Grouse is a show about the most controversial bird in the West and what it can teach us about hope, compromise and life in rural America.
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The Greater Sage-Grouse has eclipsed the Spotted Owl as perhaps the most controversial North American bird in the 21st century. These strange, wonderful birds live exclusively in the sagebrush steppe of the intermountain west. But they are in decline and protecting them has sparked fights between stakeholders across the region. Host Ashley Ahearn is a newcomer to sagebrush country, and she uses her personal journey — as an outsider trying to understand rural life — to serve as the proxy for listeners. She went from filing news stories on deadline to herding cows on horseback — and she talks about it in the show, weaving together her flailing attempts to understand country life with her quest to understand what it is about the Greater Sage-Grouse that gets so many people riled up.
Grouse is an eight-part podcast series produced in partnership with BirdNote Presents and distributed in collaboration with Boise State Public Radio.
Grouse was produced in partnership with BirdNote Presents and distributed in collaboration with Boise State Public Radio. The BirdNote team is Sallie Bodie, Allison Wilson, Mark Bramhill, John Kessler, Ellen Blackstone, Shelly Ellison, Jason McCue, Katie Meyer, Jessica Rugh Frantz, Roderick Campbell, and Trina Bayard.
Grouse was made possible with generous support from Jim and Birte Falconer.