25 episodes

What’s Your Why?
I know, I know. You’ve heard this before. It’s not a NEW question, but the answer IS always evolving… So. We. Can’t. Stop. Asking!
This show explores the human experience by way of our natural and diverse DNA through storytelling.
We bring to life the many pillars of our humanity: Culture, community, history, literature, and art.
Our purpose is to expand your vision of the world, educate, inspire, and give you critical thinking skills needed to apply to your own journey and create more connectivity and significance within the human experience.
With nationally and internationally renowned humanists - authors, journalists, philosophers, artists and scientists - we adventure into conversations about where they’ve been, how they are wired, what makes them tick, and how their history relates to the greater world and you. Get inspired, gain perspective and reflect on What’s Your Why?

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    • 4.8 • 20 Ratings

What’s Your Why?
I know, I know. You’ve heard this before. It’s not a NEW question, but the answer IS always evolving… So. We. Can’t. Stop. Asking!
This show explores the human experience by way of our natural and diverse DNA through storytelling.
We bring to life the many pillars of our humanity: Culture, community, history, literature, and art.
Our purpose is to expand your vision of the world, educate, inspire, and give you critical thinking skills needed to apply to your own journey and create more connectivity and significance within the human experience.
With nationally and internationally renowned humanists - authors, journalists, philosophers, artists and scientists - we adventure into conversations about where they’ve been, how they are wired, what makes them tick, and how their history relates to the greater world and you. Get inspired, gain perspective and reflect on What’s Your Why?

    Jason Baldes: Native American Ecology

    Jason Baldes: Native American Ecology

    Jason Baldes, an Eastern Shoshone who lives on the Wind River Reservation, is the Tribal Buffalo Coordinator for the Tribal Partnerships Program at the National Wildlife Federation. He works to restore bison back to homelands of indigenous tribes, like his own, as a way to reconnect and celebrate cultural ways, as well as heal from the atrocities of the past and present. 
    As the tribal bison coordinator for the National Wildlife Federation, Baldes is recognized nationally for his efforts in an indigenous-led movement to return buffalo — the term Native Americans prefer — to Western reservations. His work is centered on his own Wind River Reservation, which is roughly the same size, and as ecologically diverse, as nearby Yellowstone National Park.  
    If you have questions about Jason’s work and would like to get involved, feel free to email Jason at BaldesJ@nwf.org.

    • 25 min
    Tyler Rogers: Author And Inspiration For The Wyo Youth

    Tyler Rogers: Author And Inspiration For The Wyo Youth

    Tyler Rogers is the author of The Marvelous Invention of Orion McBride, and is also the music educator at Big Horn Elementary School in Sheridan, WY. Between piano, percussion, acting, and writing, Tyler has found many homes in the world of the arts. Outside of work, Tyler directs the Sheridan County Boys Choir year round, as well as local community children's theater musicals in the summer.
     
    Tyler is committed to being an agent of positive change for youth. His goal is to inspire and enable every student he meets to build intrinsic bridges between community, the arts, and joy.
     
    Thank you for speaking with us, Tyler!!

    • 25 min
    Megan Kate Nelson: Writing The West

    Megan Kate Nelson: Writing The West

    Megan Kate Nelson is a historian and writer, with a BA from Harvard and a PhD in American Studies from the University of Iowa. She is the author of Saving Yellowstone: Exploration and Preservation in Reconstruction America(Scribner 2022) and her previous book, The Three-Cornered War: The Union, the Confederacy, and Native Peoples in the Fight for the West(Scribner 2020) was a finalist for the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in History. She writes about the Civil War, the U.S. West, and American culture for The New York Times, Washington Post, The Atlantic, Smithsonian Magazine, and TIME. Before leaving academia to write full-time in 2014, she taught U.S. history and American Studies at Texas Tech University, Cal State Fullerton, Harvard, and Brown.
    Thank you so much, Megan!!! Check out her social media and website below :)
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    • 35 min
    Sarah Ortegon: Dancing for Native America

