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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August 14, 2018 | NPR · Kobach led incumbent Gov. Jeff Colyer by 345 votes, with provisional ballots still being counted. Democrats hope his controversial positions on immigration and voter fraud will give them an opening.
 

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August 14, 2018 | NPR · President Wallace Loh admitted at a news conference on Tuesday that the school’s athletic training staff “misdiagnosed” Jordan McNair’s collapse and that their failures led to his death.
 

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August 14, 2018 | NPR · The lawsuit also says the parent companies “whitewashed” sexual harassment claims against an executive carrying out a plan to hide Tinder’s full value. The companies blast the suit as “sour grapes.”
 

Arts & Life

August 14, 2018 | NPR · Che Apalache is a band made up of one North American and three Argentinians. They play bluegrass and have been a big hit with Anglo audiences and Latinx listeners as they tour the rural U.S.
 

August 14, 2018 | FA · When Karen Piper was 6, her family moved to the Mojave Desert. In A Girl’s Guide To Missiles she describes how her parents designed weapons, but she didn’t understand how it all connected to war.
 

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August 14, 2018 | NPR · Journalist Vince Beiser’s no-nonsense writing makes light reading of a grim subject, the past and future of sand, but it paints a telling picture of how great a problem lies before us.
 

Music

August 14, 2018 | NPR · Che Apalache is a band made up of one North American and three Argentinians. They play bluegrass and have been a big hit with Anglo audiences and Latinx listeners as they tour the rural U.S.
 

August 14, 2018 | FA · Early in his career, clarinetist Andy Biskin worked as an assistant to the folklorist Alan Lomax. Biskin’s new album features new settings of songs drawn from Lomax’s The Folk Songs of North America.
 

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August 14, 2018 | NPR · Iron & Wine has been performing the song live since at least 2013, but has just given it its first proper release ahead of the band’s upcoming EP, Weed Garden.
 

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