Palmer High School Student, Graham Gale, came to us with an idea to combine two of her interests – local history & public media – for a school project. Graham visited the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum and found the scrapbook of a young woman who lived in the rather different Colorado Springs of [...]

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There are times in our lives when we have no choice but to perform. The stakes are high, the pressure is on, the price of failure immense. It seems natural that most of us would try to minimize the amount of time that we spend in such anxiety-inducing situations. But what of those people who [...]

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In a certain sense, childhood is most acutely experienced in retrospect. As a child, it’s simply life as you know it. But, as an adult, childhood (both one’s own and the developmental category in general) takes on a kind of mythic significance and, perhaps, nostalgic appeal. In this episode of Off Topic we look at [...]

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Director of KRCC’s Backyard Observatory, Mike Procell, strolls about the heavens and extends a stellar invitation unto you to attend KRCC’s first Backyard Star Party April 12th at Zero Dusk Thirty – 912 N Weber St in space age Colorado Springs.

All the details are HERE.

Oh, and in case you [...]

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This week on Off Topic, we take a close and critical look at the institution of marriage. Why do we do it? What do we hope it will be? What is it really? How has it changed?

In this episode:

Professor Stillman battles a pesky woodpecker, and in so doing, comes face to [...]

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A documentarian of life in Old Colorado City in the early 20th Century, Ira Current was born in Colorado Springs October 30, 1910. He developed a keen interest in photography when he was 16 years old which would soon land him a job with Stewart Brothers photo finishing in Colorado Springs. In 1928, shortly [...]

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In this episode of Off Topic:

Professor Stillman confronts the ambiguities inherent in the snake’s side of the story.
Canadian novelist Peter Behrens discusses how the Irish established the template for what it means to be an immigrant in North America.
Duke [...]

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In case you missed the premiere episode of Off Topic on Friday night at 7pm, we’ve posted it here for you to enjoy at your leisure.

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Dramaturg of New York’s Public Theater, Oskar Eustis and Lyricist of the Broadway Musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Michael Friedman team up to present a lecture on the development of the Broadway Musical as part of THEATREWORKS’ popular Prologue Series.

In the following podcast, UCCS Theater Professor, Kevin Landis speaks with Eustis and [...]

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Off Topic is a brand new weekly hour-long radio program hosted by Colorado College professors Steven Hayward and Kathy Giuffre. The intention of the show is to constellate ideas through witty, vibrant conversation and to provide a space to explore issues and ideas in greater depth and from a perspective often absent from [...]

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Novelist Peter Behrens’ fascination with his Irish-Canadian family served as the inspiration for his two latest novels, The Law of Dreams and, most recently, The O’Briens. In the video below, Behrens discusses The O’Briens and reads, from its pages, a letter from a World War II soldier to his wife back home in [...]

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Jessica Long is a Paralympic swimmer who trains at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. We had a chance to visit with her following a recent training session at the pool at the OTC. Not only does Long hold 20 world records in her sport, during the 2012 Paralympic Games in [...]

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Alright. So Franz Kafka and Groucho Marx endeavor upon a course of action to autopsy Mr. Samuel Beckett, who, according to the annals of scholarship is among the most interesting and thoughtful neo-ape-isms of the modern age. Ex-Colorado-Springs-iest Artist Atomic Elroy conceived such a monstrous malfeasance and put it to videograph. Here lies his intention:
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It’s opera time in Colorado Springs again.  For the past 15 years, Opera Theatre of the Rockies has steadfastly kindled the fire of haute culture here in the shadow of America’s Mountain.  In a marked departure from last year’s tragedy, Verde’s La Traviata (click HERE to view last year’s segment), the Opera Theatre presents [...]

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Escape from Pikes Peak

On February 20, 2013 By

Terry Sullivan’s Escape from Pikes Peak

Former Colorado Springs Convention and Visitor’s Bureau President Terry Sullivan tells a harrowing tale of helicoptering himself and his crew atop America’s Mountain and the heartbeat-skipping literal leap of faith it required to make their getaway.

You can read more about Sullivan and his 20 year CVB [...]

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Poking around in old issues of the Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph from this time of year in the 1960s we found page after page of Valentine’s Day ads for Hibbard’s, May D&F, Fashion Bar and many others that tugged at our heart strings for that imaginary black and white past where things were “simpler” [...]

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Colorado College’s Cornerstone Arts Week begins Monday, February 4th. This year, the series explores “the ways in which humor and the arts create bridges between cultures, belief systems, and yes–even political parties.” Today we bring you a special preview of one of next week’s featured events: a panel discussion among Wiretap host Jonathan [...]

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Colorado College English professor and Canadian, Steven Hayward presents a primer of sorts for fed-up Americans who’ve proclaimed, for myriad reasons, that they’ve had it with America and now they’re moving to Canada.

Steven Hayward is a novelist and short story writer born in Toronto, Canada. The eldest of two brothers, he attended [...]

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Adam Leech, owner of The Leechpit shop in downtown Colorado Springs and noted nickel whittler, began a journey over a year ago to chronicle his hitchhiking adventure from Colorado Springs to the annual meeting of the Hobo Nickel Society in Tampa, Florida. Leech launched a Kickstarter campaign on January 24th in an effort to [...]

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I recently visited a rehearsal of THEATREWORKS’ production of Red, a Tony award winning play by John Logan, opening this Thursday, January 31st. The play is centered upon the preeminent 20th century painter, Mark Rothko, in the midst of the creation of the Seagram Murals. I spoke with director Joseph Discher and actors Thom Christopher [...]

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Theresa Strader, founder of the National Mill Dog Rescue, discusses the moment the organization was born in February, 2007 and its subsequent meteoric growth. Since its inception, NMDR has rescued over 7,000 dogs from puppy mills across the United States.

National Mill Dog Rescue pledged to put an end to the cruelty of [...]

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Historian Richard Marold explores the heyday of the Broadmoor International Center and the woman who brought a galaxy of stars to Colorado Springs.

The Heyday of The Broadmoor International Center

Richard Marold is a local historian who works as a Chautauquan and portrays Winfield Scott Stratton, Franklin Roosevelt and Nikola Tesla. [...]

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Historian Richard Marold recounts the history of the Broadmoor Hotel’s Pauline Memorial Chapel.

A History of Pauline Chapel

Richard Marold is a local historian who works as a Chautauquan and portrays Winfield Scott Stratton, Franklin Roosevelt and Nikola Tesla. He is also editor of Cheyenne Mountain Kiva, a journal of the [...]

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