Reporter Julia Kumari Drapkin has spent the past year documenting stories of climate change in Colorado as part of iSeeChange, a project based at sister station KVNF in Paonia. This week’s This American Life features one of her stories.

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As awareness about the critical role bees play in agriculture grows, so has interest in backyard bee keeping. For KVNF in Paonia and the iSeeChange project, Julia Kumari Drapkin looks into questions that North Fork Valley beekeepers have about bee swarms this year.

KVNF and KRCC are both Rocky Mountain Community Radio [...]

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The National Interagency Fire Center recently reported that unusually high temperatures and dry conditions, combined with light winter snowpack, are heightening the risk for extreme wildfires in Western Colorado, particularly as temperatures increase through June. Traditionally, mid-May marks the start of wildfire season on the Western Slope, but this year there was an earlier [...]

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Springtime seemed to arrive quickly this year. A new project from Rocky Mountain Community Radio member station KVNF called iSeeChange takes a look at the phenomenon. Julia Kumari Drapkin spoke with both citizens and scientists about the early spring, and has this story.

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May 5, 2015 | NPR · The two plaintiffs are suing under laws meant to protect consumers. Pacquiao lost the highest-grossing boxing match in history to Floyd Mayweather Jr. It was later revealed he had a shoulder injury.
 

May 5, 2015 | NPR · In 2012, Daniel Chong spent more than four days in a cell without food and water because agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration forgot about him. The agents were suspended for up to seven days.
 

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May 5, 2015 | NPR · Yak butter tea is often referred to as the national drink of Tibet. It’s been consumed in the Himalayas for centuries and helped inspire the Bulletproof Coffee craze in the U.S.
 

Arts & Life

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May 5, 2015 | NPR · Thomas Edison built and sold about 500 dolls back in 1890. Now, new technology has made hearing their supercreepy voices possible for the first time in decades. (Thanks, technology.)
 

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May 5, 2015 | NPR · Journalist Asne Seierstad’s book chronicles the 2011 shooting massacre in her country. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls the work “engrossing, important and undeniably difficult to read.”
 

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May 5, 2015 | NPR · Journalist Barry Estabrook wanted to know more about the animal and its journey from the farm to his plate. In a new book, he explores the dichotomies of the industry that’s raising our pork chops.
 

Music

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May 5, 2015 | WXPN · Hear how the band came to record its third album, Eclipse, in L.A.’s Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
 

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May 5, 2015 | NPR · Hear a live set from the traditional Irish band, which has been making music together for decades.
 

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May 5, 2015 | NPR · In “El Gigante,” the Uruguayan band blends many sounds — including the Americana to its north.
 

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