The Modern West

20 EpisodesProduced by Wyoming Public Media

The Modern West is a rich collection of news and cultural stories from the Mountain West. Features, interviews, oral history, readings, and more offer a snapshot of Western life.

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The Modern West 44: High Country, High Voices

March 12th, 2019


New York, Milan…Casper? Opera comes to Wyoming.

The Modern West 43: Slippery Slope

February 22nd, 2019


Ski season is upon us as the sport faces major changes: how climate change is affecting ski resorts and whether downhill skiing is turning into a sport reserved for the wealthy.

The Modern West 42: 'We're Still Here, We're Not A Vanishing Race'

January 15th, 2019


How the University of Wyoming hopes to increase Native American student enrollment, and how public school curricula represent indigenous peoples.

The Modern West 41: Climate Change Remains Contentious In The West

December 14th, 2018


As the urgency around climate change increases, here’s a look at how the West is reacting.

The Modern West 40: More People, Less Affordable Housing

November 20th, 2018


The Mountain West's population boom is putting a squeeze on affordable housing. What's being done address the issue?

The Modern West 39: The Fight For Land Conservation

October 16th, 2018


Are public lands meant to be used or protected?

The Modern West 38: Grizzly

September 19th, 2018


Context and controversy surrounding the delisting of the Yellowstone grizzly bear and this fall's proposed hunt.

The Modern West 37: "Whiskey's For Drinkin' And Water's For Fightin' Over"

August 21st, 2018


In the arid West, how do we manage the limited amount of water available to us? Exploring the complex issues of water…where it comes from, how it’s used, and who gets to use it.

The Modern West 36: Unexpected Migration

July 20th, 2018


As climate change warms the West, birds of prey are moving north. What happens when an apex predator leaves its native hunting grounds?

The Modern West 35: Forgotten Women Of The West

June 21st, 2018


From washing the army’s clothes to solving murders, three authors tell the stories of strong Western women.

The Modern West 34: From Fact To Fancy, How Native Americans Are Portrayed

May 18th, 2018


Nearly a quarter of Wyoming’s population is Native American. But how they are portrayed—by Natives and by whites—is complicated.

The Modern West 33: Women In Wyoming, Part 2

April 17th, 2018


More conversations from the series Women in Wyoming …about pushing boundaries and redefining what it means to live in the modern West. Featuring Neltje and Affie Ellis.

The Modern West 32: Women In Wyoming, Part 1

March 27th, 2018


Conversations from the series Women in Wyoming …about pushing boundaries and redefining what it means to live in the modern West. Featuring Nimi and Nina McConigley.

The Modern West 31: Cleaning Up Coal, Folly Or The Future?

February 21st, 2018


Coal is cheap, abundant…and dirty. In a greening energy economy, is clean coal the answer?

The Modern West 30: Melting And Migration

December 19th, 2017


This time, we visit melting ice fields, ask whether climate change is fueling summer fires, and step into the hooves of big animals as they migrate to winter ranges.

The Modern West 29: Home On The Range

November 21st, 2017


There’s a reason the cowboy hat is a symbol of Wyoming: ranching is woven into the state’s cultural fabric. On this episode, we’ll take you out on …

The Modern West 28: Tiny Town, Big Bands

October 17th, 2017


In the mid-20 th century, the little town of Elk Mountain, Wyoming drew crowds from miles and miles away to its summer dances on the bouncy floor at the Garden Spot Pavilion.

The Modern West 27: Dark Side Of The Moon

September 19th, 2017


August’s total solar eclipse drew hundreds of thousands of people to Wyoming for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

The Modern West 26: Going To The Movies

August 15th, 2017


Wyoming is the setting for many a Western—even if the films aren’t shot on location. But even if big studios pass the state by, Wyomingites are making their own movies.

The Modern West 25: Take A Trip On The Lincoln Highway

July 18th, 2017


The Lincoln Highway was the first road to run coast-to-coast. Join us for a road trip with stops at some of the quirkiest roadside attractions along …

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