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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May 22, 2015 | NPR · What is pork roll? As one fan puts it, “It’s like Spam meets bacon.” And this Saturday, Trenton, N.J., will host not one, but two competing festivals devoted to this Garden State meat delicacy.
 

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May 22, 2015 | WDET · Leading up to the premier race is a series of unpredictable airborne crashes — and no one can explain why. Officials have mandated a lower driving speed, while engineers work to find some solution.
 

May 22, 2015 | NPR · Prosecutors have agreed not to oppose a new trial for Ingmar Guandique, who was found guilty in 2010 of killing Levy in 2001.
 

Arts & Life

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May 22, 2015 | NPR · The Brooklyn Museum’s mid-career Wiley retrospective wraps up this week; his large, elaborate works depict black men and women in traditional forms like oil, bronze sculture and even stained glass.
 

Disney
May 22, 2015 | NPR · Brad Bird’s new sci-fi adventure film features George Clooney, Britt Robertson and an endless sense of possibilities. David Edelstein says the film makes a “near-hysterical case” against pessimism.
 

May 22, 2015 | NPR · In So We Read On, Maureen Corrigan looks at the story behind The Great Gatsby, from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s life to the era in which it’s set. Originally broadcast Sept. 8, 2014.
 

Music

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May 22, 2015 | NPR · The era of the protest song might seem gone, but NPR Music host Jason King has curated a 100-hour-long playlist of R&B, soul, funk and hip-hop protest music that spans decades (including this one).
 

May 22, 2015 | NPR · The Houston Rockets lost their second game in the Western Conference Finals Thursday night. Many fans believe rapper Lil B placed a curse on the team’s best player, James Harden.
 

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May 22, 2015 | WXPN · Hear the Philly rapper discuss his exciting new album and perform live in the studio.
 

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