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
May 5, 2016 | NPR · Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was seen by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as lukewarm toward his effort to transform the largely ceremonial office of president into Turkey’s chief executive.
 

AP
May 5, 2016 | NPR · Many residents who were evacuated from Fort McMurray Tuesday were ordered to move once again last night.
 

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May 5, 2016 | NPR · Hillary Clinton premiered an unsurprising line of attack against Donald Trump — digging up some choice words from his now-vanquished Republican rivals.
 

Arts & Life

Marvel
May 5, 2016 | NPR · Captain America: Civil War drops some of the politics of the comics on which it’s based, but it tells a different, equally current political story.
 

May 5, 2016 | NPR · Basma Abdel Aziz’s new novel is set in an unspecified Middle Eastern city, where an endless line snakes back from the mysterious Gate where citizens await pronouncements from a sinister government.
 

AP
May 5, 2016 | NPR · The Pulitzer Prize-winning author says his blue-collar grandfather would have been astonished by the life Russo leads. His new book, Everybody’s Fool, is a sequel to 1993’s Nobody’s Fool.
 

Music

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May 5, 2016 | NPR · Nothing’s new album follows a tumultuous period in the band members’ lives. Its 10 songs delve into anxiety and addiction, mental illness and mortality, while channeling anguish into catharsis.
 

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May 5, 2016 | NPR · On Rae’s third album, the singer-songwriter’s fleshed-out jams and delicate, jazz-informed ballads examine the subtle trajectories emotions can take.
 

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May 5, 2016 | NPR · The Brooklyn rapper-producer’s latest instrumental album is evenly weighted from front to back. There’s never an off moment — or even a precarious one.
 

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