Bonus: Stranger In A Strange Land

Bonus: Stranger In A Strange Land

We’re on a short holiday break, so here’s the first part of a podcast called Grousea show about the most controversial bird in the West and what it can teach us about hope, compromise and life in rural America. (more…)

A Tale Of Two Towns: Ghost Town(ing) Part 8

A Tale Of Two Towns: Ghost Town(ing) Part 8

Some former Southern enslaved people and their descendants followed the American dream westward, where they created towns to homestead together. This is a tale of two of those towns—on either side of the Wyoming-Colorado border—and what today’s small towns now can learn from their stories. (more…)

Immigrations, Interrupted: Ghost Town(ing) Part 9

Immigrations, Interrupted: Ghost Town(ing) Part 9

Right now, the West is struggling to diversify its economy. But would our economy have already been diversified if a greater diversity of people had been allowed to make their homes here? How the history of racial erasure has hurt small towns, and how welcoming newcomers could turn that around. (more…)

Mountains In The Rearview Mirror: Ghost Town(ing) Part 10

Mountains In The Rearview Mirror: Ghost Town(ing) Part 10

The out-migration of rural youth is one of America’s great migrations–even the history books are calling it that. Younger generations leave because they have a need to feel connected to the great, big world out there. And as that world becomes more connected through the internet, small towns like Walden feel even more isolated. But would they come home if there was more equality in rural broadband? (more…)

Small Town Democracy: Ghost Town(ing) Part 11

Small Town Democracy: Ghost Town(ing) Part 11

Small town politics has a lot to teach us about how fragile democracy is right now. In Walden, we sit in on a beautification committee meeting and see how hard it is to make change happen–and how rural struggles are reflected in American democracy writ large. (more…)

The Fine Art Of Coexisting: Ghost Town(ing) Part 12

The Fine Art Of Coexisting: Ghost Town(ing) Part 12

In the final chapter of Ghost Town(ing), host Melodie Edwards revisits her parents’ decision about whether to move away from Walden. Her mom has been trying to lure her dad away with all sorts of stratagems. But there’s a lot about the craziness of 2020 that entrenched him even deeper. (more…)

My Modern West: From Surviving To Thriving

My Modern West: From Surviving To Thriving

From the nurse who moved back to Walden to the foreign diplomat who grew up in Nebraska, from the ranch kid who’s seen the wealthy moving in, to the Asian American daughter remembering her father’s migration to the great American West. In this episode, we share the outpouring of stories of rural life we collected from our listeners. (more…)

Bonus: Reframing Rural

Bonus: Reframing Rural

If you loved our Ghost Town(ing) series, check out Reframing Rural. Host Megan Torgerson takes you to her Montana homeland and introduces us to all sorts of people we usually don’t hear from. Like in this episode, where high school history teacher and Chippewa descendent Eddie Hentges talks about the challenges of teaching in a small town. (more…)

Bonus: Carbon Valley Part 1

Bonus: Carbon Valley Part 1

We’re hard at work on our next season but, while you’re waiting, we wanted to share Carbon Valley, another podcast from Wyoming Public Media that follows the race to develop an unlikely climate solution. (more…)

Bonus: Reversing Ghost Town(ing)

Bonus: Reversing Ghost Town(ing)

In the process of reporting on rural decline, we discovered an underground movement of people thinking hard about how to help small towns revitalize. We partnered with the Rural America Chamber of Commerce to host a live virtual event, bringing some of these problem-solvers together. The result was an inspiring and clear-eyed conversation. In this episode, we bring you the highlights. (more…)

Coming Soon To A Feed Near You…

Coming Soon To A Feed Near You…

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. (more…)

The Rancher And The Wild

The Rancher And The Wild

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? (more…)

A Walk Across The Prairie

A Walk Across The Prairie

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. (more…)

The Small-Town Drag Queen

The Small-Town Drag Queen

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. (more…)

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. (more…)

Carpetbagger

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. (more…)

Both/Neither

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. (more…)

Adult-Onset Hunting

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. (more…)

The Midwife

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 brand-new mama. (more…)

Belonging

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. (more…)