Haynes who says he will bring a conservative and constitutional approach to the governor’s office. Senator Barrasso argues that Republicans did the right thing by trying to get rid of the Affordable Care Act. And the fly fishing community has found itself in the middle of a heated debate about what it means to be an ethical angler. What started it all? A magazine cover. Those stories and more.

Duration:00:50:59

Open Spaces June 29, 2018

6/29/2018
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On this episode, Wyoming’s second largest industry – travel and hospitality – tries to navigate legal immigrants to compensate for the decreasing available local workforce. A lengthy battle between Campbell County and a coal company has ended with few happy; but it could lead to a change in laws around ad valorem taxes. Wyoming farmers and nutrition groups around the state are collaborating to solve problems of hungry and a lack of access to healthy foods. Those stories and an interview...

Duration:00:50:53

"Time Heals All Wounds:" Breaking Bread, Finding Common Ground After Angry Mosque Incident

6/22/2018
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On this episode, we bring you a civil discourse between a Muslim community member and a man who started the Facebook page Stop Islam In Gillette. The idea of the conversation was just to get two people sitting in the same room. But it ends up going farther, bringing up painful encounters. And there are glimmers when these diametrically opposed men are able to acknowledge mistakes they made along the way. A conversation not to be missed.

Duration:00:49:42

Open Spaces June 15, 2018

6/15/2018
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On this episode, guns are now allowed in schools with school board approval, but in Evanston some say the district is moving too fast. Lots of scientists depend on Wyoming’s public lands to do their research. And a story about a proposed coal bailout. Those stories and a conversation with a candidate for Governor Mark Gordon.

Duration:00:50:41

Open Spaces June 8, 2018

6/8/2018
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On this episode, we will hear Republican Sam Galeotos and Democrat Mary Throne discuss their bids for governor. We will also look into the arrival of a threatening disease to Wyoming that could wipe out whole colonies of bats. We will look into the work of a fire meteorologist. And have a discussion about graduation standards. Those stories and more.

Duration:00:50:56

Open Spaces June 1, 2018

6/1/2018
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On this episode, to the dismay of some, Wyoming is moving forward with a grizzly bear hunt. We’ll hear about the first utility-scale solar facility and what it means for Wyoming’s solar industry. And a new exhibit at Heart Mountain showcases watercolors by one of the few white women incarcerated in the Japanese-American internment camps during World War II. Those stories, plus conversations with Foster Friess about his campaign for Governor and a Jackson-based polar explorer – it’s all ahead.

Duration:00:51:02

Open Spaces May 18, 2018

5/18/2018
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On this episode, observers say that better treatment options could reduce Wyoming’s prison population. In our ‘Faces Behind The Fire’ series, we’ll meet an archaeologist who works with firefighters each summer, saving Wyoming’s precious artifacts from destruction. We’ll also go in search of an owl that’s become harder to spot as climate change has dried up its habitat. We chat with U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue…and discuss some possible changes to the University trustee’s powers...

Duration:00:50:56

Open Spaces May 11, 2018

5/11/2018
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On this episode, the Wind River Reservation tribes have collaborated to pass a law combating violence against women. A geyser that’s normal inactive in Yellowstone National Park has erupted four times in the last 2 months. Does this mean doomsday is near or is it normal? A story about a 50-million-year-old mammal found in a southwest Wyoming quarry and why it's so valuable. Plus Congress has crafted a water bill that could have lots of support in Wyoming. Those stories and more.

Duration:00:49:41

Open Spaces May 4, 2018

5/4/2018
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On the episode, the governor's economic diversity council says Wyoming's adults need to go back to school and that the state should help pay for it. We will have a story about the likely bankruptcy of the eight largest coal producer in the country due in part to a market strategy. We’ll hear voices from the commemoration of the 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty. And speak with Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Gary Trauner. Those stories and more.

Duration:00:50:33

Open Spaces April 20, 2018

4/20/2018
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On this episode, the parents of Mathew Shepard recently returned to Laramie and we hear what it’s like to be back. This week the Cody school board decided to allow teachers to carry guns in school and a story about a new policy that significantly reduces public input and review for oil and leases on BLM land. These stories and more.

Duration:00:50:58

Open Spaces April 6, 2018

4/6/2018
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On this episode, Wyoming loses 60 percent of its young talent any given year. But one program is trying to convince young people to make a U-turn. Wyoming Tourism officials are thrilled about a new UW degree. And to the world’s extremely wealthy, the most desirable fur on the international market is Wyoming’s soft, spotted bobcat. Those stories and more.

Duration:00:47:20

Open Spaces March 30, 2018

3/30/2018
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On this episode, we'll feature a number of wildlife stories on the program, starting with a controversy surrounding a bison holding area in Yellowstone and the women’s antelope hunt. A story about how Wyoming leaders are looking to change the Endangered Species Act...and we’ll explore the challenge of studying moose. Join us for an hour of wildlife stories.

Duration:00:50:59

Open Spaces March 23, 2018

3/23/2018
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On this episode, a story about how budget cuts might impact Wyoming's renowned special education services. We’ll also hear a civil dialogue over whether Evanston should build an ICE immigration detention center. For some teens living in the Mountain West, gun control feels like a threat to their heritage. We’ll also hear about Congresswoman Liz Cheney’s thoughts on enhanced interrogation methods. Those stories and more.

Duration:00:50:56

Open Spaces March 9, 2018

3/9/2018
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On this episode, our education reporter Tennessee Watson explores how sexual violence reports fall through the cracks at UW. A lack of affordable housing in Cheyenne is causing the two homelessness shelters to operate a full capacity each night. And as agencies struggle with what to do with the hundreds of Wilderness Study Areas in the Mountain West, one U.S. Senator is taking action. Those stories and a wrap up of the 2018 legislative session.

Duration:00:51:05

Open Spaces March 2, 2018

3/2/2018
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On this episode, many lawmakers continue to tweak Wyoming’s gun laws. A group of friends in Guernsey, Wyoming try to solve the affordable housing problem themselves. And The community of Laramie is coming together to make the mountainside on the outskirts of town a park. Those stories and more.

Duration:00:51:01

Open Spaces February 16, 2018

2/16/2018
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On this episode, Lawmakers who oppose implementing new taxes to fund education say school finance is too opaque. But districts say there isn't a penny that isn't accounted for. We’ll take look at a huge new oil and gas project and what it means for Converse County. And food insecurity among students at the University of Wyoming is more common than you might think. Plus, tales from a couple who lived with a wolf pack. Those stories and more.

Duration:00:51:35

Open Spaces February 2, 2018

2/2/2018
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On this episode, Lawmakers voted down a number of taxes this week, but some know the issue isn’t going away. And…figuring out just how hard Wyoming is getting hit by prescription opioid overdoses may be hard to track because of the stigma. And a story about the difficulty of passing on family ranches and farms to the next generation. Those stories and more.

Duration:00:50:44