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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November 28, 2014 | NPR · The actor, writer and director was a staple of Mexican television comedies and children’s programs for decades.
 

November 28, 2014 | NPR · This week, a Missouri grand jury decided not to indict Darren Wilson, the officer who killed Michael Brown. Writer Syreeta McFadden turns to Audre Lorde’s poetry to make sense of this decision.
 

AMC
November 28, 2014 | NPR · AMC’s hit zombie drama The Walking Dead airs its midseason finale Sunday. It’s now one of TV’s most diverse shows, but critic Eric Deggans says it hasn’t always served non-white characters well.
 

Arts & Life

NPR
November 28, 2014 | NPR · You don’t need to have liquid nitrogen at your next cocktail party — but it’s certainly a sure-fire way to impress your guests. Expert mixologist Dave Arnold walks you through it.
 

November 28, 2014 | NPR · This week, a Missouri grand jury decided not to indict Darren Wilson, the officer who killed Michael Brown. Writer Syreeta McFadden turns to Audre Lorde’s poetry to make sense of this decision.
 

AMC
November 28, 2014 | NPR · AMC’s hit zombie drama The Walking Dead airs its midseason finale Sunday. It’s now one of TV’s most diverse shows, but critic Eric Deggans says it hasn’t always served non-white characters well.
 

Music

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November 28, 2014 | NPR · Our last monthly roundup of the year includes new music from Theo Parrish, Kim Ann Foxman, Romare, Helena Hauff, Afrikan Sciences, and Frank & Tony.
 

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November 28, 2014 | NPR · The Atlanta rapper — and one half of rap group Run The Jewels — wants his songs to confront heavy everyday issues with empathy: “I think our regular lives are amazing, beautiful things.”
 

November 28, 2014 | NPR · Bob Gaudio wrote most of The Four Seasons’ hits, some of which are compiled in a new anthology. He tells Fresh Air about the band’s history, including why its songs had some “anger” in them.
 

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