In case you missed the segment of last week’s This American Life that added the all-too-familiar treatment of Colorado Springs’ recession budget woes, complete with the usual cast of characters including streetlights, medians, etc., you can listen to it, HERE.  Despite the well-tread ground that the story covers, there is some fresh insight from Colorado Springs City Council member Jan Martin and Steve Bartolin, president of the Broadmoor Hotel.

Fore a more in-depth look at many of the issues touched on in the This American Life piece, check out our Western Skies episode from July, 2010, HERE.


8 Responses to Colorado Springs on This American Life

  1. Patrick Batchelder says:

    Having lived most of my life in Boulder, CO I was amused that Ira (?) and his producer “had to see this hotel” and went to look at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. That is, having lived in NYC for the last two years, I’ve been taken aback at how East Coast centric the thinking is relatively parochial. I’ve always had the idea that NYC was the epitome of knowledge and experience.

    The Broadmoor Hotel is world renowned. Just like the Ritz in Paris, the Algonquin in NYC, the Queen Mary in Long Beach or the Royal Hawaiian in Honolulu.

    The idea that it might be some “casino hotel” in a fly-over state only confirmed my belief that New Yorkers and East Coasters are far, far more myopic than Mid Western and Westerners. Producers and staff at “This America Life” need to ge out of “Dodge” once and awhile.

    • Craig Richardson says:

      Patrick, I couldn’t agree with you more. Thanks for the comment! By the way, the segment was produced by Planet Money’s Robert Smith.

    • Paul says:

      It’s easier to understand when you come to the conclusion that “knowledge and experience” are qualities intrinsic to New York, brought into being by New York. Not just that New York is a mélange of people who are often knowledgeable and experienced, but that it’s in the water, the air, and the bagels.

  2. Kathryn says:

    Yes, too bad Robert Smith didn’t do a bit of research before following his antiquated and misguided ‘hunch’ to The Broadmoor. Literary Journalism 101: Beware preconceived stereotypes. Thanks, Craig, for applying much-needed perspective.

  3. Sharon Friedman says:

    This American life comes out of Chicago, not the e. coast.

    • Craig Richardson says:

      Sharon, though This American Life is produced by WBEZ in Chicago, the production relocated to New York where it has been produced since 2007. Also, the producer of the segment, Robert Smith, is based in New York.

  4. Tobi Steinberg says:

    Wasn’t Ira Glass here a few years ago with a show at The PP Center?
    Did he not get a tour or learn a few things about our fair city then?

  5. Louise says:

    Well, the street lights are still off (not it’s necessarily a bad thing–dark is good), and I still can’t get the City to grade the ruts in my dirt alley (much less pave it). The street medians look better than they did but some of the trees in the medians are still dead or dying. And the City can’t say whether money was saved or not? That doesn’t inspire trust.


Arts & Life


Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac