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#35: A desert divided on the borderlands
Apr 5, 2018 • 27 min
The borderlands are a long-misunderstood region of the country, wrapped up in rhetoric and myth. In this episode of West Obsessed, Tucson-based Associate Editor Maya Kapoor joins Editor-in-Chief Brian Calvert and Deputy Editor-Digital Kate Schimel to…
#34: The growing Indigenous resistance to drilling in the Southwest
Mar 7, 2018 • 29 min
In this episode of West Obsessed, contributing editor Jonathan Thompson joins High Country News editors Brian Calvert and Kate Schimel to explore the struggle of Navajo Nation residents, and others, to prevent more oil and gas exploration in historically…
#33: Indian Country’s dual housing crises
Feb 12, 2018 • 28 min
Writer Julian Brave Noisecat join High Country News editors on the latest episode of West Obsessed to talk about the original victims of gentrification. Inside this story is an emotional tale of one Indigenous family’s experience with structural…
#32: The State of Jefferson’s undercurrent
Jan 30, 2018 • 26 min
In the latest episode of West Obsessed, High Country News editors discuss a zealous political movement — a push for a 51st state — born from resentment of California’s liberal ‘resistance’ to Trump.
#31: 2017 in the West
Jan 18, 2018 • 27 min
Since President Donald Trump was inaugurated in Jan. 2017, he and his administration have been steadily undoing Obama-era protections, including designations of national monuments and rules designed to fight climate change. In the latest episode of West…
#30: The American alpine sublime
Dec 8, 2017 • 27 min
The Rocky Mountains have long been a source of inspiration and art. This is apparent in the works of the poet Belle Turnbull, who wrote about the mining camps of Colorado, the beauty of the mountains, and her life in the Rockies. In this episode of West…
#29: How to cover Indian Country
Nov 30, 2017 • 31 min
Native American communities are an integral part of the nation’s history —and future. However, even today there aren’t enough publications that know how to accurately tell their stories. In this episode of West Obsessed, the writers and editors of High…
#28: The tumultuous Bundy trials
Oct 19, 2017 • 12 min
In April 2014, Cliven Bundy, along with hundreds of supporters, faced down federal agents over the removal of his cattle from public lands. They’d been illegally grazing for years and a court had ordered their impoundment. Three years later, Bundy, along…
#27: No hoax
Oct 5, 2017 • 26 min
In this episode of West Obsessed, we confront the realities of climate change as its impacts on the West begin to unfold. With an administration at odds with recognizing climate change, it’s even more important to see what efforts are being made at the…
#26: People-powered solar
Sep 21, 2017 • 28 min
This episode of West Obsessed delves into the forces that shape our energy system — from corporate profit motives, to the individuals with solar panels on their roofs. A surprising win by solar customers in Nevada portends a shift.
#25: A river is reborn
Sep 15, 2017 • 25 min
In this episode of West Obsessed, High Country News examines the lessons learned on Washington’s Elwha River, whose dams came down six years ago, and Utah’s Bear River, where a diversion is still being planned.
#24: So what if we’re doomed?
Aug 18, 2017 • 29 min
High Country News Editor-in-Chief Brian Calvert delves into the choices we must make as we begin to face the consequences of the Anthropocene. Reckoning with the grinding anxiety of climate change and the grief of losing our most precious species, how we…
#23: Alaska’s thru-hike pipedream
Jul 6, 2017 • 29 min
In this episode of West Obsessed, High Country News Correspondent Krista Langlois talks about her recent feature story on a burgeoning recreation industry in the West’s northern-most terrain. Alaska looks to the Trans-Alaska Pipeline as a boon for an…
#22: Forces behind the flip
Jun 14, 2017 • 29 min
Why did the rural Colorado town of Walsenburg swing from voting blue to red in the 2016 presidential election of Donald Trump? High Country News editors Brian Calvert and Kate Schimel talk to writer Leah Todd about her recent feature story on the politics…
#21: Strange animal killings and the people who investigate them
Jun 1, 2017 • 28 min
In this episode of West Obsessed, the editors and writers of High Country News talk about a strange spate of animal killings across the West, the people who investigate those crimes and the implications those acts have on public-lands management.
#20: A rural town’s prison economy
May 18, 2017 • 29 min
In this episode of West Obsessed, the editors and writers of High Country News reflect on the story of Adelanto, California, a prison town that reflects Western truths of reinvention and subjugation. We take you inside a detention facility designed for…
#19: Marching for science
Apr 25, 2017 • 29 min
In this episode of West Obsessed, the staff of High Country News looks at Science Marches and how it hits home in the West.
