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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.

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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.

    Sherry Smith: Knowing, Recording and Preserving History Directly Impacts Future Generations

    Sherry Smith: Knowing, Recording and Preserving History Directly Impacts Future Generations

    Sherry L. Smith is University Distinguished Professor of History (Emerita) at Southern Methodist University. A historian of the American West and Native America, Smith's other books include Hippies, Indians, and the Fight for Red Power and Reimagining Indians: Native Americans through Anglo Eyes, 1880–1940, both published by Oxford University Press. She is a former president of the Western History Association and received the Los Angeles Times Distinguished Fellowship at the Huntington Library, which supported research for Bohemians West. Smith has also been honored with fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Foundation, and Yale University's Beinecke Library. She lives in Moose, Wyoming, and Pasadena, California.
    Sherry Smith's lates book "Bohemians West: Free Love, Family and Radicals in Twentieth Century America." creates the experiences of the twentieth century radicals and reformers fighting for a new America, seeking change not only in labor picket lines and at women’s suffrage rallies but also in homes and bedrooms. In the thick of this heady milieu were Sara Bard Field and Charles Erskine Scott Wood, two aspiring poets and political activists whose love story uncovers a potent emotional world underneath this transformative time. Self-declared pioneers in free love, Sara and Erskine exchanged hundreds of letters that charted a new kind of romantic relationship, and their personal pursuits frequently came into contact with their deeply engaged political lives. Published by Heyday Books.
     Thank you, Sherry!   

    • 33 min
    Mountains To Manuscript: Women Who Love The West

    Mountains To Manuscript: Women Who Love The West

    As the state of Wyoming remembers the 150th anniversary of women’s suffrage in Wyoming in 2019 and Jackson Hole celebrates the 100th anniversary of its all-woman town council in 2020, the Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum has dedicated a series of exhibits and programs around these defining historical themes. Curated in collaboration with Christy Smirl of Foxtail Books & Library Services, this multi-media exhibit features four female author profiles illustrated through books, text, photographs, objects, and original artwork by Katy Ann Fox. The museum will also install a traveling exhibit in January from the University of Wyoming’s American Heritage Center entitled “Wyoming Women.” The exhibit includes 30 framed historic photographs of Wyoming women throughout history, specifically highlighting the leadership roles they pursued in their family, in the outdoors, and in their community. 
    Huge thank you to Morgan, Christy, Jenna, and Katy!
     

    • 35 min
    Babs Case & Bill T. Jones/The Arnie Zane Company: Using Dance To Explore Social & Political Tension

    Babs Case & Bill T. Jones/The Arnie Zane Company: Using Dance To Explore Social & Political Tension

    Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company will join us in Jackson Hole for a creative and performance residency that looks at social and ethical issues through the lens of dance. Mr. Jones and the company will develop and perform their newest work, "What Problem?", a re-setting of "Deep Blue Sea", which digs deep into a wide range of topics, including human rights, political science, political history, and civil rights/liberties.  Thank you, Babs Case, for speaking on behalf of everyone involved!

    • 12 min
    James Arvanitakis: Undermining Class Based Ideology

    James Arvanitakis: Undermining Class Based Ideology

    Professor James Arvanitakis is currently on a Fulbright Fellowship as the Milward L. Simpson Visiting Professor – University of Wyoming. A former economist and free market advocate, James changed his position after witnessing child and indentured labour. After 9 years of working in finance, he has since worked with a cross-section of organizations across Australia, Asia, the Pacific and Europe. Thank you, James! 

    • 26 min
    David Rohm: Fly Like an Eagle

    David Rohm: Fly Like an Eagle

    This interview with David Rohm discusses their work at Wild Excellence Films.  Wild Excellence Films was awarded a Spark grant for their documentary Golden Eagles: Witnesses to a Changing West, and focused on Native American cultural and spiritual significance and relationship to the golden eagle—that will educate the public about golden eagles and a biologically diverse and threatened region. The film is expected to air on Wyoming PBS in 2023 and a screening is planned at the Center of the West in Cody in early fall of 2022. Thank you, David!

    • 16 min
    Scott Henkel & The Millennial Falcon

    Scott Henkel & The Millennial Falcon

    Dr. Scott Henkel is the director of the Wyoming Institute for Humanities Research, an associate professor in the departments of English and African-American Diaspora Studies at the University of Wyoming.
    Welcome, Scott!

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

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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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Great podcast

This podcast makes me want to move to Wyoming.

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Such good stuff!

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!

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