Like the rest of the nation, Colorado and its cities are facing tough decisions in this economic recession, but Colorado Springs has faced national attention over its budget issues. Among the pieces included in this month’s Western Skies, we’ll have a conversation about the complexities of the city budget, an upside to what some may see as a downside, and, we’ll talk about how some residents are taking matters into their own hands.

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July 25, 2014 | NPR · Israel’s military has been the dominant Middle East force since the 1967 war. Yet for the third time in a decade, the army is bogged down in a protracted fight with Islamist militants.
 

July 25, 2014 | NPR · The storm is commonly referred to as a haboob, from the Arabic word for an intense summer dust storm. Today’s storm hit in time to complicate the Friday afternoon commute.
 

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July 25, 2014 | NPR · The truce would allow Palestinian civilians to get food and aid where it’s needed, officials say. It would reportedly begin Saturday morning.
 

Arts & Life

Courtesy Peaches Christ
July 25, 2014 | NPR · We’ve invited Peaches Christ, Queen of San Francisco Drag Queens, to play a game called “Fuggedaboutit!”
 

Sony Pictures Classics
July 25, 2014 | NPR · Allen doesn’t rehearse, and he isn’t a big talker. But Firth pooh-poohs claims that he doesn’t direct. He says Allen was a “very involved and meticulous director” while making Magic in the Moonlight.
 

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July 25, 2014 | WBUR · At his ramen shop in Cambridge, Mass., chef Tsuyoshi Nishioka wants customers to follow their dreams. His philosophy? If you can finish a bowl of his ramen, you can accomplish anything in life.
 

Music

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July 25, 2014 | NPR · The prolific singer-songwriter showcases some of his new songs — and many others from his long and frequently glorious catalog — during a live webcast from Newport, R.I.
 

Courtesy of the artist
July 25, 2014 | NPR · Despite being born blind and speaking a language that few on Earth understand, Australian singer-songwriter Gurrumul has become, as Rolling Stone puts it, the most important voice of his nation.
 

July 25, 2014 | NPR · Try your hand at our puzzler for careful listeners, this week featuring fills and intros hand-picked by Interpol drummer Sam Fogarino. Hear the fill or intro and match it to the song.
 

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