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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January 29, 2020 | NPR · Much of Mexico’s official language regarding migration remains euphemistic, critics say, even as migration policies have grown harsher. More than 2,000 Central Americans have been deported this month.
 

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January 29, 2020 | WABE-FM · The move by the GOP congressman, which sets up a challenge to a sitting Republican senator, Kelly Loeffler, was blasted by the National Republican Senatorial Committee as selfish.
 

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January 29, 2020 | NPR · Can a mask really keep you from catching the virus? To answer that, it helps to clarify which kinds of masks we’re talking about.
 

Arts & Life

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January 29, 2020 | FA · Law professor Richard Hasen is sounding the alarm about Russian hacks, voter suppression and other threats to the 2020 election. “There’s lots of ways that things could go south,” he says.
 

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January 29, 2020 | NPR · There are more than 70 shorts showing at The Sundance Film Festival this year. “It’s a stamp of approval, but it’s also this incredible community you get welcomed into,” says director Bridget Moloney.
 

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January 29, 2020 | NPR · In her new memoir, Straight tells the story of the women in her family—her Swiss-German blood relatives and her African American, Indigenous and Creole in-laws who crossed the U.S. to settle in Calif.
 

Music

January 29, 2020 | FA · The Canadian singer-songwriter wrote, produced and performed all 11 songs on his new album, presenting himself as a lonely first-person narrator pining over an ex-girlfriend.
 

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January 29, 2020 | NPR · Hear the decades-old songs of Scotland’s National Bard, enlivened by the fresh voices of today’s singers.
 

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January 29, 2020 | WXPN-FM · The Canadian songwriter explains what it’s like being a musician with synesthesia, meaning he can see sounds.
 

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