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Have you ever been to Jackson Hole, Wyoming? Well, The Jackson Hole Connection is about sharing the stories from people connected to this small place in Western Wyoming which has had a huge impact on the rest of the world. Since the days of Indians and Trappers to the early days of some of the first settlers, Jackson Hole has attracted people who love adventure, value the natural setting and have some great stories to tell. The host, Stephan Abrams, has been a resident of Jackson Hole since the summer of 1999. Stephan is now raising his family in Jackson Hole along with his wife Laura. The Jackson Hole Connection will bring you the stories of the awesome people who are connected to Jackson Hole.

The Jackson Hole Connection Stephan C. Abrams

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 43 Ratings

Have you ever been to Jackson Hole, Wyoming? Well, The Jackson Hole Connection is about sharing the stories from people connected to this small place in Western Wyoming which has had a huge impact on the rest of the world. Since the days of Indians and Trappers to the early days of some of the first settlers, Jackson Hole has attracted people who love adventure, value the natural setting and have some great stories to tell. The host, Stephan Abrams, has been a resident of Jackson Hole since the summer of 1999. Stephan is now raising his family in Jackson Hole along with his wife Laura. The Jackson Hole Connection will bring you the stories of the awesome people who are connected to Jackson Hole.

    Fighting for Affordable Housing with April Norton

    Fighting for Affordable Housing with April Norton

    In this week’s episode of the Jackson Hole Connection, Stephan visits with April Norton. April is a mom to Nell and Hank, a wife to Alex, a passionate Clemson sports fan and she is the Director of the Jackson/Teton County Affordable Housing Department.

    In this episode, April shares how she randomly ended up living in Jackson. She talks about the housing insecurity that many people feel in Jackson. She dives into what the Jackson/Teton County Affordable Housing Dept is doing to level the playing field to help people who work in Teton County to be able to live in Teton County. Stephan also asks April many detailed questions about how the affordable housing process works and what people may qualify for assistance with purchasing.

    Connect with April by emailing ahnorton@tetoncountywy.gov

    Find out more about affordable housing in Teton County at http://www.jhaffordablehousing.org/ (JHAffordableHousing.org)

    Follow Jackson/Teton County Affordable Housing Department on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/housingjh/?hl=en (@housingjh)

    This week's episode is supported in part by Jackson Hole Real Estate Associates and Compass Jackson Hole. JHREA is the region's largest and most dynamic real estate company in the Valley. For more info and to view current listings visit http://jhrea.com/ (JHREA.com)

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    Support also comes from Teton County Solid Waste and Recycling reminding you to reduce, reuse, recycle, and compost. Avoid single-use products whenever possible, and remember to bring your reusable bags with you while shopping. More at https://www.roadtozerowastejh.org/road-to-zero-waste/ (RoadToZeroWasteJH.org).

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    Want to be a guest on The Jackson Hole Connection? Email us at connect@thejacksonholeconnection.com. Marketing and editing support byhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelmoeri ( Michael Moeri).

    • 50 min
    Ten Years of Persephone Bakery with Ali Cohane

    Ten Years of Persephone Bakery with Ali Cohane

    In this week’s episode of the Jackson Hole Connection, Stephan visits with Ali Cohane. Ali is the Owner and Founder of Persephone Bakery, Picnic and Coelette. Persephone Bakery is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year. To help celebrate and to give thanks to the community, on Saturday, June 12th and Sunday, June 13th they will be donating 10% of sales from all locations to the Community Foundation.
    In this episode, Ali shares how she ended up making Jackson her home. She talks about the journey of creating Persephone Bakery with Kevin, her husband, bread baker, and chef. Ali also shares where she gained inspiration for the bakery and restaurants. Stephan and Ali discuss the importance of the support of the local community and how the increase in tourism has affected the businesses and people of Jackson.
    Find out more about Persephone Bakery athttp://persephonebakery.com/ ( PersephoneBakery.com)
    Check out Coelette’s menu and make a reservation athttps://coelette.com/ ( Coelette.com)
    See what's on the menu at Picnic athttps://picnicjh.com/mobile/ ( PicnicJH.com)
    This week's episode is supported in part by Teton County Solid Waste and Recycling reminding you to reduce, reuse, recycle, and compost. Avoid single-use products whenever possible, and remember to bring your reusable bags with you while shopping. More athttps://www.roadtozerowastejh.org/road-to-zero-waste/ ( @RoadToZeroWasteJH) .

