We covered a lot of ground this past year with Western Skies, and this month we’re spending some time revisiting those stories and conversations.

You can listen to the entire episode, or download here:

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

You can also head to the individual segments by clicking any of the links below.

Roundtable: “Can’t a Kid Just be a Kid Anymore?”
Exploring the Independent Music Scene
Examining the Relationship between Gaming and Mining
Getting to the Root of Trinidad-area Earthquakes
A Ditch Runs Through It

Western Skies is a collaboration between KRCC News and The Big Something.




Roundtable: “Can’t a Kid Just be a Kid Anymore?”

L-R: Julian Flores, Andrea Chalfin, Chris Telk, Stacey Gliniewicz. Photo: Craig Richardson

We’re starting with a roundtable with Julian Flores, co-founder and managing director of Atlas Preparatory School, a charter school in Harrison District Two; Stacey Gliniewicz, an Education Specialist with AspenPointe; and Chris Telk, the Executive Director of Urban Peak, which helps provide services for homeless and runaway youth.

Listen to the edited version here, which begins with Julian Flores addressing the questions of “Can’t a kid just be a kid anymore?” and, “What is normal for kids these days?” (about 20 minutes)

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

You can also listen to the full conversation here (about an hour long):

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

From the May episode, “Youth Issues.”




Exploring the Independent Music Scene

The local, independent music scene in Southern Colorado has a lot of momentum right now. From the Haunted Windchimes’ high profile Prairie Home Companion appearance last October, to the success of the first annual Florence Americana Music Festival in August, local bands and musicians have been gaining exposure and coming together in exciting new ways. KRCC’s Jake Brownell spoke to some of the people and visited some of the places at the heart of this bourgeoning scene and has this story.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Featured Music:

The Broken Spoke — “Burning Blue” (Colorado Springs, CO)

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

We Are Not A Glum Lot — “Chandler” (Colorado Springs, CO)

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Mike Clark — “Smooth Sailing” (Colorado Springs, CO)

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Grant Sabin — “God’s House” (Colorado Springs, CO)

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Haunted Windchimes — “Waiting for a Train” (Pueblo, CO)

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

The Flumps — “Severance” (Florence, CO)

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Edith Makes A Paper Chain — “Small Waltz” (Colorado Springs, CO)

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Interviewed in this piece:

Conor Bourgal — The Changing Colors, Blank Tape Records

Chuck Snow — The Lo-Fi Cowboys

The Kings of Space

Heather Browne — I Am Fuel, You Are Friends Blog

From the September episode, “Arts.”




Examining the Relationship between Gaming and Mining

Cripple Creek is a gold-mining town, since the first lodes were found in the 1890s until the present day. It’s also a gaming town, with limited-stakes gambling approved by voters in 1991. KRCC’s Kate Jonuska investigates these two industries’ complex relationship with the city and with each other.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

From the June episode, “Mining.”




Getting to the Root of Trinidad-area Earthquakes

When people think about earthquakes, Colorado may not exactly be the first place that comes to mind. But in the past couple decades, the Trinidad region has experienced a surprising number of seismic events. Scientists and locals alike are wondering just what is causing them. KRCC’s Michelle Mercer reports.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

An article from Reuters this past spring looked into an abstract of a report studying the relationship between drilling and earthquakes. They write that the number of quakes near places where oil and gas drillers pumped wastewater underground are on the uptick. The article goes on to say the abstract doesn’t explicitly link the two activities. As specifically related to the Trinidad-area earthquake, Reuters reported that the tremor was pretty close to wastewater injection sites. The Natural Gas Alliance told Reuters they are committed to monitoring the issue, but suggested they couldn’t make conclusions based on the abstract.

From the March episode, “Mother Nature.”




A Ditch Runs Through It

You won’t hear much disagreement among the residents of Pleasant Valley on the West Side of Colorado Springs when you ask their opinions about the roughly mile-long concrete ditch that runs down the middle of their West Side Neighborhood at the foot of Garden of the Gods Park. The Big Something’s Noel Black takes a closer look in this piece, “A Ditch Runs Through It”

A Ditch Runs Through It

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

The Pleasant Valley residents quoted at the beginning of this piece were: Star Ballier (pronounced Bal-yay), James Corcoran, Steve Burger and Joel Lee. Music is by Lagos Disco Machine.

From the March episode, “Mother Nature.”

 

Comments are closed.

News

AP
December 18, 2014 | NPR · Nebraska and Oklahoma have filed a lawsuit against Colorado with the U.S. Supreme Court, saying that its law legalizing marijuana isn’t constitutional.
 

NASA
December 18, 2014 | NPR · The Kepler space telescope, which cost some $600 million, was feared to be at the end of its useful life in 2013. But NASA says it just found another exoplanet.
 

AP/Paramount Pictures
December 18, 2014 | NPR · One day after some U.S. theaters vowed to screen Team America: World Police in the place of The Interview, whose release was canceled, word has emerged that Team America has also been pulled.
 

Arts & Life

Film Movement
December 18, 2014 | NPR · The film If You Don’t, I Will has some strong dialogue and performances, but its tale of a marriage in peril sags too often in its recounting of the journey.
 

Courtesy of Serial
December 18, 2014 | NPR · Serial, the hugely popular (and sometimes controversial) podcast spun off from This American Life, wraps up its first season today. NPR’s Audie Cornish speaks with Serial creator Sarah Koenig.
 

Getty Images
December 18, 2014 | NPR · Ahead of The Colbert Report‘s last episode, Fresh Air listens back to interviews with Colbert. “I didn’t realize quite how liberal I was until I was asked to make passionate comedic choices,” he said.
 

Music

Courtesy of the artist
December 18, 2014 | WXPN · We speak with the head of Nacional Records about three essential latin alternative songs.
 

Courtesy of the artist
December 18, 2014 | WXPN · David Dye sits down with Andrew Savage and Austin Brown to discuss their prolific year.
 

December 18, 2014 | NPR · Cuban rhythms and melodies have been part of what’s been called the most American of art forms — jazz — ever since Jelly Roll Morton first heard them in the port of New Orleans and used them in his music. Josephine Baker performed in Cuba and Nat King Cole recorded there. But the revolution made cultural exchange all but impossible and even supposedly open-minded artists and musicians took sides.
 

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac

Radiolab