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Get in-depth analysis and stay up to date on the wide, wild and wonderful West. West Obsessed is an audio series produced in collaboration with KVNF community radio in Paonia, Colorado, where the editors and writers of High Country News discuss stories about the American West and why they matter.

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Get in-depth analysis and stay up to date on the wide, wild and wonderful West. West Obsessed is an audio series produced in collaboration with KVNF community radio in Paonia, Colorado, where the editors and writers of High Country News discuss stories about the American West and why they matter.

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I would be lost without High Country News

By Louise1994 - Aug 22 2017
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As someone who has lived in the rural west for the last quarter century, I rely on HCN to keep me informed on subjects that affect me. Subjects the corporate media will not cover. Plus, they have a great sense of humor.

iTunes Ratings

22 Ratings
Average Ratings
17
2
2
1
0

Maya

By shebealittleanoying - Aug 19 2019
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Could reduce the use of... like or you know.

I would be lost without High Country News

By Louise1994 - Aug 22 2017
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As someone who has lived in the rural west for the last quarter century, I rely on HCN to keep me informed on subjects that affect me. Subjects the corporate media will not cover. Plus, they have a great sense of humor.
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West Obsessed - High Country News

Latest release on Apr 05, 2018

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Get in-depth analysis and stay up to date on the wide, wild and wonderful West. West Obsessed is an audio series produced in collaboration with KVNF community radio in Paonia, Colorado, where the editors and writers of High Country News discuss stories about the American West and why they matter.

Rank #1: #2: What The Heck Is A Sagebrush Sherriff?

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Some of the most powerful figures in Western states are county sheriffs. They are elected officials, armed, with deputies and the ability to wrangle posses, and they can be hard to unseat. In this episode of “West Obsessed," Managing Editor Brian Calvert, Senior Editor Jonathan Thompson and Online Editor Tay Wiles discuss what makes county sheriffs so fascinating when it comes to public land issues, like those that led to the occupation of Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

Apr 19 2017

28mins

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Rank #2: #5: How Mexican Wolves Have Become Dangerously Inbred

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In the West, wildlife managers have wavered between killing Mexican wolves and trying to save them. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials have released wolves to the wild, then yanked them back out, a push-and-pull that is now forcing a reckoning with mismanagement and inbreeding among wolf populations. In this episode of “West Obsessed,” writers and editors of High Country News discuss a recent feature story on the wolves and ask: Is there hope for their recovery?

Apr 19 2017

31mins

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Rank #3: #30: The American alpine sublime

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The Rocky Mountains have long been a source of inspiration and art. This is apparent in the works of the poet Belle Turnbull, who wrote about the mining camps of Colorado, the beauty of the mountains, and her life in the Rockies. In this episode of West Obsessed, High Country News Editor-in-Chief Brian Calvert travels to Gunnison, Colorado, to discuss Turnbull, her work, and the questions it raises about modern wildness and the sublime with two professors from Western Colorado University: David Rothman, the head of Western’s creative writing program, and John Hausdoerffer, who heads the university’s environmental studies program.

Dec 08 2017

27mins

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Rank #4: #15: Traveling into uncomfortable Western corners

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In this episode of West Obsessed, High Country News Editor-in-chief Brian Calvert examines the uncomfortable Western corners featured in our annual Travel Issue. Anna V. Smith, editorial fellow, returns to the old-growth forest of her youth and questions her prior assumptions about her home. Maya L. Kapoor, associate editor, talks about an encounter with a wild hawk in a not so wild place.

Apr 20 2017

31mins

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Rank #5: #17: The science behind unruly fires

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In this episode of West Obsessed, High Country News editors and writers discuss the work of wildfire researchers. New studies are uncovering how intense wildfires create their own weather and move across the land — knowledge that could save lives.

Apr 20 2017

30mins

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Rank #6: #7: How to fix the West's broken health care system

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Across the West, rural communities struggle with access to good health care. Hospital closures, distant emergency rooms and a lack of rural health providers mean long wait times and a deficit of high-quality treatment. In this episode of West Obsessed, the writers and editors of High Country News discuss how some towns are finding innovative solutions to fill in the gaps.

Apr 20 2017

28mins

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Rank #7: #16: Busting the Tree Ring

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In this episode of West Obsessed, High Country News Editor-in-chief Brian Calvert and Publisher Paul Larmer bring HCN correspondent Ben Goldfarb into the studio to talk about his recent feature story an illegal timber poaching gang in Washington. How did an anonymous tip, DNA evidence and a century-old conservation law help the Forest Service take down a gang of maple poachers? Listen to find out.

Apr 20 2017

30mins

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Rank #8: #28: The tumultuous Bundy trials

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In April 2014, Cliven Bundy, along with hundreds of supporters, faced down federal agents over the removal of his cattle from public lands. They’d been illegally grazing for years and a court had ordered their impoundment. Three years later, Bundy, along with two of his sons and a handful of supporters, is slated to go on trial. It’s been a long and windy road to the courtroom; we break it down it this latest episode of West Obsessed.

