Micah Schweizer

Cultural Affairs and Production Director

Phone: 307-766-3587
Email: mschweiz@uwyo.edu

Micah Schweizer oversees arts and culture coverage for Wyoming Public Radio, including the podcasts HumaNature and The Modern West. He’s had a taste of various cultures growing up in Switzerland, studying in France, and living in six states in the U.S. Before moving to Wyoming, he worked as an award-winning public radio reporter, producer, and host at WNIN-FM in southern Indiana. Micah got his start in radio at Wisconsin Public Radio and has contributed to networks including NPR and the BBC. During the 2008 presidential primaries, he was a recurring guest on WNYC’s The Takeaway. He received his B.A. in French and German at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. Before working in radio, Micah was a public school teacher. He lives in Laramie with his wife and four rescued cats. In his free time, Micah can be found playing music on electric bass and Irish tin whistle.

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December 2nd, 2016

Dec 2, 2016

Listen to the full story here. GOP Politicians Won't Keep The Sage Grouse From Listing Wyoming Republicans were dealt a setback in their efforts to keep sage grouse off the federal endangered species list. Correspondent Matt Laslo has the story from Washington. Dakota Access Protest Camp Faces Winter And Evacuation Orders President-elect Donald Trump indicated for the first time on Thursday that he supports completion of the Dakota Access pipeline. Protesters have been camped out at the...

Neltje

The celebrated Wyoming artist Neltje has led a storied life. Her new memoir, North of Crazy , chronicles her journey from high society to the high plains. As the daughter of famed publisher Nelson Doubleday, Neltje had a privileged upbringing, growing up in her family’s homes in New York, Long Island, and South Carolina. But as an adult, she left society life and moved to her adopted home near Sheridan, where she still lives. Neltje spoke with Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer.

A new anthology of Wyoming writers offers a current snapshot of the state’s literary tradition. The book’s release is being celebrated with readings and book signings in six communities around the state. ‘Blood, Water, Wind, and Stone’ features the work of more than 70 poets, fiction, and non-fiction writers. Editor Lori Howe says the title reflects the overall theme that runs through the anthology. “The overwhelming theme of it is that sense of living at the intersection between human...

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Listen to the full show here. Wyoming Lawmakers Worry About Last Minute Obama Regulations With President Obama heading out of office soon Wyoming lawmakers fear he’s preparing a slew of executive orders that could hurt the economy out west. Matt Laslo has the story from Washington. Wyoming's Treasurer Endorses Constitutional Amendment A Wyoming voters will be asked to support a constitutional amendment this November that will change the way the state treasurer can manage Wyoming’s rainy day...

Julianne Couch

According to demographers, small town America is in trouble. Populations are aging and shrinking, as young people leave for the big city. But that’s not the whole picture. In her new book, Julianne Couch draws on her own experience to paint a portrait of nine small towns in Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, and Wyoming—specifically Centennial. The book is called The Small Town Midwest: Resilience and Hope in the Twenty-First Century . Julianne Couch spoke with Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah...

Gage Skidmore

Listen to the full show here. Wyoming's Delegation Wants To Hear More Debate About Energy And Western Issues As the presidential contest rolls on, some Wyoming lawmakers are worried that issues important to the state, such as energy, is being left out of the debate. While there was some recent discussion, it’s not being discussed as much as some would prefer. Matt Laslo has the story from Washington. Author Discusses Potential Improvements To Food Laws Wyoming passed the Food Freedom Act,...

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The Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, Jane Chu, was recently in Laramie. The visit was one of hundreds of trips Chu has made to communities around the country to see first-hand the role the arts are playing. Chairman Chu stopped by our studios to talk with Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer.

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The University of Wyoming Symphony Orchestra begins its new season under the direction of a guest conductor. As part of a so-called ‘podium exchange,’ UW Symphony director Michael Griffith conducted an American piece in Brazil. On Thursday, Brazilian conductor Carlos Henrique Costa will conduct two works from his home country in Laramie. One piece, Museu da Inconfidência, by César Guerra-Peixe, draws on folkloric styles. The other piece, Psalmus, by living composer João Guilherme Ripper,...

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After more than 40 years of hosting ‘ A Prairie Home Companion ,’ Garrison Keillor is handing the show over to his hand-picked successor, mandolinist Chris Thile, who debuts as the show’s new host this weekend. As a recent article in The New York Times Magazine suggests, it’s going to be a different show with Thile at the helm. Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer spoke to Abe Streep, whose article poses the question, “What’s A Prairie Home Companion Without Garrison Keillor?”