    Sarah Ortegon: Dancing for Native America

    Sarah Ortegon was born in Denver, Colorado and is an enrolled Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho. In 2013 she graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a Bachelors degree in Fine Art with a concentration in drawing. In August 2013 she was crowned Miss Native American, USA. Soon after Ortegon started touring with the Native Pride Dancers, traveling and performing the jingle dress dance in the US and also in Moldova, Europe and Guatemala. In March of 2020 before the pandemic hit, Ortegon was able to perform in Times Square, NY to dance alongside the film previously created. In collaboration with Choctaw artist Jeffery Gibson, they filmed “She Never Dances Alone,” and the film was displayed on over 60 monitors every night at midnight for several months in Times Square.
    Ortegon was the featured artist for the opening of MALCS Conference in 2016 at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, WY. She is now published in the MALCS journal. Ortegon is pursuing her acting career and was cast in a play in Denver, CO in February of 2016 titled Black Elk Speaks. From there, she was cast in a musical called Sitting Bulls Last Waltz which premiered in Hollywood, California for the Hollywood Fringe Festival in June-July of 2016. Ortegon was cast as an extra in the BBC/NBC Sky 1 miniseries Jamestown which filmed in Budapest in August of 2016, 2017 and 2018. In 2020, Ortegon was featured as an artist in a PBS Emmy nominated film called, “The Art of Home.”
    Ortegon also received her hiking and instructing certificate from National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) in 2019. She has lead courses through the Wind River Mountain range for up to a month at a time. She also experienced sea kayaking and bushwhacking through the Prince William Sound and Chugach Mountains in Alaska.
    She is currently an Executive Legal Assistant for Native American Rights Fund (NARF), located out of Boulder, CO. The law firm focuses on Indigenous rights, which is in line with fighting issues like pipelines running through Indigenous communities. She still fills her free time with creative endeavors of course.
    Thank you, Sarah!!!
    {Sponsored by Wyoming Humanities Council}

    • 20 min
    Gregory Hinton: A Rainbow in Wyoming

    Gregory Hinton: A Rainbow in Wyoming

    “When I was young, I always had a mountain range over my shoulder,” he says. “I still come back looking for lost dignity.”  We were very fortunate to have Gregory Hinton on for our latest episode of “What’s Your Why!” He is an novelist, filmmaker, lecturer, curator, and playwright. As A Buffalo Bill Center of the West Resident Fellow, Hinton is the proud creator and producer of “Out West”, a national museum program series offering lectures, plays, films, and gallery exhibitions dedicated to shining a light on the history and culture of the LGBTQ+ community in the American West (follow this link for a video presentation of the program). It is the first regional LGBTQ western archive at the University of Wyoming’s American Heritage Center in Laramie. Gregory’s latest theatrical endeavor is “A Sissy in Wyoming”, based on the life of cowboy crossdresser Larry “Sissy” Goodman. Born in Wolf Point, Montana, Hinton resides in Los Angeles, dividing his thoughts and his time between the Golden State and the backroads of his native rural Rocky Mountain West. Follow him on Twitter! Thank yo so much for your words and time Gregory!! -‘He motors toward Shoshone Canyon and its prehistoric majesty, on what Teddy Roosevelt is said to have called the most beautiful drive in the world. Back home in Hollywood, he dreams about this place. He emerges from a tunnel, the expanse of the Buffalo Bill Reservoir before him. “Now you see,” he says, “why I come back.”’ - John M. Glionna on Gregory Hinton-

    • 45 min
    Willow Belden: What Was Lost "Out There" Will Be Found

    Willow Belden: What Was Lost "Out There" Will Be Found

    “It’s the simple things” – is what I thought about when I interviewed Willow Belden for our latest What’s Your Why? episode.  Her award-winning podcast “Out There” is not only about people who love nature but also about how people discover the outdoors even when they live in a cement jungle in the city. I think it’s why the West has become so popular. People want to escape the hectic grind of the urban city life. Being outside and enjoying nature is for everyone – everywhere - people of all shapes, sizes and abilities.  I hope you enjoy the podcast! And please leave a comment. Thanks Willow!

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

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20 Ratings

20 Ratings

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Keep’em Coming

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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