What’s Your Why? is a powerful way to learn about Wyoming people, Wyoming issues and just great stories we have the opportunity to capture – people’s stories who live in Wyoming and people who visit. We bring these stories to you. And we hope it inspires and ignites the question in all of us. What’s your why? ThinkWY | Wyoming Humanities podcasts are created to capture the stories in and outside of Wyoming to share ideas, perspectives, and insights about the human experience.
Ryan Stolp: Mountain Life Cartoonist
Ryan Stolp, the creative force behind “Lift Lines” is our latest wonderful guest. His "Lift Lines" cartoon appears in the Jackson Hole Daily and on the news app, Hole Scroll. Stolp, who is the chief creative officer at Orijin Media (an independent subsidiary of Teton Media Works, the parent company of the News&Guide), has lived many creative lives. He has worked as a product design consultant, designed and fabricated outdoor gear from backpacks to “Alpine Hammocks” and he currently sells adventure-themed artwork printed on aluminum.
Thank you for joining us, Ryan!
Greg Kearney: Complexity of Political Cartoons
Greg Kearney is known for putting pen to paper and touching on recent issues affecting Americans. He has been drawing cartoons for newspapers, many of them political in nature, since his days as a high school student. He continued drawing cartoons through his college days and landed a job as the cartoonist for the Casper Star Tribune in Wyoming, where he spent the bulk of his career until he became an independent syndicated cartoonist. Presently, Kearney draws cartoons for newspapers in Maine, Kansas, Wyoming and Montana. “Generally, I just look at the leading stories in the states where I provide cartoons to on any given day and select a story or issue from a story to draw about.” Kearney finds inspiration for his cartoons focusing on issues affecting the readership areas for the newspapers for whom he draws. Kearney noted he has been fortunate to do what he loves. You can find many more of his cartoons on his blog, Drawing Attention.
Darryl Tonemah: Health, Hope, and Inspiration For His People
"I was picked on because I wasn't Lakota. I wasn't Sioux. I was different tribes. So, it wasn't that I was non-native, it was that I was native, but I was of a different tribe."
Geoff O'Gara: Modern Day Struggles of the American West
Geoffrey O’Gara is an author, script writer, public affairs host, and documentary producer based in Lander, Wyoming. He is the author of What You See in Clear Water: Indians, Whites, and a Battle Over Water in the American West (Knopf) and A Long Road Home, Journeys Through America’s Present in Search of America’s Past (Norton). Geoff is the former editor of High Country News and spent many years as public affairs host and award winning documentary film producer at Wyoming PBS.
In 2015 Geoff began Caldera Productions, an independent documentary film company focusing on stories in the American West. Caldera's 2019 film The State of Equality (co-production with Wyoming PBS) about the historic role Wyoming women played in women's suffrage, was nominated for a 2020 Heartland EMMY and NETA Public Media Award.
Geoff's latest Caldera project, Home From School: The Children of Carlisle (co-production with Vision Maker Media), documents the history of the Native American boarding schools in the U.S. and the historic journey of the Northern Arapaho in repatriating children from one of these schools. The feature film will be released in early 2021.
Contact him at email@example.com and for more information about Caldera Productions go to: www.calderaproductions.com.
Thanks to you and yours for speaking with us, Geoff!
Nadia Oweidat: Freedom Begins With One Idea
"I grew up in tribal Jordan, ever since I was a child I loved reading. I think maybe science will one day discover there's a gene and I have a huge mutation of it or something because having access to other ideas, different worlds, really fueled my sense of curiosity and made me want to live a full life, a way more full life than what I had access to as a woman in a Muslim community, a girl whose value is not really seen beyond basically becoming a wife one day, cooking and cleaning and having children."
Dr. Nadia Oweidat was a Class of 2017 Smith Richardson Fellow at New America. She holds a Doctorate in Philosophy in Oriental Studies from the University of Oxford. In addition, Nadia holds a BA from the University of Jordan in English Literature and an MA from the University of Wyoming in International Studies. She is one of 25 international students to be awarded the prestigious Weidenfeld Leadership Program scholarship, Dr. Oweidat was also chosen in 2014 by the American Italian Council to participate in its Young Leaders Conference in Italy. She is currently working on a book on social media and positive change among Arabic speakers. Her doctoral research focused on the challenges facing liberal Muslim intellectuals who attempt to update Islamic thought and bridge the gap between modern values such as secularism and women’s rights and Islam. Prior to her doctoral studies, Dr. Oweidat worked as a Research Associate at the RAND Corporation where she led several research projects. In 2007, she initiated and co-led a research effort to look into works by Arabic-speakers that counter violence and extremism, including fiction, non-fiction, cartoons and film that advance values of tolerance, pluralism and the ability to deal with ambiguity without violence. Dr. Oweidat also initiated and led an analysis of the grassroots Egyptian reform movement Kefaya. In addition, she has conducted research on Islamic extremism and counter-terrorism strategies, the ideological evolution of al-Qaeda, Salafi jihadi networks, jihadi strategies in Iraq, Iranian ascendancy in the Arab world, and radicalization of Muslim youth.
She has appeared on various Arabic and English networks including BBC, CNN, Al-Jazeera Arabic, Al-Arabiya, BBC Arabic, France 24, National Public Radio, and now including Wyoming Public Radio!
Thank you for your time, Nadia.
Warren Murphy: Exploring The Spirit Of Wyoming
Warren Murphy is an Episcopal priest who has served churches in Dixon, Lander, Fort Washakie, and Cody. He most recently was director of the Wyoming Association of Churches. We had the pleasure of discussing his new book On Sacred Ground, and the experiences he has shared with the history of Wyoming as he has stretched his boundaries and understanding of the culture and spirituality of the land. He looks to provide for the people by fully immersing his understanding and effort in the heart of the community. We appreciate and thank you for your time, Warren!
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Incredible series of interviews that really inspires you to go out and become the next big name from Wyoming.
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This podcast connects local Wyoming concerns and ideas with the larger world. Emy leads the way for all of us to ask the big questions. The interviews really get to the heart of humanist thinking - good work Wyoming Humanities!