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Exploring the evolving identity of the American West. Produced by Wyoming Public Media and PRX, The Modern West takes you on a sound-rich journey into some of America's most iconic landscapes. Guided by host Melodie Edwards' personal connection to the region, it's an unflinching look at the American West--its problematic history, its modern-day struggles and resilience, and how its present and future are being shaped.

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Exploring the evolving identity of the American West. Produced by Wyoming Public Media and PRX, The Modern West takes you on a sound-rich journey into some of America's most iconic landscapes. Guided by host Melodie Edwards' personal connection to the region, it's an unflinching look at the American West--its problematic history, its modern-day struggles and resilience, and how its present and future are being shaped.

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Telling stories that deserve to be told

By Outsidener - Dec 05 2019
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Thank you for this refreshingly modern look at the American West and your focus on rural and public land issues!

We want more!

By Eliza Rad - Sep 18 2019
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Can’t express enough love for this one! An excellent podcast with a western, yet modern feel. So excited to see what stories, interviews and tales come next! Great work from the Wyoming NPR team!

iTunes Ratings

29 Ratings
Average Ratings
26
2
1
0
0

Telling stories that deserve to be told

By Outsidener - Dec 05 2019
Read more
Thank you for this refreshingly modern look at the American West and your focus on rural and public land issues!

We want more!

By Eliza Rad - Sep 18 2019
Read more
Can’t express enough love for this one! An excellent podcast with a western, yet modern feel. So excited to see what stories, interviews and tales come next! Great work from the Wyoming NPR team!
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The Modern West

Latest release on Jul 22, 2020

All 15 episodes from oldest to newest

The Small-Town Drag Queen

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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.

Jul 22 2020

32mins

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A Walk Across The Prairie

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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.

Jul 01 2020

28mins

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The Rancher And The Wild

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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?

Jun 17 2020

37mins

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Coming Soon To A Feed Near You...

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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.

Jun 03 2020

3mins

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Episode 10: The Widower

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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…)

Dec 20 2019

26mins

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Episode 9: What You’re Missing About Coal Country

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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…)

Dec 05 2019

37mins

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Episode 8: The Man From Lodge Grass

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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…)

Nov 20 2019

36mins

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Episode 7: Bringing The Buffalo Home

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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…)

Nov 13 2019

27mins

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Episode 6: The Next Yellowstone

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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.

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Nov 06 2019

49mins

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Episode 5: Belonging

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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…)

Oct 23 2019

23mins

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