Episode 8: The Man From Lodge Grass

Episode 8: The Man From Lodge Grass

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.         Music Blue Dot Sessions...
Episode 7: Bringing The Buffalo Home

Episode 7: Bringing The Buffalo Home

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.     Wyoming Public Media...
Episode 6: The Next Yellowstone

Episode 6: The Next Yellowstone

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...
Episode 5: Belonging

Episode 5: Belonging

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.     Right...
Episode 4: The Midwife

Episode 4: The Midwife

Most births are uncomplicated. So in rural areas where hospitals are shutting down, women want to give birth at home. Now, states across the country are legalizing and regulating midwifery so they can. This is the story of one rural state, one midwife, and one...
Episode 3: Adult-Onset Hunting

Episode 3: Adult-Onset Hunting

The number of Americans hunting and fishing is declining, but women are bucking the trend. Host Melodie Edwards finds a sisterhood at an all-women hunting camp—and catches her first fish with her dad.       The great American tradition of hunting is not...
Episode 2: Both/Neither

Episode 2: Both/Neither

The U.S. government only allows Native Americans to register with one tribe. But what happens when two tribes share one reservation for over a century? Two women grapple with how that affected their identity growing up.     What’s it like to grow up...
Episode 1: Carpetbagger

Episode 1: Carpetbagger

You ask around, and people can’t agree on a quintessential Wyoming writer. And if you can’t identify the literature of a place, you can’t define the place. Authors including CJ Box and Craig Johnson weigh in.       When I first moved...
Season 1 Preview

Season 1 Preview

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....