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

Courtesy of V & E Simonetti Historic Tuba Collection
August 30, 2016 | NPR · Vincent Simonetti started playing tuba in high school in the 1950s. It was love at first puff. Now he and his wife, Ethel, have filled a house in Durham, N.C., with tubas for the public to tour.
 

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August 30, 2016 | NPR · Surfers once deemed man-made waves weak and mushy compared to the best that break along the coast. Then engineers and an 11-time world champion surfer showed just how good an artificial wave can be.
 

August 30, 2016 | NPR · As police find themselves in encounters that are posted live — including video — they sometimes want to pull the social media plug. But activists say this threatens to censor an electronic witness.
 

Arts & Life

The Underground Museum
August 29, 2016 | NPR · When Noah Davis founded the museum, he wanted to bring world-class art to a neighborhood he likened to a food desert, meaning no grocery stores or museums. Davis died a year ago Monday.
 

August 29, 2016 | NPR · NPR’s Robert Siegel talks to Jordan Walker-Pearlman, the nephew of Gene Wilder, who died Monday at 83. Wilder is best known for his roles in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and The Producers.
 

New York Botanical Garden/LuEsther T. Mertz Library/Biodiversity Heritage Library
August 29, 2016 | KUOW · Those tangled brambles are everywhere in the city, the legacy of an eccentric named Luther Burbank whose breeding experiments with crops can still be found on many American dinner plates.
 

Music

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August 30, 2016 | NPR · Thompson comes from a long line of women who find humor in life’s messier situations, including distant relative Loretta Lynn.
 

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August 29, 2016 | WXPN · Hear two lyrically dense songs from the Australian singer-songwriter’s debut album, Don’t Let The Kids Win.
 

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August 29, 2016 | KCRW · This two-hour EDM mix from KCRW’s Jason Bentley features tracks by Bibio, Amtrac, Tensnake and more.
 

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