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 October 15, 2021

On this episode, we'll hear about one Wyoming county with no hospital and low COVID vaccination rates...many of the residents say they're skeptical of the vaccine. We will bring you another episode of the Kids Ask WhY podcast where kids talk about COVID-19 with a Wyoming doctor. Plus a conversation with Wyoming's House Minority Leader Cathy Connolly on a wide range of subjects including Juvenile Justice. Those stories and more.

Open Spaces October 8, 2021

On this episode, Wyoming National Guard whistleblowers are saying they got retaliated for trying to go down the official channels of reporting sexual harassment and workplace hostility complaints. Much of the water in the West is already designated in a deal that was made when there was a lot of precipitation. A climbing project outside the Wind River Reservation is years into planning. But the Tribes don't feel like they've been brought to the table. Plus an interesting conversation on the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women. Those stories and more.

Open Spaces October 1, 2021

On this episode, when it comes to kids back in the classroom, the coronavirus is one problem. Wildfire smoke is another. Much of the west is gripped in a historic drought. There are a lot of ideas for how to relieve it, some more feasible than others. In Teton County, crab apples are attracting bears... a team of entrepreneurs came up with an idea. Those stories and more.

Open Spaces September 17, 2021

On this episode, DACA recipients in Teton County can qualify to buy affordable housing. But some don't like it. Supporters say it benefits the community. Hospitals across the West are becoming overburdened with mostly unvaccinated COVID-19 patients. There's not much research into how wildfire smoke affects animals who spend most or all of their time outside, but one researcher has scratched the surface. We'll have those stories and a look at sundown towns in the Mountain West.

Open Spaces September 10, 2021

On this episode, a move by the Biden administration to mandate vaccinations for long-term care staff has worried officials in the state that it could increase an already existing staff shortage. We will also chat with the Natrona County Health Officer Mark Dowell about the reluctance to get vaccinations. Wyoming is welcoming legalized sports betting this month. Those stories and more.

Open Spaces September 3, 2021

On this episode, we will talk about some COVID-19 blowups across the state including in Sweetwater County where they were forced to cancel all elective surgeries. To Hot Springs County where the school district was forced to go online and the caseload skyrocketed. Plus, the federal government is rounding up thousands of wild horses to save them from the region's severe drought. Join us for those stories and an episode of our Kids Ask WhY podcast.

Open Spaces August 27, 2021

On this episode, fall sports at the University of Wyoming are getting underway including the start of the UW football season next weekend. Athletics Director Tom Burman says there will be no special protocols for those attending next week's game. The Jackson Hole Latinx community identified a gap in resources for high school students so they came together to create a new internship program. The brunt of the opioid epidemic has finally made it to the Mountain West, and it means that some pills and drugs aren't what they seem. Those stories and more.

Open Spaces August 20, 2021

On this episode, COVID-19 is surging and some are calling for required vaccinations, including some students at the University of Wyoming. We will also get an update on the COVID-19 challenges in Teton County. In Laramie, houses are scarce. And the houses that are available are often unaffordable. It's been a record hot summer, and that's causing some Mountain Westerners to change their way of life–or at least the way they cool their home. Those stories and the finale in the Tribal jail series.

Open Spaces August 6, 2021

On this episode, Wyoming is struggling to get people vaccinated and a research study on vaccine messaging doesn't shed light on a solution. Campbell County will be voting on establishing an independent community college district. And this fall is the 50th anniversary of an important experiment that proved Einstein's theory of relativity. The experiment involved a former Laramie man. Those stories and more.

Open Spaces July 30, 2021

On this episode, we remember the political career of Senator Mike Enzi who died this week. A ranching family in southeast Wyoming wants to drill several water wells that would drain billions of gallons of groundwater there. But the neighbors are fighting to stop them. Climb Wyoming, is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. The organization tries to help mothers deal with the stress of poverty. Those stories and a look at tick season.