The Colorado Veterans Alliance recently disbanded after founder Rick Duncan was exposed as fabricating his identity as veteran. Resident Joe Barrera was a member of the Colorado Veterans Alliance, and offers his thoughts on the discovery of the imposter.

(The “Citizen Report” is a collaboration between the Colorado Springs Gazette and KRCC. More [...]

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At the end of each month here on the Big Something we’ll be bringing you a playlist compiled by our trusty in-house and volunteer DJs. If there’s a song you like or a DJ you trust, please dowload the song and KRCC will get a small portion of the proceeds! Enjoy.

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Possibly the most photographed spot in the entire Garden of the Gods, Balanced Rock’s place as a backdrop in tourist photographs for more than a hundred years gives it a status worthy of “the most photographed barn in America” from Don DeLillo’s satirical novel White Noise: “No one sees the barn. Once you’ve seen the [...]

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Vice President Joe Biden delivers the commencement address at the U.S. Air Force Academy graduation, and conservation groups challenge a lawsuit over the the new oil and gas rules.

Listen to Vice President Biden’s full commencement speech (27 minutes):

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Whooping cough is two- to three-times more common in Colorado than the rest of country. One reason may be the state’s relatively low vaccination rate. Researchers have just published a study linking the high number of whooping cough cases in Colorado to the number of parents who refuse the vaccine against it. KCFR [...]

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Vice-President Joe Biden touted green jobs as a key to strengthening America’s middle class during a town hall meeting at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science on Tuesday. The event was the fourth official meeting of the Obama administration’s middle class task force. Bente Birkeland reports from Denver.

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OK, I suck at baking, am cheap, lazy, dumb and live at an altitude that I’m sure would make it almost impossible to bake anything if I ever bothered to try. That said, even I am capable of making this perfect, beautiful, moist, delicious, yeasty bread (with apologies to the enemies of gluten). [...]

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Many things in the Pikes Peak region go unseen, but none more sordid and none more underground than Pixie Jousting.

Music = “Strange Victory, Strange Defeat” by the Silver Jews! (If you buy the song from this link, KRCC gets a portion of the proceeds. Thanks!)

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Governor Bill Ritter quietly signed a bill into law last Monday that will allow gay and lesbian state employees to share health benefits with their partners in the same way married couples already can. It’s one of a long list of state measures in recent years that grant additional protections and benefits to domestic partners. [...]

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If you don’t mind us saying so, this complete comic book by native Colorado Spring artist Kollin Strand is pretty amazing! (To get the full effect, we recommend viewing it in “full-screen” mode by clicking on the arrows in the lower right hand corner). As Kollin rightly points out below, “COMICS ARE HARD WORK!” [...]

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Jay Maloney (pictured above) was a SPC-4 Army Medic at the 312th Evac Hospital at Chulai in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969. The things he experienced during his tour nearly crushed his spirit. In this personal essay, originally written nearly 20 years ago, Maloney shares what he learned from those experiences and how [...]

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(Theodore Kang Eastburn, Iraq 2005, flying in a Black Hawk helicopter.)

No Comfort
Remembering My Son, My Soldier

By Kathryn Eastburn

My son Ted was a soldier.

He was a brother, a son, a cousin, a nephew, and a grandson. He was a fisherman, a movie aficionado, an emergency medical technician, [...]

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You’ve been there hundreds of times. You’ve watched fireworks. You’ve done trackstands. You’ve swum. You’ve skateboarded. But what does Memorial Park memorialize? Watch this slideshow to find out. (Be sure to click on the “captions” button in the lower right hand corner if you can’t see the text on the memorials.)

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Anyone in Colorado arrested or charged with a felony will soon be required to give a DNA sample to law enforcement. Governor Ritter signed the bill into law on Thursday, saying it’s a tool that will help police solve more crimes. Critics argue it violates protections guaranteed in the 4th amendment against unreasonable searches and [...]

