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Open 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 on the gender wage gap in Wyoming. Now, legislators will have to decide what to do with that information. And the Albany County attorney discusses her release of a video to the media. Those stories and more.

Open 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 released school performance reports Those stories and a conversation with U.S. Representative Liz Cheney.

Open 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 to believe it was a hate crime. We'll also hear about reduced transparency in the Fish and Wildlife Service and less access to documents relating to the Endangered Species Act. We'll also talk to the Libertarian candidate for governor and hear a

Open 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-hundred-year-old squabble between Wyoming and the Philippines over a pair of bells may finally get resolved. Plus stories on climate change and our latest "I Respectfully Disagree."

Open 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 the Equality State, but we'll talk to LGBTQ folks about the homophobia they encounter on a daily basis. And we'll find out how the arts have become so intertwined with the legacy of Matthew Shepard - starting with the Laramie Project and continuing

Open 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 national park near you. But be prepared for something different. Those stories and more.

Open 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 oil and gas, is not planning to punish its local branch. As young people move away in greater numbers from Wyoming, a new study shows there might be a trend helping to save some small towns...an influx of Latino families. We will also have a feature

Open 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 learn more about a small, brown insect that could disappear with climate change. Those stories and more.

Open 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 serve juvenile offenders and reduce costs. And we'll hear about an unlikely solution fo drought in the West - the walking, talking ecosystem that is the beaver. Those stories and more.

Open Spaces August 17, 2018

On this episode, Governor Matt Mead signed the Indian Education For All Act into law. And Wyoming Humanities Council plans to help get that education into schools and libraries right away. We will have a special report on migrant education in the state. The Colorado Sun is a newspaper that cropped up after a number of journalists left the Denver Post. We will also re-visit our story on a new tourism at the University of Wyoming. And a special interview with musician Herb Alpert.

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