As the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, last month, in many ways, the gay rights movement seems to be pushing forward faster than many had anticipated. Some are already turning toward other complex issues, like gender. This month’s Western Skies brings a variety of community perspectives on an [...]

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Summertime means fun in the sun, and in Colorado, that fun is often year-round. So is the need to protect ourselves from harmful effects of sun exposure. For this month’s Healthy Conversation, KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin is joined by Major James Twede, Chief of Dermatology at Fort Carson. The conversation begins by talking about why [...]

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In 2012, the U.S. military’s suicide rate surpassed combat deaths. Clinical Psychologist Craig Bryan has made suicide prevention his mission. This January, Dr. Bryan’s research brought him to Colorado Springs’ Fort Carson, where he was conducting his second study on mental health treatments. KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin sat down then to talk about his research–and how [...]

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Mary Louise Kelly used to cover national security for NPR, but lately she’s turned her attention to fiction. Her new novel, Anonymous Sources, draws on Kelly’s own reporting experiences, including things she couldn’t say when she was a journalist.

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As the temperatures stay consistently warm, summer activities abound. This month’s Healthy Conversation features a few topics on summer safety. Lt. Col. Steven Tobler is Chief of Preventative Medicine at Evans Army Community Hospital at Fort Carson. We start by talking about some of the most common safety issues when it comes to summertime.

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Colorado is no stranger to the military. From active bases to a large veteran population, many residents of the state have some kind of association with the armed services. This month for Western Skies, we’re exploring some of those relationships.

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and traumatic brain injuries are the signature wounds of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. But another problem is starting to emerge after these soldiers come home and seek treatment. In a three-part series that started yesterday in the Colorado Springs Gazette, investigative reporter Dave Philipps examines the growing number [...]

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May is Mental Health Awareness month, and it’s an issue that affects one in four Americans. For this month’s Healthy Conversation, KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin is joined by Lieutenant Colonel Chuck Weber, Chief of Behavioral Health at Evans Army Community Hospital at Fort Carson, to talk about some of the programs and strategies they use [...]

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Eating disorders are most often associated with young women, but the issues affect all ages, men and women. For this month’s Healthy Conversation, KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin is joined by Captain Kayla Ramotar, Assistant Chief of the Nutrition Care Division at Evans Army Community Hospital to talk about eating disorders.

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The peak of the gun debate at the state capitol may be over, but the political ramifications are still unfolding. As part of our Capitol Conversation seres, Bente Birkeland discusses that dynamic, and President Barack Obama’s recent visit to Colorado.

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State lawmakers are in the middle of debating the annual budget. And even though there’s more money than last year, Republicans are not happy with the bill. As part of our Capitol Conversation series, Bente Birkeland discusses the politics behind the budget and what’s driving the discussion.

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A major re-write of how Colorado funds K through 12 schools is now making its way through the state legislature. As part of our Capitol Conversation series, Bente Birkeland analyzes how it would change school funding and its prospects for passage.

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The writer, actor and producer has a starring role in the new movie Admission. She speaks with Linda Wertheimer about comedy, being in control and — now that her long-running sitcom, 30 Rock, has ended — why she really means it when she says she’s taking a pause to spend more time with her family.

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State lawmakers are a little more than halfway through the legislative session, and there’s been no shortage of drama and divisive issues. Bente Birkeland takes stock of what’s happened so far and what’s ahead as part of our capitol conversation series.

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The Colorado Supreme Court heard arguments on an historic education funding case Thursday. Parents and several school districts have sued the state for failing to offer a uniform and thorough education system and not putting enough money into schools. A lower court agreed with the plaintiffs and now a final decision rests with the [...]

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Lawmakers are nearing the midpoint of the state’s legislative session. So far, a discussion on gun violence has dominated much of the debate under the gold dome. As part of our weekly Capitol Conversation series, Bente Birkeland has this look at other big issues facing lawmakers.

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One of the more common cancers is colon cancer, and March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colon Cancer is also largely preventable. This month for our Healthy Conversation, KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin is joined by Dr. Peter McNally, Chief of Gastroenterology at Evans Army Community Hospital at Fort Carson.

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Colorado’s gun control debate is making national news because of remarks from one Democratic lawmaker about rape. The comments came during a debate on banning concealed carry weapons on college campuses. As part of our Capitol Conversation series, Bente Birkeland takes a look at the political ramifications and what’s driving the story.

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Governor John Hickenlooper is getting pushback for recently telling members of Congress that he once drank frack fluid while touting Colorado as a national model for balanced energy rules. The state’s oil and gas commission has increased the statewide buffer zone between drilling sites and homes and buildings, but many Democratic state lawmakers say [...]

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State Democrats recently unveiled their much-anticipated package of bills aimed at curbing gun violence. As part of our capitol conversation series, Bente Birkeland takes a look at the chances of the bills passing, and the internal debate among state Democrats.

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The gun debate will be one of the central issues during the state’s legislative session, and lawmakers have already heard the first Republican proposals. They both failed along party lines and highlight the wide difference between Democrats and the GOP when it comes to tackling gun violence. Bente Birkeland discusses the dynamic as part [...]

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One of the biggest topics right now across the state is oil and gas development, specifically, hydraulic fracturing. Communities, industry, and the state are all working to ensure their interests are protected. But it’s a complicated issue, and often contentious. This month for Western Skies, we’re holding a magnifying glass up to fracking, the rules, regulations, and community concerns. (This month’s image by artist and rig-worker, Streeter Wright.)

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More than 900,000 people across the country suffer heart attacks each year according to the Centers for Disease Control, and heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women. For this month’s Healthy Conversation, we’re talking heart health. KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin is joined by Lieutenant Colonel Karl Brewer, an internist at [...]

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December 22, 2014 | NPR · The protest at the Letpadaung project comes two years after police forcefully dispersed demonstrators at the site. Villagers had complained of health and environmental problems related to the project.
 

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December 22, 2014 | NPR · Officer Christopher Manney was attempting to frisk Dontre Hamilton when he woke up and grabbed the officer’s baton. Manney shot Hamilton 14 times.
 

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December 22, 2014 | NPR · He accused the Curia, which oversees the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, of “spiritual Alzheimer’s” and careerism. Francis has made reforming the Vatican a major part of his agenda.
 

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December 22, 2014 | NPR · The Game of Thrones author has blasted the studio for canceling its release of The Interview, offering to screen the film himself at his own movie theater.
 

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December 22, 2014 | KUNC · At a Colorado ranch run by Benedictine nuns, prayer and farming go hand in hand. “We have kind of a corner on the market” for grass-fed beef, says one sister. “People just kind of believe in it.”
 

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December 21, 2014 | NPR · Valeria Luiselli, who was born in Mexico City and lives now in Harlem, released two slim, multinational books this year: the essay collection Sidewalks and her time-jumping novel Faces in the Crowd.
 

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December 22, 2014 | KEXP · The former Sonic Youth singer-guitarist joins collaborators old and new for a guitar-heavy performance of “The Best Day.”
 

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December 22, 2014 | NPR · “We think it’s all a bit vulgar, you know, cashing in on Christmas,” Lowe says of the British. He says he took it as a challenge: Quality Street tackles old classics and adds originals to the mix.
 

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December 22, 2014 | NPR · Watch the singer and rapper perform “Skeleton Key” and “The Good Fight” with the VocalEssence choir.
 

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