Colorado is no stranger to the military. From active bases to a large veteran population, many residents of the state have some kind of association with the armed services. This month for Western Skies, we’re exploring some of those relationships.

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One of the biggest topics right now across the state is oil and gas development, specifically, hydraulic fracturing. Communities, industry, and the state are all working to ensure their interests are protected. But it’s a complicated issue, and often contentious. This month for Western Skies, we’re holding a magnifying glass up to fracking, the rules, regulations, and community concerns. (This month’s image by artist and rig-worker, Streeter Wright.)

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We covered a lot of ground this past year with Western Skies, and this month we’re spending some time revisiting those stories and conversations.

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It was Thomas Edison who said, “Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.” Edison, of course, is one of the great American inventors. This month, we’re delving into that equation with a look at innovation.

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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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News

NPR
September 30, 2016 | NPR · Black Lives Matter, the NAACP, and the future of a once bipartisan alliance on education.
 

Medtronic
September 30, 2016 | NPR · The new system joins a continuous glucose monitor with an insulin pump, which work together to keep blood sugar from going too high or too low. That will make it safer to sleep through the night.
 

NPR
September 30, 2016 | NPR · Recently purchased by Chinese tech tycoon Jack Ma, the South China Morning Post, one of Hong Kong’s premier newspapers, seems to be under pressure from mainland China, just like the city it serves.
 

Arts & Life

Sony Pictures
September 30, 2016 | NPR · The gang discusses a new Western remake starring Denzel Washington, as well as a beloved British TV import starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Plus, as always, What’s Making Us Happy this week.
 

Music Box Films
September 30, 2016 | NPR · Move over, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo — a grumpy man may soon take your place as America’s favorite fictional Swede. The film adaptation of the best-seller A Man Called Ove is now coming to the U.S.
 

Magnolia Pictures
September 29, 2016 | NPR · A film about the voluble Danny Fields, a music industry executive who managed the Ramones from 1975 to 1980, manages to be “candid yet unrevealing.”
 

Music

Mountain Stage
September 29, 2016 | NPR · The band, led by singers Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe, performs live in West Virginia.
 

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September 29, 2016 | NPR · The latest album by musician Roberto Lange mixes his unmistakable keyboard sounds with stripped-down dance beats and lyrics waiting to be assigned a narrative from your own life.
 

Courtesy of the artist
September 29, 2016 | NPR · A three-disc set, due out Dec. 2, features highlights from her 2014 concert series at London’s Hammersmith Apollo theater. It was her first set of live performances in 35 years.
 

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