Coyote derbies -- organized coyote hunts with cash prizes for various categories, like most kills -- are still a big thing in the West. California passed a ban on them last year (although coyote hunts are still perfectly legal, you can no longer win prizes in them), and wildlife activists are pushing for a similar ban in Nevada. But wildlife management experts say while people may have moral issues with the hunts, from a scientific perspective they're causing no harm to the coyotes. We bring you all sides of the story in our second episode. Listen here.
Karen Burns has more than 1200 vintage showgirl costumes packed into her garage in Reno, Nevada. She gives us an earful about what those costumes mean to the history of the West, to the entertainment industry in general, and to her, in episode 4. Listen here.
The legal marijuana industry is booming in the West, but with a patchwork of state regulations, proposed federal legislation, and medical and recreational industries sprouting up side by side, there are still a lot of kinks to work out. We have a little too much fun doing just that in episode 5. Listen here.
Episode 6: The 21st Century Prospector of Storey County
Real estate tycoon and Mustang Ranch owner Lance Gilman tells us how he took a desolate mountain range in rural Nevada and turned it into the state's best bet for a tech boom, drawing startups and larger companies like Tesla, Amazon and Switch to an unlikely corner of the Wild West.
The X Games have been around for a little over 20 years now and some of extreme sports' first generation of stars are grappling with something pro athletes have had to navigate forever: transitioning into normal life. In this episode of Range podcast, we talk to some Western athletes (including Megan Pischke and Cody Townsend) about their transition, and sit down with sports psychologist Rob Gaffney for his take, too.
As Tesla's new gigafactory rises in the northern Nevada desert, in episode 8 we evaluate some of the company's claims, talk to some of its biggest fans, and try to figure out what it is about the company that makes some people so obsessive about it. Listen here.