11 episodes

An exploration of the changing identity of the American West.

The Modern West Wyoming Public Media

    • Documentary

An exploration of the changing identity of the American West.

    Episode 10: The Widower

    Episode 10: The Widower

    Bob was devastated when his wife died of cancer. He’d been her main caregiver, and afterward, he realized that now he had to face his old age alone. No kids, no family nearby. And living in the West, he started worrying about how inaccessible senior care could be. That’s when his gallows humor took over. (more…)

    • 26 min
    Episode 9: What You’re Missing About Coal Country

    Episode 9: What You’re Missing About Coal Country

    Once upon a time, coal miners took pride in the hard work they did. But these days the coal industry is sluggish and miners are feeling left behind—even disrespected—by the world. What they want most now is to just figure out how to hold on to the strong community that coal once gave them. (more…)

    • 36 min
    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. (more…)

    • 36 min
    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. (more…)

    • 27 min
    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 government’s help. His dream is for a new kind of privately-owned national park–one as expansive as Yellowstone.
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    • 49 min
    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. (more…)

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

Outsidener ,

Telling stories that deserve to be told

Thank you for this refreshingly modern look at the American West and your focus on rural and public land issues!

Eliza Rad ,

We want more!

Can’t express enough love for this one! An excellent podcast with a western, yet modern feel. So excited to see what stories, interviews and tales come next! Great work from the Wyoming NPR team!

Grayckle ,

We’re still here

I am so proud that you gave the female student who was mocked in her classroom a voice on public radio. That’s justice!

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