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Open Spaces March 9, 2018

On this episode, our education reporter Tennessee Watson explores how sexual violence reports fall through the cracks at UW. A lack of affordable housing in Cheyenne is causing the two homelessness shelters to operate a full capacity each night. And as agencies struggle with what to do with the hundreds of Wilderness Study Areas in the Mountain West, one U.S. Senator is taking action. Those stories and a wrap up of the 2018 legislative session.

Open Spaces March 2, 2018

On this episode, many lawmakers continue to tweak Wyoming's gun laws. A group of friends in Guernsey, Wyoming try to solve the affordable housing problem themselves. And The community of Laramie is coming together to make the mountainside on the outskirts of town a park. Those stories and more.

Open 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 Converse County. And food insecurity among students at the University of Wyoming is more common than you might think. Plus, tales from a couple who lived with a wolf pack. Those stories and more.

Open 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 story about the difficulty of passing on family ranches and farms to the next generation. Those stories and more.

Opens 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 some lessons for its future. And some Wyoming counties are missing out on millions in unpaid tax revenue from mineral companies. Those stories and more.

Open 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 stay. A story about overlapping federal leases in the Powder River Basin, and its impact on mineral rights. Should student fees be used to bring controversial speakers to the UW campus? Those stories and more.

Open 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 discuss sexual violence prevention and find out what Wyoming's Congressional delegation hopes to accomplish in 2018.

Open 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 experience of a Hispanic community leader. As part of our series, "I Respectfully Disagree," a group of ten people models better dialogue in Gillette. Join us for that conversation.

Open 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 management may change, and how cities are asking lawmakers for the ability to raise money. Those stories and more.

Open 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 domestic violence. And we will feature a number of energy stories. Those stories and more.

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