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
February 23, 2019 | NPR · Indian authorities say at least 93 people have died and some 200 others are hospitalized after drinking tainted alcohol. About 100 people died from the same thing in a nearby state earlier this month.
 

St. Louis Public Radio
February 23, 2019 | KWMU-FM · United Methodists are among the last mainline Protestant denominations to address the issue, and some worry it could cause a major rift in the church.
 

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February 23, 2019 | NPR · The clashes between protesters and security forces came as Venezuelan opposition activists are hoping to bring humanitarian aid into the country against the orders of President Nicolás Maduro.
 

Arts & Life

February 23, 2019 | NPR · This weekend fishermen and fishing women gather in Astoria, Ore., to read poetry. Their work explores the modern problems of the fishing life, including climate change and women’s safety.
 

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February 23, 2019 | NPR · Growing up in an Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn, Mizrahi says he stood out like “a chubby, gay thumb.” He’s written about his unlikely path into the fashion industry in his new memoir, I.M.
 

Focus Features
February 23, 2019 | NPR · Chloë Grace Moretz has been in the movies since she was a kid — her latest, Greta, is a horror-thriller in which she plays an earnest young woman whose new friendship turns terrifyingly toxic.
 

Music

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February 23, 2019 | NPR · Born and raised in South Africa to Christian parents, Nakhane now makes electronic music about queerness, blackness and survival.
 

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February 23, 2019 | NPR · The Swedish composer is the link between Childish Gambino’s “This is America,” Grammys’ song and record of the year, and Black Panther, which could help him win an Oscar this weekend.
 

Warner Bros. Pictures
February 23, 2019 | NPR · It’s wrong to use the Academy Awards’ celebration of excellence as an excuse to nitpick others’ creative output. So let’s do this.
 

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