With their lives upended by the COVID-19 pandemic, naturally kids have lots of questions about the virus. Maddilyn Smith and Hirsch Zickefoose air some of these questions with Natrona County Health Officer Dr. Mark Dowell, and historian Dr. Jeremy Johnston. Maddilyn is particularly interested in the COVID-19 vaccine and how it will affect kids. Hirsch would like to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic compares to other epidemics throughout history. Maddilyn Smith Maddilyn Smith is a 4th grader in Green River, Wy. She loves writing her own mystery novels and illustrating them. She lives with her family and two dogs, Boomer… Read More »Episode 2: COVID and Kids
Sophia Moore and Taft Winters explore two important “seasons” in Wyoming—Fire Season and Hunting Season. Sophia had firsthand experience with the Lost Creek Fire outside of Cody, and has lots of questions for BLM dispatcher Katie Williamson. Katie helps Sophia understand the pros and cons of fires in the West. Taft Winter just passed his Hunter Safety course and wants to learn more about how the state manages the game herds. He is particularly interested in Mule Deer life history, and asks Sam Stephens, Wildlife Biologist with Wyoming Game and Fish, all about it. Sophia Moore Sophia Moore is an… Read More »Episode 1: From Fire Season to Hunting Season
Kids Ask WhY is back! For our second season, a new group of kids come back to ask about events that fascinate them either in the present or past. Think annual summer events in your community or something significant that struck a chord in the past. We learn about volcanoes, branding, fire seasons and more. Stay tuned for the first episode that will drop on October 5th.
Molly Buckles and Sam Obrecht love Wyoming because of the open spaces that are made up of federal, state and private land.
In this episode, Ruby Hanson and Erica Unger examine two aspects of equality in Wyoming. Erica Unger, a ten-year-old from Douglas, Wyoming starts this episode with an interview with Christina Bird. Erica asks questions about suffrage in Wyoming in the 19th Century and about Nellie Tayloe Ross. Ross was the first woman governor of Wyoming and the United States. Ruby Hanson an eight-year-old from Cody, Wyoming gives us a different look at equality in Wyoming interviewing James Byrd of Cheyenne. Byrd is the son of the first black woman elected to the Wyoming State Legislature, Harriet Elizabeth Byrd. In this… Read More »Episode 6: Why Is Wyoming Called the Equality State?
Charlotte Quick and David Buckles learn about one of Wyoming’s iconic animals–bears and later in the episode they explore a special place in Wyoming called Heart Mountain.
Madison Burckhardt and Breann Berg learn how beavers and mountain men are linked in history. Madison interviews biologist, Jerry Altermatt about how beavers influence the environment and why they sometimes have to be moved. Breann interviews Clay Landry, fur trade historian, to discuss her favorite mountain man, John Colter, and his adventures in the Yellowstone region.
Joshua Burckhardt and Niko Skoric are located at Trout Creek in Niko’s backyard learning about one of their favorite activities–fishing.
Over half of the state of Wyoming is owned publicly by the federal or state governments. Molly Stanton, Hannah Bertalot, and Sunday Schuh explore why public lands are important to the people of Wyoming, and the rest of the country.
Seven-year-old Beatrice O’Toole and ten-year-old Keller Dehmel join forces to tell the audience about two reasons Wyoming has a high rate of tourism. In doing so, they share some of their favorite things about the state where they live: snow and Old Faithful.