The Modern West Exploring the evolving identity of the American West.
The Modern West

The Modern West

From Wyoming Public Radio

Exploring the evolving identity of the American West.

Most Recent Episodes

The Small-Town Drag Queen

It wasn't easy growing up queer in small-town Wyoming. And when Taylar went to college in Laramie, an assault left her in pieces...until she found community with Giselle and the Dragonettes. Follow them as they head to the big city for a David Bowie drag competition.

A Walk Across The Prairie

When Emily Chen-Newton moved to Nebraska, she was worried she'd miss her Kentucky mountains. But then she walked a long section of the new Great Plains Trail and realized her new home was a more magical place than she gave it credit for. And not so flat either.

The Rancher And The Wild

Albert Sommers is a rancher who thought he'd seen it all. When he found a mysteriously dead calf, he started wondering: how wild should our wild places be?

Coming Soon To A Feed Near You...

A preview of our summer mini-season: three episodes that take you deep into the real West to meet people thinking hard about the future of this place. Predators, prairie, and pots of glitter.

Episode 10: The Widower

Bob was devastated when his wife died of cancer. He'd been her main caregiver, and afterward, he realized that now he had to face his old age alone. No kids, no family nearby. And living in the West, he started worrying about how inaccessible senior care could be. That's when his gallows humor took over. (more...)

Episode 9: What You're Missing About Coal Country

Once upon a time, coal miners took pride in the hard work they did. But these days the coal industry is sluggish and miners are feeling left behind—even disrespected—by the world. What they want most now is to just figure out how to hold on to the strong community that coal once gave them. (more...)

Episode 8: The Man From Lodge Grass

Quincy Dabney loved growing up in Lodge Grass on the Crow Reservation in Montana. But then, just like him, it started falling apart. Now Quincy is working to save the hometown that saved him. (more...)

Episode 7: Bringing The Buffalo Home

It's been over a century since the U.S. government exterminated bison from the Great Plains as a way to win the war against the Native American tribes there. But now reservations across the West are working to bring them back. (more...)

Episode 6: The Next Yellowstone

Imagine Congress agreeing to create national forests and wildlife refuges these days. Probably wouldn't happen. So when a billionaire realized a large swath of the Great Plains needed special protections he decided to do it himself, without the government's help. His dream is for a new kind of privately-owned national park–one as expansive as Yellowstone. (more...)

Episode 5: Belonging

Young people from Gen Z are moving to cities around the West. But in doing so, they're also out-migrating from rural hometowns in places like Wyoming and New Mexico. Conversations between young people about why they leave and why they stay. (more...)

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