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Representatives from the National Endowment for the Arts are in Laramie for a public event this evening. Chairman Jane Chu and Wyoming Arts Council Executive Director Michael Lange will host a town hall reception at the Gryphon Theatre at 6 p.m in honor of the NEA's 50th anniversary and Chu's first visit to Wyoming. Chu was appointed to her post by President Obama in 2014. Since then, she’s made hundreds of visits to communities around the country to see what kind of role the arts are playing...

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One of the country’s oldest opera companies is bringing a rags-to-riches-to-rags story to Cheyenne on Thursday evening. The Ballad of Baby Doe tells the scandalous true story of Horace Tabor, who strikes it rich prospecting for silver and leaves his wife Augusta for a woman named Baby Doe. But when silver goes bust, the pair ends up penniless and alone. The opera—sung in English—was commissioned and debuted by Colorado’s Central City Opera in 1956. Since then, The Ballad of Baby Doe has...

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This year marks the 67 th season for the Casper-based Wyoming Symphony Orchestra. They’re calling it ‘A Moving Symphonic Season’ because the orchestra has a final concert at Casper College this weekend before returning to a newly renovated auditorium in December. For the past year, the WSO has been performing at Casper College’s Wheeler Concert Hall while its home auditorium has been under renovation. “For us to go to Wheeler was kind of like getting to borrow a Lamborghini for a while,” said...

Cassidy Newkirk

The Arizona Final Salute Foundation has commissioned a University of Wyoming student to create a painting of the USS Arizona for the 75 th anniversary of its sinking at Pearl Harbor. Cassidy Newkirk received the commission last October 17, 100 years to the day after the USS Arizona itself was commissioned. Since then, she’s been working to recreate a view of the sinking battleship from the perspective of a sailor on board. However, there are no historical photos from that perspective, so...

Jackson is renowned for its dramatic landscapes and outdoor recreation, but arts organizations would like Jackson to be just as well known for its world-class cultural offerings. For the first time, Dancers’ Workshop and the Grand Teton Music Festival are teaming up to cross-promote each other’s events. “For our two organizations it just made good sense to work together and to do our part to hopefully raise the profile of the community through what we’re already doing,” explained GTMF...

Melodie Edwards

Listen to the whole show here. Overcrowded Lives: The First In a Series On the Reservation Housing Shortage The two tribes on the Wind River Indian Reservation are growing and prospering...the Northern Arapaho is expected to reach 11,000 this year, the Eastern Shoshone is almost 5,000 strong. But while the number of people has been expanding, the number of homes where all those people can live has not. As the first part in her series on the reservation housing shortage, Wyoming Public Radio’s...

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There’s an old joke from the movie The Blues Brothers: “What kind of music do you usually have here?” asks Elwood. “Oh, we got both kinds,” answers the bartender. “We got Country and Western!” As it turns out, there is a difference between Country and Western. Musicologist Ariel Downing is giving a lecture and live performance on cowboy music on August 25 at the Brinton Museum in Big Horn. As Downing explained to Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer, the ‘country’ side of the term has its...

Nigel Bland

An unusual concert is coming to the Lander Bar on Friday, August 12. Instead of 80’s rock and whiskey shots, it’s 'Bach and Beer.' The program is part a of tour that brings classical music to informal places, like bars and coffee shops. After a successful solo career in the Netherlands, cellist Steuart Pincombe and his wife Michelle returned to the U.S…bought a camper trailer…and headed out on a tour called Music in Familiar Spaces . But Steuart Pincombe says baroque cello music in a bar isn...

The Brinton Museum

Big Horn, Wyoming will play host to the first Bighorn Rendezvous Art Show and Sale this weekend. The event is the outgrowth of a long-running art show in Helena, Montana run by the Northwest Rendezvous Group of Artists. That show ended in 2012. Now, the Brinton Museum in Big Horn will play host to event’s new incarnation. Director Ken Schuster said the show brings a diverse group of artists to the museum. “Not everybody is a wildlife artist or Western artist or a landscape artist. There are...

