15 episodes

Exploring the evolving identity of the American West.

Produced by Wyoming Public Media and PRX, The Modern West takes you on a sound-rich journey into some of America's most iconic landscapes. Guided by host Melodie Edwards' personal connection to the region, it's an unflinching look at the American West--its problematic history, its modern-day struggles and resilience, and how its present and future are being shaped.

The Modern West Wyoming Public Media

    • Documentary
    • 4.7, 31 Ratings

Exploring the evolving identity of the American West.

Produced by Wyoming Public Media and PRX, The Modern West takes you on a sound-rich journey into some of America's most iconic landscapes. Guided by host Melodie Edwards' personal connection to the region, it's an unflinching look at the American West--its problematic history, its modern-day struggles and resilience, and how its present and future are being shaped.

    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.

    • 32 min
    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.

    • 28 min
    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?

    • 37 min
    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.

    • 3 min
    The Widower

    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. […]

    • 26 min
    What You're Missing About Coal Country

    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.   […]

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

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!

RidgebackWY ,

Pushing agendas

I used to enjoy the stories until this became a medium for the tribal reservation and LGBTG+/-#>~ whatever other flavor identity of the month. Why is Wyoming pushing this type of rhetoric and encouraging these types of stories to report on?

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!

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