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A news and public affairs program about Wyoming and the West.

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A news and public affairs program about Wyoming and the West.

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Wyoming spirit captured here

By Eliza Rad - Sep 18 2019
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LOVE that open spaces episodes are in podcast form. News, stories, important conversations, content with a distinctly Wyoming feel, there is nothing not to treasure about this show. Keeps me company on road trips or cold afternoons at home. Can’t get enough Open Spaces.

News gone wrong.

By RidgebackWY - Jul 16 2019
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Yes I understand the state is changing, and yes I understand that people are changing, but this is purely liberal bias news. To put out content about state housing for illegal immigrants, regional popularity for the wealthy, gay or whatever sexual agendas, white people talking about Native American arts and welfare, and state geopolitical agendas just shows this NPR style network is motivated by everything this state has tried to keep from becoming. It is a very unfortunate reminder that there is almost nowhere left to escape to.

iTunes Ratings

20 Ratings
Average Ratings
17
2
0
0
1

Wyoming spirit captured here

By Eliza Rad - Sep 18 2019
Read more
LOVE that open spaces episodes are in podcast form. News, stories, important conversations, content with a distinctly Wyoming feel, there is nothing not to treasure about this show. Keeps me company on road trips or cold afternoons at home. Can’t get enough Open Spaces.

News gone wrong.

By RidgebackWY - Jul 16 2019
Read more
Yes I understand the state is changing, and yes I understand that people are changing, but this is purely liberal bias news. To put out content about state housing for illegal immigrants, regional popularity for the wealthy, gay or whatever sexual agendas, white people talking about Native American arts and welfare, and state geopolitical agendas just shows this NPR style network is motivated by everything this state has tried to keep from becoming. It is a very unfortunate reminder that there is almost nowhere left to escape to.
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Open Spaces

Latest release on Aug 07, 2020

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A news and public affairs program about Wyoming and the West.

Rank #1: Open Spaces April 17, 2020

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On this episode, we will be joined by Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon who will discuss the latest state plans connected with COVID-19. One economist says the closure of casinos on the Wind River Reservation could gut reservation economies. As small, rural hospitals in Wyoming are preparing for a potential surge of patients -- they are most worried about their health care providers. Those stories and more.

Apr 18 2020

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Rank #2: Open Spaces March 27, 2020

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On this episode, we'll focus most of our attention on the impacts COVID-19 is having on the state. The coronavirus is identifying the shortage of intensive care unit beds in the United States but there's another shortage that might be even more important in our region. Wyoming's top K-12 education official give us an update on how coronavirus has affected schools. And we'll also hear how parents are scrambling to figure out how to homeschool their kids. Those stories and more.

Mar 28 2020

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Open Spaces August 7, 2020

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On this episode, an influx of visitors will be in Northeast Wyoming because of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. And officials are preparing. We take a look at how meat producers are trying to get inventory out to their customers as processing plants are backed up. The Trump administration is pushing for schools to reopen in-person this fall. We'll hear from one school counselor and parent about the things they're weighing. Those stories and more.

Aug 07 2020

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Open Spaces July 31, 2020

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On this episode, we will have an interview with new UW President Ed Seidel on topics ranging from his goals to reopening the University. Wyoming's community colleges are planning for the fall semester. Without federal guidance, each is developing a unique plan for its campus, from the classroom to the dorm. Wyoming's Congressional delegation has different ideas from the President regarding COVID-19 and we continue our series on racial tension in Fremont County. Those stories and more.

Jul 31 2020

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Open Spaces July 17, 2020

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On this episode, Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon announced the start of $250 million of budget cuts with more announcements on the way. Three years ago, a federal court ruled that the City of Riverton is not part of the Wind River Reservation. But a more recent ruling calls that into question. People are doubting science, and there are many theories why. Those stories and more.

Jul 18 2020

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Open Spaces July 10, 2020

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On this episode, we'll hear from food service businesses about how they've adapted to a "new normal" during the COVID-19 pandemic. RVs and trailers are having a moment right now, with Americans looking for a way to vacation without sacrificing their safety. And how the pandemic is affecting the pocketbooks of professional cowboys. Also, a new coal mine is coming to the Powder River Basin and an update on Laramie's Pilot Hill project. Those and more.

Jul 10 2020

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Open Spaces June 26, 2020

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On this episode, a local reproductive health clinic in Gillette lost its county funding and it could have big impacts on the people it serves. We will bring you the latest on efforts by the state of Wyoming to purchase millions of acres of land in southern Wyoming and it's not easy being a Wyoming artist. Plus why the Wyoming delegation is excited about efforts to get rid of regulations. Those stories and more.

Jun 26 2020

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Open Spaces June 19, 2020

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On this episode, we will visit some of the smaller towns where Black Lives Matter protests have occurred. It's been a scary time for undocumented workers. And a town remains skeptical about COVID-19 despite being the county with the most cases. Those stories and more.

Jun 19 2020

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Open Spaces June 12, 2020

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On this episode, we'll hear from Black Wyomingites who've been protesting around our state in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd. We bring you a story exploring some of the opposition to the movement. We'll also visit with State Health Officer Doctor Alexia Harrist who will discuss where we are with COVID 19 and where she hopes to be. Those stories and more.

Jun 12 2020

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Open Spaces June 5, 2020

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On this episode, we bring you a special episode on the 150th anniversary of women's suffrage in the Equality State. We'll look at the history of Wyoming getting involved in women's voting rights. We'll also revisit the challenge of getting women elected to the legislature. We'll also hear from the first woman publisher at the Sheridan press, who's putting her focus on the community. Those stories and more.