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This Friday and Saturday, the little town of Riverside, Wyoming will see its population balloon from 50 to 1500. WHAT Fest has seen steady growth since moving to Riverside from Cody, five years ago. This year’s music festival features more than 30 bands, mostly from around Wyoming. But there are also bands from Colorado and several national touring acts performing this weekend, including The Black Lillies and The Lonesome Heroes. And fans are starting to come from farther afield, too. “A...

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As the National Park Service celebrates 100 years, a photographer says Yellowstone National Park is succeeding at preserving its wild landscape. Bradly Boner spent three summers in Yellowstone re-photographing more than a hundred photos taken in 1871. The original shots are from a survey expedition to what would become Yellowstone National Park. And Boner says nearly a century and a half later, the landscape remains remarkably intact. “Most of the changes that you see today are the intrusions...

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This summer, the Grand Teton Music Festival celebrates 10 years with music director and conductor Donald Runnicles. As he tells Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer, the festival features a lineup of rising young stars as guest soloists with the orchestra. Wyoming Public Radio’s first broadcast of the Festival Orchestra is tonight, immediately following coverage of the Republican National Convention.

Art Fair Jackson Hole

The annual Art Fair Jackson Hole is expanding as it celebrates its 50th anniversary. For the first time, the Art Association of Jackson Hole has contracted with an event planner to organize the fair. Erika Bossi’s goal is to broaden the fair’s audience. “We’re making it more of an event this summer, so that we’re any number of different people to the art fair,” she said. Past fairs have been a particular draw for art tourists, but Bossi wants to make it a community event, too. And although it...

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Listen to the full show here. From Housekeepers To Railroad Conductors, Coal's Crash Takes Its Toll The coal industry’s recent downturn is casting ripples throughout the economy in the West. In Wyoming, the unemployment rate is climbing faster than any other state in the country—and it’s not just miners who are struggling. From a hotel in Gillette, Wyoming Public Radio’s Stephanie Joyce explores the fallout from the collapsing mineral economy. Wyoming's Wage Gap Won't Close Anytime Soon If...

Sharon Martinson

CORRECTION: In the audio of this story, as in a previous Web version, musician Jalan Crossland suggests making a cake by using an Altoids tin and wiring it to a car battery. Crossland now says he was joking. To be clear: This should not be attempted. Short-circuiting a car battery can cause the battery to overheat and potentially explode. For many Americans, summer means road trips. So Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer checked in with a couple of touring musicians for some pro-tips you...

Wyoming Arts Council

The Wyoming Independent Music Initiative will feature nine Laramie bands in a free concert Saturday, June 25. WIMI is a broad initiative by the Wyoming Arts Council to grow the state’s live music scene. The Laramie bands are part of a pilot program designed to help the groups build their brands. Those bands have spent the past six months developing everything from business plans to stage craft. The culminating event is a showcase concert where the bands will perform short sets for music...

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A new mural is being painted in downtown Gillette this week. It will replace a deteriorating older mural. A mustachioed cowboy painted by Gillette mural artist Harvey Jackson in 1999 is fading and cracking. It will be replaced with a collaborative piece. AVA Community Art Center is bringing in Denver artist Partick McGirr—a Gillette native—to help 15 to 20 kids create a new collage mural. Sarah Ferguson is on AVA’s board of directors. She says the new mural is about community pride expressed...

Charles Preston

Listen to the full show here. Park Officials Are Concerned About Risky Behavior In Yellowstone An Oregon man is killed when he slips into a hot springs hundreds of yard off the boardwalk in Norris Geyser Basin. A Canadian tourist is fined $735 for picking up a bison calf that had to be euthanized. Another group of Canadians faces criminal charges for filming themselves walking on Grand Prismatic Spring. Penny Preston went to Yellowstone to find out why people keep taking dangerous risks there...

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Ernest Hemingway is almost as famous for places he lived and visited—like Paris and Spain—as he is for his writing. Now, an article in Big Sky Magazine reveals Hemingway’s Wyoming connections. The article’s author, Darla Worden, became a Hemingway fan while attending high school in Sheridan. As she told Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer, the Sheridan area has its own Hemingway connection.

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A celebrated concert pianist will offer a public performance at Casper College on Friday. He’s the featured artist at this year’s Wyoming Music Teachers Association conference. Neil Rutman has won top prizes in international competitions—and has performed around the world and to glowing reviews in the New York Times and the Washington Post. Off-stage, he’s passionate about teaching. Rutman is an Artist in Residence at the University of Central Arkansas and the author of Stories, Images, and...

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