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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December 11, 2018 | NPR · While much of the farm bill draft mirrors current law, there is a major change coming for farmers: industrial hemp will be legalized. Forestry and food stamps became sticking points.
 

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December 11, 2018 | NPR · Users’ name, date of birth, email address, work history, and other information were exposed for nearly a week in November, Google says.
 

December 11, 2018 | NPR · Get away from holiday stress and crummy weather with our romance picks for December. We’ve got great contemporary stories and a charming inversion of that classic Regency trope, the forced engagement.
 

Arts & Life

December 11, 2018 | NPR · Get away from holiday stress and crummy weather with our romance picks for December. We’ve got great contemporary stories and a charming inversion of that classic Regency trope, the forced engagement.
 

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December 10, 2018 | FA · Fresh Air‘s book critic recommends her 10 favorite books of the year, including The Great Believers, Rebecca Makkai’s sweeping story about the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s.
 

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December 10, 2018 | FA · Autonomous vehicles could be the “most disruptive technology to hit society worldwide since the advent of the motor car,” says former New York City traffic commissioner Sam Schwartz.
 

Music

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December 10, 2018 | WXPN-FM · With a strong voice and dizzying array of guitar licks at his disposal, Doyle Bramhall II is a musicians’ musician.
 

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December 10, 2018 | NPR · It’s been another watershed year for Latin music. Alt.Latino’s Felix Contreras, Stefanie Fernández, Catalina María Johnson and Marisa Arbona-Ruiz round up the year’s best.
 

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December 10, 2018 | NPR · Jazz 966 is a senior center by day, but, on Friday nights, it transforms into a swinging jazz club catering to seniors who love to hear live music.
 

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