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The Modern West
The Modern West
Wyoming Public Media

Exploring the evolving identity of the American West. Produced by Wyoming Public Media and PRX, The Modern West takes you on a... more

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Bonus: On Land Podcast from Western Landowners Alliance

You might remember this daunting statistic from our season on ranching: the American West is facing its biggest drought in... more

30 Aug 2023 · 45 minutes
Bonus Episode 3: A Conversation with Lakota Historian Jeff Means

As you might have noticed from previous episodes, Jeff is a committed skeptic. But still, I decide to start by... more

02 Aug 2023 · 20 minutes
Existence As Protest: Mending the Hoop Part 8

I wanted to be part of contributing to identify healing interventions for our community. And also sharing with people that... more

19 Jul 2023 · 55 minutes
Land Back: Mending the Hoop Part 7

It’s popular these days to read a land acknowledgement at public events, but Indigenous leaders and thinkers say that should... more

28 Jun 2023 · 53 minutes
Bonus Episode 2: A Conversation with Lakota Historian Jeff Means

Jeff and I pick up the conversation today where our last one left off. As the 19th century came to... more

15 Jun 2023 · 25 minutes
#MMIW: Mending the Hoop Part 6

Native American women are the most stalked, raped, murdered and exploited of any other race in this country.

31 May 2023 · 42 minutes
Rematriation: Mending the Hoop Part 5

That's the identity for our tribe is our buffalo. So they are our relatives. I always cry when they come.... more

10 May 2023 · 50 minutes
Killing The Indian Inside: Mending the Hoop Part 4

This time on the Modern West…to make sure the Plains Indian Wars don’t flare up again, the U.S. army starts... more

20 Apr 2023 · 48 minutes
Bonus Episode: A Conversation with Lakota Historian Jeff Means

It seemed important to share some of the behind the scenes conversations for this series. As a white woman reporting... more

06 Apr 2023 · 27 minutes
The Broken Hoop: Mending the Hoop Part 3

The Plains Tribes continue their winning streak at the Rosebud and Little Bighorn fights. But it only leads the federal... more

27 Mar 2023 · 44 minutes
The War Pipe: Mending the Hoop Part 2

After the massacre, the survivors flee into the bitter cold night and eventually are rescued by the Lakota. The tribes... more

08 Mar 2023 · 35 minutes
The Witness Trees: Mending the Hoop Part 1

For the Arapaho and Cheyenne tribes, the Sand Creek Massacre of November 29, 1864 doesn’t feel like distant history at... more

22 Feb 2023 · 49 minutes
Mending the Hoop Trailer

Recently, you may have noticed a lot of big news coming out of Indigenous America, from protests at Standing Rock... more

08 Feb 2023 · 3 minutes
Bonus: Those Who Can’t Teach Anymore

A few seasons back, we had a series called Cowboy Up that dug into the juvenile justice system in Wyoming.... more

19 Jan 2023 · 43 minutes
Bonus: Reframing Rural

For all you Modern West fans who love our last season about ranching and the cowboy mythos in the American... more

15 Dec 2022 · 57 minutes
Revising the Wilderness Tale

This time on The Modern West, we join an 1896 hunting expedition to America’s first national park. The journey reveals... more

23 Nov 2022 · 37 minutes
The Great Dying: Revisited

November is Native American Heritage Month…and in recognition, we thought we’d re-release the first episode of our third season “Shall... more

28 Oct 2022 · 56 minutes
The Great Individualist Bonus Episode

It's very important when you introduce a new technology, to make sure early adopters don't fail. And I want virtual... more

29 Sep 2022 · 21 minutes
Neighbor Is A Verb: The Great Individualist Part 9

Some think the cowboy has gone riding off into the sunset, never to return. But in our final episode, we... more

02 Sep 2022 · 34 minutes
Slow Waters Run Deep: The Great Individualist Part 8

Wyoming helped develop western water law, including the very idea that public waters belong to all of us. But the... more

17 Aug 2022 · 28 minutes
Bonus: Out There

If Out There isn’t already on your radar, it should be. It’s an award-winning show that uses stories about the... more

11 Aug 2022 · 36 minutes
A Promise Never To Plow: The Great Individualist Part 7

A few years ago, the May family set off on a trailblazing path to protect their land, and the carbon... more

04 Aug 2022 · 33 minutes
Only One Bite: The Great Individualist Part 6

The Rardins are father and son cowboys watching climate change threaten their way of life. They've given up on the... more

21 Jul 2022 · 33 minutes
Big Is Fragile: The Great Individualist Part 5

We follow the cow's journey from the mountain pasture to the feedlot and eventually the slaughterhouse. Along the way, we... more

06 Jul 2022 · 33 minutes
Bonus: Middle of Everywhere

The Modern West brings you heartfelt stories about poignant issues happening today in the rural west. A lot of these... more

29 Jun 2022 · 23 minutes
Nothing Heals: The Great Individualist Part 4

This time, we head to Wyoming's Red Desert - and hear the history of the 19th-century range wars. They led... more

22 Jun 2022 · 34 minutes
Cows = Civilization: The Great Individualist Part 3

The history of how we brought the pastoral cow to live on the arid lands of the West is a... more

08 Jun 2022 · 39 minutes
Se Benefician De Ella: The Great Individualist Part 2

The Abeyta family has been driving sheep down from the mountains of southern Colorado for generations. But it hasn't been... more

25 May 2022 · 34 minutes
The Rolling Stone: The Great Individualist Part 1

For the Elliot family, there isn't just one kind of cowboy. There are guys like Jake who chase the idea... more

11 May 2022 · 27 minutes
The Great Individualist Trailer

The cowboy roaming horseback across the American West is nearly inextricable from what it means to be American. But in... more

27 Apr 2022 · 6 minutes
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For the Elliot family, there isn't just one kind of cowboy. There are guys like Jake who chase the idea of the... more