The Modern West

Wyoming Public Media

Exploring the evolving identity of the American West

  • 42 minutes 59 seconds
    Chasing the Dragon - Part Four of High Altitude Tales

    In the resort town of Jackson Hole, WY, the housing shortage is so bad that people are finding crazy workarounds for how to live there. Like this guy, living in his van. "It’s cold when you come back. And then the issue is, like, all your water freezes and all your stuff is frozen. And trying to dry ski stuff or anything like that it’s a pain - but once the heaters are goin it gets crankin' in here!"

    15 May 2024, 6:00 am
  • 40 minutes 33 seconds
    Wolves #2101 and #2301- Part Three of High Altitude Tales

    The story of two wolves in Colorado’s North Park, a father and a son, and how the community is – or is not – coming to terms with their presence.

    "Wolves represent a lot of what farming and ranching is about, which is like, you have no control ultimately."

    Wolves #2101 and #2301: episode 3 of our series High Altitude Tales.

    1 May 2024, 6:00 am
  • 37 minutes 37 seconds
    The Sixth Boom - Part Two of High Altitude Tales

    Take a bike ride into a tiny forgotten historic mining town that sits at the intersection of two beloved through trails. For hardcore bikers and hikers, this town is an oasis. And for a community used to cycles of boom and bust, there's hope this boom could last.

    17 April 2024, 6:00 am
  • 31 minutes 31 seconds
    Courage is a Muscle - Part One of High Altitude Tales

    Exactly 100 years to the day after a woman named Eleanor Davis became the first recorded woman to ever climb the Grand Teton – a nearly 14,000 foot-tall mountain that’s the namesake for Grand Teton National Park – an all-female group of climbers is summiting the peak to celebrate her legacy. Hannah Habermann tagged along for the adventure.

    3 April 2024, 6:00 am
  • 3 minutes 48 seconds
    High Altitude Tales Trailer
    Miss us? We're back for Season 8 of The Modern West - High Altitude Tales. High Altitude Tales drops on April 3rd on all of your favorite streaming platforms.
    20 March 2024, 6:00 am
  • 38 minutes 29 seconds
    Urban Wildfires: a Burn Scar Bonus

    “In Paradise, what the fire didn't take was the sense of community that exists there. Our mission was, ‘look how far we've come, and it’s a vision to the future.”

    7 February 2024, 7:00 am
  • 48 minutes 31 seconds
    Our Imperfect Human Selves

    Ariel makes the trip out to see the new construction of her family home. But it’s nothing like the one that burned down in the Marshall Fire. Her feeling of solastalgia is long gone.

    24 January 2024, 7:00 am
  • 44 minutes 23 seconds
    A Desirable Neighborhood

    Ariel’s family and neighbors are starting to rebuild after the Marshall Fire destroyed their homes. But now new green building codes are making it super expensive. Ariel’s brother is dubious.

    10 January 2024, 7:00 am
  • 16 minutes 10 seconds
    The Burn Scar: Bonus Episode

    Listen to a behind-the-scenes conversation with The Burn Scar’s producer Ariel Lavery and The Modern West host Melodie Edwards. Ariel says the idea for the series came to her in the shower. “I just needed to record this. I just needed to somehow remember the feelings of visiting the site, being there.”

    27 December 2023, 7:00 am
  • 44 minutes 28 seconds
    Our Safe Place

    Ariel’s neighbors all want to know what caused the Marshall Fire. Then a new forensic report comes out, confirming climate change isn’t at the door…it just burned the door down.

    #OurSafePlace Part III of #TheBurnScar

    13 December 2023, 7:00 am
  • 43 minutes 54 seconds
    Ariel returns to see the burn scar that was once her childhood home. She feels strangely…homesick. “Imagining one’s home place meet its end – envisioning just what this neighborhood looked like engulfed in flames – I wonder if this is all part of the feeling of solastalgia.”
    29 November 2023, 7:00 am
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