Wyoming Stories

Open Spaces
10:29 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Wyoming Stories: Marine tells story from his Iraq tour

Jason Williams
Credit Micah Schweizer

Jason Williams is an Iraq War veteran from Lander. In 2004, he was part of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit deployed to Najaf.

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Wyoming Stories
10:17 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Wyoming Stories: Steve Gyorvary recounts how he became a gold miner

Steve Gyorvary
Credit Micah Schweizer

Steve Gyorvary first came to South Pass, Wyoming in 1978. Ever since, he’s been working as a geologist and hard rock gold miner. He tells how he got into gold mining and acquired his own mine.

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Open Spaces
3:46 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

StoryCorps: Vietnam veteran talks about his time as a POW

Ted Gostas
Credit StoryCorps

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. 

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Wyoming Stories
3:41 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Wyoming Stories: Ruth Michels remembers a Yellowstone bear encounter

Ruth Michels
Credit Micah Schweizer

Ruth Michels lives in Cody, but she grew up in Laramie. Here, she remembers a childhood encounter with a black bear at Yellowstone National Park.

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Wyoming Stories
2:04 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Wyoming Stories: Jim and Joan Dunrud remember Amelia Earhart

Joan and Jim Dunrud
Credit Micah Schweizer

Meeteetse residents Jim and Joan Dunrud remember Jim's parents' famous neighbor at the Double D Ranch, Amelia Earhart.

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Wyoming Stories
4:09 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Wyoming Stories: Learning to read in college

Credit Larry Struempf

Laramie resident Larry Struempf recalls the challenge of learning to read as a college student. He now teaches at Laramie County Community College in Laramie and is working on his doctorate.

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Wyoming Stories
3:54 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Wyoming Stories: Eric Quade remembers a formative teacher

Eric Quade
Credit Micah Schweizer

Eric Quade remembers one of his teachers at Torrington High School. Since then, Eric has received a PhD in mathematics, which he now teaches at Laramie County Community College in Laramie.

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Wyoming Stories
3:48 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Wyoming Stories Podcast #1

Stories about domestic abuse, burlesque dancing, Buffalo Bill’s chef, and learning to read.

Subscribe to the Wyoming Stories podcast here.

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Open Spaces
3:32 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Wyoming Stories: Learning to see at age 38

Pat Logan and Dave Stratton
Credit StoryCorps

We’re going to hear now from a woman who was blind for the first 38 years of her life. At that point, a doctor told her he could make her see. After four surgeries, she finally gained her vision.

The woman’s name is Pat Logan, and we’ll hear a conversation she had with Dave Stratton, the chaplain for the Program for All Inclusive Care for the Elderly, in Cheyenne. The interview was recorded as part of StoryCorps, a project that records conversations between loved ones.

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Open Spaces
5:12 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Wyoming Stories: Myrtle Forney recalls a marriage marred by alcoholism and abuse (StoryCorps)

Myrtle Forney with her grandson, Nate Swinton’
Courtesy Story Corps

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and we’re going to hear a story about abuse that stemmed from alcoholism. This interview was recorded as part of Story Corps, a project that records conversations between loved ones. In this case, 89-year-old Myrtle Forney talks with her grandson, Nate Swinton. After her first husband (Nate’s grandfather) passed away, she married another man, named Ken.

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Wyoming Stories
10:23 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Wyoming Stories Community Recordings - Riverton

Wyoming Public Media will be recording Riverton's Wyoming Stories on Thur. Oct. 24 and Fri. Oct. 25 at the Intertribal Education and Community Center at Central Wyoming College in Riverton.

Nothing captures the flavor of Wyoming like a well-told story!  Wyoming Stories was created to capture the history of Wyoming, through the memories of those who live here, often through generations.

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Open Spaces
4:03 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Wyoming Stories: Noel Richardson remembers chef who cooked for him, Buffalo Bill Cody

Noel Richardson and Stephanie Reutner.
Credit Micah Schweizer

In this installment of Wyoming Stories, Stephanie Reutner interviews her neighbor Noel Richardson, both residents of Jelm. Richardson worked for the Forest Service in 1957, spraying trees against beetle kill around Cody and Yellowstone. He remembers a chef that cooked for the camp.

The chef, named Phonograph Jones, was in his 80s then and had also cooked for Buffalo Bill Cody and Prince Albert I on his trip to Wyoming 100 years ago. His great great grandson, Prince Albert II, is in Wyoming this week.

 

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News
3:50 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Wyoming Stories featured in the Los Angeles Times

Shigeru Yabu of Camarillo spent his childhood years during World War II at a Japanese American internment camp in Wyoming, where he cared for a magpie. He told his bird tale to the Wyoming Stories oral-history project.
Credit Anne Cusack/Los Angeles Times

Wyoming Public Media's project, Wyoming Stories, was recently featured in an article by the Los Angeles Times by reporter John M. Glionna. Click here to read the full story.