    Support also comes from The Jackson Hole Marketplace. The Deli at Jackson Hole Marketplace offers ready-made soups, sandwiches, breakfast burritos, and hot lunch specials. More at https://jhmarketplace.com/ (JHMarketplace.com)
    Want to be a guest on The Jackson Hole Connection? Email us at connect@thejacksonholeconnection.com. Marketing and editing support byhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelmoeri ( Michael Moeri).

    • 42 min
    The Next Generation of Storytellers with Nick and Alex Martini

    The Next Generation of Storytellers with Nick and Alex Martini

    In this week’s episode of the Jackson Hole Connection, Stephan visits with Nick and Alex Martini. Nick and Alex are the founders and partners of Stept Studios. Stept is a creative and production company based in Jackson Hole and Los Angeles. They are known for their eye-catching and engaging advertising and documentaries.
    In this episode, Nick and Alex share how they first got into filmmaking as kids when they would make skateboarding videos for their friends. They talk about how they transitioned from being featured athletes in ski films to behind the camera. Nick and Alex discuss what it is like working with family and managing a business with multiple locations. Stephan also chats with them about some of their documentaries including a recent passion project called North Country that chronicles the story of the family who owns the oldest ski shop in America, Lahout Ski Shop in New Hampshire.
    Watch the documentary https://vimeo.com/470377189 (North Country)
    Watch the documentary-style commercial for Ford that was shot in Jackson Hole and features Jimmy Chin here: https://www.steptstudios.com/projects/ford-1a (SteptStudios.com)
    Stept Studios partners with some of the top agencies, platforms, and brands of today such as Ford, Toyota, Columbia, Oakley, Red Bull, Facebook, Google, Best Buy, Spyder, The North Face, Nike, Samsung, Pacifico, ESPN, and many more.
    See more of Stept Studios work at https://www.steptstudios.com/ (steptstudios.com)
    Follow Stept Studios on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/steptstudios/ (@steptstudios)
    This week's episode is supported in part by Teton County Solid Waste and Recycling reminding you to reduce, reuse, recycle, and compost. Avoid single-use products whenever possible, and remember to bring your reusable bags with you while shopping. More at https://www.roadtozerowastejh.org/road-to-zero-waste/ (@RoadToZeroWasteJH ).
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    Support also comes from The Jackson Hole Marketplace. The Deli at Jackson Hole Marketplace offers ready-made soups, sandwiches, breakfast burritos, and hot lunch specials. More at http://JHMarketplace.com (JHMarketplace.com)
    Want to be a guest on The Jackson Hole Connection? Email us at connect@thejacksonholeconnection.com. Marketing and editing support byhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelmoeri ( Michael Moeri).

    • 40 min
    We’ll Figure It Out with Dave Kampfschulte of Amazing Circles Workshops

