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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

Open Spaces June 15, 2018

On this episode, guns are now allowed in schools with school board approval, but in Evanston some say the district is moving too fast. Lots of scientists depend on Wyoming's public lands to do their research. And a story about a proposed coal bailout. Those stories and a conversation with a candidate for Governor Mark Gordon.

Open Spaces June 8, 2018

On this episode, we will hear Republican Sam Galeotos and Democrat Mary Throne discuss their bids for governor. We will also look into the arrival of a threatening disease to Wyoming that could wipe out whole colonies of bats. We will look into the work of a fire meteorologist. And have a discussion about graduation standards. Those stories and more.

Open Spaces June 1, 2018

On this episode, to the dismay of some, Wyoming is moving forward with a grizzly bear hunt. We'll hear about the first utility-scale solar facility and what it means for Wyoming's solar industry. And a new exhibit at Heart Mountain showcases watercolors by one of the few white women incarcerated in the Japanese-American internment camps during World War II. Those stories, plus conversations with Foster Friess about his campaign for Governor and a Jackson-based polar explorer – it's all ahead.

Open Spaces May 18, 2018

On this episode, observers say that better treatment options could reduce Wyoming's prison population. In our 'Faces Behind The Fire' series, we'll meet an archaeologist who works with firefighters each summer, saving Wyoming's precious artifacts from destruction. We'll also go in search of an owl that's become harder to spot as climate change has dried up its habitat. We chat with U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue...and discuss some possible changes to the University trustee's powers of

Open Spaces May 11, 2018

On this episode, the Wind River Reservation tribes have collaborated to pass a law combating violence against women. A geyser that's normal inactive in Yellowstone National Park has erupted four times in the last 2 months. Does this mean doomsday is near or is it normal? A story about a 50-million-year-old mammal found in a southwest Wyoming quarry and why it's so valuable. Plus Congress has crafted a water bill that could have lots of support in Wyoming. Those stories and more.

Open Spaces May 4, 2018

On the episode, the governor's economic diversity council says Wyoming's adults need to go back to school and that the state should help pay for it. We will have a story about the likely bankruptcy of the eight largest coal producer in the country due in part to a market strategy. We'll hear voices from the commemoration of the 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty. And speak with Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Gary Trauner. Those stories and more.

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