Lots of people enjoy the calming and relaxing benefits of yoga, but in Laramie a group is trying to use yoga to help those in the drug court program. And the early returns are good. Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck has more.
BOB BECK: It’s Friday night at Laramie’s Hot Power Yoga. The lights are down and the room is lit with candles. Nine people connected with the Albany County Drug Court program are here holding various poses in an effort to relax and focus.
Anselmo Roldan Aguilar is from Guatemala. He was a young man when the Guatemalan military attacked his town and killed more than 400 people. This was in 1982, in the midst of Guatemala’s internal armed conflict, during which thousands were massacred.
Roldan Aguilar is now president of the Association for Justice and Reconciliation, an organization seeking justice for the survivors and perpetrators. He visited the University of Wyoming to meet with students and talk about his experience and AJR’s work and stopped by the studio to talk with Wyoming Public Radio’s Irina Zhorov.
One of classical music’s most famous pieces is not normally performed the way the composer conceived it. But next week (Nov. 19-24), the University of Wyoming is staging Carmina Burana the way Carl Orff intended—with dancers and actors alongside the orchestra and chorale. That’s 150 performers onstage at once. Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer spoke with UW dance professor and choreographer Lawrence Jackson.
Wyoming’s quiet, wild spaces attract adventurers from near and far, but we also hear frequently about adventures gone wrong. Throughout the Mountain West, we hear stories of people who go missing.
By day, Scott Hammond is a management professor at Utah State University, but in his free time, he is a volunteer search-and-rescuer with Rocky Mountain Rescue Dogs. Hammond’s spoke with Wyoming Public Radio’s Rebecca Martinez about his new book “Lessons of the Lost,” which details his experiences with the search and rescue organization.
The 2010 Tony Award winner for Best Play makes its Wyoming debut this week.
RED, by John Logan, is the second production for Laramie-based theatre company Relative Theatrics. The two-person play centers on a major commission New York painter Mark Rothko received in the 1950’s. It explores the line between commercialism and artistic integrity through the relationship between Rothko and his assistant.
Director and Relative Theatrics founder Anne Mason says it’s remarkable for a small company to snag a major contemporary play.
A young Wyoming archaeologist has discovered several more prehistoric villages in the Wind River Range, bringing the total up to 19 confirmed villages at the high altitude archaeology site known as High Rise Village. His findings are being published in an upcoming scientific journal article.
Matt Stirn was a 20-year-old undergraduate when he developed a model to predict the whereabouts of new lodge sites in the Wind River Range. Richard Adams was his supervisor. He says Stirn was 13-years-old when he began volunteering on Adam’s crew at High Rise Village.
Ben Markley is a composer and jazz pianist. He is also a visiting Assistant Professor of Music for the University of Wyoming Music Department. Scott Turpen is a saxophonist and Professor at the University of Wyoming Music Department, teaching Jazz Studies. "And The Wind Came" was written and composed by Ben Markley.
For Veteran’s Day we have a StoryCorps segment of veteran Ted Gostas telling his wife Jody Gostas about being taken as a prisoner of war in the Vietnam War and his years in solitary confinement. Gostas remained a P-O-W for 5 years, 5 months, and 15 days. Of those captured in Northern Vietnam, he was one of only four POWs to stay in solitary confinement for more than four years.
Several times a year, Laramie hosts square dances that attract dancers from hundreds of miles around. Part of the draw is the hall, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Wyoming Public Radio's Micah Schweizer has a postcard from Laramie's Quadra Dangle Square Dance Club.
The Linden String Quartet is a rising star in the chamber music world. The quartet has won first prize in five major competitions and recently completed a residency at Yale University. On Friday, November 8, the Linden performs at the University of Wyoming. Violinist Sarah McElravy spoke with Wyoming Public Media’s Micah Schweizer about the quartet's blossoming career.
Salt Lake City-based singer-songwriter Kate MacLeod has a new album coming out at the end of the year. At Ken Sanders Rare Books is a live collection of songs written over the past 30 years, all based on books. Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer spoke with Kate MacLeod about the new record and her Wyoming-inspired songs.
Born and raised in Sandpoint Idaho, identical twins Katelyn and Laurie Shook make up the Indie Folk-Pop bandShook Twins. They now reside in Portland, Oregon. Kyle Volkman and Niko Daoussis form the core quartet.
Cheyenne has been called the most haunted town in America. Ghost story collector Jill Pope says she hears new stories of the city’s paranormal activity almost daily. Some of them are in her new book, Haunted Cheyenne. Pope spoke with Wyoming Public Media’s Micah Schweizer.
Land grant institutions, like the University of Wyoming, were designed to provide a practical education. In a recent editorial, UW’s president makes the case that the humanities and fine arts are also part of that practical education.
