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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March 2, 2015 | NPR · Nina Pham, 26, who contracted Ebola after caring for a patient, tells the Dallas Morning News that she will file a lawsuit Monday charging the hospital in Dallas lacked proper training and equipment.
 

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March 2, 2015 | NPR · People with household incomes of less than $25,000 a year say in a new poll that the lack of cash really hurts their health. Low-quality food and dangerous housing are two reasons why.
 

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March 2, 2015 | NPR · Health is not just about trips to the doctor, according to a poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. Housing, stress and abuse are factors.
 

Arts & Life

CBS
March 1, 2015 | NPR · CBS’ new cop show Battle Creek is based on a 12-year-old script by Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan. It’s among three new network shows that aim to reinvent old TV concepts.
 

Paramount Pictures
March 1, 2015 | NPR · The man behind the look of Selma and A Most Violent Year talks about depicting violence, participating in history and being a black cinematographer in Hollywood.
 

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March 1, 2015 | NPR · In his novel She Will Build Him a City, Raj Kamal Jha weaves the reality he sees as a journalist in New Delhi — where many gravitate looking for a better future — into a fictional, magical world.
 

Music

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March 1, 2015 | NPR · Binary thinkers beware: If you’re the type who’s uncomfortable with contradiction, or would rather deal in stereotypes than nuance, then rapper Heems and his new album are not for you.
 

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March 1, 2015 | NPR · Sosa’s songs are saturated with the beauty and power of West African music dedicated to Yoruba deities. And yet an unmistakable reverence for jazz pervades every note.
 

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March 1, 2015 | NPR · He wanted to be the behind-the-scenes guy, not the star. But backed by strings, choirs, horns and the house band of his own label, White made a second album that isn’t different — just better.
 

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