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

Xinhua/Landov
July 26, 2014 | NPR · The State Department says personnel are being moved to an alternate location amid an escalation of fighting among rival militant factions in the capital, Tripoli.
 

Tracey Williams/Lego Lost At Sea
July 26, 2014 | NPR · Nearly two decades ago, a massive wave struck a container ship and dumped nearly 5 million Legos pieces into the ocean. Today, they are still washing up on shores in England.
 

iStockphoto
July 26, 2014 | NPR · Two large radio telescopes have detected very brief, powerful bursts of radio waves, and so far, scientists have no idea what’s causing them.
 

Arts & Life

July 26, 2014 | NPR · In Shadows in the Vineyard Maximillian Potter tells the true story of the legendary Romanée-Conti vineyard — and how it was held up for a 1 million euro ransom.
 

Flickr
July 26, 2014 | NPR · At the Library of Congress’ Mostly Lost workshop, viewers are encouraged to yell out possible settings, actor names and even car models — anything that might put a name to an unidentified film.
 

Petra Mayer
July 26, 2014 | NPR · The cosplay community has descended on the annual Comic-Con in San Diego. They’re the dedicated folks who create lovingly accurate costume reproductions of their favorite fictional characters.
 

Music

Metropolitan Opera
July 26, 2014 | NPR · With labor negotiations growing more strained, a lockout seems likely next week at the Metropolitan Opera. Management says payroll must be trimmed while unions want to curb production costs.
 

NPR
July 26, 2014 | NPR · This atmospheric Norwegian band draws the listener in with mysterious lyrics and a yearning sound. Also: See a flugabone!
 

Adam Kissick for NPR
July 26, 2014 | NPR · The California trio plays acoustic string-band music with boozy aggression and unhinged intensity. The Devil Makes Three performed at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on Friday, July 25.
 

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