While many pundits and political prevaricators have argued that the present political situation in the United States is a figurative train wreck, local historian Richard Marold explores the history of a literal political train wreck that was organized by the Democratic Party in Colorado in 1896.

A Political Train Wreck

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Prior to her recent talk at Colorado College, award-winning writer Margaret Atwood sat down with Big Something intern Jake Brownell. The conversation begins with ornithological extinction, hovers around the September 11th attack and weaves between such topics as ecology, religion and whether or not she, as a writer, feels any sense of [...]

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(“El Paso County Disaster Services,” date unknown, photographer unknown. Courtesy of Special Collections, Pikes Peak Library District. Image Number: 001-696.)

Three workers in full protective gear, with gas masks, coveralls, gloves and boots, stand in front of a tanker truck. A CSFD truck is in the background.

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As I was watching the Emmy Awards the other night and saw Giancarlo Esposito and Kerry Washington presenting awards, it reminded me of the time I interviewed the two of them and many more members of the Creative Coalition at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver. In the 2008 election cycle, it seemed that [...]

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Colorado College Economics and Business Professor, Lt. Col. Jim Parco (Ret.) presents a micro lecture on the relationship between the perception of the warrior ideal and the argument against the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.

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Three cadets pose in dormitory at desk with rows of books above. Caption on photo reads “Cadets in Dormitory – U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado.”

Click HERE to browse more historic images of the Pikes Peak Region at the PPLD’s Digital Photo Archive.

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The late 1970′s and early 1980′s were a time of transition at KRCC. Station-Manager-to-be Mario Valdes was a DJ exploring the alternative realms of punk and new wave which sharply contrasted with some of the station’s other programming, e.g., the Sunday morning German show. Here, we take a look at a representative sample [...]

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(“Mail Delivery” by Harry L. Standley, 1927. Courtesy of Special Collections, Pikes Peak Library District. Image Number: 001-675.)

Uniformed mailmen stand by their bicycles with fully loaded mail pouches in front. Other bicycles and cars are parked in background. Photo identified on back as “letter carriers starting on delivery”.

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We visited a dress rehearsal of THEATREWORKS’ production of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie and spoke with director Anna Brenner about the play.

For a little more background on the director of The Glass Menagerie you can listen to UCCS Theatre Professor Kevin Landis talking shop with Anna Brenner in the interview below:

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Old pickup with “International” on back and person standing in back on two-lane road. Truck has a number of cowboy bumper stickers on back.

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All you have to do is be the first person to correctly answer the following question and post it in the comment section below and you’ll be awarded two tickets to the show!

From which B-52′s video is this screenshot captured from? As always, spelling counts. Good luck!

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Local Historian Richard Marold explores the history of Colorado’s beginnings as a full-fledged member of the United States in 1876 and the immediate electoral ramifications that followed in the presidential election that Fall.  The election turned out to be one of the most disputed and controversial elections in US history eventually granting [...]

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Young children in white with chains of flowers parading through parkland. Note on back reads “Children’s pageant held to celebrate 44th anniversary of the city and 39th anniversary of state.”

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Big Something interns, Jake Brownell and Brian Wray endeavoured upon a course of action to remove the tar of time from the orb of knowing in their four-part series exploring the histories of secret societies in Colorado Springs. In this episode, the Woodmen of the World are exposed, for once and for all.

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Double line of men in fancy uniforms standing in front of brick wall. Men standing in back row hold axes on display; men kneeling in front row lean on axe handles. Young boy in front holds enormous axe with “WOW” engraved on it. “Elite Studio” written on lower left of print.

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KRCC Music Director, Vicky Gregor, sat down with guitarist and songwriter Archtop Eddie of Mango Fan Django to discuss the reunion show of RAKU, a reggae band Archtop started in Colorado Springs in 1979. RAKU will perform Sunday, September 10th at the KRCC Fall membership drive open house at 912 N Weber St, more details [...]

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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. [...]

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