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  • Afield with a vegan gas man

    Afield with a vegan gas man

    HCN talks with Eric Sanford of SG Interests about the politics of energy development, split estate, and more.

  • Rantcast: Bumper sticker sloganeering

    Rantcast: Bumper sticker sloganeering

    Michael Branch spinelessly adapts his environmental bumper stickers to fit in when traveling in rural Nevada's sagebrush rebellion country

  • The Excursions Episode

    The Excursions Episode

    Thought-provoking jaunts to inspire your own Western wanderings this summer: a visit to Utah's Sun Tunnels; a peek into modern hobo culture; and a beginner's guide to hitchhiking.

  • Protection versus promotion at Brown's Canyon

    Protection versus promotion at Brown's Canyon

    If national monument or wilderness designation gets more people to visit Browns Canyon, wouldn't that threaten the very resource that is supposed to be protected by that action?

  • Rantcast: Sorry, Utah

    Rantcast: Sorry, Utah

    Ever found balloon detritus when hiking in a pristine wilderness? Michael Branch rants about the airlifted trash he finds in Nevada's high elevation desert, and then decides to dump some of that trash on Utah.

  • There's (still) gold in them thar hills

    There's (still) gold in them thar hills

    Soaring prices are driving a new gold rush -- among mining behemoths and small-time prospectors.

  • Rantcast: The silence of desert greetings

    Rantcast: The silence of desert greetings

    Michael Branch muses on Mary Austin, desert loners, and why the inhabitants in his arid part of western Nevada choose to limit their interactions to a few choice syllables. Rants from the Hill are Michael Branch's monthly musings on life in rural Nevada.

  • Lost and found waterways

    Lost and found waterways

    Rediscovering the forgotten rivers and streams of Los Angeles and Tucson.

  • The itch that riles Frontera author Denise Chavez

    The itch that riles Frontera author Denise Chavez

    The author and Border Book Festival maven recounts her childhood, her upcoming book, a "mystery love story" and what it's like to run an independent bookstore in the navel of the world.

  • Could doing chores save the world?

    Could doing chores save the world?

    While living at a remote commune in the wilds of New Mexico, author Emily Schosid learned what real sustainability means. And it’s not at all what you’d expect.

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