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Range: Stories and Trailblazers of the New American West. Host Amy Westervelt and a revolving cast of Western reporter co-hosts dig into the stories and people who embody the outlaw spirit of the West, ranging from the startups of Silicon Valley to the cowboy poets of the mountain West.
||CleanThree Women Hope to Swing a Republican Stronghold in the Mountain West||The Democrat primary in California District 4 has become fairly dramatic in recent months as three first-time candidates, all women under 40, vie for a shot to take on incumbent Tom McClintock in one of California's reddest districts.||6/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Real CIs of Nevada County||We're headed into election season and in the Mountain West that means dramatic races for things that we sometimes forget are even elected offices. In Nevada County, Ca in the Sierra, the races for sheriff and district attorney are hotly contested this..||5/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIntroducing ... Bearcat!||Meet Rita, the Montana-based purveyor of the country's first traveling bookstore||3/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBonus Episode - A Western Hydrologist on the Politicization of Climate Science||Last month, reporter Mary Catherine O'Connor joined us for an episode on the intersection between ski resorts and the mining industry in the West. One of the interviews she did for that story, with Brian McInerney, a hydrologist with the National...||3/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Fascinating (and Toxic) History of Ski Resorts||When millions of people hit the slopes each year at ski resorts throughout the West, they probably don't realize that they're often skiing on abandoned mine sites. In fact, some of the West's most popular ski resorts sit right alongside some of its...||2/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAre Californians Being Priced Off the Beach?||The California Coastal Commission was formed in the 1970s to balance development goals with public rights to the beach. In recent decades, as our guest host Jill Replogle discovered, public access to the beach has moved beyond development questions. A..||12/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNevada's Weed "Emergency"||In this bonus episode, Julia heads back to Reno for a visit and we dig into the details of Nevada's nascent recreational marijuana industry, whether there's really a "state of emergency" around the state's weed supplies, and what Attorney General Jeff..||7/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDesert love, the original tiny homes, and Joan Didion's West||One of the many unique aspects of the West is the presence -- still, even with more and more people moving here -- of so much wide open space. And that pioneering spirit lingers on, with small pockets of people forging new communities in these spaces...||7/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMade in the West||Taking a Western approach to manufacturing||6/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Slums of Lake Tahoe||Affordable housing is an issue throughout the West (and the country), but we typically hear most often about dire circumstances in cities like LA, Seattle, or San Francisco. Small towns struggle to house residents too, and that holds doubly true for...||4/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRange Update: The Strawberries of Wrath||In this Season 2 update, Amy and Julia explain their long hiatus, what they've been up to and how a Trump presidency may affect the American West.||2/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOur National Parks are Very Old and Very White — Can They Survive?||On episode two of season two of Range Podcast, we explore why the U.S. National Park System, celebrating its centennial this year, has struggled to attract more diverse visitors and staff. Also, Julia visits Yosemite National Park in California for...||11/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason 2, Episode 1: The Women in Tech Episode||Ada Lovelace, virtual reality, and why we're still talking about women in tech||10/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBlack Lives Matter: Racial Politics in the West||Amid increasing reports of police shootings and racial injustice, Black Lives Matter versus All Lives Matter, police versus people of color, we take a look at what racial divides exist in the west. Is growing up black in the West different from the...||8/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Cult of Tesla: What Makes Tesla Fanboys Tick||There have been gearheads and car guys for as long as there have been cars, but Tesla has developed a whole new level of groupies. In this episode of Range podcast — our last episode of Season 1 — we dig into what makes a Tesla fanboy, and what it..||5/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOut of Bounds: Lessons from Avalanche Season||Backcountry skiing is one of the few sectors of the winter sports industry seeing any growth. But with this backcountry boom comes an uptick in the number of human-caused avalanches, resulting in several injuries and deaths this winter. We ask...||5/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPros to Bros||Extreme athletes on the transition from pro sports to normal life||4/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe 21st Century Prospector of Storey County||In this bonus episode of Range Podcast, real estate tycoon and Mustang Ranch owner Lance Gilman tells us how he took a desolate mountain range in rural Nevada and turned it into the state's best bet for a tech boom, drawing startups and larger...||4/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitHooked on a Feeling: The Booming Biz of Medical Marijuana||More than 23 states have legalized medical marijuana and nine more are considering it. On the latest episode of Range Podcast, we meet a woman who moved across the country to join the Western-led cannabis boom. We also stop by an Oregon...||3/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Showgirl Must Go On||The last showgirl epic closed this month in Las Vegas. We look at the fading industry of showgirls and Old Hollywood revues and what they meant to the casino capitals of the West.||2/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Birthday Gift that Keeps on Taking: Comedian W. Kamau Bell on Racism and Progressive Politics in the West||Last year on his birthday, comedian W. Kamau Bell got kicked out of the Elmwood Cafe, in Berkeley, for talking to his white wife and her friends. In this bonus episode, he talks about what happened after that incident, how it continues to affect his...||2/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKeep Tahoe Fed: Food Resiliency in the West||How do you build a sustainable food movement in an area with a three-month growing season? In this episode of Range Podcast, we look at food hubs, growing domes and doomsday prepping around Lake Tahoe.||2/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCowboy Poets and Songsters: A Postcard from the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering||Grammy Award-winning Dom Flemons teaches us how to play the bones and Texas poet Purly Gates recounts a harrowing experience with an axe in this special dispatch from the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada.||2/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCoyote Ugly: The Rural-Urban Clash Over Hunting Contests||In our second episode of Range Podcast, we look at the cultural divide over coyote hunting competitions in the West. Spurred by success in California, animal rights advocates in Nevada have been pushing for a ban on these events.||2/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPioneer Women: Pushing Boundaries in the Ski Industry||In the first episode of Range Podcast, we talk to entrepreneur Jen Gurecki of Coalition Snow about the challenges of making skis that don't suck for women. Sexism in the ski industry is a hot topic thanks to Lynsey Dyer who made a documentary on...||1/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWelcome to Range Podcast!||Stories of the New American West||12/23/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
Fascinating and fun
Love this podcast already. Smart, fun, well-produced, interesting, and a quick listen - and the music is particularly good. Everything I want in a pod, y'all.
This is fantastic
Such good insight. Will listen to this regularly. Great, great work.
Well worth it.
If all podcasts could start this tight and well produced. They obviously have radio skills but know how an entertaining 15-minute podcast should sound. Well worth it. I’m looking forward to episode 2.