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

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February 12, 2016 | NPR · Clinton and Sanders sparred on Wall Street’s influence on politics, on which candidate is more loyal to President Obama and the record of Henry Kissinger as secretary of state.
 

AP
February 11, 2016 | NPR · The country’s prime minister intends to channel policies and plans to achieve a happier society.
 

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February 11, 2016 | NPR · The Nevada rancher’s arrest is a setback for his self-styled militia supporters and their anti-federal lands fight. The charges stem from a standoff with federal agents at his ranch in 2014.
 

Arts & Life

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February 11, 2016 | NPR · NPR film critic Bob Mondello says Deadpool goes in deep on its R rating — and has plenty of fun doing it.
 

Roadside Attractions
February 11, 2016 | NPR · The drama stars Katie Holmes and Luke Kirby as artists hospitalized with bipolar disorder and struggles in its exploration of the link, if one exists, between their work and their illness.
 

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February 11, 2016 | NPR · Chinese writer-director Jia Zhangke follows his characters from 1999 all the way forward to 2025, where a sun-bleached tomorrowland threatens alienation from tradition.
 

Music

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February 11, 2016 | NPR · A year ago, the 10-piece band was working day jobs and gigging on weekends. Ari Shapiro talks with members Kam Franklin and Adam Castaneda about making the leap that landed them on a national stage.
 

NPR
February 11, 2016 | WBGO+JAZZ.org · Pianist Eric Lewis did a turn in the crossover celebrity spotlight with his “rockjazz” method. But he pledges allegiance to “the jazz republic” in a new trio with Reginald Veal and Jeff Watts.
 

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February 11, 2016 | WXPN · The Delta Spirit singer rocks solo in a special episode, recorded live in Austin, Texas.
 

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