Unless you’re afraid of heights, Colorado Springs native Keith Ladzinski has had an amazingly enviable photography career. After starting out with camera around his neck as as a skateboarder in the 1990s, Ladzinski began using strobe techniques he’d learned from skateboarding photography to shoot outdoor adventure shots. His techniques produced such stunning results […]

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We recently uncovered some shocking information regarding Big Something intern and recent Colorado College graduate, Jake Brownell. It turns out that the young man we know as an earnest, polite and responsible member of the community spent his youth as a gangster rapper. Well, perhaps gangster is a little hyperbolic, but he did cut a […]

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Ah, would that powdery blue skies puffed with pinkish-orange clouds hung above crisp cutout buildings and horizons. Such idylls are the things of Penny Postcards, i.e. postcards made at the time when it only cost a penny to mail one. These classics conjure a decidedly imaginary nostalgia of the Pikes Peak region, but it […]

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From the video description in YouTube (we know nothing more about it, except it has nearly 2.5 million views on YouTube):

A remake of the 1987 classic A Chipmunk Adventure. Summer 2009, Pioneer Museum Colorado Springs, CO. You could have done this…..but you didn’t. Danielle, Sarah, E-mile-I, Justin, Taggart, Abel and Becca, thanks for […]

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After the fires and a long hot summer, we find ourselves trying to find new ways to stay cool every day. This past weekend we decided to hike from Soda Springs Park through Manitou along Fountain Creek. What we saw along the way was equally refreshing—dozens of quaint bridges, otherwise inconspicuous murals, lovely mineral […]

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The Big Something’s intrepid interns Brian Wray and Jacob Brownell were wondering what all the fuss over Seven Falls, one of Southern Colorado’s most popular tourist destinations, was about. It’s a little hard to explain the nuanced majesty of the place so we sent them off with a camera, a microphone and our […]

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This 1957 Chevy truck commercial was shot by Alexander Film Company on the declivities of Pikes Peak. At first it seems that this might be nothing more than a routine drive up the Pikes Peak Highway in an attempt to impress the less savvy of their would-be customers with the dramatic backdrops offered […]

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I recently went a-expeditioning in the menacing northlands of Denmark, Norway and Sweden and though it’s difficult to fully capture the sense of the comfortable foreignness I encountered, this video provides some insight complete with sidewalk trampolines, cycling snow people, strange signs that mean something completely different than you would think given the […]

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Life in Death Valley, Part 2

On February 22, 2012 By

In Part 2 of our talk with local artist and printmaker Jean Gumpper, she discusses what inspired her and what she learned from her residency in Death Valley last April as she gathered material and made the series of small prints in this slide show.

Click HERE to watch Part 1.

If […]

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A Tale of Two Dog Parks

On January 25, 2012 By

We weren’t quite sure whether “The Terminator Theme” or “Yakety Sax” would best accompany this slide show of images from the Bear Creek Dog Park, so we went with both.

Public menace, or….

Clown College?

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X-City Daydream

On December 20, 2011 By

There are few things more magical than cross-country skiing through city streets on a snowy day. This slide show, which we originally produced in 2009, is still one of our favorites at this time of year.

(Music in the slide show is “Frosti” by Bjork).

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In this episode of The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn recalls a one-thousand mile holiday road trip with her small children.

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If you saw last year’s Reel Rock Film Festival, then you saw the amazing segment on Alex Honnold, the young climber from Sacramento, California who free-soloed (climbed without ropes, that is) El Capitan in Yosemite. 60 Minutes did a profile (above) of Honnold this past weekend that will give your sweat sweat glands. […]

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Pueblo-based musical outfit, The Haunted Windchimes, were kind enough to show us around their hometown. They took us to some great places and opened our eyes to a Pueblo reality that we didn’t know existed. The Haunted Windchimes are Inaiah Lujan, Desirae Garcia, Chela Lujan, Mike Clark and Sean Fanning.


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In this, the final installment of our 3-part journey through the outer edges of the KRCC listening area, we meet the owner of drive-in movie theater hotel and learn the value of a well-run ditch. (You can watch Part I HERE , and Part II is HERE).

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SoCO Odyssey, Part II

On August 10, 2011 By

In Part II of our end-of-summer road trip finale we travel through the San Luis Valley in search of people for whom the past is the future. (If you missed Part I yesterday, it’s HERE.

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If you missed Western Skies this past weekend, then you missed the grand finale of our summer road trip series–a long radio piece Craig Richardson and I put together about a 3-day road trip in which we met some of our amazing neighbors in the outer reaches of the KRCC listening area. We’ve […]

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Uniquely Colorado

On August 8, 2011 By

In our latest installment of Western Skies, we set out across Colorado to explore our backyard with the hope of discovering that which defines the unique identity of our state. If you missed yesterday’s broadcast of Western Skies, or if you haven’t had a chance to view the slide shows that accompany the […]

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This month we’re taking you on a trip through Colorado, visiting places and talking to people that help make the Centennial State what it is.

You can listen to the full episode, or download here.

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You can also head to the individual segments for the […]

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In this installment of our ongoing series of features on roadside attractions in Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico we stop off at the lovely Valley View Hot Springs in the San Luis Valley. True to its name, the series of mostly warm pools (with the exception of the small round hot tub […]

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It’s hard to overstate how much I love the International Museum of Folk Art in Santa Fe. The permanent collection is arranged to feel like a giant, non-stop international festival of cultures and spirits, and it’s hard not to imagine how amazing Night at the Museum 3 might be if set there. Few […]

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Like any great work of art or architecture, Bishop Castle is a pleasure to visit on many (any) levels. Jim Bishop, its architect and namesake, and his caricaturistic anti-heroism has enough negative capability for all the Romantics put together, and his screeds are usually part of the sauce. But on a recent visit, […]

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For photographer and avid hiker Matt Payne, hiking Colorado’s highest summits has become infinitely more than a conquest or “bucket list.” The creator of 100Summits.com, Payne picked up the love of “list” hiking from his father as a boy and turned it into an avocation. Using an unusual combination of ratings data […]

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