The Mountain Muse

The Mountain Muse is a weekly radio program that covers people, arts, culture and humanities. Each week we inspire and inform listeners by providing interviews that take people behind the scenes to reveal the personal journey of an individual and learn about the “person behind the persona.” The program includes interviews and feature stories with and about dynamic thinkers, scholars, artists, and innovators who live and/or visit Jackson and Wyoming. Based in Jackson, the Mountain Muse radio program takes advantage of the abundant human resources of people who live in or visit the region.

Emy diGrappa, producer and host of Mountain Muse, has over 20 year’s experience in marketing and public relations. She lives and works in Jackson, Wyoming. DiGrappa collaborates with many people to provide interesting and colorful interviews for her listening audience. 

Governor Matt Mead talks about his Jackson roots, family influences as the grandson of  Senator Cliff Hansen and life in the governors mansion. His conversation is light-hearted as he talks about his Mom and her run for governor in 1990, how he met his wife, Carol and raising their two children.

Bill Sniffin is a journalist and entrepreneur who has lived in Wyoming for 42 years.  He has received acclaim far and wide for his work.  In his newest book, Wyoming's 7 Greatest Natural Wonders, we discover his love affair with Wyoming's many fascinating places he set out to discover.

Ed Belbruno is both an astrophysicist and artist. He discovered a new type of route to the Moon that was spectacularly demonstrated in 1991, rescuing a Japanese spacecraft. He is also a recognized painter, with a recent exhibition at Lincoln Center and a painting in NASA’s executive collection in Washington. Ed is affiliated with Princeton University.

April Alliston teaches literature and gender and sexuality studies at Princeton University.  Recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and other awards, her publications range from books on eighteenth-century women’s fiction to op-eds on Fifty Shades of Grey and Internet trolls.  He current book is Consenting Adults?  On Pornography, Privacy, and Freedom.

Nate Ver Burg, founder of Elevated Ideas, has an uncanny ability to see things differently.  He uses this talent to instigate revolutionary change in business by forcing companies and industries to shatter their established mindsets.  Nate’s prescient perspective is equally influential in both business and personal experiences.  He lives and works in Jackson Hole.

Ruth Ann moved to Jackson, Wyoming to start her own business in 1988.  Since then, she has owned two successful businesses and has become involved in Wyoming politics.  Learn about her journey to Jackson and her desire to serve as a Wyoming Representative.

Gloria Baxter: Professor Emeritus of the University of Memphis School of Dance and Theater, Gloria was invited by The Murie Center of Grand Teton National Park to create an original narrative theater adaptation based on the writings of Olaus and Margaret Murie, pioneers in the American wilderness movement.

Jason Cohn first became aware of Charles and Ray Eames through their films when a friend introduced him to their six volume DVD set. The chair obsession followed. EAMES: The Architect and the Painter is Jason's first feature documentary. He previously produced segments for the PBS program Frontline World, associate produced for Frontline and field produced for the award-winning PBS series Remaking American Medicine.

Kevin Kallaugher’s (KAL) work for The Sun and The Economist has appeared in more than 100 publications worldwide, including Le Monde, Der Spiegel, Pravda, Krokodil, Daily Yomiuri, The Australian, The International Herald Tribune, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Time, Newsweek and U.S. News and World Report.

Jennifer has been working in film and video since the late 1990s and has experience in all aspects of documentary production.  Her most recent work is a one-hour, high-definition documentary film entitled The Stagecoach Bar: An American Crossroads. Using varied and compelling characters, the film explores the history of a long-time community "watering hole," the Stagecoach Bar in Wilson, Wyoming

Award-winning poet, author, writer Naomi Shihab Nye

May 10, 2013

Naomi Shihab Nye is a poet, songwriter, and novelist. She was born to a Palestinian father and American mother. Although she regards herself as a "wandering poet", she refers to San Antonio as her home.

Wine sommelier Charles Arturaola

May 10, 2013

Charles Arturaola:  Voted ‘one of the 10 best palates in the United States’ by the America Sommelier Association, Uruguayan-born Arturaola has spent more than 25 years as cellar master, director of wine, and sommelier.  He starred in the 2011 award-winning film El Camino del Vino, The Way of Wine.

Red Carpet Jewelry Designer - Erica Courtney

Apr 27, 2013

Erica Courtney has built one of the most recognized and successful fine jewelry brands in the industry, fueled by her innate entrepreneurial spirit and extraordinary artistic talent.

Biochemist and nutritionist - Kevin Meehan

Apr 27, 2013

Kevin Meehan: Biochemist, Kevin Meehan, has a thriving acupuncture and naturopathic health practice here in Jackson Hole.  He shares with us his journey from childhood diabetes to a flourishing business producing a variety of health products

Spoken word artists - Alixa & Naima

Apr 27, 2013

With roots in Haiti and Colombia, Alixa and Naima reside in Brooklyn and track footprints across the country and globe on a mission to make a better future visible, immediate, and irresistible. Alixa and Naima's acclaimed performance is composed dual-voice poems and multimedia theater that explores diverse themes.

Nicole Madison - Jazz vocalist and actor

Apr 23, 2013

Nicole Madison's musical roots came from her father, who played a major part in the development of the Mississippi River Festival at Southern Illinois University in her home town of Edwardsville, Illinois.  You can download her songs on iTunes.

Wyoming Native and Author - Sophie Echeverria

Apr 23, 2013

Sophie Burden was raised on Remuda Ranch, an historic dude ranch established by her family outside of Wickenburg, Arizona. Sophie married Dom Echeverria, a Basque who proved passionate, loving...and explosive. Their life together took them to the high Andes of Peru, Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming, where they ran one of the largest ranching operations in the West.

Jackson Native Artist Kathryn Mapes Turner

Apr 23, 2013

The artwork of Kathryn Mapes Turner has unfolded from the mountain valley of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Here she was born as the fourth generation to be raised on the Triangle X Ranch in Grand Teton National Park. She grew up riding the trails of the valley, learning wilderness lore and gaining an eye for landscape amid what she believes to be the most spectacular scenery on earth.

Yellowstone to Yukon Wildlife Artist - Dwayne Harty

Apr 23, 2013

Dwayne Harty was formally trained at the Arts Student’s League in New York City and mentored by three of the 20th century’s important wildlife artists: Bob Kuhn, Robert Lougheed and Clarence Tillenius.  Dwayne folowed the footsteps and canvasses of North America’s great wildlife artist Carl Rungius from Yellowstone to Yukon which is now a published book of the great wild.