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

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March 23, 2017 | NPR · Research hasn’t yet confirmed the early hints that a mix of IV vitamins and steroids might stop the fatal organ failure of sepsis. But an effective treatment for sepsis would be a really big deal.
 

March 22, 2017 | NPR · The online database has embraced the rating intended to highlight directing, writing and other aspects of filmmaking by women. This expands the rating’s reach to the site’s more than 4 million titles.
 

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March 22, 2017 | NPR · Since August 2016, there have been nearly 3,000 cases of mumps diagnosed in Arkansas. A epidemiologist explains how her team used online data and mathematical modeling to understand the outbreak.
 

Arts & Life

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March 22, 2017 | NPR · The new Fox show Shots Fired follows two investigators looking into a police shooting where a black cop kills an unarmed white man. It’s one of a handful of new network shows that are about policing.
 

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March 22, 2017 | NPR · Dan Chaon’s latest novel suggests that even people who seem kind can lead you down dangerous paths, whether they realize it or not.
 

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March 22, 2017 | FA · Jean Hanff Korelitz’s new novel surveys student life at a New England college in turmoil. Critic Maureen Corrigan says The Devil and Webster is “wittily on target.”
 

Music

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March 23, 2017 | NPR · One of West Africa’s most charming bands is back — again. Stream Baobob’s reunion album before its release next week.
 

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March 23, 2017 | NPR · The Puerto Rican band injects Yoruban devotional songs with electronic production to form one of the more exciting releases of 2017.
 

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March 23, 2017 | NPR · The Nobel Award winner digs into the Great American Songbook for a third time. Stream a selection of songs from the three-disc set.
 

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