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 6, 2015 | NPR · The Federal Aviation Administration charges the company, SkyPan International, conducted 65 flights in the skies over Chicago and New York, some of the nations most restricted and congested airspace.

October 6, 2015 | NPR · Hint: The answer doesn’t revolve around buying more gadgets. Nor does it depend on you dragging yourself to the gym seven nights a week. This calls for a concerted attack — while moving.

October 6, 2015 | NPR · In the wake of the Oregon shootings, nothing is expected to pass Congress. And that’s easily explainable

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October 6, 2015 | NPR · Anthony Marra’s new short story collection is a hundred-year relay of Russian history, full of black, bone-dry humor and characters who are often (but not always) as awful as the worlds they live in.

October 6, 2015 | NPR · Anthony Marra’s new book, The Tsar of Love and Techno, is a collection of stories playing out over nearly a century of change in Russia. He tells NPR he wants the book to function like a mixtape.

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October 5, 2015 | NPR · The gender-bending musician and supermodel discusses how her past and her personality inform her new book, I’ll Never Write My Memoirs.


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October 6, 2015 | NPR · Laurie Anderson bears witness — videographic, sculptural, and musical — to Guantanamo’s ongoing legacy in Habeas Corpus.

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October 6, 2015 | NPR · Genre-defying country by Lee Ann Womack’s daughter — the existential testament of a heartbreaker, with an indelible tinge of sadness in her sass.

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October 6, 2015 | NPR · The Pretenders founder discusses her new memoir, Reckless: My Life as a Pretender. The book is about her life as a musician; “the rest of me,” she says, “isn’t really up for grabs.”

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