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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.

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    • 4.6 • 203 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.

    We're Still Here: Shall Furnish Medicine Part 3

    We're Still Here: Shall Furnish Medicine Part 3

    When COVID-19 arrives on reservation borders, tribes aren't sure if their newly minted health care programs can hold up against the onslaught. The fear is that this is history happening all over again. But the two tribes on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming decide early to roll up their sleeves–literally–in a fight for the very survival of their tribal identity.

    • 57 min
    Enough Is Enough: Shall Furnish Medicine Part 2

    Enough Is Enough: Shall Furnish Medicine Part 2

    It's the late 1800s. With no government help in sight, Omaha citizen Dr. Susan LaFlesche is determined to bring health care to her tribe. Decades later, the U.S. still hasn't gotten around to fulfilling its treaty promise to furnish medicine. So, tribes find a way to take over their health care system, and a quiet social movement is born.

    • 46 min
    The Great Dying: Shall Furnish Medicine Part 1

    The Great Dying: Shall Furnish Medicine Part 1

    For Native Americans, the story of pandemics started the moment European colonizers stepped foot off their ships. Savannah Maher's tribe the Mashpee Wampanoag experienced that first Great Dying. Arapaho and Shoshone descendant Taylar Stagner tells the history of how those diseases came West as a form of biological warfare.

    • 55 min
    Shall Furnish Medicine Trailer

    Shall Furnish Medicine Trailer

    Reservations have been some of the hardest-hit communities in the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, for Native Americans, this all feels awfully familiar...the arrival of a terrible illness that kills elders while the federal government does little to stop it. But this time, tribes know what to do. Coming September 29, we'll bring you a three-part series we're calling Shall Furnish Medicine, tracing that devastating history from its beginnings. 

    • 5 min
    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.

    • 28 min
    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.

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
203 Ratings

203 Ratings

CamilaPalmer ,

Love from S Korea

I am so glad that I randomly stumbled upon this podcast. So far a slow paced, thoughtful reflection on modernization, social responsibility, and revisionist American west through the lens of a local. Thank you!

avid podcaster listener ,

Why are trump & the right always the bad guy?

I enjoy most of these episodes. But where are the immediate and decisive anti-Biden episodes such as those from reactions to the 2016 election? Or are only conservatives and trump always contemptible?
Stick to facts and interesting stories of the west, not your left-only views.

sunhwy ,

Excellent

As it says perspectives on the West as it is. Also try Colorado
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