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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October 21, 2019 | NPR · White House staff have told President Trump that he can’t choose two immigration hardliners for a top job because of federal vacancy laws, according to two people familiar with the conversations.
 

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October 21, 2019 | NPR · Past matches between archrivals Brondby and Copenhagen have resulted in mayhem and arrests. So the Brondby team has begun screening fans to make sure banned spectators aren’t allowed in the stadium.
 

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October 21, 2019 | NPR · Immigrant advocates are denouncing the proposal, arguing that collecting genetic information of border crossers could have implications for family members residing in the U.S.
 

Arts & Life

October 21, 2019 | NPR · The tiny independent film became a critical and box office hit by introducing mainstream audiences to a transgender hero. It fictionalized the true story of the brutal murder of Brandon Teena.
 

October 21, 2019 | FA · HBO’s new series has plenty of court intrigue, scandals and betrayals, but the script amounts to little more than a historical greatest hits, bouncing from well-known event to event.
 

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October 21, 2019 | FA · Onstage, Joplin oozed confidence, sexuality and exuberance, but biographer Holly George-Warren describes the singer as a bookworm who worked hard to create her “blues feelin’ mama” musical persona.
 

Music

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October 21, 2019 | WXPN-FM · Together with three of his former banjo students, Joe Trooper creates music that combines the Latin American influences of his adopted home with the bluegrass he grew up on.
 

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October 21, 2019 | FA · Onstage, Joplin oozed confidence, sexuality and exuberance, but biographer Holly George-Warren describes the singer as a bookworm who worked hard to create her “blues feelin’ mama” musical persona.
 

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October 21, 2019 | NPR · From a raunchy, R&B label debut by TeaMarrr to Vagabon’s atmospheric music, these immersive songs command you to stop, listen and let go.
 

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