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 15

Wasting the West

Duration — 30 mins

In this episode, we look at the complicated landscape of waste management in the West with Kate Bailey of Eco-Cycle in Boulder, Colo. and environmental justice advocate Ms. Margaret Gordon…

Episode 14

Urban Meats Rural

Duration — 29 mins

One thing is clear–we’ve only got this one planet. So we’ve gotta take care of her. And while we figure it out, we’ve all gotta eat. But what’s the best diet, the most sustainable, the food for the future? We speak…

Episode 13

The Immigration Wall

Duration — 30 mins

It’s produce grown in the Central Valley and shipped to your supermarket, the dinner plate served at your favorite restaurant. Most likely it was brought to you by the blood, sweat, and tears of immigrants. And today we’re looking at immigration through…

Episode 12

Women Winning the West

Duration — 30 mins

Whether it’s Annie Oakley or Sheryl Sandberg, women in the West forge their own paths–from the frontier to the digital frontier. This episode spotlights women forging their own paths, and blazing trails for other women to follow. In our women…

Episode 11

Wolves: Predator or Prey?

Duration — 34 mins

In December, a famous Yellowstone wolf nicknamed Spitfire was legally shot outside the park–bringing fresh immediacy to an age-old debate about man vs nature, and man vs wolf. So have federal wolf protections been successful, allowing them to fend for…

Episode 10

Losing Winter

Duration — 28 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 — 29 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 — 34 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 — 36 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 — 29 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…

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