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Wyoming Stories
2:10 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Wyoming Stories Community Recordings - Cody

Wyoming Public Media will be recording Cody’s Wyoming Stories on Thur. Aug. 29 and Fri. Aug. 30 at the University of Wyoming Outreach School in Cody - Park County Complex, 1501  Stampede Avenue.

For additional information and to reserve a recording time, please visit the Cody Wyoming Stories registration site .

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Open Spaces
4:14 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

WYOMING STORIES: Former Heart Mountain internees remember life at the camp

View of Heart Mountain from the former internment camp
Credit Willow Belden

During World War II, thousands of Japanese Americans were incarcerated at the Heart Mountain Relocation Center, near Cody. Heart Mountain was one of 10 internment camps across the U.S.

There is now a museum on the site, and each year, the Heart Mountain Foundation hosts a pilgrimage. During this year’s pilgrimage, Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow Belden sat down with several former internees and produced this piece.

Click here to listen to other pieces in our Wyoming Stories series.

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Wyoming Stories
1:58 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Raymond Uno recalls losing his father, rights, while confined at Heart Mountain Relocation Center

Raymond Uno
Credit Willow Belden

Raymond Uno is a former judge from Salt Lake City. He was one of thousands of Japanese Americans who were incarcerated at the Heart Mountain Relocation Center, near Cody, during World War II. Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow Belden interviewed Uno and produced this Wyoming Stories piece.

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Wyoming Stories
1:55 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Takashi Hoshizaki recalls resisting the draft while incarcerated at Heart Mountain

Takashi Hoshizaki
Credit Willow Belden

Takashi Hoshizaki and his family were confined at the Heart Mountain Relocation Center during World War II. While confined there, he received his draft notice, and decided not to report. Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow Belden interviewed Hoshizaki and produced this Wyoming Stories piece.

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Wyoming Stories
1:50 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

LaDonna Zall recalls seeing the Heart Mountain Relocation Center from the outside

LaDonna Zall
Credit Willow Belden

LaDonna Zall is the acting curator for the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation. Her family moved to Powell when she was 10. That was during World War II, when thousands of Japanese Americans were confined at the nearby Heart Mountain Relocation Center. Zall and her parents didn’t know much about what was going on at the camp, but she vividly remembers internees leaving after the war ended. Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow Belden interviewed Zall and produced this Wyoming Stories piece.

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Wyoming Stories
1:46 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Shigeru Yabu remembers taming a magpie while confined at Heart Mountain

Shigeru Yabu
Credit Willow Belden

Shigeru Yabu and his family were incarcerated at the Heart Mountain Relocation Center when he was 10. While there, he strove to make pets out of insects, worms, amphibians, and finally a bird. Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow Belden interviewed Yabu and produced this Wyoming Stories piece.

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Wyoming Stories
1:42 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Sam Mihara describes the experience of being incarcerated at Heart Mountain

Sam Mihara
Credit Willow Belden

Sam Mihara is a rocket scientist who worked for Boeing and later started his own high-tech consulting firm. He was incarcerated at the Heart Mountain Relocation Center during World War II, and he now travels around the country speaking about that experience. Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow Belden interviewed Mihara and produced this Wyoming Stories piece.

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Wyoming Stories
3:20 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund Grant Supports WPM Wyoming Stories Project and July StoryCorps Visit

State Fair Wyoming Stories Poster
Wyoming Public Media

In May of 2013, members of The Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund board announced that Wyoming Public Media’s new oral histories project had been awarded a $25,000 grant to build its Wyoming Stories program. The program will kick off in July with StoryCorps' MobileBooth’s stop in Wyoming as its launching point. 

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Best of Wyoming
12:36 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Wyoming State Fair – Douglas

Shane Toven, Director of Enginnering at WPM broadcasting from the State Fair
Wyoming Public Media

Wyoming Public Media captured the oral history of Wyoming’s families, farms and ranches during the 2012 Wyoming State Fair. WPM set up a booth giving away fans for the hot summer day and did a live broadcast with Grady Kirkpatrick’s Morning Music featuring an acoustic performance from Wyoming’s Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band.  WPM recorded Wyoming Oral Histories of fairgoers that stopped by to chat. Enjoy a few of these engaging stories on the link below…

State Fair Interviews

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Wyoming Stories
11:45 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Welcome to Wyoming Stories

Nothing captures the flavor of Wyoming like a well-told story!  Wyoming Stories was created to capture the history of Wyoming, though the memories of those who live here, often through generations.  It’s the tale of a woman whose great-grandparents braved the elements to eke out a living on the grasslands, or the story of a young Slovenian immigrant who came to Wyoming to work in the coal fields in Rock Springs.   It’s stories of our state, the people who came here, their hopes, and their ambitions. 

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Best of Wyoming
3:17 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Welcome to Listeners in Cheyenne!

There are so many picturesque routes that lead to Cheyenne!

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