    We’ll Figure It Out with Dave Kampfschulte of Amazing Circles Workshops

    In this week’s episode of the Jackson Hole Connection, Stephan visits with Dave Kampfschulte for a second time. We were so happy to have Dave on for another wonderful conversation. Dave was our guest way back in https://thejacksonholeconnection.com/episodes-archive/dave-kampfschulte/ (Episode 8 of The Jackson Hole Connection). He is a grandfather, husband, retired teacher, author, speaker, and a 25-year hospice volunteer. Dave and Stephan sat down on his recent trip to Jackson to see his new grandchildren.
    In this episode, Dave shares what he has been up to since he and Stephan last spoke. He talks about sharing other people’s stories and the tools needed to approach difficult conversations. Stephan and Dave discuss how all of us have a ripple effect of impacting other people’s lives.
    Learn more about Amazing Circles Workshops at http://amazingcircles.net/ (AmazingCircles.net)
    Connect with Dave directly by emailing Dave@amazingcircles.net
    Dave has written two books, https://www.amazon.com/Amazing-Circles-Dave-Kampfschulte/dp/B003Z2K9QU (Amazing Circles) and https://www.amazon.com/Dying-Talk-You-Conversations-Decisions/dp/057804336X (I’m Dying to Talk with You: Twenty Five Years of Conversations on End of Life Decisions).
    One of the books mentioned in the interview is https://www.amazon.com/Tuesdays-Morrie-Greatest-Lesson-Anniversary/dp/076790592X (Tuesdays with Morrie : An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson by Mitch Albom)
    This week's episode is supported in part by Teton County Solid Waste and Recycling reminding you to reduce, reuse, recycle, and compost. Avoid single-use products whenever possible, and remember to bring your reusable bags with you while shopping. More at https://www.roadtozerowastejh.org/road-to-zero-waste/ (@RoadToZeroWasteJH ).
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    Support also comes from Kilter Physical Therapy and Sports Performance Center. Each physical therapy session at Kilter is 1-on-1 with a licensed physical therapist. Every treatment session will allow ample time for individual evaluation, manual treatment, modalities, and appropriate exercise prescription for your personal needs. More info athttp://kilterpt.com/ ( kilterpt.com)
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    Want to be a guest on The Jackson Hole Connection? Email us at connect@thejacksonholeconnection.com. Marketing and editing support byhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelmoeri ( Michael Moeri).

    • 46 min
    Behind the Scenes of Coombs Outdoors with Jenny Wolfrom Holladay

    Behind the Scenes of Coombs Outdoors with Jenny Wolfrom Holladay

    In this week’s episode of the Jackson Hole Connection, Stephan chats with Jenny Wolfrom Holladay. Jenny is the former Director of Advancement and Engagement at the Jackson Hole Land Trust and is currently the Executive Director of Coombs Outdoors. Coombs Outdoor’s mission is to empower children and youth to reach their full potential through the life-changing power of outdoor recreation.
    In this episode, Jenny shares how she left the east coast city lifestyle behind for the chance to live closer to the outdoor activities she loves. Jenny talks about her work for the Jackson Hole Land Trust and how she used her corporate experience to help in the non-profit sector. Stephan and Jenny discuss the history of Coombs Outdoors (formerly the Doug Coombs Foundation) and what types of programs they offer.
    Coombs Outdoors provides the opportunity for children from lower-income families to ski and to enjoy other outdoor recreation. Coombs Outdoors now offers summer programs to help keep kids outside and enjoy all the summer activities Jackson Hole has to offer.
    Find out more about Coombs Outdoors at https://www.coombsoutdoors.org/ (CoombsOutdoors.org)
    Follow Coombs Outdoors on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/coombsoutdoors/ (@CoombsOutdoors)
    This week's episode is supported in part by Jackson Hole Real Estate Associates. JHREA is the region's largest and most dynamic real estate company in the Valley. For more info and to view current listings visit http://jhrea.com/ (JHREA.com)
    http://jhrea.com/ ()
    Support also comes from Teton County Solid Waste and Recycling reminding you to reduce, reuse, recycle, and compost. Avoid single-use products whenever possible, and remember to bring your reusable bags with you while shopping. More at https://www.roadtozerowastejh.org/road-to-zero-waste/ (TetonCountyWY.gov)
    https://www.roadtozerowastejh.org/road-to-zero-waste/ ()
    Want to be a guest on The Jackson Hole Connection? Email us at connect@thejacksonholeconnection.com. Marketing and editing support byhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelmoeri ( Michael Moeri).