Since becoming UW’s president earlier this year, Sternberg says he’s heard lots of conversation about engineering, agriculture, and business, but not so much about the humanities. As a psychologist, much of Sternberg’s work has focused on creativity.
Nicole Riner is a recitalist, clinician, and freelance flutist. She teaches at the University of Wyoming. Composer Katherine Hoover, who wrote ‘Winter Spirits’, is known for evoking Native American flute sounds in her flute pieces.
Playwright William Missouri Downs says Ayn Rand’s rational, objective philosophy helped him through college. But in Downs’ newest play, certainty is lacking. Writer and philosopher Ayn Rand is put on trial, and the audience is the jury. Wyoming Public Media’s Micah Schweizer spoke with William Missouri Downs.
Nina McConigley is a lecturer in the University of Wyoming’s English Department. Her new book is a collection of short stories called Cowboys and East Indians.
Her book tells the stories of a variety of Indian characters living in Wyoming, and explores what, often, reads as an unusual combination. McConigley’s father is an Irish-born petroleum geologist, and her mother, Nimi McConigley, was the first Indian-born person to serve in the Wyoming Legislature. Nina tells Rebecca Martinez she grew up in Casper.
Hillery Lynn, Birgit Burke, and Pryce Taylor make up the local Laramie band Whiskey Slaps. Hillery has been playing guitar, singing and writing songs most of her life. Birgit has been writing songs, singing, and playing various musical instruments most of her life as well. Their songwriting, guitar playing and mandolin playing lift elements from 1920’s blues, old-time, Appalachian folk and country western. Pryce Taylor joins on electric and upright bass, grounding the songs with solid rhythm.
Author, poet, and filmmaker Sherman Alexie spent the past several days on the University of Wyoming campus as a guest of the American Indian Studies Program. His visit started with a public lecture--more like an improv comedy sketch about Native American identity--and Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer sat down with Alexie to discuss some of the themes in his talk.
Over the past decade, traditional singer Julie Fowlis has built a career singing songs in the native language of her Scottish island home. Wyoming Public Media’s Micah Schweizer reached her by Skype in advance of her performance Friday, Oct. 18 at the University of Wyoming in Laramie.
The government shutdown has hobbled Teton County, gateway to two national parks. But just south of the barricades, the National Museum of Wildlife Art offers dramatic views of wild animals in a new photo exhibit.
When the parks are open, tourists cruising by might miss the museum discretely built into the hillside. With the parks closed, fewer tourists are making the trip. Being overlooked is a theme in a new exhibit ‘The Wild Wonders of Europe.’ Museum president and CEO Jim McNutt says it shows wildlife can be seen in unexpected places.
Gooding is soul-stirring, animated Rock ‘n’ Roll from the plains. Guitarist/Singer and namesake “Gooding” and his band of brothers, Jesse Rich and Billy Driver, have been touring nonstop for 8 years. Their live shows are infused with the confident energy and heart-on-your-sleeve emotion that only comes from 3 childhood friends living out their dream on the road.
Museums are popular vacation destinations. When the government isn’t closed, a family trip to Washington, D.C. isn’t complete without a visit to one of the Smithsonian museums. But Dr. Elizabeth Weiser from the Ohio State University is looking at deeper meaning in these public spaces: how they reflect and shape national identity. She was recently at the University of Wyoming to speak about her research, and she stopped by our studios to talk with Wyoming Public Media's Micah Schweizer.
Lynn Miles is one of Canada’s most accomplished singer/songwriters. With seven albums to her credit, the winner of multiple Canadian Folk Music Awards, and a 2003 Juno Award for Roots & Traditional Solo Album of the Year, she has certainly found her strength over time.
Historically, many museums have been neatly divided: by genre, by artist, by time period. Now curators are mixing up exhibits, so works are in conversation (or in contrast) with one another. A prime example is the Whitney Western Art Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, in Cody. Curator Mindy Besaw explains why she displays old and new works side by side.
The Wyoming Symphony Orchestra's 2013-14 season opens Saturday, October 5. Over the past several years, the audience for the Casper-based ensemble has steadily increased: it’s up 25 percent in just the last season. That’s notable in an era where orchestras from Honolulu to Syracuse have filed for bankruptcy. Wyoming Public Media’s Micah Schweizer asked Wyoming Symphony Orchestra executive director Rachel Bailey what accounts for that success...
Here's a series of essays exploring "the wonderfully odd and unexpected linkages" between the Massachusetts seashore and the Wyoming prairie. Jeff Lockwood is Professor of Natural Sciences and Humanities at the University of Wyoming. This past summer, he was the writer-in-residence at Cape Cod National Seashore, where he wrote these pieces in a beach shack overlooking the ocean.
The University of Wyoming Symphony Orchestra’s new season promises classics, but some of these favorites might be new to American ears. Case in point, the Butterfly Lovers Concerto is famous in China, but likely new to audiences here. (They’ll have to wait until May for that performance.)