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Open 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 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 stories and more.

Open 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 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 Jackson hopes to handle the solar eclipse crowds. Those stories and more.

Open 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 what could happen to fish if Congress approves one of Wyoming's water storage projects. Those stories and more.

Open 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 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 also learn about a debate over a proposed coal mine... and efforts to solving the problem of hunger for kids over the summer. Those stories and more.

Open Spaces June 30, 2017

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.

Open Spaces June 16, 2017

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.

Open Spaces June 9, 2017

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.

Open Spaces May 26, 2017

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.

Open Spaces May 12, 2017

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.

Open Spaces May 5, 2017

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.

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