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A news and public affairs program about Wyoming and the West.
||CleanOpen Spaces March 15, 2019||On this episode, a collaboration with the Casper Star Tribune on Natrona County's approach to child sexual abuse. The state legislature is looking at solutions to the "race to operator-ship" problem. Oil and gas developers are flooding the state with||3/15/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Spaces March 8, 2019||On this episode, legislators are seeking to keep coal-fired power plants running a little longer, but some are doubtful that’s possible. Wyoming's legislature passed Blockchain legislation that seems to be paying off. And as the climate warms, ice||3/8/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Spaces March 1, 2019||On this episode, the Wyoming legislative session has ended and Governor Gordon has some concerns about bills that may be taking away local control. We dig deeper to see if a bill just signed by the governor would run afoul with federal law. One of the||3/1/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Spaces February 15, 2019||On this episode, Wyoming has the most dangerous workplaces in the country. But a Wyoming law could be making it worse by making it hard for undocumented immigrants to get worker’s compensation. And we’ll hear about why the University of Wyoming is||2/15/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Spaces February 8, 2019||On this episode, it seems like more anti-abortion bills are getting traction in the legislature, the question is why? Wyoming’s population has been decreasing for the past couple of years but we find there is a population that is growing in Cody. Kids||2/8/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Spaces January 25, 2019||On this episode, how oil and gas permitting continued to occur on public lands while the shutdown was in full swing. Agencies that distribute food and food stamps say all the uncertainty about the government shutdown could mean people will get lost in t||1/25/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Spaces January 18, 2019||On this episode, a decision at legislature about how to zone a new private school in Jackson and a uranium mine’s pursuit to solve its financial woes using acid. Following an officer-involved shooting, Laramie reckons with whether lethal force was rea||1/18/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Spaces January 11, 2019||On this episode, during the partial government shutdown, the oil and gas industry says it’s feeling the impact but critics say the industry is still getting a better deal than most. The legislature is back in session and it's considering changing the||1/11/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Spaces December 21, 2018||On this episode, we will hear from Governor-elect Mark Gordon as he prepares for office. We will go to Cheyenne for a story about how trauma impacts sexual violence investigations. Wyoming is testing out new technology—a digital driver’s license. Bu||12/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Spaces December 7, 2018||On this episode, Governor Matt Mead is wrapping up his final weeks and he’ll discuss some topics including his biggest disappointment. Farmers have been turning to Twitter to have conversations about mental health and depression. State lawmakers are||12/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Spaces November 30, 2018||On this episode, Wyoming is looking at the high cost of health care and insurance. Mistrust between environmental groups and local government is keeping the Yellowstone Grizzly Bear in limbo. And we’ll explore why Washington DC lawmakers could learn f||11/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Spaces November 16, 2018||On this episode, Cloud Peak Energy is thinking of selling its company. Defense Secretary James Mattis visits Wyoming to meet with the Philippine Ambassador to U.S. about a pair of bells. In October, the Department of Workforce Services released a study||11/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Spaces November 9, 2018||On this episode, a story about the rise of oil and gas in Wyoming and why it’s happening. Does the presence grizzly bears actually affect the outfitter and guide industry? And a look at how one Wyoming School district is responding to the recently||11/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Spaces October 26, 2018||On this episode, we take a deeper look into how the Wyoming Game and Fish Department is funded and whether it needs to change. The coroner who attended Matthew Shepard’s funeral has never spoken to the media…until now. She says she has good reasons||10/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Spaces October 19, 2018||On this episode, we will revisit the story of the Westmoreland coal bankruptcy and what that means for the future. Republican candidate for Governor Mark Gordon joins us to discuss a variety of subjects including reducing spending in education. A one||10/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Spaces October 5, 2018||On this episode, we’ll bring you a special edition of Open Spaces, where we examine the legacy of the Matthew Shepard murder 20 years later. We’ll hear from three people who were involved in the case and what they think happened. Wyoming is known as||10/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Spaces September 28, 2018||On this episode, we will look at an effort to reduce the numbers of people going to prison. A story on to what degree is the Hathaway Scholarship is actually increasing access to higher education in Wyoming. A new kind of toilet may be coming to a||9/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Spaces September 14, 2018||On this episode, Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Mary Throne will join us and talk about her plans for the state. Around 30 million dollars will be removed from Bank of the West following its turn away from fossil fuels. But one city, surrounded by o||9/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Spaces September 7, 2018||On this episode, we’ll have a couple of discussions on the topic of civil discourse and about the roots of civility’s decline. We'll hear from the Catholic Diocese of Cheyenne about justice for child sexual abuse victims in Wyoming. And we’ll lear||9/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Spaces August 24, 2018||On this episode, the Trump administration's version of the Clean Power Plan was released this week and many are skeptical it will actually help coal. But some in the industry are hoping for the best. Coming up, what Albany County is doing to better serv||8/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
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As a Jamaican who grew up in Florida and who now lives in Georgia, Wyoming for me has only really been two things in my head: the state with the smallest population and the state that's last alphabetically.
Also as a person who loves stories and loves listening to news of places not many people in my daily life think about, this podcast has been a wonderful diversion for me. It's more than a diversion, though. It's allowed me a little insight into the Wyoming mindset, to think about life there, and to understand (at least somewhat) minds that may differ (or be akin) to mine.
I'm thankful this podcast exists, and because it does contributing even a little from my budget to keeping it going has become a priority for me.