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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September 24, 2017 | NPR · North Korea’s foreign minister referred to Pyongyang’s “nuclear hammer of justice,” when he spoke at the U.N. Saturday, the same day the U.S. flew bombers near North Korean shores.
 

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September 24, 2017 | NPR · Two years ago in The New York Times’ food section, Syne Newberry commented on this recipe — and the bittersweet end to her marriage. The comment went on to become Internet legend.
 

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September 24, 2017 | NPR · Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman is in the special counsel’s crosshairs. Facebook and Twitter are under the interrogation lights. Here’s a look back at the past week in the Russia imbroglio.
 

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September 24, 2017 | NPR · Two years ago in The New York Times’ food section, Syne Newberry commented on this recipe — and the bittersweet end to her marriage. The comment went on to become Internet legend.
 

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September 24, 2017 | NPR · The retelling of the 1782 French novel has just as much betrayal and bed-hopping as the original, but in a new locale. Author Sophfronia Scott explains why Harlem — and how she writes good sex scenes.
 

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September 24, 2017 | NPR · Videogame writer Walt Williams describes his Red-Bull-and-Adderal-fueled advancement in a competitive and secretive industry. Critic Jason Sheehan says the book “plays out … like a videogame.”
 

Music

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September 24, 2017 | NPR · The pop star will release her sixth studio album later this month. She speaks to Lulu Garcia-Navarro about staying honest, confronting controversy and learning from her godmother, Dolly Parton.
 

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September 24, 2017 | NPR · Stream performances from a diverse group of songwriters as they celebrate fall with Mountain Stage, live at the Culture Center Theater.
 

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September 23, 2017 | NPR · The singer, inspired as a teen by James Brown, didn’t release his first album until 2011, at the age of 62. For the six years that followed, through a battle with cancer, he never wasted a moment.
 

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