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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October 28, 2016 | NPR · Nearly a year after Mikhail Lesin was found dead in a Washington, D.C., hotel, U.S. authorities say he died of blunt force injuries and that “acute ethanol intoxication” was a contributory cause.

October 28, 2016 | NPR · FBI Director James Comey told congressional leaders the agency came across further emails from Clinton’s private email server and is determining whether they contain classified information.

October 28, 2016 | NPR · The Commerce Department said the economy grew by 2.9 percent in the third quarter. But consumer spending slowed. A survey suggests the election drama is making many consumers feel less confident.

Arts & Life

October 28, 2016 | FA · Though he’s known for making quasi-horror films, director Park Chan-wook’s latest movie is a melodrama set in 1930s Korea. Critic David Edelstein says The Handmaiden is fun and full of twists.

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October 28, 2016 | NPR · Many bakers treat their sourdough starters like a family heirloom. Some starters date back decades, even centuries. Now researchers want to analyze your starters to unlock their flavor secrets.

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October 28, 2016 | NPR · Enjoy an all-new game with a phone contestant whose knowledge of popular TV characters is put to the test. Then, we hear terrible 80s TV plots, and are reminded Who’s The (TV) Boss.


October 28, 2016 | FA · Vee, who died Monday, had 38 hit singles including, “Take Good Care of My Baby.” During a 1999 Fresh Air interview, Vee explained how the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly got him started in music.

Mountain Stage
October 28, 2016 | NPR · Hear Wynonna Judd and her band play gutsy blues and sweet country-pop songs from their latest album, Wynonna & The Big Noise, live onstage.

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October 28, 2016 | NPR · The Bulgarian-born film composer and concert pianist performs original music in a 1995 session.

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