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The Modern West

The Modern West

From Wyoming Public Radio

Exploring the evolving identity of the American West.

Most Recent Episodes

One Size Does Not Fit All - Part Six of High Altitude Tales

One Size Does Not Fit All - Part Six of High Altitude Tales

The Tamers and the Tamed - Part Five of High Altitude Tales

Recidivism rates in the U.S. are some of the highest in the world, and in Wyoming, 33 percent of inmates are back in prison within the first year. But studies show that animal therapy can help reduce that by teaching things like responsibility, nonviolence and empathy. Most programs pair inmates with dogs. But Wyoming has a special program – one of only five in the country – that teaches inmates how to tame wild horses.

Chasing the Dragon - Part Four of High Altitude Tales

In the resort town of Jackson Hole, WY, the housing shortage is so bad that people are finding crazy workarounds for how to live there. Like this guy, living in his van. "It's cold when you come back. And then the issue is, like, all your water freezes and all your stuff is frozen. And trying to dry ski stuff or anything like that it's a pain - but once the heaters are goin it gets crankin' in here!"

Wolves #2101 and #2301- Part Three of High Altitude Tales

The story of two wolves in Colorado's North Park, a father and a son, and how the community is – or is not – coming to terms with their presence."Wolves represent a lot of what farming and ranching is about, which is like, you have no control ultimately."Wolves #2101 and #2301: episode 3 of our series High Altitude Tales.

The Sixth Boom - Part Two of High Altitude Tales

Take a bike ride into a tiny forgotten historic mining town that sits at the intersection of two beloved through trails. For hardcore bikers and hikers, this town is an oasis. And for a community used to cycles of boom and bust, there's hope this boom could last.

Courage is a Muscle - Part One of High Altitude Tales

Exactly 100 years to the day after a woman named Eleanor Davis became the first recorded woman to ever climb the Grand Teton – a nearly 14,000 foot-tall mountain that's the namesake for Grand Teton National Park – an all-female group of climbers is summiting the peak to celebrate her legacy. Hannah Habermann tagged along for the adventure.

High Altitude Tales Trailer

Miss us? We're back for Season 8 of The Modern West - High Altitude Tales. High Altitude Tales drops on April 3rd on all of your favorite streaming platforms.

Urban Wildfires: a Burn Scar Bonus

"In Paradise, what the fire didn't take was the sense of community that exists there. Our mission was, 'look how far we've come, and it's a vision to the future."

Our Imperfect Human Selves

Ariel makes the trip out to see the new construction of her family home. But it's nothing like the one that burned down in the Marshall Fire. Her feeling of solastalgia is long gone.

A Desirable Neighborhood

Ariel's family and neighbors are starting to rebuild after the Marshall Fire destroyed their homes. But now new green building codes are making it super expensive. Ariel's brother is dubious.