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Episode 7: Kids Know Why: Ranching and Rodeo

Cinch and Chauncey Dalton have been ranchers their whole lives, and they explained all about branding cattle in Wyoming. Cali Jo Johnson comes from a family of rodeo riders. She helps listeners understand about youth rodeo and her family’s strong connection to their horses.

Episode 6: Stump The Curator

In this episode, we invited kids who were visiting the Buffalo Bill Center of the West to ask questions about the American West of two of the museum’s experts – Nathan Doerr and Hunter Old Elk. With excellent questions about Yellowstone like “Why do hot springs have different colors?” and “What would a day in the life of a Plains Indian be like?”, these inquisitive kids certainly made the curators think and helped them look at the museum in a new way. Nathan Doerr Nathan is the Curator of Natural Science for the Draper Natural History Museum at the Buffalo… Read More »Episode 6: Stump The Curator

Episode 3: Rural Living

Wyoming is arguably the most rural state in the nation, and like ranching, farming is a big part of its rural character. Bryant Casey speaks with lifelong farmer Rodney McNiven about his crops and his challenges. Anniston Morris goes back in time to learn about one of the first towns in Wyoming, why it began and how it grew… or not. She speaks with Hartville, WY resident Marian Offe about this early Wyoming town. Bryant Casey Bryant has lived in Wyoming for most of his life. He likes to help his grandpa on the farm and plays football and basketball.… Read More »Episode 3: Rural Living

Episode 2: COVID and Kids

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

Episode 1: From Fire Season to Hunting Season

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 Season 2 Trailer

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.