Colin McCarey, student manager of the Colorado College Community Kitchen talks to us about running a soup kitchen in an economic climate where demand is higher than ever before.

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What began as a simple slide show examining the iconic Colorado Springs photo-op of Pikes Peak Avenue looking west toward the Antlers Hotel over the years quickly turned into an exploration of the history of the hotel itself. With Marshall Sprague’s Newport in the Rockies as our historical compass, and images from the [...]

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A Farewell Report on The Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado

Big Something intern Ruby Kimberly put together this report on The Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado and its impact on the Pikes Peak Region in particular. She spoke with Director Mary Lou Makepeace, Program Officer Chris Robertson and members of the community [...]

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Who could resist the intrigue of a novel about a young idealistic lefty learning the messy lessons of life during the 1960s against the backdrop of the civil rights movement and the San Luis Valley, especially when the book is illustrated by none other than Colorado Springs’ own ultra-conservative political cartoonist [...]

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We’re very pleased to announce that, after many months of recording and editing, our collaboration with Colorado College Professor and Colorado Poet Laureate David Mason will come to fruition this Saturday, September 3 at 1 p.m. on KRCC as we air the first installment of Ludlow. An epic verse-novel about the union [...]

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Miniature Golf Microcosm

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As the recession wears on we revisit a recently abandoned putt putt golf course in central Colorado Springs that serves as a microcosmic metaphor for how quickly even the grandest of civilizations can crumble. Like a disposable ghost town or a gross parody of Shelley’s “Ozymandias,” this good-times golf course has suffered the [...]

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Uniquely Colorado

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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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Though roadside memorials are illegal in Colorado, they’re a common site in New Mexico where it is illegal to descrate them. The shrines usually mark the scene of accident where a loved one died. The tradition dates back to funerary processions brought to the southwest by the Spaniards in the 17th Century when crosses [...]

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You’ve doubtless driven by them thousands of times without paying them much mind. The Japanese garden that rests in the median on Nevada Avenue between the YMCA and Acacia park, or the Nuevo Casas Grandes mural on on Tejon street. These are symbols of the bonds our community has with cities around the [...]

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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 our most recent installment of Western Skies, we explored the proximity between the perceptions and realities of the West and cowboy culture. We made a visit to the Western Jubilee Recording Company in Colorado Springs on a recent night where famed cowboy poet, Waddie Mitchell recited his poems and Western guitar player, Rich O’Brien [...]

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…Of Reykjavik, Iceland and the honorary Mayor of The Big Something, Jón Gnarr. Over the last several months of Strong Mayor machinations and maneuvrements we’ve interested ourselves in the radically different approach to city governance taken in Reykjavik. In 2009, actor and comedian Jón Gnarr formed the Best Party with other Icelandic artists and musicians [...]

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As part of Historic Preservation Month and in conjunction with the local Historic Preservation Alliance, The Big Something will feature one post per week during the month of May about local history through the eyes of some of the members and friends of the Alliance. This week we speak with John Haney, [...]

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Colorado College Political Science Professor Emeritus Robert Loevy was skeptical about the prospects of a strong mayor in Colorado Springs before the election when we spoke with him on Western Skies. But now that the electorate has whittled the wannabes down to two, he’s got a different outlook on the future of [...]

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Colorado isn’t often thought of as a union state, but in the early 1890′s Cripple Creek and the greater Pikes Peak gold mining district was ground zero for labor showdowns. In 1893, President Grover Cleveland oversaw the repeal of the Sherman Silver Purchase Act, which effectively destroyed Colorado’s silver mining operations, relocating thousands of [...]

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For artist Harrell Fletcher, community itself it art. Though an object—a public sculpture, another artist’s paintings, documentay photographs from another museum, a rug—are sometimes at the heart of his based art projects, the work itself is always about human relationships and processes of community understanding. This Sunday at I.D.E.A. Space at Colorado College, Colorado College [...]

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Southern Colorado is no stranger to the armed forces. With a collection of military installations, it’s not uncommon to see uniformed men and women around Colorado Springs and beyond. This month, we take a look at some of the issues concerning the military, from the very worst, to perhaps, some of the very best.

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Dave Philipps Reading from Lethal Warriors

Dave Philipps Interview at KRCC

Local journalist and author Dave Philipps read at Colorado College from his book Lethal Warriors about the 506th Infantry Regiment (aka the Band of Brothers) at Fort Carson and the deadly results of a lack of effective support [...]

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The Hanna Ranch south of Colorado Springs along Fountain Creek has been an important crossroads for the environmental movement and traditional ranching culture. Kirk Hanna, who grew up on the ranch and also went to college, was one of the first ranchers in Colorado to see the overlap between ranching and sustainability as [...]

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([Kirk Hanna] by Myron Wood, May 1962. Copyright Pikes Peak Library District, courtesy of Special Collections. Image Number: 002-6084.)

Photograph of Kirk Hanna (1955-1998), age 7 appears in Little Wrangler by Nancy Wood.

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The debate about whether graffiti is art or vice-versa is a bit tedious, if you don’t mind us saying so. There are certainly instances where some young wastrel’s poorly scrawled tag amounts to little more than a dog lifting his leg on a hydrant. That said, the hideous paint-roller cover-up jobs (usually in brown [...]

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Bettina Swigger Exit Interview

It’s always hard to keep ‘em down on the farm, and, sadly, the Pikes Peak Region will lose another great friend to the arts this week as Bettina Swigger, the first Executive Director of the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region, departs to become the Executive Director [...]

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2011: The Year That Was!

If you’re wondering what 2011 has in store for the Pikes Peak region, wonder no more. We were fortunate enough to receive this radio news transmission from the future. Surprises aplenty await us as you can hear for yourself in this message from the future of the [...]

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