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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September 17, 2019 | NPR · In the second election in just five months, Israel’s longest-serving prime minister is hoping to eke out a governing coalition. Once again, he faces a tough battle with a centrist rival.
 

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September 17, 2019 | KUT-FM · The Austin City Council is defying Texas state legislators, setting aside $150,000 in city funds to help local women who seek abortions pay for attendant costs, such as transportation or child care.
 

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September 17, 2019 | NPR · Almost everyone who learns about the project thinks it sounds “crazy,” admits one scientist. But the technology should work.
 

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September 16, 2019 | NPR · Tony Award winner Phyllis Newman died Sunday at age 86. She won the award for her role in 1962’s Subways Are For Sleeping. She also appeared on TV, as an actress and quiz show panelist.
 

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September 16, 2019 | NPR · Ghosh’s latest book, Gun Island, is a modern retelling of a Bengali myth. He believes old legends have a lot to teach us about how to think about the catastrophic effects of climate change.
 

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September 16, 2019 | FA · A new book by The New York Times Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly extends the investigation into the SCOTUS justice’s history, chases down sexual misconduct allegations and considers his years since.
 

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September 17, 2019 | NPR · In this Guest DJ session, the off-the-wall singer talks about living out of his car and working at a warehouse before his Tiny Desk Contest entry went viral. He’s since signed with Warner Records.
 

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September 16, 2019 | NPR · Tyler, The Creator’s alter ego spirals into a clothes-throwing, lawn-sprinting, bubble-bath-soaking mess — you know, as you do during a breakup.
 

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September 16, 2019 | NPR · Like most things in our century, nostalgia has caught up with us at a bewildering rate. This week’s additions to the Heat Check playlist take you back while they push you forward.
 

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