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

Publicis North America
August 25, 2019 | NPR · The Instrument of Hope, a trumpet made partly of bullets and inspired by the survivors of the 2018 Parkland, Fla., mass shooting, is touring the country to promote healing.
 

AP
August 25, 2019 | NPR · In 2014, Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement was beset by divisions. Now various protest factions are working together. “If either one gets hurt, we feel the other’s pain,” says a moderate lawmaker.
 

Wyoming Public Radio
August 25, 2019 | WPRN · The Cody Firearms Museum in northwest Wyoming just got a makeover. It’s moved away from being a monument to guns and toward being an educational space.
 

Arts & Life

Publicis North America
August 25, 2019 | NPR · The Instrument of Hope, a trumpet made partly of bullets and inspired by the survivors of the 2018 Parkland, Fla., mass shooting, is touring the country to promote healing.
 

Shudder
August 25, 2019 | NPR · Director Issa López blends magical realism and horror with the current events of her native country in the story of young Estrella, who meets a street gang of fellow orphan children.
 

Kokila
August 25, 2019 | NPR · Author Isabel Quintero and illustrator Zeke Peña worked together on My Papi Has a Motorcycle, a homage to Quintero’s childhood in California’s Inland Empire, and to her hard-working father.
 

Music

Publicis North America
August 25, 2019 | NPR · The Instrument of Hope, a trumpet made partly of bullets and inspired by the survivors of the 2018 Parkland, Fla., mass shooting, is touring the country to promote healing.
 

August 24, 2019 | NPR · Listener Sue Cochrane shares her signature song, “Jesus Dropped the Charges,” and explains how it helped get her to sobriety, influenced her work life and helped her deal with illness.
 

August 24, 2019 | NPR · Folk musician Joan Shelley talks with Scott Simon about her album Like the River Loves the Sea, a love letter to her home state of Kentucky.
 

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