Features http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en What Are The Most Common Mispronunciations Of Places In Wyoming? http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/what-are-most-common-mispronunciations-places-wyoming <p>It's all happened to us one time or another. Mispronouncing words. Now...how about trying to correctly say a city, county, or landmark in the Equality state?</p><p>We asked listeners to help make a list of commonly mispronounced Wyoming places. Below are the results! If you have a favorite word you think should be listed, tell us in the comments below and use the hashtag #wyowords on Twitter.</p><p></p><p></p><p><strong>Gros Ventre (Grow-vont) </strong>Gros Ventre River, Mountains, and Wilderness. Visitors to Wyoming often pronounce the name as <strong>(Gross-vent-ree)</strong>.</p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:49:20 +0000 Anna Rader 63427 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org What Are The Most Common Mispronunciations Of Places In Wyoming? Ukrainian Ballerina Brings Message Of Peace http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/ukrainian-ballerina-brings-message-peace <p>For the last two weeks, Moscow Ballet soloist Olga Aru has been teaching ballet master classes at studios in Gillette and Casper. She now lives in Italy, but Aru was born in Donetsk, Ukraine – a disputed part of the country that has seen intense fighting. Her international touring has brought her close to conflict, as well. She was performing in Cairo when the 2011 Egyptian Revolution erupted. She sat down with Wyoming Public Radio’s Caroline Ballard to talk about her experiences.</p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 22:52:20 +0000 Caroline Ballard 63224 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Ukrainian Ballerina Brings Message Of Peace Holocaust Survivor To Speak In Jackson http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/holocaust-survivor-speak-jackson <p></p><p></p><p>On August 28<sup>th</sup> Eva Schloss who is the step sister and childhood friend of Anne Frank will give a talk about her time in Auschwitz during the Holocaust. She will appear at the Center for the Arts in Jackson at 7 p.m. at an event hosted by the Chabad Jewish Center of Wyoming.&nbsp; She tells Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck about how she met Anne Frank.</p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 22:20:06 +0000 Bob Beck 63217 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Holocaust Survivor To Speak In Jackson Saints And Sinners: Artist Puts Halos On Drug Dealers In "Street Bible" http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/saints-and-sinners-artist-puts-halos-drug-dealers-street-bible <p>It was the Protestant reformer Martin Luther who proposed that we are simultaneously saints and sinners. <a href="http://www.aaronwallis.us/" target="_blank">Jackson artist Aaron Wallis</a> is illustrating the idea by placing drug dealers and gang leaders in the context of Christian iconography: putting halos around criminals' heads. The newest collection of illuminated manuscript prints in his Street Bible series opens August 29th at the Rose and the Pink Garter Theatre in Jackson. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 21:25:57 +0000 Micah Schweizer 63208 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Saints And Sinners: Artist Puts Halos On Drug Dealers In "Street Bible" UW Aims To Preserve ‘Then’ And ‘Now’ With New Historic Preservation Plan http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/uw-aims-preserve-then-and-now-new-historic-preservation-plan <p></p><p>Historic sandstone buildings, granite boulders, giant spruce trees: step onto the University of Wyoming campus, and you know where you are. As new construction projects begin, the University wants to make sure the designs adhere to its iconic image. To that end, the University is working with a team of architectural consultants to come up with guidelines for how to preserve its historic character.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 21:59:20 +0000 Cordelia Zars 62891 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org UW Aims To Preserve ‘Then’ And ‘Now’ With New Historic Preservation Plan Steven Horn Explores Eugenics Movement In New Novel http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/steven-horn-explores-eugenics-movement-new-novel <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Wyoming author Steven Horn’s new novel <em>The Pumpkin Eater</em> is creating quite a stir in the world of brainy mystery literature. It recently won the 2014 Benjamin Franklin Gold Award in Mystery and Suspense. Wyoming Public Radio’s Melodie Edwards sat down with Horn to find out what it was about his plotline that’s keeping readers on the edge of their seat.</p> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 21:18:42 +0000 Melodie Edwards 62888 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Steven Horn Explores Eugenics Movement In New Novel New Exhibit Presents Mash-up Of Work By 38 Wyoming Artists http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/new-exhibit-presents-mash-work-38-wyoming-artists <p><a href="http://www.wyomingartparty.com/" target="_blank">The Wyoming Art Party</a> is a new arts organization. No, we won’t be seeing Art Party candidates on the November ballot; think party, as in fun and festivities. The Wyoming Art Party’s inaugural event opens with a reception Friday, August 22 at a temporary gallery in Laramie. It’s a collaborative exhibit called ‘A Portrait of Wyoming.’ Laramie artists June Glasson and Meg Thompson are the founders of the Wyoming Art Party. They stopped by to explain the project to Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer.</p> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 21:03:37 +0000 Micah Schweizer 62885 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org New Exhibit Presents Mash-up Of Work By 38 Wyoming Artists The US Is A Top Destination For Music Students From China http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/us-top-destination-music-students-china <p>Every year, nearly half a million Chinese students travel abroad to attend college. The U.S. is the most popular destination for these students—whose parents spend around $165,000 for an American education. Many of these students come to study Western classical music. And for the last decade or so, Chinese musicians have taken center stage in the world of classical music.</p> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 21:51:08 +0000 Rebecca Golden 62559 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org The US Is A Top Destination For Music Students From China New Video Game Will Be Set In Wyoming Wilderness http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/new-video-game-will-be-set-wyoming-wilderness <p>Picture this. You're a park ranger living in a watchtower in the Wyoming wilderness. No cellphone, no internet, no co-worker to keep you company. Your only human contact is with your boss on a handheld radio. But when unexpected events occur, you’re faced with exploring a wild and unknown environment…and that's where a new video game set in Wyoming begins.</p><p></p> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 21:30:39 +0000 Anna Rader 62553 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org New Video Game Will Be Set In Wyoming Wilderness Laramie Arts Program Opens A World Of Creativity To Students With Disabilities http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/laramie-arts-program-opens-world-creativity-students-disabilities <p></p><p>Dance class begins at 9 a.m. in the studio. The six students disappear and are replaced by dancing cowboys, swaying and lassoing to the beat of the song.</p><p>Instructor Kayc DeMaranville leads. She helps them coordinate their bodies to the rhythm. The students are lost in the music, spinning, kicking, waving their arms. Student Eric Petersen loves to dance. He says it makes his body feel “a little bit of good.”</p> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 21:08:30 +0000 Cordelia Zars 62551 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Laramie Arts Program Opens A World Of Creativity To Students With Disabilities Pierce Pettis: Little River Canyon http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/pierce-pettis-little-river-canyon <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/161862075&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> Tue, 05 Aug 2014 21:29:08 +0000 Micah Schweizer, Ben Slater & Anna Rader 62391 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Pierce Pettis: Little River Canyon Teton Science Schools Summer Camp Builds Life-Long Bonds http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/teton-science-schools-summer-camp-builds-life-long-bonds <p>What do butterflies, pikas and a challenge course have in common? They're all at the heart of the summer camp experience for teens in Kelly, Wyoming. Bordering Grand Teton National Park, <a href="http://www.tetonscience.org/">Teton Science Schools </a>offers a perfect setting for campers to study and appreciate nature. But as Rebecca Huntington reports students walk away with a lot more.</p><p>“Is this one lupine? Oh there's a painted lady, I think.”</p> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 22:42:06 +0000 Rebecca Huntington 62230 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Teton Science Schools Summer Camp Builds Life-Long Bonds Laramie Theatre Company Turns To Crowdfunding For New Production http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/laramie-theatre-company-turns-crowdfunding-new-production <p></p><p>Laramie-based <a href="http://relativetheatrics.weebly.com/" target="_blank">Relative Theatrics</a> is raising money for a new production through the <a href="https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/relative-theatrics-presents-speech-debate?sa=0&amp;sp=0" target="_blank">crowdfunding website IndieGoGo</a>. Anne Mason is the founder and producer of Relative Theatrics. She tells Wyoming Public Radio's Caroline Ballard that many people don't realize the hidden costs that figure into a community theater's budget.</p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:05:14 +0000 Caroline Ballard 62137 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Laramie Theatre Company Turns To Crowdfunding For New Production A Play Date With Art http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/play-date-art <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="330" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//player.vimeo.com/video/98837637?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="575"></iframe></p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:24:49 +0000 Jennifer Tennican 62095 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Author Wins Prestigious PEN Literary Award http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-author-wins-prestigious-pen-literary-award <p>A Wyoming author is among this year’s winners of the prestigious PEN Literary Awards, announced this morning in New York.