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

U.S. Navy
April 24, 2017 | NPR · North Korea is threatening to sink a U.S. Navy strike group that’s led by the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier. The regime has also reportedly detained a U.S. citizen.
 

AP
April 24, 2017 | NPR · For the Murdochs, who control Fox News as part of a larger media empire, getting rid of Bill O’Reilly is a move to regain full control of the European broadcasting giant Sky in a $14.6 billion deal.
 

Getty Images
April 24, 2017 | NPR · Congress must act by Friday to avoid a partial government shutdown on Donald Trump’s 100th day in office. That could be complicated as the White House pushes a border wall, health care and taxes.
 

Arts & Life

April 23, 2017 | NPR · This weeks #NPRpoetry Twitter submissions celebrate Mother Earth.
 

April 23, 2017 | NPR · Washington Post reporter Amy Goldstein talks about her book Janesville: An American Story, that’s about a factory town in Wisconsin that lost its lifeblood when its factory shut down.
 

April 23, 2017 | NPR · A slew of new documentaries look back on the Los Angeles riots, 25 years after the city erupted in protest. But why are so many being made and why now?
 

Music

NPR
April 24, 2017 | NPR · I have a self-imposed rule for Tiny Desk Concerts: No artist can visit twice unless there’s something wholly different about what they’re doing. alt-J was happy to oblige.
 

Courtesy of the artist
April 24, 2017 | WXPN · In a session with World Cafe‘s David Dye, the California trio’s members discuss the themes of empowerment in their music and perform songs from The World We Built.
 

WXPN
April 24, 2017 | WXPN · The Canadian singer-songwriter’s latest album chronicles the awkward moments and juicy encounters that can happen at a small-town house party. Hear the interview and a magical live performance.
 

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