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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March 25, 2019 | NPR · Attorney General William Barr’s letter to Congress about the Mueller Russia probe is a big short-term win for the president, but it doesn’t “exonerate” him totally, and Democrats want to see more.
 

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March 25, 2019 | NPR · The curtain has nearly fallen on the special counsel investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election, but this drama may have at least one more act left to run.
 

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March 24, 2019 | NPR · Researchers exposed cheese to different genres of music for 24 hours a day over six months to find out that hip-hop might create the tastiest cheese.
 

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March 25, 2019 | NPR · Amy Hempel’s first book of new material in 14 years showcases her immense talents as a fiction writer. It’s a powerful collection of stories about uneasy, unmoored, even desperate people.
 

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March 25, 2019 | NPR · Abels was a music teacher who had never scored a film when he was hired for Jordan Peele’s Get Out and now Us. Peele hired him after a fruitless search for an African-American film composer.
 

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March 24, 2019 | NPR · The narrators in Laila Lalami’s new novel have one thing in common: They’ve all “had the experience of dislocation,” Lalami says. Together, they form a mosaic of race and class in America.
 

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March 25, 2019 | NPR · Abels was a music teacher who had never scored a film when he was hired for Jordan Peele’s Get Out and now Us. Peele hired him after a fruitless search for an African-American film composer.
 

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March 25, 2019 | NPR · Philadelphia Rapper Chill Moody and singer Donn T, along with their crew known as &More, were one of the standout entrants in last year’s Tiny Desk Contest. They bring a message of hope and love.
 

March 24, 2019 | NPR · For a decade Roberto Carlos Lange, better known as Helado Negro, has made music that surprises. Now he is out with his latest and most praised album to date, This Is How You Smile.
 

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