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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May 31, 2020 | NPR · “There would be no protests, there would be no demonstrations, had Derek Chauvin not killed George Floyd,” former NAACP President Cornell Brooks tells All Things Considered.
 

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May 31, 2020 | NPR · The move comes after several Target stores were ransacked and damaged during protests.
 

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May 31, 2020 | NPR · As overlapping crises convulse an anxious nation, Trump seeks to cast blame for widespread protests gripping cities on “radical-left anarchists” like Antifa.
 

Arts & Life

Random House Children's Books
May 31, 2020 | NPR · Before he became an astrophysicist, Ray Jayawardhana was just a kid, looking up at the night sky with his father. “I remember being awed,” he says. He’s written a book called Child of the Universe.
 

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May 31, 2020 | NPR · An NPR photojournalist’s grandfather’s 90th birthday party, canceled due to COVID-19, inspired a poem — and his vow to stay 89.
 

Berkley
May 31, 2020 | NPR · In Meryl Wilsner’s debut novel, a Hollywood showrunner and her assistant are thrust into the spotlight after an innocuous red-carpet moment prompts gossip about a relationship between the two women.
 

Music

May 31, 2020 | NPR · Cara Robertson shares the song that helping her get through these times – Nina Simone’s cover of the 1970 hit O-o-h Child.
 

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May 31, 2020 | NPR · Alt.Latino host Felix Contreras shares new music from Natalia Lafourcade, Gina Chavez, Cindy Blackman Santana, Gaby Moreno and Mireya Ramos.
 

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May 31, 2020 | NPR · Long known as a fusion of Latin and soul sounds, boogaloo has been co-opted by right wing extremists as code for civil war. But fans of the music won’t let the boogaloo die.
 

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