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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 September 15, 2017

9/15/2017
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On this episode, many college students in Wyoming are worried following the announcement that DACA will be phased out. In Albany County law enforcement, schools and community groups are coming together to keep kids out of the juvenile justice system. And there are some big unanswered questions about whether forest fires are increasing or decreasing the warming of the climate. We’ll also take a look at how sage grouse management may change, and how cities are asking lawmakers for the...

Duration: 00:50:51


Open Spaces September 8, 2017

9/8/2017
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On this episode, after over 40 years, the Wyoming Department of Education is phasing out a program to support migrant students. Some people are not impressed. Local government in the state want a more stable source of revenue. A story about the move from federal to state management of Yellowstone grizzly bears, and how the debate isn’t over quite yet And a look at how efforts to remove DACA could impact Wyoming. Those stories and more.

Duration: 00:50:58


Open Spaces August 25, 2017

8/25/2017
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Wyoming has a funding shortfall, but teachers are stepping up to make sure their students don't feel the effects of budget cuts. The 2017 total solar eclipse wowed big crowds in Casper. And we’ll learn what Rock Springs is doing to draw more attention downtown… and why that has traditionally been a challenge. Those stories, plus conversations about the possibility of alien life, the debate over raising taxes, and what cultural events are planned at the University of Wyoming this fall.

Duration: 00:52:31


Open Spaces August 18, 2017

8/18/2017
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On this episode, we spend a lot of time talking about how Wyoming is preparing for the eclipse. The event requires a lot of planning. We have a story about a small agricultural county that’s lucky enough to be in the path of the total eclipse — and how local businesses are benefiting. Casper residents are signing up with the home sharing service Airbnb in record numbers to accommodate eclipse visitors. We also hear how school kids are getting ready and learn about eclipse art. Those...

Duration: 00:49:35


Open Spaces August 4, 2017

8/4/2017
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On this episode, how an 85-foot-deep cave in northern Wyoming perfectly preserves animals that fell into it thousands of years ago. And hear how the University of Wyoming is under investigation for its handling of sexual assault after a survivor filed a complaint with the Department of Education. Last winter’s brutal winter killed all the mule deer fawns radio collared from the Wyoming Range herd. So this summer, scientists started over. Also, a story on Pinedale’s ozone problems and how...

Duration: 00:50:58


Open Spaces July 21, 2017

7/21/2017
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On this episode, Wyoming’s U.S. Senators are among those trying to convince Republicans to vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act. A UW trail building program created a crew this summer specifically for veterans in need of a job. And, we’ll find out what could happen to fish if Congress approves one of Wyoming’s water storage projects. Those stories and more.

Duration: 00:51:30


Open Spaces July 14, 2017

7/14/2017
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On this episode, we'll hear about a show that depicts a white settler getting skinned alive by Native Americans — who are played by white actors. Even though Wyoming has the most lenient food regulations, grass fed cattle producers are struggling to get their meat out to urban markets...even though ranchers say the state has the best quality beef around. A local school district has opened up a clinic to make sure kids have year round support. They did it in hopes of curing a trend. We'll...

Duration: 00:46:53


Open Spaces June 30, 2017

6/30/2017
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On this episode, Wyoming Senators John Barrasso and Mike Enzie defend the Senate Healthcare Bill against criticism. In June, there’s a voluntary climbing closure of Devils Tower to respect Native American ceremonies, but more climbers are ignoring the advisory. And we’ll learn why a coal company wants to dig the first new Wyoming mine in decades — and how it has nothing to do with electricity. We’ll also take a look at the Wyoming band Teenage Bottlerocket. Those stories and more.

Duration: 00:52:33


Open Spaces June 16, 2017

6/16/2017
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On this episode, like in the rest of the country, investigating and prosecuting alleged sexual assaults in Wyoming is complicated. We'll take a look at how budget cuts are affecting suicide prevention efforts in the Wyoming, where rates are stable but still high. We will hear about a new teaching tool being used in Arapaho and new methods are being used to keep invasive species from taking over. These stories and more.

