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!?

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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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NPR
May 4, 2015 | NPR · The site, carlyfiorina.org, says the Republican presidential candidate laid off 30,000 people while she ran Hewlett-Packard. Fiorina does not deny the figure but says, overall, the firm created jobs.
 

AP
May 4, 2015 | NPR · Two more candidates got in on the Republican side Monday, including Ben Carson, who is black, and Carly Fiorina. It’s the most diverse GOP field anyone can remember. But will it make a difference?
 

Courtesy of Save the Children
May 4, 2015 | NPR · The release of a new report on the world’s mothers is a reminder of the gap between rich and poor — in the developing world and in American cities as well.
 

Arts & Life

Jerry Bauer
May 4, 2015 | NPR · The British mystery writer was known for her Inspector Wexford series and in her later years became active in Labour Party politics. NPR’s Petra Mayer has this remembrance.
 

NPR
May 4, 2015 | NPR · The Sandwich Monday team says “See you later.” Then we say, “Are you gonna eat that?”
 

May 4, 2015 | NPR · The off-beat funnyman retires this month after 33 years hosting late-night television. Fresh Air’s David Bianculli says that David Letterman’s humor “provided a new blueprint for the TV talk show.”
 

Music

May 4, 2015 | KCRW · KCRW’s Jason Bentley spins tracks from Ratatat, Niia, Disclosure and more in a two-hour EDM mix.
 

NPR
May 4, 2015 | NPR · Fueled by a dozen years of rhythmic interaction (and a lot of espresso), Iyer’s working band transforms selections from throughout the pianist’s deep and varied catalog.
 

Courtesy of the artist
May 4, 2015 | WXPN · Hear and download two songs by the Americana singer, whose work taps a deep well of pain.
 

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