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The Modern West

20 EpisodesProduced by Wyoming Public MediaWebsite

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: Season 1 Preview

August 21st, 2019

4:18

The Modern West is getting a reboot! New host, new theme music, and brand-new stories just for this podcast. Season 1 starts September 17.

The Modern West 51: Remembering World War II

July 2nd, 2019

17:30

A painting brings the attack on Pearl Harbor back to life, recalling the war years in Wyoming, and the story of a dramatic war-time prison break that only surfaced in recent years.

The Modern West 50: Archaeology And Fossils, Part 2

June 19th, 2019

20:02

Archaeologists are in a race against time to document some artifacts found in the Mountain West.

The Modern West 49: Archaeology And Fossils, Part 1

June 5th, 2019

24:03

How archaeologists are trying to track down the remaining pieces of a mammoth found in Wyoming.

The Modern West 48: Zarif Khan

May 22nd, 2019

17:56

Here's the story of an early 20 th century Pakistani immigrant who created a life in Wyoming and set the path for others to follow.

The Modern West 47: Back In The Saddle

April 30th, 2019

15:53

It's horseracing season, but instead of thoroughbreds, meet America's original horse.

The Modern West 46: Critters

April 19th, 2019

22:25

From the mighty moose to the tiny stone fly, scientists are learning more about the animals we live with in Wyoming. Meanwhile, in Idaho, a town is trying to get thousands of crows to move out of the neighborhood.

The Modern West 45: Winning Winter

March 26th, 2019

19:48

Men and women skiers might race down the same mountain, but the prize money at the bottom isn’t necessarily the same. Plus, how ice climbing is warming to female climbers and a conversation with the women who made dog …

The Modern West 44: High Country, High Voices

March 12th, 2019

17:25

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

The Modern West 43: Slippery Slope

February 22nd, 2019

23:44

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

26:36

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

31:39

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

23:13

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

The Modern West 38: Grizzly

September 19th, 2018

15:26

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

20:22

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

16:55

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

21:31

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

19:36

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

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