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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December 22, 2014 | NPR · The holidays are a time for giving — and for scams that prey on altruism, particularly among older adults. But several products on the market are designed to help fight fraud that targets seniors.
 

December 22, 2014 | NPR · It comes days after President Obama pledged a “proportional response” to the Communist country’s alleged hacking of Sony Pictures. It’s unclear what caused the outage.
 

December 22, 2014 | NPR · It’s that time around Christmas, when all we can see are a handful of stories on our TV screens. Frosty, and Charlie, and Ralphie, and Kevin, but there’s not too much brown in this mostly white canon.
 

Arts & Life

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December 22, 2014 | NPR · In Paris, holiday buche de Noel cakes verge on art. Cookbook author Dorie Greenspan has created her own Franco-American version that’s fun to make and “just as good as birthday cake,” she says.
 

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December 22, 2014 | NPR · Robert Alter, a leading secular scholar of Scripture, says the film was fun to watch, but “it’s not exactly Exodus; it’s panorama and pageantry, which is what film does.” And, he adds, why not?
 

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December 22, 2014 | NPR · Christmas carp is a holiday mainstay in many central European nations. Traditionally, it swims in the family tub for a day or two, sometimes becoming a sort of pet before it ends up on the plate.
 

Music

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December 22, 2014 | NPR · An AP report accuses USAID of infliltrating Cuba’s nascent Hip Hop scene several years ago. Now that Cuba-US relations have officially begun to thaw, what is the future of programs like these?
 

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December 22, 2014 | NPR · The British singer, who won American hearts for his performance at Woodstock, died of lung cancer.
 

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December 22, 2014 | WXPN · Fueled by Naseem Khuri’s songwriting, the folk-rock band is releasing an EP for each season in 2015.
 

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