Oct 19 2017

12mins

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Rank #9: #25: A river is reborn

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In this episode of West Obsessed, High Country News examines the lessons learned on Washington’s Elwha River, whose dams came down six years ago, and Utah’s Bear River, where a diversion is still being planned.

Sep 15 2017

25mins

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Rank #10: #29: How to cover Indian Country

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Native American communities are an integral part of the nation’s history —and future. However, even today there aren’t enough publications that know how to accurately tell their stories. In this episode of West Obsessed, the writers and editors of High Country News discuss the magazine’s efforts to tell better stories from Indian Country.

Nov 30 2017

31mins

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Rank #11: #21: Strange animal killings and the people who investigate them

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In this episode of West Obsessed, the editors and writers of High Country News talk about a strange spate of animal killings across the West, the people who investigate those crimes and the implications those acts have on public-lands management.

Jun 01 2017

28mins

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Rank #12: #24: So what if we're doomed?

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High Country News Editor-in-Chief Brian Calvert delves into the choices we must make as we begin to face the consequences of the Anthropocene. Reckoning with the grinding anxiety of climate change and the grief of losing our most precious species, how we cope with these fears will define us.

Aug 18 2017

29mins

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Rank #13: #8: How Trump is recoloring the West's politics

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Donald Trump’s unlikely run for the presidency has upset the political apple cart. Trump’s ridicule of Republican Party leaders, his calls for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and for a ban on Muslim immigration, and the vitriol and violence evident at his rallies raise major questions about our nation and our democracy. But how are they playing out in the West? In this episode of "West Obsessed," the writers and editors of High Country News discuss Trump's run for president and the impact its having in the region.

Apr 20 2017

27mins

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Rank #14: #22: Forces behind the flip

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Why did the rural Colorado town of Walsenburg swing from voting blue to red in the 2016 presidential election of Donald Trump? High Country News editors Brian Calvert and Kate Schimel talk to writer Leah Todd about her recent feature story on the politics behind the shift that helped elect Trump to the White House.

Jun 14 2017

29mins

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Rank #15: #10: What a Trump administration could mean in the West

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High Country News writers and editors discuss what implications the Donald Trump Administration may have on public lands, energy policy and Western communities.

Apr 20 2017

30mins

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#35: A desert divided on the borderlands

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The borderlands are a long-misunderstood region of the country, wrapped up in rhetoric and myth. In this episode of West Obsessed, Tucson-based Associate Editor Maya Kapoor joins Editor-in-Chief Brian Calvert and Deputy Editor-Digital Kate Schimel to discuss the realities of the border, the communities along it and their intertwined ecologies and economies.

Apr 05 2018

27mins

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#34: The growing Indigenous resistance to drilling in the Southwest

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In this episode of West Obsessed, contributing editor Jonathan Thompson joins High Country News editors Brian Calvert and Kate Schimel to explore the struggle of Navajo Nation residents, and others, to prevent more oil and gas exploration in historically important lands. Chaco Canyon holds cultural significance to several tribal nations and is also at the center of one of the richest oil and gas fields in the country.

Mar 07 2018

29mins

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#33: Indian Country's dual housing crises

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Writer Julian Brave Noisecat join High Country News editors on the latest episode of West Obsessed to talk about the original victims of gentrification. Inside this story is an emotional tale of one Indigenous family's experience with structural inequities that affect the availability of housing in both rural and urban areas.

Feb 12 2018

28mins

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#32: The State of Jefferson's undercurrent

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In the latest episode of West Obsessed, High Country News editors discuss a zealous political movement — a push for a 51st state — born from resentment of California’s liberal ‘resistance’ to Trump.

Jan 30 2018

26mins

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#31: 2017 in the West

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Since President Donald Trump was inaugurated in Jan. 2017, he and his administration have been steadily undoing Obama-era protections, including designations of national monuments and rules designed to fight climate change. In the latest episode of West Obsessed, High Country News’ D.C. Correspondent Elizabeth Shogren, and editors Brian Calvert, Kate Schimel and Paige Blankenbuehler review some of the most important rollbacks that hit the West this year.

Jan 18 2018

27mins

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#30: The American alpine sublime

Podcast cover
Read more
The Rocky Mountains have long been a source of inspiration and art. This is apparent in the works of the poet Belle Turnbull, who wrote about the mining camps of Colorado, the beauty of the mountains, and her life in the Rockies. In this episode of West Obsessed, High Country News Editor-in-Chief Brian Calvert travels to Gunnison, Colorado, to discuss Turnbull, her work, and the questions it raises about modern wildness and the sublime with two professors from Western Colorado University: David Rothman, the head of Western’s creative writing program, and John Hausdoerffer, who heads the university’s environmental studies program.

