In “Yonder Lies: Unpacking the Myths of Jackson Hole,” hosts Jesse Bryant and Hannah Habermann will bring their combined years of experience living and writing in the West to attempt to untangle the intricate and storied history of Jackson Hole. They will dive deep into the complicated relationships of old families, new residents, wildlife and others.
“It is both a radio program and a podcast,” Bryant said. “We decided that this was the best way to get stories and social, environmental history out and combine it with what is happening in the present. It feels a bit ambitious, but that goal was the impetus of this.”
Bryant’s partner Habermann saw the podcast as an opportunity to bridge the gap between people who enjoy living in Jackson but may not know and appreciate its unique history and the people that shaped it.
“I think Jackson is a place that people can take for granted and not know why this place is how it is today,” Habermann said.
They will navigate topics such as chronic wasting disease and the feeding program of the National Elk Refuge, wealth inequality and a housing crisis, and the history of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Their podcast episodes will include their voices carrying the main narrative, archival content from the Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum, and interviews with various experts.
“It’s been really cool to dig up voices from the past and interweave it into the show,” Habermann said. “The podcast includes a lot of interesting topics that speak to what makes this place tick.”
Bryant, originally from Albany, New York, and Habermann, a native of Billings, Montana, moved to Jackson several years apart to work for the Teton Science Schools. They bring different perspectives and skills to the podcast.
“We both have an awesome history with writing and environmentalism. I’m the cynical one when it comes to environmentalism in general,” Bryant said. “I think Hannah brings more of an optimistic outlook to the podcast.
Read more about "Yonder Lies" in this week's Scene.