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

Pew Research Center
June 22, 2017 | NPR · Americans’ relationship with guns is complicated and often contentious. But they do agree on restricting sales to people with mental illness or on watch lists.
 

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June 22, 2017 | NPR · The archbishop of Canterbury offered “an unreserved apology” for how the church handled a bishop’s crimes against young men. The apology followed the release of a “harrowing” report on the incidents.
 

AP
June 22, 2017 | NPR · The Senate’s long-awaited “Better Care Reconciliation Act” was written largely in secret, with even many Senate Republicans unaware of what was in it.
 

Arts & Life

June 22, 2017 | NPR · In Chain Letter, cartoonist Farel Dalrymple returns to The City, the mysterious metropolis at the heart of his early 2000s series Pop Gun War. It’s a weird, complicated and charming place.
 

Boom Studios
June 22, 2017 | NPR · The classic tale of the Monster resurrected from the dead gets a new treatment in Victor LaValle’s new limited-series comic.
 

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June 21, 2017 | NPR · In the docuseries The Keepers, Jean Wehner shares her story of being abused by her high school chaplain. She says the teacher she confided in may have been killed for knowing too much.
 

Music

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June 22, 2017 | NPR · HAIM, one of our patron saints of roséwave, feels a certain way about heartbreak that is expressed with steadfast solidarity.
 

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June 22, 2017 | NPR · The new video is an unnerving look at madness in the age of uncertainty.
 

Jazz at Lincoln Center
June 22, 2017 | WBGO+JAZZ.org · The saxophonist opens up about the legacy of his father, Dewey Redman, and performs with Still Dreaming — his own nod to the quartet his dad once helped convene as an homage to Ornette Coleman.
 

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