Dec 08 2017

27mins

Play

#29: How to cover Indian Country

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Read more
Native American communities are an integral part of the nation’s history —and future. However, even today there aren’t enough publications that know how to accurately tell their stories. In this episode of West Obsessed, the writers and editors of High Country News discuss the magazine’s efforts to tell better stories from Indian Country.

Nov 30 2017

31mins

Play

#28: The tumultuous Bundy trials

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In April 2014, Cliven Bundy, along with hundreds of supporters, faced down federal agents over the removal of his cattle from public lands. They’d been illegally grazing for years and a court had ordered their impoundment. Three years later, Bundy, along with two of his sons and a handful of supporters, is slated to go on trial. It’s been a long and windy road to the courtroom; we break it down it this latest episode of West Obsessed.

Oct 19 2017

12mins

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#27: No hoax

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In this episode of West Obsessed, we confront the realities of climate change as its impacts on the West begin to unfold. With an administration at odds with recognizing climate change, it’s even more important to see what efforts are being made at the grass roots level. We discuss the fragility of shellfish in an increasingly acidified ocean and the impact of extreme weather events on indigenous people, and what they’re doing about it.

Oct 05 2017

26mins

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#26: People-powered solar

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This episode of West Obsessed delves into the forces that shape our energy system — from corporate profit motives, to the individuals with solar panels on their roofs. A surprising win by solar customers in Nevada portends a shift.

Sep 21 2017

28mins

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#25: A river is reborn

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In this episode of West Obsessed, High Country News examines the lessons learned on Washington’s Elwha River, whose dams came down six years ago, and Utah’s Bear River, where a diversion is still being planned.

Sep 15 2017

25mins

Play

#24: So what if we're doomed?

Podcast cover
Read more
High Country News Editor-in-Chief Brian Calvert delves into the choices we must make as we begin to face the consequences of the Anthropocene. Reckoning with the grinding anxiety of climate change and the grief of losing our most precious species, how we cope with these fears will define us.

Aug 18 2017

29mins

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#23: Alaska's thru-hike pipedream

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In this episode of West Obsessed, High Country News Correspondent Krista Langlois talks about her recent feature story on a burgeoning recreation industry in the West's northern-most terrain. Alaska looks to the Trans-Alaska Pipeline as a boon for an unlikely economy in the Frontier State: Thru-hiking through rugged wilderness.

Jul 06 2017

29mins

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#22: Forces behind the flip

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Why did the rural Colorado town of Walsenburg swing from voting blue to red in the 2016 presidential election of Donald Trump? High Country News editors Brian Calvert and Kate Schimel talk to writer Leah Todd about her recent feature story on the politics behind the shift that helped elect Trump to the White House.

Jun 14 2017

29mins

Play

#21: Strange animal killings and the people who investigate them

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In this episode of West Obsessed, the editors and writers of High Country News talk about a strange spate of animal killings across the West, the people who investigate those crimes and the implications those acts have on public-lands management.

Jun 01 2017

28mins

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#20: A rural town's prison economy

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In this episode of West Obsessed, the editors and writers of High Country News reflect on the story of Adelanto, California, a prison town that reflects Western truths of reinvention and subjugation. We take you inside a detention facility designed for the innocent. Why does such a place exist at all? And why was it built in the American West?

May 18 2017

29mins

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#19: Marching for science

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In this episode of West Obsessed, the staff of High Country News looks at Science Marches and how it hits home in the West.

Apr 25 2017

29mins

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#17: The science behind unruly fires

Podcast cover
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In this episode of West Obsessed, High Country News editors and writers discuss the work of wildfire researchers. New studies are uncovering how intense wildfires create their own weather and move across the land — knowledge that could save lives.

Apr 20 2017

30mins

Play

#16: Busting the Tree Ring

Podcast cover
Read more
In this episode of West Obsessed, High Country News Editor-in-chief Brian Calvert and Publisher Paul Larmer bring HCN correspondent Ben Goldfarb into the studio to talk about his recent feature story an illegal timber poaching gang in Washington. How did an anonymous tip, DNA evidence and a century-old conservation law help the Forest Service take down a gang of maple poachers? Listen to find out.

Apr 20 2017

30mins

Play

#15: Traveling into uncomfortable Western corners

Podcast cover
Read more
In this episode of West Obsessed, High Country News Editor-in-chief Brian Calvert examines the uncomfortable Western corners featured in our annual Travel Issue. Anna V. Smith, editorial fellow, returns to the old-growth forest of her youth and questions her prior assumptions about her home. Maya L. Kapoor, associate editor, talks about an encounter with a wild hawk in a not so wild place.

Apr 20 2017

31mins

Play

iTunes Ratings

22 Ratings
Average Ratings
17
2
2
1
0

Maya

By shebealittleanoying - Aug 19 2019
Read more
Could reduce the use of... like or you know.

I would be lost without High Country News

By Louise1994 - Aug 22 2017
Read more
As someone who has lived in the rural west for the last quarter century, I rely on HCN to keep me informed on subjects that affect me. Subjects the corporate media will not cover. Plus, they have a great sense of humor.