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The Colorado State Fair begins today in Pueblo. Amid the livestock shows, carnival rides, monster trucks and big name bands, there’s a small outdoor stage that features Colorado entertainers. Anita McCoy of Canon City performs there. She’s tap danced with her students at the Fair for more than 30 years, and on Sunday she’ll […]

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Printed on front “An Inviting Road in the Rockies” and “The Call of the Trail. / The call of the wild is not over the sea / It comes from the west, the Trail is free / My automobile is the castle key / That opens the western world to me. / The sweep of […]

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This month we’re taking you on a trip through Colorado, visiting places and talking to people that help make the Centennial State what it is.

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(“Open-Air Bathing in Midwinter at Glenwood Springs, Colorado” by W.A. Rogers, date unknown.
Creator/Photographer: Rogers, W. A., date unknown. Courtesy of Special Collections, Pikes Peak Library District. Image Number: 257-6253.)

Full-page print from Harper’s Weekly showing men swimming and diving into pool at night with snow falling. Other men in warm […]

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This month we’re going to spend the hour looking back at some of the topics we covered since kicking off the revival of Western Skies in June. There was a lot of overlap, stories that could have appeared in multiple episodes, and themes that kept popping up from topic to topic. Here are some […]

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Songwriter and vocalist Peter Yarrow is perhaps most well-known for being one third of the popular folk music trio, Peter, Paul, & Mary. Born in New York City, Yarrow earned a degree in psychology from Cornell University, and in 1961, he teamed up with Mary Travers and Noel Paul Stookey to become one of the […]

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The ninth annual Jazz in the Sangres Jazz Arts Camp took place last week in Westcliffe. At the camp, six world class musicians from the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts spent a week teaching and mentoring thirty young jazz musicians, mostly from Colorado. They completed their classes with free […]

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Elementary school students at he Classical Academy in northern Colorado Springs got a visit yesterday from former astronaut Jim Reilly, as part of the Space Foundation’s outreach to local schools to stress the importance of space-based science and math education. KRCC’s Aaron Retka spoke with Brian DeBates of the Space Foundation and attended […]

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The members of three Colorado Buddhist communities met in Colorado Springs at All Souls Unitarian Church, in the hopes of helping to bring healing to the world. The event coincided with Earth Week, and consisted of a 24-hour chant in the Pali language. KRCC’s Bob Thomason produced this audio postcard of […]

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The historic nature of President Barack Obama’s inauguration inspired many people around the country and the world to hold special inauguration-viewing events. At Colorado State University in Pueblo, about 150 students, faculty and staff gathered for their own festivities on campus. In the lobby of Belmont residence hall, they sat in couches and […]

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July 26, 2016 | KHN · Consumers often blame drug companies for the rapidly rising costs of some commonly used generic drugs. But changes made by insurers influence the price of these drugs, too, it turns out.
 

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July 26, 2016 | NPR · A 2,200-year-old mummy going on display in Israel shows some of the same ailments modern people suffer from: osteoporosis, tooth decay, and other effects of an inactive, carbohydrate-rich lifestyle.
 

July 26, 2016 | NPR · The American Cheese Society will begin proctoring its next Certified Cheese Professional Exam in Des Moines, Iowa, on Wednesday, during the group’s annual conference. The rigorous test is only in its fifth year, but nearly 600 people have passed it already. Industry experts say the exam is necessary because of the evolving standards in the growing American cheese business.
 

Arts & Life

July 26, 2016 | NPR · Robert Swanson revolutionized American advertising and wrote some of the most memorable ad jingles of the 1950s and ’60s for products ranging from Campbell’s Soup to Pall Mall cigarettes. He died at 95 July 17 at his home in Phoenix, Ariz.
 

July 26, 2016 | NPR · As TV dramas get better and better, publishers are getting into the game with serialized fiction. Some are even referring to what they publish as “episodes” and “seasons” rather than “books.”
 

Starbucks
July 26, 2016 | NPR · Yes, the green aprons remain, but you may begin noticing more personal flair underneath. Instead of black and white garments, baristas are now free to embrace “drabby chic.”
 

Music

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July 26, 2016 | WXPN · For the East Nashville songwriter, a recent string of family crises inspired some dark new songs.
 

July 26, 2016 | NPR · Robert Swanson revolutionized American advertising and wrote some of the most memorable ad jingles of the 1950s and ’60s for products ranging from Campbell’s Soup to Pall Mall cigarettes. He died at 95 July 17 at his home in Phoenix, Ariz.
 

Mountain Stage
July 26, 2016 | NPR · The Texas singer-songwriter performs songs from Lovers And Leavers live on stage in West Virginia.
 

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