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Latest Podcast Episodes

Episode 186 – The Worm Cowboy featuring Stefano Daza Arango

April 20, 2022

Stefano Daza Arango was born in Venezuela and migrated to Canada as a refugee when he was six. During his time in college at the University of Rochester, he studied and worked for various organizations that took him to some amazing places like the Amazon Rainforest, Southern Africa, and the Galapagos Islands. Stefano currently lives in Alpine Wyoming and works for the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance as the Development and Communications Coordinator. He recently started a new venture that is taking local composting to a whole new level. Stefano Daza Arango is the Worm Cowboy. 

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Episode 185 – Keeping Ski Bum Music Alive in Jackson Hole with Peter “Chanman” Chandler

April 14, 2022

Peter Chandler is a singer, songwriter, teacher, minister and bandleader. In 1978, Peter left Maine to move out to Jackson to pursue the ski bum lifestyle. He is a man of many talents and monikers. While you may not recognize the name Peter Chandler, you’ve probably heard of Chanman, Papa Chan or Polka Peter.  

In this episode, Peter talks about why he started making music. He goes into what it was like living like a ski bum in Jackson Hole in the 70s. Peter shares his beliefs and why he chose to live by the Rastafarian philosophy. Stephan and Peter then talk about his different monikers and how he can change his persona based on the genre and location of where he is performing. 

What do you think is the coldest recorded temperature the Tram Jam has played in? Find out toward the end of Stephan and Peter’s chat to find out. 

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Episode 184 – Creating the World’s Finest Snowshapes with Mikey Franco

April 7, 2022

Mikey Franco is a rider, instructor, coach, trainer, guide, shaper and the founder of Franco Snowshapes. Franco Snowshapes crafts custom snowboards and skis with the mission to build the finest shapes in the world. 
 
In this episode, Mikey talks about how he has seen snowboarding change and grow over the decades. He shares the story of how a season ending injury led him down the path of shaping custom boards. Mikey gives Stephan some insight into his Rider Genome questionnaire, which helps him create the perfect custom board from head to toe. Stephan and Mikey also talk about the importance of mentorship and growing at a pace where quality isn’t sacrificed for quantity. 

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"I listened to Ian and Tim. Thought they were both great!  Ian is hilarious!   Definitely got me thinking about what I do day in and day out."

Richard Levy
Jackson, Wyoming

About the Jackson Hole Connection

The Jackson Hole Connection is Jackson Hole's Community Podcast, founded by Stephan Abrams with founding sponsors The Liquor Store of Jackson Hole and Jackson Hole Marketplace.

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