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Most Recent Episodes

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.

Open Spaces August 3rd, 2018

On this episode, UW announced it is shutting down its biodiversity institute, sending mixed messages about the university's commitment to community engagement. The University of Wyoming football team had one of the nation's best defenses last year and hopes to get even better this season. And a story about local, agricultural entrepreneurs who have gone beyond wheat, wool, and seeds. Those stories and more.

Open Spaces July 27, 2018

On this episode, some reports predict a recession could come within the next 6 months to two years. Which may seem strange when the economy is doing so well. With the NFL pushing for a policy that says its players on the field must stand for the anthem, the political debate is a familiar story to 14 black men that once played football at the University of Wyoming. And we'll tag along with some Game Wardens as they compete in a series of competitive games. Those stories and more.

Open Spaces July 20, 2018

On this episode, the Endangered Species Act is in the news this week and Senator Barrasso wants to give more power to states. A new project spearheaded by the University of Wyoming is trying to create a new niche ag market for the state. In Wyoming's lake mud are thousands of years worth of history... and tiny microbes are the memory keepers. Plus interviews with two more political candidates. Those stories and more.

Open Spaces July 13, 2018

On this episode, we will hear from Republican Candidate for Governor Taylor Haynes who says he will bring a conservative and constitutional approach to the governor's office. Senator Barrasso argues that Republicans did the right thing by trying to get rid of the Affordable Care Act. And the fly fishing community has found itself in the middle of a heated debate about what it means to be an ethical angler. What started it all? A magazine cover. Those stories and more.

Open Spaces June 29, 2018

On this episode, Wyoming's second largest industry – travel and hospitality – tries to navigate legal immigrants to compensate for the decreasing available local workforce. A lengthy battle between Campbell County and a coal company has ended with few happy; but it could lead to a change in laws around ad valorem taxes. Wyoming farmers and nutrition groups around the state are collaborating to solve problems of hungry and a lack of access to healthy foods. Those stories and an interview with

"Time Heals All Wounds:" Breaking Bread, Finding Common Ground After Angry Mosque Incident

On this episode, we bring you a civil discourse between a Muslim community member and a man who started the Facebook page Stop Islam In Gillette. The idea of the conversation was just to get two people sitting in the same room. But it ends up going farther, bringing up painful encounters. And there are glimmers when these diametrically opposed men are able to acknowledge mistakes they made along the way. A conversation not to be missed.

"Time Heals All Wounds:" Breaking Bread, Finding Common Ground After Angry Mosque Incident

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