Religion, faith, and spirituality are a part of daily life for many people, but in Southern Colorado, it seems to be a part of the very culture of the region. This month we’re taking a closer look at many of the faith traditions here, and examining how they inform our lives.

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Because many people choose to vote by mail in Colorado rather than on Election Day in a traditional polling place, we’re talking elections and politics this month. Early voting begins October 18th, and voters will decide on a host of regional and statewide positions and issues.

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We all need to eat, and in this episode of Western Skies, we attempt to connect you with the people who produce our food. From community supported agriculture to traditional ranching, we’ve talked to people involved with this basic necessity, and bring you their stories.

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Athletics in the Pikes Peak region take on many forms, from outdoor sports like cycling and running, to Olympic level competition, to minor league baseball. This month, Western Skies takes a look at sports in the region.

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To find out more about efforts to curb the use of performance enhancing drugs in sports, KRCC’s Noel Black recently visited the United States Anti-Doping Agency in Colorado Springs.

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Despite the fact that the Pikes Peak Region is home to the Olympic Training Center, an excellent network of trails and bike paths, and hundreds of miles of easily accessible mountain biking, Colorado Springs is just beginning to be known outside the area as cycling destination. KRCC’s Noel Black spoke with local Olympian and World Mountain Biking Champion Allison Dunlap and Colorado Springs Senior Transportation Planner Kristin Bennett about one of the area’s best kept secrets.

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Few people remember that Colorado Springs once had a professional baseball team called The Millionaires. Jeff Bieri reads this excerpt from Marshall Sprague’s history of the region Newport in the Rockies.

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Like the rest of the nation, Colorado and its cities are facing tough decisions in this economic recession, but Colorado Springs has faced national attention over its budget issues. Among the pieces included in this month’s Western Skies, we’ll have a conversation about the complexities of the city budget, an upside to what some […]

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The City of Colorado Springs is in the process of turning off 1/3 of all streetlights to save 1.2 million dollars. Is it necessarily a bad thing?

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Secession you say!?

On July 4, 2010 By

Is the idea of some part of Colorado Springs seceding from the greater metropolitan area (or from El Paso County) entirely preposterous? Find out in Noel Black’s extended conversation with Colorado Springs Business Journal Columnist John Hazlehurst and El Paso County Commissioner Sallie Clark.

Secession – Extended Conversation
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News

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December 10, 2016 | NPR · Scientists were shocked to see what happened when this ancient bacterium encountered modern antibiotics.
 

December 10, 2016 | NPR · The Washington Post reports that intelligence officials say it’s now “quite clear” Russian hackers worked to tip the presidency in Donald Trump’s favor, an assessment his transition team dismisses.
 

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December 10, 2016 | NPR · Our series on dyslexia brought some powerful, and emotional, reactions from readers and listeners. Here’s a sampling.
 

Arts & Life

December 10, 2016 | NPR · This new anthology of science fiction and fantasy, edited by Hassan Blasim, imagines Iraq 100 years after the invasion of 2003. Harrowing, necessary, often beautiful, it resists comfort and catharsis.
 

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December 9, 2016 | NPR · Denmark’s Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language film is Land of Mine, a movie about German boys disarming landmines left behind after World War II.
 

December 9, 2016 | NPR · President-elect Donald Trump will retain a credit as executive producer of the reality TV show Celebrity Apprentice. The new season, with new “boss” Arnold Schwarzenegger, premieres January 2. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says no one but Trump knows how involved he will be, but the news seems to contradict NBC’s past assertion that it has severed business ties with Trump.
 

Music

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December 9, 2016 | NPR · The Grammy-winning saxophonist plays Duke Ellington standards with host Marian McPartland in a 1994 session.
 

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December 9, 2016 | YouthRadio · One week ago, a fire ripped through an Oakland warehouse that was being used as a music venue and artist community. Hear the music of four up-and-coming electronic artists who died in that fire.
 

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December 9, 2016 | NPR · While he was working on Atlanta, Donald Glover was also gathering musicians for soul jam sessions. “Awaken, My Love!” is an album of ’70s throwback sounds that feels thrillingly alive.
 

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