Open Spaces A news and public affairs program about Wyoming and the West.
Open Spaces

Open Spaces

From Wyoming Public Radio

A news and public affairs program about Wyoming and the West.

Most Recent Episodes

Open Spaces, January 20, 2023

Today on the show, the second week of the legislative session has ended. If passed, a bill may soon protect a little-known archeological site in eastern Wyoming. Plus, policymakers are considering a bill they hope will stall the anticipated decline of coal. And it's been some 80 years since Japanese Americans were forced into internment camps throughout our region...one is set to be restored by the National Park Service. Join us for these stories and more.

Open Spaces January 13, 2023

Today on the show, the Wyoming 67th legislative session has begun. We spoke with a few of the leader policymakers. Across the west, bighorn sheep are at risk of catching pneumonia. Wyoming researchers are trying to understand why different herds react differently. And the federal government has been looking for solutions to the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous people, but progress has been slow. Those stories and more.

Open Spaces December 30, 2022

Today, we're looking back at our stories from 2022. The newsroom picked a couple of our favorites. We'll hear about how two hospitals in the state cut pregnancy services this year. A team at the University of Wyoming is trying to help return cultural artifacts in museums to their rightful owners. And we look into how rising temperatures can affect the livestock industry. Those stories and more.

Open Spaces December 23, 2022

Today on the show, we have a special holiday themed Open Spaces! A nationwide program connects kids and cops to help foster a good relationship between the two. If you write a letter to Santa Claus, it's sometimes hard to know if and when he receives them. One program in Southwest Wyoming makes sure you get a personalized response. And we'll hear from you all - about your favorite holiday traditions. Those stories and more.

Open Spaces December 16, 2022

Today on the show, with no hate crime or nondiscrimination laws at the state level, towns across Wyoming, like Casper, are taking it upon themselves to draft legislation. About thirty percent of Jackson's population is Latino - many of whom come from Tlaxcala, Mexico. The Mexican government is opening an office in Jackson to help these immigrants get passports and visas. And a group convened by Governor Mark Gordon released its final report after being tasked to come up with ways to improve Wyoming's education system. Those stories and more.

Open Spaces December 9, 2022

Today on the show, one tribe in our region is restoring the site of one of the bloodiest massacres of Native Americans in U.S. history. A long time voice heard at University of Wyoming athletics events has stepped away from the microphone. And a new podcast is focusing on wolves to educate the public about the role of wildlife on the landscape. Those stories and more.

Open Spaces December 2, 2022

Today on the show, a challenge to Wyoming's abortion ban is now headed to the state's supreme court. We head to the one clinic that provides medical abortions in the state. Some precious metals dealers have seen a recent uptick in people interested in alternative currencies as inflation has risen. We'll hear an interview with Aziz Abu Sarah. He recently came to Wyoming to talk about his life work - helping people across the globe understand each other and let go of hate. Those stories and more.

Open Spaces November 18, 2022

Today on the show, we'll float down the Snake River with the Wyoming Game and Fish, trying to get a better understanding of cutthroat trout. Wyoming's new congresswoman Harriett Hageman speaks to us about her plans for her new position. And we tag along for two different contests.... we'll taste test tap water in our region, and visit a mustache competition in Casper. Those stories and more.

Open Spaces November 4, 2022

Today on the show, we take a look at the increased number of challengers that are on the local ballots for the upcoming election. And ask Wyomingites what they're worried about in the state. And resident hunters in the Mountain West often have a favorite piece of public land to hunt. For some, though, it seems to be getting a bit crowded. Those stories and more.

Open Spaces October 28, 2022

Today on the show, we hear from Republican candidate for State Superintendent Megen Degenfelder. Elk hunting season is already in full swing this year, however, the Game and Fish Department says warmer weather is making it harder to fill tags. Plus we get into the Halloween spirit and learn more about ghost tours. Those stories and more.