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Most Recent Episodes

Open Spaces February 15, 2019

On this episode, Wyoming has the most dangerous workplaces in the country. But a Wyoming law could be making it worse by making it hard for undocumented immigrants to get worker's compensation. And we'll hear about why the University of Wyoming is concerned about proposed changes to the federal guidelines concerning campus sexual assault. Also...acclaimed Mexican-American writer Luis Alberto Urrea tells the story of how he came to write his latest novel. And a bipartisan plan to make a land and

Open Spaces February 8, 2019

On this episode, it seems like more anti-abortion bills are getting traction in the legislature, the question is why? Wyoming's population has been decreasing for the past couple of years but we find there is a population that is growing in Cody. Kids can't vote but they can lobby for policy change. Those stories and the next edition of Story Corps from Jackson.

Open Spaces January 25, 2018

On this episode, how oil and gas permitting continued to occur on public lands while the shutdown was in full swing. Agencies that distribute food and food stamps say all the uncertainty about the government shutdown could mean people will get lost in the system. The 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp and CBD but Wyoming hasn't followed suit... will the legislature change that? We'll also hear about the efforts of lawmakers to improve Wyoming elections and hear an interview with the publisher of

Open Spaces January 18, 2018

On this episode, a decision at legislature about how to zone a new private school in Jackson and a uranium mine's pursuit to solve its financial woes using acid. Following an officer-involved shooting, Laramie reckons with whether lethal force was really necessary. We'll join some bird lovers on one of the last rural bird counts in the U.S. And we'll find out how Wyoming communities are recycling now that China is opting not to buy U.S. recycling materials. Those stories and more.

Open Spaces January 11, 2018

On this episode, during the partial government shutdown, the oil and gas industry says it's feeling the impact but critics say the industry is still getting a better deal than most. The legislature is back in session and it's considering changing the way it raises taxes. And we will look at how the gender wage gap extends to some of Wyoming's pro skiers. Those stories and our latest I Respectfully Disagree.

Open Spaces December 21, 2018

On this episode, we will hear from Governor-elect Mark Gordon as he prepares for office. We will go to Cheyenne for a story about how trauma impacts sexual violence investigations. Wyoming is testing out new technology—a digital driver's license. But not everyone is excited about it. Join us for these stories and more.

Open Spaces December 7, 2018

On this episode, Governor Matt Mead is wrapping up his final weeks and he'll discuss some topics including his biggest disappointment. Farmers have been turning to Twitter to have conversations about mental health and depression. State lawmakers are looking at ways to reduce the prison population and if they don't... it'll be costly. Those stories and more.

Open Spaces November 30, 2018

On this episode, Wyoming is looking at the high cost of health care and insurance. Mistrust between environmental groups and local government is keeping the Yellowstone Grizzly Bear in limbo. And we'll explore why Washington DC lawmakers could learn from local collaborators working to solve wildlife and other controversial issues. Those stories, plus reports on oil prices and the 3rd annual conference for violence prevention and response in the state.

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.

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