A bus tour organized by online media outlet HuffPost will be in Casper on Friday as part of a national listening session meant to capture the zeitgeist of the current American moment.
The “Listen to America” tour has covered almost two dozen cities so far, featuring a mobile video studio built into the bus for people to record thoughts about their “hopes, dreams, fears and definition of ‘being American.’”
The bus was in Lincoln, Nebraska, on Wednesday and will arrive at David Street Station in downtown Casper at 11 a.m. Friday and stay for several hours.
Later Friday, the Casper Star-Tribune is co-sponsoring a panel discussion on the future of education funding in Wyoming moderated by Star-Tribune education reporter Seth Klamann and featuring several state lawmakers and representatives from the Wyoming Education Association and education department.
The free event will be held at Frontier Brewing Company.
As part of the tour, HuffPost has partnered with local media outlets at various points along the tour. An article written by reporters from HuffPost and the Star-Tribune will be published Friday, examining how conservative politics in Wyoming differ from Republican policies nationwide.
HuffPost editor-in-chief Lydia Polgreen wrote on the tour’s website that the goal was to help the media outlet learn more about what it means to be American as well as to increase trust in the media.
“For journalists, listening is more important than ever,” Polgreen wrote.
The tour began in St. Louis in September before visiting the Deep South and Midwest. After Casper, the tour will continue though Montana, Utah and the southwest before concluding in New Orleans.