</p><p><a href="http://www.ninamcconigley.com/" target="_blank">Nina McConigley</a> is a lecturer in the University of Wyoming’s English Department. Her collection of short stories, ‘Cowboys and East Indians,’ is one of two winners of the PEN Open Book Award. The $5,000 award is for a book-length work by an author of color. McConigley’s father is Irish; her mother is from India. 'Cowboys and East Indians' draws on her multicultural upbringing in Wyoming.</p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:11:50 +0000 Micah Schweizer 62087 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Author Wins Prestigious PEN Literary Award Scientists To Excavate Wyoming Cave Full Of Prehistoric Fossils http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/scientists-excavate-wyoming-cave-full-prehistoric-fossils <p>For the first time in decades, scientists are excavating fossils from an 80-foot-deep cave in North Central Wyoming.</p><p>The cave is called “Natural Trap Cave,” because it’s become the final resting place for countless animals in past centuries—including many now-extinct ones like mammoths, short-faced bears, and American lions.</p><p>Julie Meachen is a paleontologist at Des Moines University. She’ll rappel into the cave with a team of 15 others.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:30:50 +0000 Aaron Schrank 61977 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Scientists To Excavate Wyoming Cave Full Of Prehistoric Fossils A New Perspective: Courage And Passion In Photography http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/new-perspective-courage-and-passion-photography <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="330" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//player.vimeo.com/video/98839998?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="575"></iframe></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:27:28 +0000 Jennifer Tennican 61775 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org H.L. Hix: The Seasons, In Verse http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/hl-hix-seasons-verse <p><a href="http://hlhix.com/index.htm" target="_blank">H. L. Hix</a> teaches in the Philosophy Department at the University of Wyoming.&nbsp; His most recent poetry collection is <em>As Much As, If Not More Than</em> (Etruscan Press, 2014); the poems recorded here are from his book <em>First Fire, Then Birds</em> (Etruscan Press, 2010). Hix has been recognized with an NEA Fellowship, the Grolier Prize, the T. S. Eliot Prize, and the Peregrine Smith Award. His poems have been translated into Spanish, Russian, Urdu, and other languages.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:46:06 +0000 H.L. Hix 61682 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org H.L. Hix: The Seasons, In Verse Dakota Dave Hull: The Long Drive Home http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/dakota-dave-hull-long-drive-home <p><strong><a href="http://dakotadavehull.com/" target="_blank">Dakota Dave Hull</a></strong> is one of America’s premier finger-style guitarists. Based in Minnesota, Dakota Dave logs a lot of miles touring, so here’s a composition that fades out like the highway receding in the rear-view mirror.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159682796&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:27:58 +0000 Ben Slater, Micah Schweizer & Anna Rader 61637 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Dakota Dave Hull: The Long Drive Home Wyoming Music Teachers Find Community At UW Summer Program http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-music-teachers-find-community-uw-summer-program <p>It’s before 8 o’ clock in the morning, and there’s a surprising amount of noise coming from a basement classroom in UW’s library.</p><p>Inside is a group of about 25 sitting in a circle, playing instruments or humming along. For most of the year, these people are music educators teaching in schools all over Wyoming. But in the summer, they’re students themselves—in a UW summer master’s program. Today, they’re learning a melody by ear.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 22:49:49 +0000 Aaron Schrank 61548 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Music Teachers Find Community At UW Summer Program Artists Trace U.S.-Mexico Border Through Wyoming http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/artists-trace-us-mexico-border-through-wyoming <p>A group of artists marking 1821 border between the United States and Mexico traveled through Wyoming over the weekend.</p><p>Marcos Ramirez and David Taylor are the artists behind the project, called ‘Delimitations.’ It aims to trace the original, 2,300-mile border between the U.S. and Mexico.</p><p>That historic border runs through Medicine Bow National Forest here in Wyoming.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:41:07 +0000 Miles Bryan 61443 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Artists Trace U.S.-Mexico Border Through Wyoming Community And Camaraderie: Tap Dancing Your Way To Happiness http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/community-and-camaraderie-tap-dancing-your-way-happiness <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="330" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//player.vimeo.com/video/98857271?