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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September 20, 2018 | NPR · Far more immigrants and asylum-seekers are crossing the Spanish border than those entering other usual Mediterranean entry points Greece and Italy.
 

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September 20, 2018 | NPR · The money-laundering accusations are related to the so-called 1MDB scandal, in which billions of dollars allegedly went missing from a state fund.
 

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September 20, 2018 | NPR · The Cates family has been turning excess wine grapes into raisins as a way to reduce food waste. Since last year’s devastating fires in California’s wine-growing region, they’ve expanded.
 

Arts & Life

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September 20, 2018 | NPR · One of the most important figures in the history of filmmaking never made a film. Langlois created the Cinémathèque Française, where he preserved and exhibited movies from many countries and eras.
 

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September 19, 2018 | NPR · American Prison is the remarkable story of a journalist who spent four months working as a corrections officer — and a horrifying exposé of how prisoners are treated by a profiting corporation.
 

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September 19, 2018 | NPR · The novelist known for his epic works about Afghanistan turns his attention to the human impact of the Syrian refugee crisis in a slim, poetic, illustrated book.
 

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September 20, 2018 | NPR · The announcement comes with a new track called “Sept20.” According to a statement on Swift’s Facebook page, it’s his final song from an album he completed shortly before his death.
 

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September 20, 2018 | NPR · The CBC and the Toronto Star has reported that the live-event box office behemoth recruits professional scalpers into a resale program, through which Ticketmaster benefits from double-dipping on fees.
 

September 20, 2018 | NPR · Loretta Lynn draws on her back story with a mixture of saltiness, sentimentality and wit that gives it heart and resonance.
 

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