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

AP
April 1, 2015 | NPR · The indictment against Sen. Robert Menendez alleges he took hundreds of thousands of dollars and extravagant gifts from a friend and donor in exchange for political favors.
 

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April 1, 2015 | NPR · The case of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz has focused attention on what Lufthansa, or any employer, can really know about an employee’s state of mind. Requiring a psychological evaluation has risks, too.
 

Gainesville Sun/Landov
April 1, 2015 | NPR · Some of the largest, most established walkathons and similar events that raise cash for charity aren’t doing as well as they used to. There’s more competition, fundraisers say, for money and time.
 

Arts & Life

Vineyard Gazette
April 1, 2015 | NPR · Poet and author Margaret Howe Freydburg died last week at 107; she wrote and published well past her 100th birthday. Her friend Nancy Slonim Aronie has an appreciation of a remarkable woman.
 

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April 1, 2015 | NPR · When Johanna Basford first told her publisher she wanted to draw books for adults — well, she says, “You can imagine how quiet they were.” Today, both of her books have become sell-out successes.
 

April 1, 2015 | NPR · Alex Gibney intersperses recently unearthed concert footage from 1971 with vintage and newly recorded interviews to make Sinatra: All or Nothing At All. It’s illuminating and by no means a puff piece.
 

Music

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April 1, 2015 | NPR · Fiona Ritchie selects some of the best new sounds from artists both rising and well-established.
 

April 1, 2015 | NPR · The mostly instrumental cuts draw on salsa, funk, soul and rock from vintage and new performers.
 

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April 1, 2015 | WXPN · The Canadian singer discusses his new album, which was produced by Broken Social Scene’s Kevin Drew.
 

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