Winter means many things to many people: holidays, roasted chestnuts, snow men/forts/balls/angels, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), etc. For me, one particular association has always trumped the rest… ice skating. In my home state of Minnesota, free outdoor skating opportunities abound during the winter, and I took full advantage of them growing up. So, […]

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This weekend marks the 21st annual PrideFest in Colorado Springs and this milestone will be celebrated Saturday and Sunday at Acacia Park in Downtown Colorado Springs. Below, we dust off a couple of segments we’ve done over the last couple of years at PrideFest.

Two years ago, we set up our booth at PrideFest with […]

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In the late 19th and early 20th century, a few names dominate the history of Colorado Springs, especially with regard to the gold mines of Cripple Creek. The spectacular wealth of Spencer Penrose, Winfield Scott Stratton and Jumpin’ Jimmy Burns tends to overshadow the stories of the men who worked one or two levels […]

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While all who manage to graduate from high school, community college or university at this time of year are to be commended for their pluck and perseverance, we would be remiss if we didn’t give a special tip of the hat to Brian Nemeth, a fixture of downtown Colorado Springs’ cultural landscape for the […]

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October 10, 2015 | NPR · The rain could be locally heavy, but it’s not expected to be torrential. The state, however, is still recovering from historic floods. Parts of I-95 are still closed.

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October 10, 2015 | NPR · Students of global health are just back from summer trips to distant lands, learning about mental health, latrine shortages and mosquitoes. They share their experiences — and their tweets of advice.

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October 10, 2015 | NPR · The two explosions have reportedly wounded at least 126 people near the center of the Turkish capital, Ankara, before a peace rally organized by civic society groups and ahead of Turkey’s elections.

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October 10, 2015 | NPR · Biographer Jonathan Bate says his job is to write about “the quality and endurance of the literary work.” His new biography has been disavowed by the Hughes estate.

October 10, 2015 | NPR · David Jaher’s account of Harry Houdini attempt to debunk Boston society psychic Mina Crandon mixes history with high-wire theatricality — even though most readers will know who came out on top.

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October 10, 2015 | NPR · Ever seen a pawpaw in the supermarket? Didn’t think so. Ohioan Chris Chmiel wants to change that by growing and promoting this seasonal, mango-like fruit that’s native to the U.S.


October 10, 2015 | NPR · Today is Patti Smith Day in Boston. The rocker, now 68, who not only won the 2010 National Book Award for her memoir has long been known as “the punk poet laureate.”

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October 10, 2015 | NPR · Copeland has been recording since her teens and performing even longer, thanks to her bluesman father. These days, though, she’s creating a sound that’s distinctly her own.

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October 10, 2015 | NPR · The two powerhouse musicians are teaming up to interpret the work of Jerome Kern. They join NPR’s Scott Simon to discuss what makes a timeless pop song.

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