#17: The science behind unruly fires
Apr 20, 2017 • 30 min
In this episode of West Obsessed, High Country News editors and writers discuss the work of wildfire researchers. New studies are uncovering how intense wildfires create their own weather and move across the land — knowledge that could save lives.
#16: Busting the Tree Ring
Apr 20, 2017 • 30 min
In this episode of West Obsessed, High Country News Editor-in-chief Brian Calvert and Publisher Paul Larmer bring HCN correspondent Ben Goldfarb into the studio to talk about his recent feature story an illegal timber poaching gang in Washington. How did…
#15: Traveling into uncomfortable Western corners
Apr 20, 2017 • 31 min
In this episode of West Obsessed, High Country News Editor-in-chief Brian Calvert examines the uncomfortable Western corners featured in our annual Travel Issue. Anna V. Smith, editorial fellow, returns to the old-growth forest of her youth and questions…
#14: A complicated rural drug environment
Apr 20, 2017 • 30 min
For nearly a year, High Country News investigated how the tentacles of a national opioid and heroin epidemic have reached the rural West. Assistant Editor Paige Blankenbuehler reported in tiny Craig, Colorado, where she uncovered a private practice that…
#13: The power of nature on mental health
Apr 20, 2017 • 33 min
In this episode of West Obsessed, High Country News Managing Editor Brian Calvert talks with Florence Williams on her new book, “The Nature Fix.” Together they discuss the power of nature on mental health, and tell an incredible story about a group of…
#12: Obama’s mark on land, energy and the environment
Apr 20, 2017 • 30 min
Obama’s environmental and conservation record reflects an inclination toward the center in the West: He designated over two dozen national monuments, more than any other president. He oversaw surges in oil and gas production, but embraced clean energy and…
#11: The view from inside Standing Rock’s camps
Apr 20, 2017 • 6 min
In a special episode, we talk to reporter Tay Wiles, who is in North Dakota reporting on Dakota Access Pipeline protests.
#10: What a Trump administration could mean in the West
Apr 20, 2017 • 30 min
High Country News writers and editors discuss what implications the Donald Trump Administration may have on public lands, energy policy and Western communities.
#9: The fate of rural food and farms
Apr 20, 2017 • 31 min
For something as important as food, many communities in the West struggle. That’s because agricultural systems aren’t really geared for the communities that harvest the food. In this episode of West Obsessed, the writers and editors of High Country News…
#8: How Trump is recoloring the West’s politics
Apr 20, 2017 • 27 min
Donald Trump’s unlikely run for the presidency has upset the political apple cart. Trump’s ridicule of Republican Party leaders, his calls for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and for a ban on Muslim immigration, and the vitriol and violence evident at…
#7: How to fix the West’s broken health care system
Apr 20, 2017 • 28 min
Across the West, rural communities struggle with access to good health care. Hospital closures, distant emergency rooms and a lack of rural health providers mean long wait times and a deficit of high-quality treatment. In this episode of West Obsessed,…
#6: Reflecting on 100 troubled years of the national parks
Apr 20, 2017 • 32 min
The National Parks have been called America’s best idea. But 100 years into that idea, the edges are starting to fray. The National Parks face myriad challenges if they are going to make it to their next centennial, ranging from climate change, funding…
#5: How Mexican Wolves Have Become Dangerously Inbred
Apr 19, 2017 • 31 min
In the West, wildlife managers have wavered between killing Mexican wolves and trying to save them. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials have released wolves to the wild, then yanked them back out, a push-and-pull that is now forcing a reckoning with…
#4: Female Firefighters Face The Brunt Of Sexual Harassment
Apr 19, 2017 • 26 min
High Country News writers and editors discuss a Western legacy of sexual harassment and our recent feature story about the women in the male-dominated world of wildland firefighting that face harassment, abuse and sexism. The story is part of an ongoing…
#2: What The Heck Is A Sagebrush Sherriff?
Apr 19, 2017 • 28 min
Some of the most powerful figures in Western states are county sheriffs. They are elected officials, armed, with deputies and the ability to wrangle posses, and they can be hard to unseat. In this episode of “West Obsessed,” Managing Editor Brian Calvert,…
#1: Behind The Malheur Occupation
Apr 19, 2017 • 24 min
Long before the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge became a fantastic media event, High Country News was following a smaller controversy, in nearby Burns, Oregon, over ranching. In this episode of “West Obsessed,” we discuss the public…
#18: A status check on the West in the early days of the Trump admin
Apr 19, 2017 • 28 min
President Donald Trump and his fossil-fuel focused administration want to steer the country toward more energy development and have promised to revive the coal industry. In this episode of West Obsessed, High Country News editors check in on the early…