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West Obsessed: The American alpine sublime
West Obsessed: The American alpine sublime
A new collection by a turn-of-the century poet raises questions about wildness.
West Obsessed: How to cover tribal affairs
West Obsessed: How to cover tribal affairs
Editor Graham Brewer discusses how best to write about Indian Country.
West Obsessed: The Bundy trial looms in Las Vegas
West Obsessed: The Bundy trial looms in Las Vegas
Editor Tay Wiles unpacks how the legal dispute embodies this political moment.
Rantcast: Goodbye, listeners
Rantcast: Goodbye, listeners
The Rants from the Hill podcast comes to an end.
Rantcast: The desert shoe tree
Rantcast: The desert shoe tree
Michael Branch takes his daughters to a tree near their Nevada home, where people leave shoes telling stories.
West of 100: Fire & Brimstone
West of 100: Fire & Brimstone
The backstory to Emily Guerin's report on the scientific debate over how "normal" severe fire is, and a travelogue from the Gila Wilderness in the wake of this year's massive blaze.
Rantcast: Bringing back the mammoths
Rantcast: Bringing back the mammoths
Mike Branch explores the idea of Pleistocene rewildling, or bringing back the megafauna that roamed North America before humans extinguished them.
West of 100: Droughts past, present and future
West of 100: Droughts past, present and future
An oral history of the 1950s drought in West Texas, and a look at what the 2000 to 2004 drought could portend for the future.
Rantcast: Puppy love
Rantcast: Puppy love
Mike Branch gets a new puppy with very few virtues, but as it turns out, he fits perfectly in Silver Hills, Nevada.
The ski industry, climate hawk?
The ski industry, climate hawk?
Aspen Skiing Company Sustainability VP Auden Schendler, and professional snowboarder Jeremy Jones on why ski corporations and pro athletes should step up to the climate crisis -- and how they can do it.
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.
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.
Sierra Crane-Murdoch on Idaho's political transformation
Sierra Crane-Murdoch on Idaho's political transformation
KDNK's Nelson Harvey chats with Sierra Crane-Murdoch about her recent cover story.
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.
Rantcast: The leprechaun trap
Rantcast: The leprechaun trap
Rants from the Hill are Michael Branch's monthly musings on life in rural Nevada. In this Rantcast, Michael Branch muses on holidays and creates a leprechaun trap with his two daughters.
The sound of silence
The sound of silence
The world is getting noisier. Should we worry?
A Texas town welcomes dairies; a New Mexico activist fights them
A Texas town welcomes dairies; a New Mexico activist fights them
Jana Hughes, of Hobbs, N.M., does not find dairies to be good neighbors. Janet Claborn, of Muleshoe, Texas, has recruited 14 dairies to her town and sees them as an economic development blessing.
Brad Udall on Australian water reform
Brad Udall on Australian water reform
Lessons from Australia for the Colorado River Basin
A day among junk connoisseurs
A day among junk connoisseurs
San Juan County, N.M., is a haven for junk cars -- and for the guys who fix them up.