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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May 21, 2018 | NPR · “To fail at the five-yard line is a tragedy,” the company said in a statement. More than 10,000 people had shelled out $200 or more for Ossic X headphones on Kickstarter and Indiegogo.
 

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May 21, 2018 | NPR · Officers have launched investigations into more families caught skipping school ahead of a three-day weekend. Parents could face fines up to $1,177. U.S. parents can be fined for kids’ truancy too.
 

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May 21, 2018 | SEPM · Undocumented patients with kidney disease often can’t get treatment unless they are in a state of emergency — this bothers clinicians who want to treat all patients equally.
 

Arts & Life

May 21, 2018 | NPR · NPR’s Ari Shapiro speaks with poetry reviewer, Tess Taylor about Terrance Hayes’ new collection American Sonnets for my Past and Future Assassin. Every poem is a sonnet, and every sonnet is titled: “American Sonnet for my Past and Future Assassin.”
 

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May 21, 2018 | NPR · Historic sites around the world face mounting threats: war, climate change, natural disaster. There’s a rush to use 3D scans for preservation. But experts have questions about how the scans are used.
 

May 21, 2018 | FA · Critic David Bianculli describes Amazon’s Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle as a slightly more stylized — though ultimately “hit and miss” — version of the classic cartoon.
 

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May 21, 2018 | NPR · Christian McBride of Jazz Night in America joins NPR’s Audie Cornish with a few criteria for what turns a regular composition into a canonized classic.
 

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May 21, 2018 | NPR · “He was never not busy,” his daughter Lisa says of the musician, who also lent his playing and songwriting talents to Miles Davis, Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway.
 

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