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Tariana Navas-Nieves, Curator of Hispanic and Native American Art for the Fine Arts Center, gave KRCC a sneak peak of one of the FAC’s latest acquisitions, a gift of six photographs by Peruvian Photographer Diego Lama.

Says Navas-Nieves:

He [...]

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This week, Pleasant Valley resident and outdoor enthusiast Caroline Vulgamore tells fear to take a hike.

(The “Citizen Report” is a collaboration between the Colorado Springs Gazette and KRCC. More information is available at the YourHub link at ColoradoSprings.com.)

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(We recommend clicking on the arrows in the lower right hand of the slide show to view it full screen).

Few people outside the arts community remember the Colorado Springs-based artist Archie Musick. Musick arrived via freight train in 1924 and began to study at the Broadmoor Art Academy. He quickly became [...]

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Dear KRCC Members, Fans and Friends,

We are very pleased to announce the launch of The Big Something! It will be big and it will be something and it will exist exclusively here on the World Wide Web at KRCC.org.

What is it, you ask? The Big Something is dedicated to exploring all things esoteric, [...]

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Colorado’s senators still back shutting down Guantanamo Bay…and, Governor Bill Ritter vetoes an unemployment bill.

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Colorado Springs sits in the shadow of Pikes Peak. Though rich with recreational activities, faith groups, and cultural activities, there’s another side not many talk about. It’s nationally ranked among metropolitan areas for high suicide rates. Researchers estimate about 100 suicides occur in El Paso County per year, and a new study from the Pikes [...]

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The origins of the “Soap Box Derby” date back to 1933 in Dayton, Ohio. Homemade, engineless cars chase down a hill, pulled only by the force of gravity. In this week’s “Citizen Report,” Ted Ebbink talks about his experiences with the Pike’s Peak Soap Box Derby, and how for his family, it’s about [...]

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A 1.4 billion dollar budget shortfall, selling full strength beer in grocery stores, and a universal health care proposal…these are just some of the issues lawmakers had to grapple with during this year’s legislative session. Bente Birkeland discusses the highs and lows as part of the Capitol Conversation series.

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Army Chief of Staff General George W. Casey, Jr. visits Ft. Carson, and the Secretary of Agriculture plans a visit to Colorado.

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News

October 23, 2014 | NPR · The rate for routine vaccinations of babies used to be 97 percent. Now the figure is 27 percent. Blame it on the rippling effects of the oubreak.
 

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October 23, 2014 | NPR · The blunt-talking Moshe Ya’alon says that Syria, Iraq and Libya have all been shattered by fighting in recent years and that the future map of the Middle East will look very different.
 

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October 23, 2014 | NPR · The mayor of Iguala and his wife, accused of being connected to the disappearance of 43 students, are now fugitives. Thousands of protesters marched in Mexico City Wednesday demanding justice.
 

Arts & Life

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October 23, 2014 | NPR · In a candid interview, the ever-innovative pianist traces the lines between Buddhist chants, Sly Stone and Miles Davis, while shedding new light on some hard facts about his past.
 

Luma Bites
October 22, 2014 | NPR · Two entrepreneurs have developed new tricks to make food that’s literally illuminating, using ingredients that are as natural and unprocessed as possible. It’s just basic food chemistry, folks.
 

October 22, 2014 | NPR · When Gerard Russell was a diplomat in the Middle East, he met followers of ancient religions facing extinction. His new book includes the origins of the Yazidis, who are fleeing the Islamic State.
 

Music

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October 23, 2014 | NPR · In a candid interview, the ever-innovative pianist traces the lines between Buddhist chants, Sly Stone and Miles Davis, while shedding new light on some hard facts about his past.
 

October 22, 2014 | NPR · Steven Ellison has built an impressive reputation among critics and fans in the know for mixing hip hop, jazz and electronica into something original. But even for the aforementioned followers, the new album from Ellison — better-known as Flying Lotus — is a surprise. It’s all about death, not as something to be mourned but as a journey to be anticipated.
 

Mountain Stage
October 22, 2014 | NPR · The West Virginia natives, both widely respected in the world of string-band music, perform live.
 

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