This month we’re going to spend the hour looking back at some of the topics we covered since kicking off the revival of Western Skies in June. There was a lot of overlap, stories that could have appeared in multiple episodes, and themes that kept popping up from topic to topic.

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October 20, 2016 | NPR · The CDC reports a sharp rise in infections of sexually transmitted diseases, and says lack of funding for state and local health clinics that help prevent spread of the diseases is a key factor.

October 20, 2016 | NPR · As scientists try to figure out what happened to the Schiaparelli lander, which may have crash-landed, a craft known as the Trace Gas Orbiter is orbiting the red planet in search of signs of life.

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October 20, 2016 | NPR · Several U.S. cities have sugary drink taxes on the ballot. As efforts to reduce soda consumption gain traction around the world, critics say the industry is using the tobacco playbook to fight back.

Arts & Life

October 20, 2016 | FA · The 3rd season of the dystopian series created by Charlie Brooker is soon available on Netflix. Inspired by shows like The Twilight Zone, it’s about the unintended consequences of the digital age.

October 20, 2016 | FA · TV critic David Bianculli reviews Fox’s remake of the classic ’70s musical, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and season 3 of Black Mirror on Netflix. He says both shows leave viewers fully entertained.

National Museum of American History
October 20, 2016 | NPR · The National Museum of American History says it will cost $300,000 to protect the aging shoes from The Wizard of Oz. A Kickstarter campaign launched three days ago has already raised nearly $200,000.


Mountain Stage
October 20, 2016 | NPR · Hear a live set recorded in the Americana band’s hometown of Harrisonburg, Va.

October 20, 2016 | KCRW · Known for its dreamy melodies, Scott Hansen’s ambient project plays a song from its new album, Epoch, live for KCRW.

October 20, 2016 | · Herbie Hancock and his latest band push the boundaries of jazz in a concert at the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival in New York City.

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