    • 35 min
    The Life of a Freelance Journalist with Gordy Megroz

    The Life of a Freelance Journalist with Gordy Megroz

    In this week’s episode of the Jackson Hole Connection, Stephan chats with Gordy Megroz. Gordy is a freelance journalist based in Jackson. His work can be found in publications such as Outside Magazine, Men’s Journal, Bloomberg Businessweek, WIRED, and SKI. He is also the author of the forthcoming book, “100 Slopes of a Lifetime” which is being published by National Geographic and is due out in October.
    In this episode, Gordy shares how he eventually landed in Jackson via Vermont. Gordy talks about his path to becoming a freelance writer, which included an internship at Outside Magazine that helped pave the way. Gordy dives into some of his investigative pieces, one of which tackles cheating in marathons. Stephan and Gordy also talk about his upcoming book “100 Slopes of a Lifetime” which has compiled the ultimate skier and snowboarder bucket list.
    Find out more about Gordy at https://www.gordymegroz.com/ (GordyMegroz.com)
    Follow Gordy on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/gordymegroz/ (@gordymegroz)
    The story Gordy wrote for WIRED that is referenced in the interview can be found here: https://www.wired.com/story/marathon-investigation-cheaters-racing-data/ (Going the Distance (and Beyond) to Catch Marathon Cheaters)
    Pre-order https://www.amazon.com/100-Slopes-Lifetime-Snowboard-Destinations/dp/1426221959/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1andkeywords=9781426221958andlinkCode=qsandqid=1620842953ands=booksandsr=1-1 (“100 Slopes of a Lifetime” on Amazon)
    This week's episode is supported in part by Teton County Solid Waste and Recycling reminding you to reduce, reuse, recycle, and compost. Avoid single-use products whenever possible, and remember to bring your reusable bags with you while shopping. More at @roadtozerowastejh.
    Support also comes Kilter Physical Therapy and Sports Performance Center. Each physical therapy session at Kilter is 1-on-1 with a licensed physical therapist. Every treatment session will allow ample time for individual evaluation, manual treatment, modalities, and appropriate exercise prescription for your personal needs. More info athttp://kilterpt.com/ ( kilterpt.com)
    Want to be a guest on The Jackson Hole Connection? Email us at connect@thejacksonholeconnection.com. Marketing and editing support byhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelmoeri ( Michael Moeri).

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
43 Ratings

43 Ratings

Some Douche With a Martini ,

Incredible people from an incredible region!

Love this podcast. As a 20+ year resident of Jackson Hole, I thoroughly enjoy listening to this well organized and interesting podcast. Stephan tracks down unique individuals from the community and asks deep questions in an organized format that keep the listener intrigued. I am constantly learning more and more about our little mountain community and the people that keep it going. I love hearing the backstory of how people arrived in this valley and what has made them successful contributors to our society. Subscribe now, you will love it!

The OrginalLegend ,

Great podcast

Stephan and his team do a great job. I look forward to listening every Thursday. I love hearing the stories from the families and business owners who grew up or moved to this glorious valley. Thank you, Stephan!

boomsnapcraaxkkk ,

A riveting podcast - Humans of Jackson Hole

Wow! I am in awe!

The Jackson Hole Connection has made me feel so much more connected to my community - its history, politics, environment, arts and business owners of all arenas.

Host Stephan Abrams has so far produced 114 episodes. He has hosted such a wide and rich varierty of guests on his show.

Are you curious about history of the valley? Plunge into Episode 58 - "Native American History in Jackson Hole" where Stephan interviews Ivan Posey, the leading member of the Wind River Reservation. In 48 minutes I learned so much about tribal relations, the Wind River Reservation and the way tribal traditions have been carried on in the Jackson Hole area.

Are you curious about comedy and arts in the valley? Dive deep into Episode 112 - "A Modern Day Jackson Hole" to hear about Andrew Munz who published the book and musical "I Can Ski Forever" - a show that truly had the whole community talking about Munz and moments of hilarity in the musical for weeks. Stephan and Andrew also discuss the challenges Munz faced growing up in Jackson Hole as he questioned his sexual identity.

Sometimes growing up in a town that often feels utopian can make those who struggle with mental health feel extra isolated. In Episode 67 - "Changing the Conversation on Mental Health and Suicide" Stephan interviews Youth Workers Specialist, Brian Kuhn "whose mission is to better educate people about suicide and desperation."

I am so excited that I heard of Stephan's podcast and am eager to continue listening to all of his episodes. If you are looking to network or find inspiration within the community you found the right place.

To many more hours catching up on these outstanding episodes!

Cheers,
Kat Bush

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