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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April 21, 2018 | NPR · Guests gathered at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston to celebrate the life of the former first lady. She died Tuesday at age 92.
 

April 21, 2018 | NPR · Women in a secret group in a female mentorship organization operated as “slaves” with “masters,” say federal prosecutors. Actress Allison Mack is alleged to have played a big role in the operation.
 

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April 21, 2018 | NPR · Duke University has decided to stop honoring roommate requests made by incoming freshmen – returning the procedure largely to chance. Vice President for Student Affairs Larry Moneta tells NPR why.
 

Arts & Life

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April 21, 2018 | NPR · Falco gained fame and a boatload of awards playing Carmela on HBO’s The Sopranos. She followed that up by creating the iconic role of Nurse Jackie on Showtime. Her new movie is Outside In.
 

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April 21, 2018 | NPR · Allowing cinemas is part of a modernization drive by the Saudi government, which hopes to create more business opportunities and become a regional film hub. But it’s a tough place to be a filmmaker.
 

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April 21, 2018 | NPR · This collection of essays by novelist and scholar Joanna Russ was first published in 1983 — but it reads as if it might’ve come out last week. “Get angry; then get a reading list,” says our critic.
 

Music

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April 20, 2018 | NPR · Conductor Marin Alsop muses on the power of ballet and her memories of watching choreographer George Balanchine bring the music of Tchaikovsky to life with the New York City Ballet.
 

April 20, 2018 | NPR · Chicago jazz mainstay Willie Pickens died this past December at age 86. Revisit his performance with McPartland in this 1997 episode of Piano Jazz.
 

April 20, 2018 | NPR · Swedish musician and DJ Avicii has died at 28. NPR’s Ari Shaprio talks with KCRW’s Jason Bentley about his career.
 

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