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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July 5, 2015 | NPR · In the first five minutes, Carli Lloyd scored two swift goals. Lauren Holiday brought the score up to 3, and then Lloyd scored from midfield for a hat trick. The team led 4-0 after just 15 minutes.
 

July 5, 2015 | NPR · Greeks voted Sunday in a referendum that could decide whether the country stays in the eurozone. NPR’s Chris Arnold talks about the decisive vote against an austerity package from European leaders.
 

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July 5, 2015 | NPR · The secretary of state, who has been in talks in Vienna for the past several days, says an agreement could be done “quickly” if Tehran is prepared to compromise.
 

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July 5, 2015 | NPR · It’s an understatement to call the man busy. With a new book out, a movie due soon and another wrapping up on set, Apatow caught a breath and reflected on stumbling blocks, Freaks and Amy Schumer.
 

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July 5, 2015 | NPR · Initially, the CIA was suspicious of Soviet aviation expert Adolf Tolkachev. But he earned their trust — and provided blueprints, documents and plans that were crucial to the U.S.
 

July 5, 2015 | NPR · In each pair of clues, the answer to the first clue is a word that contains the consecutive letters A-R. Drop the A-R, and the remaining letters in order will form a word that answers the second clue.
 

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July 5, 2015 | NPR · At 25, Barthe was already writing songs for pop stars, but life outside the studio felt like a battlefield. She speaks with NPR’s Arun Rath about the hard road to her full-length debut.
 

July 5, 2015 | NPR · A new film by award-winning director Asif Kapadia explores the turbulent life of Amy Winehouse. NPR’s Lynn Neary speaks with the director about his film, which uses taped interviews and family videos to paint an intimate portrait of the late singer.
 

July 5, 2015 | NPR · On this week’s Wingin’ It, journalist and musician Sylvie Simmons talks to NPR’s Lynn Neary to share her favorite road trip song, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” by Queen.
 

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