If one Internet year = about 10 pre-Internet years, then 1993 was about 170 years ago and it really feels that way when you listen to this very first public radio broadcast over the Internet for Science Friday. Remember 9600 bps dial-up terminals, electronic messages, graphical interfaces, the data superhighway, virtual multi-user dungeons (MUDs), and information anxiety? Hop aboard the public radio time machine!

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An Elf at Work

On November 22, 2010 By

It’s almost Black Friday and we thought you might like to see these two slide shows of one of Colorado Springs’ greatest elves’ work. Before becoming a renowned sculptor of playful, toy-like objects, Sean O’Meallie designed and made toys.

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Better Mousetraps?

On November 16, 2010 By

It’s that time of year: when even the mice get cold and come inside. However you decide to deal with them (or not) the quest to build a better mousetrap has led inventors down some strange, sadistic and sometimes even beautiful design roads. The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum happens to have a fantastic collection of historical and contemporary traps. CSPM Executive Director Matt Mayberry picked out some of his favorites to share with us in a virtual exhibition he calls “A Bad Day for Mickey.”

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Remembering Joni Sheram

On November 15, 2010 By

Last week, playwright and actor, Joni Sheram passed away aged 62. In southern Colorado, Sheram is most well-known for her long teaching career at Widefield High School and for Cups, a one-woman show she wrote and performed at the Manitou Art Theatre and that is where I had the good fortune of meeting her, while she was in preparations for the premier of the show. Here, you can watch my interview with Joni and some snippets from her performance of Cups.

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A Potter's Process

On November 10, 2010 By

Manitou Springs potter and all-around clay artist Mark Wong shares the magical secrets of his trade with us.

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Columnist, former City Councilman and Colorado Springs native son John Hazlehurst is a vast trove of local history and one of the city’s most colorful raconteurs. Craig Richardson and Noel Black sat down with him to record some of his more vivid memories of his political life as a member of City Council and protege of then-Mayor Bob Isaac from 1991 to 1997. Among the highlights of these anecdotes: a possible lost opportunity to have averted TABOR, how Mary Lou Makepeace stole his thunder, and sage words from the liquored-up lips of Mayor Bob.

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Tomorrow’s election has a number of races and initiatives that will likely have profound effects for the city, state and nation. We hope you plan to vote tomorrow if you haven’t already. Here are a number of interviews and links to KRCC’s recent coverage of the election and its many issues. We hope this coverage will enlighten you about the past, present and future of local politics as you make your decisions.

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Whether you like or appreciate the musicianship of this brand of metal, you’d think the fact that Jag Panzer is probably the biggest band ever to come out of Colorado Springs (in terms of album sales and international fame—see interview below) would earn them some modicum of respect here in the Pikes Peak region. Alas, few have even heard of them.

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Poet Eamon Grennan will read tomorrow night as part of the Colorado College Visiting Writers Series. His poems have appeared in the likes of Slate, The New Yorker and the Threepenny Review. Though he spent most of his career teaching at Vassar in upstate New York, he now teaches at Columbia University and New York University and divides his time between Poughkeepsie and Renvyle in his home country of Ireland. His latest book is Out of Sight: New & Selected Poems on Graywolf Press. You can hear him read in the Gates Common Room along with a group of Colorado College students on Thursday, October 21 at 7 p.m. in the Gates Common Room on the second floor of Palmer Hall on the Colorado College Campus. Grennan stopped by the KRCC studios to read a few poems and talk with us about his writing.

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Wanda Reaves, Project Manager for the Colorado Mountain Reclamation Foundation invited The Big Something on morning sojourn up the Queens Canyon Quarry scar. Shrouded in mystery for the mere fact that it isn’t open to the public, Wanda helped us demystify the history, the reclamation process and why it is that it is unlikely ever to become an open space or a public park.

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Where Your Rain Goes

On August 10, 2010 By

With the frequency of recent afternoon and evening deluges, we thought you might like to take a peak into the fascinating and, often, beautiful world of underground drainage tunnels (among other underground concrete structures). Narration and photographs provided by local caver and photographer Duncan Gold.

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Michael Kaiser, president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has been touring the nation over the past year for the Arts in Crisis Tour, a program implemented following the economic downturn designed to assist arts and cultural organizations better position themselves during the lean times. Craig Richardson spoke with Kaiser during his visit to Colorado Springs.

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Diane Cluck at KRCC

On July 21, 2010 By

It was our great privilege to have New-York-based chanteuse Diane Cluck here at KRCC two weeks ago before her performance at Motif. Here, for those of you who may have missed the on-air version or her performance, is a video of her in-studio performance.

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Proud at Pride

On July 20, 2010 By

What are folks at Pride so proud about? Craig Richardson spoke to some of the attendees to get a sense of how things have changed since Pride Fest began in Colorado Springs 20 years ago.

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In this slide show, outgoing printer and teacher Colin Frazer talk about his work, the move and the new home for The Press at Colorado College.

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For as impersonal as Facebook and the monotemplate it creates for all your contacts can seem, artist Sarah Milteer found the social networking site to be a goldmine of photographs for her intimate portraits of her friends in the arts community. In this slide show she talks about the project and why she’s drawn to portraiture.

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Following World War II, Colorado Springs native Fred Schumm enrolled in the Fine Arts Center where he met photographer Myron Wood. They became great friends and Myron documented Fred’s fantastical playground sculptures in Conejos and Boulder Crescent Parks. Craig Richardson spoke with Fred Schumm, now 85 and living in New Jersey, about the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Myron Wood and the playground sculptures he constructed while working for the city. Shortly after the sculptures in Conejos and Boulder Crescent parks were completed, Schumm was awarded a Fulbright Grant to study art in Italy.

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Colorado Springs native Jim Lewis attended Cheyenne Mountain High School then went on to Colorado College to study history and philosophy and eventually became a Broadway book writer. He’s nominated for a Tony Award for his book Fela! about the great Nigerian singer Fela Kuti. Kathryn Eastburn spoke with Lewis by phone.

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More than half-a-million people will ascend Pikes Peak by foot, bike, horse, train and automobile this summer. In 1873, Grace Greenwood, travel correspondent and the first female reporter on the New York Times‘ payroll, made the ascent by burro to the newly constructed signal station pictured above. In this first video you can listen to [...]

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Whether you heard this week’s inaugural episode of the relaunch of Western Skies or just want to hear it again, you can access the entire show and its various segments and lots of Web extras at the Western Skies page on KRCC.org.

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Summer has finally landed, and summer means bikes.

Last Summer, six local gentlemen set off on mountain bikes to do what only a handful have done before: ride the entire “Ring the Peak Trail” around Pikes Peak in one day. Three of the riders—Doug Johnson, Scott Boyer and Jon Csakany—spoke with us and [...]

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Good old-fashioned rock-’n’-roll plus a voice from the Goddesses equals Cincinatti-based rock outfit Heartless Bastards. If you missed them at the Triple Nickel Tavern last Thursday, you missed a fantastic show. Just to rub it in, here’s an interview we did at KRCC and wee bit of concert footage too. Enjoy!

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We’re going to try something different this time for The Big Something Book Club. Rather than keeping the topic/author strictly local, we’re going to join the #1b1t (aka 1 Book 1 Twitter) discussion started by Wired Magazine contributing editor Jeff Howe. NPR did a story on how this all came [...]

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