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

AP
October 31, 2020 | NPR · Goni is the most powerful storm so far this year. Evacuations were issued as the typhoon was set make landfall on the country’s largest island.
 

AP
October 31, 2020 | NPR · The presidential campaigns began the final weekend before Election Day by making efforts to drive up needed support in a handful of key states.
 

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October 31, 2020 | NPR · The surge is particularly acute in the Midwest and Great Plains. Health experts say the increase is being driven in large part by people who don’t exhibit any symptoms.
 

Arts & Life

October 31, 2020 | NPR · NPR’s Michel Martin speaks with Washington Post editorial cartoonist Tom Toles, who is retiring after a 50-year career.
 

October 31, 2020 | NPR · Actor Sean Connery has died at age 90. He will best be remembered as Hollywood’s first James Bond — and as a Scotsman to his core.
 

Clarkson Potter
October 31, 2020 | NPR · Sometimes you want a really good salad, Garten says. But now is not that time. Her new book, Modern Comfort Food, is packed full of recipes for beef stew, chocolate chip cookies and Boston cream pie.
 

Music

Ryan Pfluger
October 31, 2020 | NPR · This October, NPR member stations bring you a mix of the most popular songs on their airwaves, including music from Nilüfer Yanya, Sierra Ferrell, Sharon Van Etten, Ani DiFranco and more.
 

October 31, 2020 | NPR · NPR’s Scott Simon talks with Elvis Costello about his new album, Hey Clockface.
 

Courtesy of the artist
October 31, 2020 | NPR · The centerpiece of Copeland’s latest album is a song born from the wreckage of the Clotilda — the last known slave ship to smuggle African captives to the United States.
 

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