Saving the West Podcast

The Wild West, the Golden West, the Great Wide Open—whatever you call it, there's a lot to be grateful for. There's also a lot to lose. This is Saving the West, where urban and rural America sit down and listen to each other. Each week, you'll hear in-depth stories and impassioned debate on everything from land and water rights to government regulation, climate change to pollution controls.

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Episode 10

Losing Winter

Duration — 30 mins

From rising sea levels in Miami to melting snow in the Cascade Mountains, winter’s hot future is as tumultuous as the political climate in Washington. Throw a midwestern polar vortex into the mix and you’ve really got yourself some global…

Episode 9

Government Shutdown or Breakdown

Duration — 30 mins

Missing federal paychecks and warring political parties during the most recent government shutdown spell dangerous conditions for firefighters and air traffic controllers. And while the government is temporarily reopened, it’s not back to business as usual. Many of our federal…

Episode 8

Fighting Farmers' Depression and Food Deserts

Duration — 30 mins

Strong men also cry. And farmers often don’t address depression. From rural farmland to urban centers, we find struggles in the American food system–and explore solutions via farmers and farmers markets. Reporter Maggie Mullen explores #AGTWITTER and then we host…

Episode 7

Native Knowledge

Duration — 30 mins

Native American identity came into the spotlight this year when Senator Elizabeth Warren claimed Cherokee status through a DNA test. President Trump, who called her Pocohontas, wasn’t satisfied. Justifiably so, Native Americans had their own opinions. Our hosts Devan Schwartz,…

Episode 6

The High Costs of Western Living

Duration — 30 mins

Big Tech continues to expand in the West. And as they do, they’re increasingly looking beyond their birthplace – Silicon Valley. In this episode, we travel to Nevada to hear about a Tesla factory that’s fundamentally changing an area known…

Episode 5

Climate Change and Faith

Duration — 30 mins

Monsoons are nothing new in Arizona–but hurricanes? As the Southwest dries out from massive flooding, we hear from ordinary citizens dealing with the fallout–and experts who break down future challenges in the region of precipitation and rising temperatures. Then we talk with…

Episode 4

River Wild, River Tamed

Duration — 30 mins

The over 3 million miles of American rivers and streams meet between 80,000 and 2 million dams. Since the nation was founded, we’ve built an average of a dam per day, for the purpose of water storage, hydroelectricity and flood…

Episode 3

The West Is Burning

Duration — 30 mins

The vast landscape of the Western United States encompasses pretty much every terrain imaginable. A rising mass from eastern plains on west, across a continental divide featuring some of the continent’s tallest peaks. But there is something that unites the…

Episode 2

This Land Isn't Yours

Duration — 30 mins

The U.S. government lays claim to more than 630 million acres of land. For some perspective, that’s more than the combined area of California, Florida, New York state and Texas. Public land is exactly what it sounds like, right? Owned…

Episode 1

The West is Won

Duration — 29 mins

The prevailing narrative is clear: America is divided and it’s only getting worse. But if you look closer, you will find there’s much more that binds us together than tears us apart. Welcome to Saving the West, where urban and…

All topics, preparation and production associated with the program are formulated and executed by the journalists involved in the show. There is no influence exerted by the foundation on coverage.