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="575"></iframe></p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 18:43:58 +0000 Jennifer Tennican 61427 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Tribes And State Collaborate To Tell Wind River Reservation History http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/tribes-and-state-collaborate-tell-wind-river-reservation-history <p>In coming years, visitors to Wyoming’s Wind River Indian Reservation will see new historical perspectives on roadside signs and markers. That’s the proposed outcome of the new Wind River Interpretive Plan. It's believed to be the first such collaboration between tribes and state government on a reservation-wide interpretive plan.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 19:34:49 +0000 Micah Schweizer 61301 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Tribes And State Collaborate To Tell Wind River Reservation History A Casper Family Changes Careers To Make Alcohol http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/casper-family-changes-careers-make-alcohol <p>Many people have ideas for small businesses, but not many of them quit their day jobs to try something unique, especially when it’s something they know little about. But that’s exactly what the Pollock<strong> </strong>family of Casper did in starting <strong><a href="http://backwardsdistilling.com/" target="_blank">Backwards Distilling Company</a></strong>.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>“My son’s an absinth drinker and absinth is hard to come by and he and she were talking… why don’t we just make some make some… and then we all looked at each other and we all stopped and went hmmm.”</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 23:09:33 +0000 Bob Beck 61207 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org A Casper Family Changes Careers To Make Alcohol How America's Original Horse Was Saved By A Wyoming Family http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/how-americas-original-horse-was-saved-wyoming-family <p>This was almost the year of the thoroughbred horse, with California Chrome's run for the elusive Triple Crown. But here's the story of a smaller, scrappier horse that overcame long odds with the help of a Wyoming family. Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer has this postcard from a visit with the <a href="http://www.spanishmustangfoundation.org/" target="_blank">Spanish Mustang</a>.</p><p>Living history comes thundering over the ridge. This is America’s original horse.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:47:21 +0000 Micah Schweizer 61167 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org How America's Original Horse Was Saved By A Wyoming Family David Wiatrolik: Wishful Thinking http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/david-wiatrolik-wishful-thinking <p>Fresh off the 2014 release of ‘<strong><a href="https://www.facebook.com/GinMillGypsies/timeline">Dave and the Gin Mill Gypsies</a></strong>’, Laramie guitarist, singer, and songwriter David Wiatrolik assembles a stripped down trio (Dana Robertson, drums and Luke Woodbury, bass) to perform live at the WPM studios.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:52:03 +0000 Micah Schweizer, Ben Slater & Anna Rader 61196 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org David Wiatrolik: Wishful Thinking All The World’s A Stage: Play Taps Into Personal And Global Experiences http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/all-world-s-stage-play-taps-personal-and-global-experiences <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="330" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//player.vimeo.com/video/98861477?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="575"></iframe></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:00:00 +0000 Jennifer Tennican 60951 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Big Horn Mountain Festival Celebrates 10 Years Of American Roots Music http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/big-horn-mountain-festival-celebrates-10-years-american-roots-music <p>The Big Horn Mountain Festival in Buffalo celebrates ten years of roots, bluegrass and Americana music at the Johnson County Fairgrounds,<a href="http://www.bighornmountainfestival.com/" target="_blank"> July 11 through 13</a>. Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer asked one of the organizers, Paul Jarvis, to remember the festival’s early years.</p> Sat, 05 Jul 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Micah Schweizer 60666 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Big Horn Mountain Festival Celebrates 10 Years Of American Roots Music Learning To Play: Musical Pursuits And A Childhood Wish http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/learning-play-musical-pursuits-and-childhood-wish <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="330" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//player.vimeo.com/video/98888705?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="575"></iframe></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 19:20:29 +0000 Jennifer Tennican 60731 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Two Poems By Kate Northrop http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/two-poems-kate-northrop <p>Kate Northrop teaches in the Department of English at the University of Wyoming. She earned a BA in English from the University of Pennsylvania and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Iowa. Kate recently received the 2014 Jeannette Haien Ballard Writers Award. Her most recent collections of poems, <em>Clean</em>, was published in 2011 by Persea Books.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 16:18:51 +0000 Kate Northrop 60720 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Two Poems By Kate Northrop