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

May 30, 2016 | NPR · The Memorial Day ritual serves to commemorate the sacrifices of U.S. service members who have fought and died in foreign wars.
 

NPR
May 30, 2016 | NPR · Charles Cavell spent decades fighting for VA compensation, even after he and others — who had been sworn to secrecy by the U.S. military — helped bring the testing program to light. He was 89.
 

AP
May 30, 2016 | NPR · Local and federal authorities worked together to rescue Alan Pulido, who plays for the Greek soccer club Olympiakos.
 

Arts & Life

May 30, 2016 | NPR · The remake of the seminal TV miniseries begins on the History channel Monday night. Co-producer LeVar Burton says he recognized an opportunity to retell the story “to and for a new generation.”
 

May 29, 2016 | NPR · Rolling the R’s tells the stories of restless teenagers in the disco era in a gritty neighborhood in Hawaii. Author R. Zamora Linmark discusses the book’s impact, 20 years after it first came out.
 

May 29, 2016 | NPR · Heather Shumaker and Stephanie Land are two parenting writers with different ideas about how class and conventional wisdom shape the modern view of parenting.
 

Music

Courtesy of the author
May 30, 2016 | WXPN · The writer’s new book, The Sun & The Moon & The Rolling Stones, stems from his experience touring with the band in the mid-’90s.
 

May 29, 2016 | NPR · Each year the Library of Congress adds certain sound recordings as national treasures. Curator of Recorded Sound Matthew Barton explains the cultural significance of this year’s selections.
 

Courtesy of the artist
May 29, 2016 | NPR · The British songwriter began her career in 1999 with an album that was a breakout success. Years later, she says she looks on that younger version of herself with the protectiveness of a big sister.
 

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