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A news and public affairs program about Wyoming and the West.
||CleanOpen Spaces February 16, 2018||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||2/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Spaces February 2, 2018||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 sto||2/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpens Spaces January 26, 2018||On this episode, Wind River tribal leaders recently proposed the idea of waiving the tuition costs for tribal members at UW. They say there's good historical grounds for doing so. We’ll take look at how the history of grizzly bear management may hold||1/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Spaces January 12, 2018||On this episode, a group tasked with diversifying the state’s economy has unveiled some preliminary recommendations…including ways to improve broadband. Why veterans leave higher education, and what the University of Wyoming is doing to help them st||1/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Spaces January 5, 2018||On this episode, we will feature a special on clean coal, a story about how national tax reform will impact energy out west, looking at coal, oil and gas… renewables too. Members of a native American tribe go on their first buffalo hunt. And we will||1/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Spaces Special: Breaking Bread In Gillette, Wyoming||On this special episode of Open Spaces, we sit down for a civil discourse in the city of Gillette where job layoffs, rising poverty and hate speech have torn the community apart. We hear the stories of a diverse group of people...including the experienc||12/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Spaces December 8, 2017||On this episode, how tax reform could impact energy production in the United States, both with fossil fuels and renewables. In one of Wyoming's highest performing school districts, honesty yields results. And we’ll also take a look at how sage grouse||12/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Spaces December 1, 2017||On this episode, The Center of the West is teaching students via Skype. We will speak with a couple of superintendents about possible changes to the school funding model. One Wyoming non-profit is hoping to train hairstylists to recognize the signs of||12/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Spaces November 17, 2017||On this episode, according to a new NPR poll, many Native Americans say they experience discrimination when they call the police or go to federal court. We will look at how many in Wyoming are nervous about changes to the sage grouse management plans…||11/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Spaces November 3, 2017||On this episode a story about how a federal subsidy could help wind energy surge forward in Wyoming – if the state decides to welcome it. We’ll also hear about an upcoming musical satire at UW that challenges the status quo of politics. And Universi||11/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Spaces October 27, 2017||This week some important state revenue information was released and while some think more cuts are needed, the Speaker of the House disagrees. A sexual assault survivor talks about what it was like to share her story with administrators at the Universit||10/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Spaces October 20, 2017||On this episode, one little known fact about Wyoming’s Hathaway Scholarship is preventing Dreamers from being eligible. And a court decision has informed the federal government that it must consider climate change under certain circumstances. As ice||10/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Spaces September 29, 2017||On this episode, Senator Barrasso wants to find ways to address forest fires. The state of Wyoming is following the issue closely. For the first time, the government let a Native American tribe exhume the graves of boarding school children so they could||9/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Spaces September 15, 2017||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. An||9/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Spaces September 8, 2017||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 fro||9/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Spaces August 25, 2017||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||8/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Spaces August 18, 2017||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||8/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Spaces August 4, 2017||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||8/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Spaces July 21, 2017||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||7/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen Spaces July 14, 2017||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 g||7/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Valuable for Me
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.