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New podcast focuses on greater sage grouse and why it matters for climate change, wildfires and more

A male sage grouse inflates the air sac in his chest as part of a mating dance.
A male sage grouse inflates the air sac in his chest as part of a mating dance.

Reporter Ashley Ahearn spent more than a year talking to ranchers, conservationists, scientists, a tribal elder and the vice president of an energy company for her new podcast “Grouse.” The series focuses on the greater sage grouse, a bird with a complicated history, asks complex questions such as, “Can we have beef and sage grouse?” and “What can the greater sage grouse teach us about our relationships with the Earth and one another?” We hear from Ahearn about “Grouse” and what the project means to her.

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