The Middle Distance 5.3.13: Potluck Reunion

Here are the mothers, hands on hips, surveying the table for space, considering what, if anything, might be missing. Aunt Erma presides, my grandmother’s sister who still lives on these remaining acres of family land. Aunts and uncles and cousins have come from as far as the [...]

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This Saturday, the Gamelan group Tunjung Sari will present Temu Wicara Bali: A Celebration of Balinese Performing Arts in honor of the twentieth anniversary of Gamelan at Colorado College. We spoke with I Made Lasmawan and Professor of Ethnomusicology Victoria Lindsay Levine about the music of Gamelan, it’s origins and its importance in Balinese [...]

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Hi there. I’m Bella, a 1 ½-year-old spayed tan Chihuahua. This beauty is a big personality in a small package! I love giving kisses and snuggling. And I still have all the energy of a puppy. I am very easy to walk because I’m so small, but I’m a bit little [...]

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Hi, hi! I’m Chuck, a 1-year-old neutered tan Blackmouth Cur. I fancy myself quite the superhero and will spend many happy hours flying around your backyard! But be careful! I’m an escape artist, so make sure you have a fence that’s more than 6 feet tall for this lightning bolt. And [...]

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HSPPR Pet of the Day: Clair

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Hi there. I’m Clair, a 3-year-old spayed grey longhair. I’m a very petite little girl, and my personality matches my delicate frame! I get startled easily and am a little shy in new situations. But I have the cutest little face you have ever seen, and I’m working hard on my [...]

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Ghost Army

Back in 2011, we produced this slide show and radio feature (above) on local artist/teacher George Vandersluis and his involvement in the “Ghost Army,” a unit of WWII artists who created a modern Trojan horse: mass deceptions including inflatable fake tanks and sound effects records that helped the allies win the [...]

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The Middle Distance 4.26.13: April

If you could see the snow flowing down past the bedroom window, silencing the mid-April morning, you might not know where you are. Then you would remember: you are at home at the foot of the Colorado Rocky Mountains where this is the peculiar incarnation of spring.

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HSPPR Pet of the Day: Debow

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Hi! I’m Debow, a neutered black Labrador retriever. I am 62 pounds of pure energy. I love playing fetch in the yard, and the more exercise this boy gets outside, the calmer I will be once I come back in! I love rolling in the dirt and having my tailbone scratched, [...]

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In the 1970s, the Environmental Protection Agency sent 70 photographers out into the American landscape to”photographically document subjects of environmental concern,” a project known as DOCUMERICA that was interpreted widely by these photographers, and which yielded some stunning (and often horrifying) results. After reading a recent NPR blog post about the project, [...]

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Hello. I’m Twinkle, an 8-year-old neutered lilac point Siamese. You will notice me right away if you come to HSPPR because I am so handsome, but don’t pick me out on looks alone! I’m a very shy boy who needs a gentle, kind owner to bring me out of my shell [...]

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If you missed yesterday’s reading and talk with New York Times reporter John Schwartz, author of Oddly Normal: One Family’s Struggle to Help Their Teenage Son Come to Terms with His Sexuality, never fear! We spoke with him at length here at KRCC yesterday:

Complete Interview with John Schwartz about Oddly Normal

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HSPPR Pet of the Day: Jake

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Hey, hey. I’m Jake, a 4-year-old neutered black Labrador retriever. I love going on walks and being outside! At almost 100 pounds, I don’t have the energy of a puppy, but you’d still need to exercise this big boy twice a day. You will fall in love with my beautiful brown [...]

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Hi there! I’m Little Bit, a 5-year-old spayed brown tiger. This Little Bit of cuteness is shy and might need to adjust to a new environment. But I love a Little Bit of gentle attention… and I might even do a Little Bit of purring and rubbing on your ankles after [...]

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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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The Middle Distance 4.12.13: The Seed Underground

I bought this book on impulse. There was that charming cover with earthen bowls nestling beans and seeds and vegetables, with labels handwritten in pencil. It was April and the urge to put seeds in the ground had become overwhelming, even in the face of a [...]

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HSPPR Pet of the Day: Noki

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Hi, hi! I’m Noki, an 8-year-old spayed Australian shepherd. I am very easy-going, and I love attention. I especially love a good backrub after an energetic walk! This old girl might be middle-aged, but I’ve still got lots of energy and years of love ahead of me! I have a very [...]

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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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HSPPR Pet of the Day: Elijah

On April 11, 2013 By

Hi there! I’m Elijah, a 1-year-old brown tiger with long hair. When I first came to HSPPR, I don’t mind telling you, I was pretty scared. I liked to hide, and I didn’t move around very much, but thanks to the wonderful staff and volunteers at HSPPR, now I am so [...]

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HSPPR Pet of the Day: Henley

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Hello. I’m Henley, a 4-year-old neutered male Chihuahua. I am a very shy boy, and I need lots of love and encouragement. Once you get me outside and start interacting with me, though, I can be very sweet indeed! I enjoy gentle attention, and I am great on a leash. And [...]

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Photographer and UCCS Instructor Carol Dass‘s exhibit Mother at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center is yet another great example of the ways that our local arts organizations are digging into the rich [...]

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HSPPR Pet of the Day: Patne

On April 9, 2013 By

Well, hello there, beautiful! I’m Patne, a 7-year-old spayed tortie kitty. I am VERY confident, and I love attention. In fact, I’m a Leader of the Band in HSPPR’s Feline-ality program, which means I love being in the middle of things and having grand adventures. But I also love giving and [...]

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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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The Middle Distance 4.5.13: She and I

She is up before dawn every day, no matter the season. While the rest of us grab a last few minutes of sleep, she pulls on her puffy blue robe, pads barefoot across the house to the front door and picks up the daily paper off [...]

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