Duration: 00:50:54


Open Spaces June 9, 2017

6/9/2017
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On this episode, jobs are coming back to coal country in Wyoming, reuniting families and boosting the economy. The job numbers aren't as high as before the crash, but things are starting to even out. Superintendent Jillian Balow sees opportunity as Wyoming transitions to new federal education guidelines. And a story about how Wyoming leaders may change the Endangered Species Act. Plus, we'll hear about a Cheyenne program to develop more service dogs. Those stories and more.

Duration: 00:50:36


Open Spaces May 26, 2017

5/26/2017
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On this episode, some legislators and communities are discussing whether communities should be allowed to raise more local money through fees or taxes. W e’ll find out how a group of middle schoolers is helping Laramie restaurants go green. A Jackson climber who sees friends die by avalanche and addiction, creates a common solution. And Wyoming’s congressional delegation discusses the President’s budget. Those stories and much more.

Duration: 00:51:57


Open Spaces May 12, 2017

5/12/2017
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On this episode, 37 UW workers will lose their jobs following graduation. Wyoming Arts Organizations remain nervous that federal funding could get eliminated. And we’ll experience the exciting countdown until gates open for antler hunting season. Those stories and more.

Duration: 00:51:02


Open Spaces May 5, 2017

5/5/2017
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On this episode, Wyoming U.S. Representative cast her vote to do away with the affordable care act this week. Leadership at the Casper Police Department continues to be scrutinized for an alleged hostile work environment. We will look at the debate over concealed carry on the University of Wyoming campus. Plus a look at the return of Wolf management to the state of Wyoming and the Importance of Humanities at UW. Those stories and more are coming up on Open Spaces from Wyoming Public Radio...

Duration: 00:51:08


Open Spaces April 14, 2017

4/14/2017
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On this episode, as the state reworks school funding, lawmakers weigh politics versus efficient spending. We also talk with award-winning author Timothy Egan and it's been over a month since Uber arrived in Wyoming and they've seen a lot of interest. These stories and more.

Duration: 00:51:07


Open Spaces April 7, 2017

4/7/2017
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On this episode, we will be joined by Governor Matt Mead who will recap the legislative session and reiterate the need to diversify the state economy. We will be joined by Baroness Catherine Ashton who is visiting Laramie this week. Plus stories on energy and an evocative new play is exploring what the Ku Klux Klan and Native Americans have in common using black humor. Those stories and more.

Duration: 00:51:33


Open Spaces March 31, 2017

3/31/2017
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On this episode, school districts balance the impact of budget cuts and learning. Many women who have filed sexual assault reports in Casper believe their cases have been mishandled or neglected by law enforcement. And a story from Washington about how Republicans are arguing about climate change. Those stories and more.

Duration: 00:50:57


Open Spaces March 24, 2017

3/24/2017
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On this episode, education students are skeptical of their future as teachers in Wyoming. Proposed budget cuts to Meals on Wheels at the federal level have those who depend on the delivery service worried about the future. When congress eventually reforms the affordable care act, the worry in Wyoming is that many could lose their insurance. We’ll also hear how the repeal of the Affordable Care Act will affect Wyomingites and learn about declining moose numbers. Those stories and more.

Duration: 00:50:49


Open Spaces March 3, 2017

3/3/2017
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On this episode, legislative freshmen discuss their experience during this year's session. The Wyoming Legislature resolved a major issue of housing inequality this session all because of one determined citizen. One University of Wyoming College of Law Professor is hoping a study of his will lend facts and sensibility to the immigration debate. Those stories and more.

Duration: 00:54:33


Open Spaces February 24, 2017

2/24/2017
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On this episode, we will revisit the bill that would have allowed guns on college campuses. Wyoming kids are using the state’s newly adopted science standards for the first time this year. We’ll look back at what it took to reach agreement on teaching climate change. W e'll hear what ranchers and labor advocates are saying about new wages for foreign sheepherders. Plus stories on health care, avalanches, and former Senator Olympia Snowe. These stories and more.

Duration: 00:53:33


Open Spaces February 10, 2017

2/10/2017
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On this episode, we will hear about a pair of legislative bills intended to address a $400 million shortfall in education funding. The question is will either pass. If President Trump’s travel ban sticks, it will have a major impact on some of the University of Wyoming’s international students’ studies and personal lives. Wyoming’s Transportation Director went to Capitol Hill to ask for more highway funds. Plus a conversation about wage gap legislation and education issues. Those stories...

Duration: 00:51:07

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