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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November 18, 2017 | NPR · Malcolm Young, who founded one of the world’s most enduringly popular hard-rock bands with his brother Angus, died Saturday. He had left the group in 2010 due to dementia.
 

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November 18, 2017 | KUNC-FM · The recent drought in the West forced people to take a hard look at how they use water. In Colorado, some farmers tried an experiment: make their water more expensive without hurting business.
 

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November 18, 2017 | NPR · The Tunisian-born designer was known for his body-hugging designs that were sculpted to celebrate the female form. In the 1980s, stars such as Madonna and Naomi Campbell popularized his fashions.
 

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November 18, 2017 | NPR · Frances Glessner Lee is known to many as the “mother of forensic science” for her work training policemen in crime scene investigation in the 1940s and 50s using uncanny dollhouse crime scenes.
 

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November 18, 2017 | NPR · NPR’s Michel Martin spoke with Biden this week about his new memoir, his family and the Anita Hill case.
 

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November 18, 2017 | NPR · The Tunisian-born designer was known for his body-hugging designs that were sculpted to celebrate the female form. In the 1980s, stars such as Madonna and Naomi Campbell popularized his fashions.
 

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November 18, 2017 | NPR · Malcolm Young, who founded one of the world’s most enduringly popular hard-rock bands with his brother Angus, died Saturday. He had left the group in 2010 due to dementia.
 

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November 18, 2017 | NPR · One of the most distinctive singers and songwriters in jazz, Salvant brings a modern perspective to old songs on her latest record, Dreams and Daggers.
 

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November 18, 2017 | NPR · Alt.Latino makes the trek to Las Vegas to cover the Latin Grammys! Join us for a visit to the Red Carpet!
 

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