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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January 22, 2018 | NPR · The Senate will vote at noon on a measure to restore government funding for three weeks. Lawmakers made progress on Sunday, but remain short of a final agreement to proceed on immigration measures.
 

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January 22, 2018 | NPR · Republicans and Democrats both claim the public is on their side in the shutdown struggle. But they are really only listening to their own section of the choir.
 

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January 21, 2018 | NPR · Bangladesh, which has taken in more than 650,000 refugees, hopes to start sending them back to Myanmar this week — but only if they agree to go.
 

Arts & Life

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January 21, 2018 | NPR · Pierce Brown’s rip-roaring Romans-in-space series Red Rising seemed to come to a triumphant end with last year’s Morning Star. But what was the cost of that triumph, and where will it lead?
 

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January 20, 2018 | NPR · Kamayan is the traditional Filipino way of eating — without utensils. But it’s also a generous shared meal of time-honored colorful foods that creates camaraderie. And it’s catching on in the U.S.
 

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January 20, 2018 | NPR · The Today show anchor answers three questions about the hit-making British band that was founded 20 years ago.
 

Music

January 21, 2018 | NPR · Ana Belaval’s reaction to meeting singer Ricky Martin went viral not only for her reaction but what Martin means to Puerto Ricans recovering from the hurricane. She talks with Lulu Garcia-Navarro.
 

January 21, 2018 | NPR · Calexico singer Joey Burns has spent 20 years in the American Southwest but grew up on SoCal beaches. He talks with Lulu Garcia-Navarro about his band’s ninth studio album, The Thread That Keeps Us.
 

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January 21, 2018 | NPR · In 1983, the Canadian Opera Company was the first to use simultaneous translations projected above the stage. Now it’s an expected part of the opera-going experience.
 

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