Category Archives: Production

Gary Small wins fourth Native American Music Award

The Native American Music Awards have been lauding Sheridan, WY-based Gary Small for his broad ranges of styles and talents for years. His latest album, “Hostiles and Renegades” has a heavy reggae influence. I wrote spots about his for Wyoming … Continue reading

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Peer mentoring program aims to prevent substance abuse and keep kids in touch with tribal heritage (May, 17, 2013)

The Wind River Indian Reservation has incredible people and beauty there, and a disproportionate amount of bad news. I was excited to hear about a dynamic plan to tackle drug, nutrition, and emotional issues early by empowering kids to be … Continue reading

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Buford, Wyoming auctioned off to foreign bidders; after 30 years, Population: 1 retires to CO (Friday, April 6, 2012)

Buford is a landmark in I-80 between Cheyenne and Laramie. The still-standing billboard features former owner Don Sammons with a beard and cap, boasting a population of one and claiming to be America’s smallest town. (It’s technically not, for a … Continue reading

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Sheep ranchers: “The best of times… the worst of times” (December 10, 2011)

Demand for lamb and ewes has skyrocketed in recent years, leading to a renaissance of sheep ranching in Wyoming, but wolves and coyotes (pronounced: KY-ohts) aren’t letting up. I spoke with several sheep ranchers around the state. Sheep Rancher Feature … Continue reading

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Wyoming beer is the focus of a statewide competition. (August 26, 2011)

The microbrewing craze was slow to catch on in Wyoming, but spread widely in recent years. With just more than a dozen of them across the state, though, they’re a small-enough cohort to be close-knit. Most of them travel to … Continue reading

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Special care keeps cowboys in the saddle (August 5, 2011)

For one of my first features in Wyoming, I went to Cheyenne Frontier Days, the country’s largest rodeo. I was curious about rodeo culture, and how riders managed to maintain their livelihood while constantly sustaining injuries. Riders have become knowledgeable … Continue reading

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Playing with food: Laramie carries on turkey curling tradition for charity (November 21, 2012)

Wyoming is full of winter sports aficionados, and curling is a popular one. But this is the only place I know of that hosts a tournament where people curl turkeys for charity. I tried it. It’s hard. Turkey Curling Postcard … Continue reading

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Pakistani Rock Star’s Roots in U.S. Metal (June 6, 2008)

Working as a production assistant (PA) on Morning Edition is less about planning and preparation and more about creative storytelling and technical skill. I was given Steve Inskeep’s interview with Junoon front man Salman Ahmad and cut it and wove in the … Continue reading

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Saving Endangered Species One Mouthful at a Time (May 11, 2008)

I was intrigued by Gary Nabhan’s book, which advocates saving endangered heritage breeds of American livestock and plants by drumming up culinary demand for them. I’m really proud of this piece, which I produced from start-to-finish: pitch, prep, field recording, … Continue reading

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Kaki King Dreams of Melody, ‘Revenge’ (May 4, 2008)

I had been looking for an excuse to get Kaki King back into NPR’s studios since I heard her interview promoting her album “Legs to Make Us Longer.” She’s a musical innovator, using instruments ‘incorrectly’ (she treats her guitar as … Continue reading

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