Jun 05 2020

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Open Spaces May 29, 2020

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On this episode, recently Wyoming Public Radio won Regional Edward R. Murrow awards for best hard news, investigative and sports story. We also won for best use of sound, best continuing coverage and best documentary. Today we thought we'd play you some of those pieces. One story looks at the lack of police training when it comes to sexual assault. To challenges surrounding long term care and finding work if you're a laid off miner. We will look at an extreme sport you may not have heard of. And what climate change does to ice fishing. Kick back and join us for the next hour.

May 29 2020

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Open Spaces May 22, 2020

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On this episode, Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney talks about the importance of following health orders when it comes to COVID-19. Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks partially re-opened this week. A long time National Park Service employee expects a trial and error approach. We'll hear from members of the Wheeler family of Ethete, who lost 3 loved ones on a single day to COVID-19. Those stories and more.

May 22 2020

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Open Spaces May 15, 2020

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On this episode, the month of Ramadan is a time for Muslims around the world to gather and pray and help the people around them. Usually international students travel home. And we'll hear Wyomingites on your pandemic silver linings. Yellowstone National Park gateway communities are using a unique if smelly way to help monitor covid 19 as tourists start rolling through, by testing the community's poop. Also, the huge hit to WYDOT's budget from the pandemic and how it's crippling hospital's finances. Those stories and more.

May 15 2020

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Open Spaces May 8, 2020

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The coronavirus pandemic has upended everyone's lives. But it's been especially disappointing for high school seniors. With casinos closed and oil and gas revenues stalled, The Wind River Reservation is facing tough economic times. Douglas was booming. But the crash in crude demand has caused it to empty out. Businesses across the area are reeling. Those stories and more.

May 08 2020

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Open Spaces May 1, 2020

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Today on the show, the Wind River Reservation remains under a stay-at-home order, while our state begins to ease restrictions meant to slow the spread of COVID-19. Additionally, experts say people still need to be careful of a false sense of security by looking at the number of coronavirus cases in their counties. Summer usually signals the start of Wyoming's wedding season. But this year things will probably look very different. Those stories and more.

May 01 2020

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Open Spaces April 17, 2020

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On this episode, we will be joined by Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon who will discuss the latest state plans connected with COVID-19. One economist says the closure of casinos on the Wind River Reservation could gut reservation economies. As small, rural hospitals in Wyoming are preparing for a potential surge of patients -- they are most worried about their health care providers. Those stories and more.

Apr 18 2020

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Open Spaces April 10, 2020

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On this episode, the number of people getting laid off in Wyoming shot through the roof in the last few weeks. And they're starting to feel the pain. While many industries have closed due to COVID-19, others have had to stay open. Some workers and their unions are not happy with the current safety guidelines. And the Albany County Sheriff's Office is being sued for their handling of a sexual assault investigation. T hose stories and more.

Apr 11 2020

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Open Spaces April 3, 2020

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On this episode, creators around the state are trying to do their part to solve the severe shortages of important hospital equipment. And… the COVID-19 pandemic is claiming another yet victim – local newspapers. We’ll also hear about a just-married couple who left on a rafting trip the day a national emergency was declared. They returned to a new world. Also, how the livestock industry is faring through this crisis, as well as international students stuck far from home. Those stories and more.

Apr 03 2020

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Open Spaces March 27, 2020

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On this episode, we'll focus most of our attention on the impacts COVID-19 is having on the state. The coronavirus is identifying the shortage of intensive care unit beds in the United States but there's another shortage that might be even more important in our region. Wyoming's top K-12 education official give us an update on how coronavirus has affected schools. And we'll also hear how parents are scrambling to figure out how to homeschool their kids. Those stories and more.

Mar 28 2020

51mins

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Open Spaces March 20, 2020

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On this episode, with a growing number of COVID 19 cases in the state, many are on edge. We will go to Fremont County where one woman is dealing with her mother’s hospitalization. Experts give tips on how to stay mentally healthy during the coronavirus pandemic. We will hear from a couple of University of Wyoming students from China, who were in their country when the original outbreak occurred. It’s impacted their parents. Those stories and more.

Mar 21 2020

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Open Spaces March 13, 2020

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On this episode, state officials confirmed the first known case of COVID-19 in Sheridan this week. As Wyoming prepares for the situation to get worse, some will be able to prepare more than others. Legislators say cuts are needed, but what about taxes? We'll spend some time with the first woman from the Wind River Reservation ever elected to the legislature. Those stories and more.

Mar 14 2020

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Open Spaces February 28, 2020

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On this episode, lawmakers will soon be reviewing Wyoming's basket of goods with the hope that it could improve education and save money. The recently announced state land purchase promises new revenue, the opening of inaccessible lands, and economic diversification. But it also raises questions for counties about the loss of property taxes and how the state can pay them back. We'll also hear about one Wyoming city that's thinking about how a new winter tradition isn't only fun but is a way to boost the economy over the slow season. We'll also hear about the new Self-Sufficiency Standard for Wyoming. Those stories and more.

Feb 29 2020

51mins

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iTunes Ratings

20 Ratings
Average Ratings
17
2
0
0
1

Wyoming spirit captured here

By Eliza Rad - Sep 18 2019
Read more
LOVE that open spaces episodes are in podcast form. News, stories, important conversations, content with a distinctly Wyoming feel, there is nothing not to treasure about this show. Keeps me company on road trips or cold afternoons at home. Can’t get enough Open Spaces.

News gone wrong.

By RidgebackWY - Jul 16 2019
Read more
Yes I understand the state is changing, and yes I understand that people are changing, but this is purely liberal bias news. To put out content about state housing for illegal immigrants, regional popularity for the wealthy, gay or whatever sexual agendas, white people talking about Native American arts and welfare, and state geopolitical agendas just shows this NPR style network is motivated by everything this state has tried to keep from becoming. It is a very unfortunate reminder that there is almost nowhere left to escape to.