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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October 23, 2017 | NPR · Fox News knew about sexual harassment allegations against host Bill O’Reilly before it started negotiating his contract renewal. It also said other companies would have done the same.
 

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October 23, 2017 | NPR · Amid growing political fallout, the Department of Defense has put forward a timeline for the deadly confrontation with militants in Niger that killed four U.S. soldiers.
 

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October 23, 2017 | NPR · NPR’s Robert Siegel talks with John Hodgman about his new book Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches. This time Hodgman isn’t writing about nonsensical histories, but his life.
 

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October 23, 2017 | NPR · Official documents say the Nobel laureate died of prostate cancer in 1973. But 16 forensics experts have unanimously concluded that isn’t true, stoking suspicions again that he was actually poisoned.
 

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October 23, 2017 | FA · “The reality is that Eric Garner died at the hands of a police force and a criminal justice system that were designed entirely by white people, for the most part,” says journalist Matt Taibbi.
 

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October 23, 2017 | NPR · In 1991, the Tokyo Flashback comp introduced the world to Japanese psychedelic music. Experience the whammy-bar wizardry of White Heaven’s “Blind Promise” from a new reissue.
 

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