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

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September 3, 2015 | NPR · The filmmaker is 21. He had to direct and star in a movie — his first movie, in fact. He was really, really stressed. Would he make the deadline?
 

September 3, 2015 | NPR · Officials say the collision between two tow boats near Paducah, Kentucky, occurred last night. One of them is discharging oil into the river.
 

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September 3, 2015 | KQED · Outbreaks reported across the country this summer are not related; it doesn’t spread among people. Instead, it’s spread in warm water, like that in building cooling towers.
 

Arts & Life

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September 3, 2015 | NPR · The filmmaker is 21. He had to direct and star in a movie — his first movie, in fact. He was really, really stressed. Would he make the deadline?
 

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September 3, 2015 | FA · It has been called the new “um” or “like,” but linguist Geoff Nunberg says starting sentences with “so” isn’t a new trend. People have been doing it for years. We’re just noticing it more now.
 

September 3, 2015 | NPR · Fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer will get a kick out of Wayward, a graphic novel series that takes the magical-teens-battling-evil-monsters trope and transplants it to a lovingly-rendered Tokyo.
 

Music

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September 3, 2015 | NPR · Intricate animation from the film suits this song, which simultaneously uplifts, encourages, chastises and mourns.
 

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September 3, 2015 | NPR · Giving punk the glam it so desperately needs, the duo lights a stick of dynamite under a wistful song to shred away the sadness.
 

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September 3, 2015 | NPR · Guest DJ and Latitudes writer Anastasia Tsioulcas joins Alt.Latino for some globe-trotting recommendations.
 

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