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

April 22, 2019 | NPR · The agency argued its religious freedoms were violated when Philadelphia ended a foster care contract. A federal appeals court disagreed.
 

Reuters
April 22, 2019 | NPR · Larry Hopkins has a felony record dating back 23 years. Federal officials are not saying why he’s charged now with offenses committed in 2017.
 

AP
April 22, 2019 | NPR · The Galaxy Fold was due to go on sale this Friday, but reviewers discovered bulges, flickering and other problems with its 7.3-inch screen. Samsung says it plans to run further tests.
 

Arts & Life

HBO
April 22, 2019 | NPR · On the eve of the biggest battle yet, the series pauses for an episode that delivers old-school Game of Thrones thrills: characters talking in rooms — including a milestone Jaime/Brienne moment.
 

Hulu
April 21, 2019 | NPR · A new TV series from the comedian Ramy Youssef — based on his own experience growing up as an Egyptian American in New Jersey — is trying out some different first-generation narratives.
 

Drawn & Quarterly
April 21, 2019 | NPR · Cartoonist Peter Bagge takes on the life of another independent woman in Credo, his biography of pioneering libertarian Rose Wilder Lane (also known for being the daughter of Laura Ingalls Wilder).
 

Music

Courtesy of Hadestown, The Musical
April 22, 2019 | NPR · The singer-songwriter turned her 2010 concept album into a folk-opera stage production and earlier this month, the show made its Broadway debut.
 

Courtesy of the artist
April 22, 2019 | KCRW-FM · Kölsch is a selector on the decks and in the studio, guaranteed to turn your nights upside down.
 

WXPN
April 22, 2019 | WXPN-FM · When singer-songwriter Mikaela Straus says, “I’ve never been subtle. I don’t think now is the time,” she means it.
 

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