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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February 27, 2017 | NPR · “I told them I didn’t want to make a scene about it, but my conscience wouldn’t let me talk to him,” says William Owens of the chance to meet President Trump. Owens’ son died in a raid in Yemen.
 

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February 27, 2017 | NPR · The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, seen as China’s response to the rival TPP, has benefited from a shift in American politics.
 

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February 27, 2017 | NPR · First-time candidates are seeking offices across the country. And several nonprofits are helping American Muslims get involved in the political process.
 

Arts & Life

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February 27, 2017 | NPR · It wasn’t a terribly exciting or unusual Academy Awards telecast — until all of a sudden, it made all kinds of history.
 

February 26, 2017 | NPR · After a shocking end-of-night flub, Moonlight won Best Picture after an incorrect announcement awarded the honor to La La Land.
 

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February 26, 2017 | NPR · The finalists were a Palestinian, a Yemeni and a Palestinian Israeli citizen. The show highlights and erases the region’s borders. The Israeli citizen was given an honorary permit to travel to Beirut.
 

Music

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February 27, 2017 | NPR · The trio joins up with trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith for a jazz-rock track that reverberates with moments of victory.
 

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February 26, 2017 | NPR · The finalists were a Palestinian, a Yemeni and a Palestinian Israeli citizen. The show highlights and erases the region’s borders. The Israeli citizen was given an honorary permit to travel to Beirut.
 

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February 26, 2017 | NPR · The duo discusses its nonlinear approach to songwriting and arrangement, and how tales of Hollywood scandal and murder inspired its newest project, Hang.
 

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