Ten years after the start of the war in Iraq, veterans are increasingly struggling with substance abuse, which often goes hand in hand with post-traumatic stress disorder. A recent study shows that one out of five active duty service members say they drink heavily. As the numbers grow, so does the need for programs aimed at helping heal these invisible wounds. One of the places offering such programs is Haven Behavioral War Heroes Hospital in Pueblo, which opened in 2009. KRCC’s Shanna Lewis has this profile of the facility, which brings together staff with military backgrounds to focus on soldiers coming home from current wars.

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This month we’re bringing a special fall arts show to the airwaves, highlighting all kinds of creativity in the region.

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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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Aspen resident Neal Biedleman returned to climb Mount Everest earlier this year, retracing the steps he took on a trip there 15 years ago that turned into a tragedy. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen recently caught up with the climber, and has this report.

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As Governor John Hickenlooper enters his second year in office, he’s winning praise on both sides of the aisle for his political savvy, especially when it comes to energy issues. State regulators recently passed a rule requiring oil and gas companies to publicly disclose the fluids they use in hydraulic fracturing. Hickenlooper made the […]

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It’s no secret that the economy is in pretty bad shape. This month, we’re talking with people across the spectrum to see how they’re faring, what kind of ideas are making an impact, and how even art can grow in uncertain financial times.

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While Pueblo is the industrial hub of Southern Colorado, it’s no secret that the majority of the region is quite rural. One organization based in Pueblo is attempting to bring together these communities to work toward common interests. KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin has this profile.

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Known as Colorado’s own Steel City, Pueblo has an industrial base that continues to evolve today. The city has a rich cultural history and strong community ties. For this edition of Western Skies, we’re going to be exploring the history, industry, and culture of Pueblo.

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The winner of the so-called Queen Stage of this week’s USA Pro Cycling Challenge from Gunnison to Aspen was George Hincapie of BMC Racing Team. In his post-win press conference, Hincapie credited in part, food. Indeed, diet does play a role in an athlete’s performance. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen visited with […]

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One of the most pervasive notions of American cultural identity is that of the Old West and the myth of the cowboy. This month we stick a magnifying glass up to those notions to see where they originate, and where they continue to resonate.

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News

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May 23, 2019 | NPR · NOAA forecasts that two to four major hurricanes will form this year in the Atlantic. But even an average year can cause record-breaking damage, as storms get bigger and wetter.
 

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May 23, 2019 | NPR · A growing number of states are passing laws banning abortion in the early stages of pregnancy in hopes of rolling back Roe v. Wade.
 

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May 23, 2019 | NPR · It was a resounding victory not just for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but for his political party. Critics accused the party of using fear tactics amid rising Hindu nationalism.
 

Arts & Life

Kino Lorber
May 23, 2019 | NPR · Driven by a standout performance by Carloto Cotta, this Portuguese satire “sizzles with a comic energy rare for a movie with such blunt and weighty political commentary.”
 

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May 23, 2019 | NPR · Director Olivia Wilde and leads Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever do wonderful work in a film about two high-school best friends who have one night to reverse course.
 

Disney
May 23, 2019 | NPR · Though some elements generate fresh sparks, the remake “mostly has the beat-for-beat quality of the live-action Beauty and the Beast, the current standard-bearer for pointlessness.”
 

Music

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May 23, 2019 | NPR · A songwriting dispute left a Britpop band bereft of royalties from its biggest hit, “Bitter Sweet Symphony.” More than 20 years later, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards have signed over their rights.
 

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May 23, 2019 | WVPB · The music of the Boston-based quartet Darlingside is as hard to categorize as it is easy to get lost in.
 

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May 23, 2019 | WXPN-FM · On 2017’s Boo Boo, Chaz Bear wrote a chill R&B record. For 2019’s Outer Peace, he had an unusual motivator — the daily grind.
 

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