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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News

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September 27, 2016 | NPR · Colombia’s peace deal brings to a close rebel insurgencies in Latin America that began with Fidel Castro in the 1950s. In all those years, only two guerrilla groups ever toppled governments.
 

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September 27, 2016 | NPR · Ahmed al-Faqi al-Mahdi was on trial in The Hague for his role in the deliberate destruction of nine mausoleums and a mosque in Timbuktu. The radical Islamist was sentenced to nine years in prison.
 

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September 27, 2016 | NPR · Donald Trump followed up Monday’s debate by insulting a former Miss Universe winner. He told a morning show that Alicia Machado “gained a massive amount of weight, and it was a real problem.”
 

Arts & Life

NPR
September 27, 2016 | NPR · Chinese author Cixin Liu caps his Hugo Award-winning Remembrance of Earth’s Past series with an intricately structured, immensely complex tale of a rocket scientist caught in a human-alien conflict.
 

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September 26, 2016 | NPR · The North Korean leader was so crazy about movies that he kidnapped a South Korean actress and director and forced them to work for him. The Lovers and the Despot tells their story.
 

September 26, 2016 | NPR · California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill into law that will require websites like IMDB Pro to remove the ages of actors and others listed on the site if asked by them to do so.
 

Music

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September 27, 2016 | NPR · The new track from the band’s first studio album since 2008 recalls the melodic, lead-foot-riff-fueled, progressive attack of …And Justice For All.
 

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September 26, 2016 | WXPN · The Nashville songwriter’s major-label debut is reminiscent of Kris Kristofferson, Billy Joe Shaver and James Taylor all at once. Hear two songs.
 

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September 26, 2016 | WXPN · Craft’s music combines the influences of his Louisiana hometown and David Bowie; you might call it “Southern glam.” Hear a conversation and performance.
 

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