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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August 29, 2014 | NPR · The top source of vanilla beans sends its fragrant crop abroad for processing into extract. Now a former Peace Corps volunteer aims to boost Madagascar’s economy by building a bean-to-bottle business.
 

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August 29, 2014 | NPR · The warning was raised to “severe,” the second-highest level, as British Prime Minister David Cameron says Islamic extremism poses a “greater and deeper” threat to the U.K. than ever before.
 

August 29, 2014 | NPR · The bill states that students on college campuses would need “affirmative consent” before engaging in sexual activity. Silence or a lack of resistance would not constitute consent.
 

Arts & Life

Upping the Aunty
August 29, 2014 | NPR · Toronto-based Meera Sethi’s multimedia art project showcases the unique style of South Asian women, fondly called “Aunties.”
 

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August 29, 2014 | NPR · Also: the case for a more inclusive literary culture; health care and the modern writer.
 

August 29, 2014 | NPR · Julia Bayly of Fort Kent, Maine, works as a reporter at the Bangor Daily News. Her passion outside of work is dog sledding. It’s the latest installment in our hobby series “Alter Egos.”
 

Music

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August 29, 2014 | NPR · This week’s puzzler for careful listeners is from guest Quizmaster Mark Reznicek, drummer for the Fort Worth rock band Toadies. Hear the fills (or intro) and match it to the song.
 

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August 29, 2014 | NPR · The pianist solos in his original “Lullaby for Rabbit,” host Marian McPartland performs a “Portrait of Makoto Ozoné,” and together they enjoy musical jokes in Sonny Rollins’ “Sonnymoon for Two.”
 

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August 28, 2014 | NPR · The Canadian synth pop group offers an intimate live performance of its song “A Real Hero,” popularized in the 2011 film Drive.
 

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