A listeria outbreak in cantaloupes last fall that was traced to a southeastern Colorado farm killed thirty people and sickened dozens more in 28 states. The economic fallout from the tragedy has also been far reaching; consumer demand for melons dropped in half. Now with the spring planting season underway, farmers are looking to [...]

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A bill to eliminate state background checks for firearm purchases cleared the Colorado house today.

Colorado Senator Mark Udall is backing an effort to postpone the closure of rural post offices for at least two years.

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A new study highlights a lack of access to mental health care in many parts of Colorado…and, Colorado has applied to the Federal Aviation Administration for a federal spaceport designation.

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Who could resist the intrigue of a novel about a young idealistic lefty learning the messy lessons of life during the 1960s against the backdrop of the civil rights movement and the San Luis Valley, especially when the book is illustrated by none other than Colorado Springs’ own ultra-conservative political cartoonist [...]

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If you’ve never been to the county fair, you’re missing out on a living tradition rich in the history and knowledge to which all of us are still tied in some form by the food we eat and the agrarian traditions that make all of our lives possible. Of course it’s far more [...]

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One of the most beautiful towns in Southern Colorado is undoutedly San Luis. Though it’s situated at 8,000 feet in high desert, the acequias (traditional water canals, which we’ll feature in our August episode of Western Skies) keep it a lush green in summer, which provides stark contrast to the arid hills above. Those [...]

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The Hanna Ranch south of Colorado Springs along Fountain Creek has been an important crossroads for the environmental movement and traditional ranching culture. Kirk Hanna, who grew up on the ranch and also went to college, was one of the first ranchers in Colorado to see the overlap between ranching and sustainability as [...]

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If you’ve never been to the county fair, you’re missing out on a living tradition rich in the history and knowledge to which all of us are still tied in some form by the food we eat and the agrarian traditions that make all of our lives possible. Of course it’s far more than just a celebration of the animal husbandry and the skills of country living; the county fair is rides and funnel cakes and shows and … fun!

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January 25, 2015 | NPR · Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the Obamas at the airport in New Delhi, starting off a three-day trip. The leaders are expected to discuss trade, climate change and global terrorism.
 

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January 24, 2015 | NPR · There is a common belief that requiring the use of “politically correct” language in the workplace stifles creativity. Researchers decided to see if that notion held up to scrutiny.
 

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January 24, 2015 | NPR · Writer Greg O’Brien was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease five years ago. He describes what it was like to hear the news — and break it to his family.
 

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January 25, 2015 | NPR · J. Ivy says his father grew up in pain and passed that pain on to the next generation. In his new book, he says that forgiveness is an ongoing act — and you must constantly remember to forgive again.
 

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January 24, 2015 | KPLU · Loud noises, bright lights and crowded spaces can be painful for children with autism. That often means missing out on museums. Some, like Seattle’s Pacific Science Center, are addressing the problem.
 

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January 24, 2015 | NPR · Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee sees America as divided into “Bubble-ville” and “Bubba-ville,” a cultural split he describes in his new book, Gods, Guns, Grits, and Gravy.
 

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January 24, 2015 | NPR · Clinton, the founding father of funk, is the creator of the bands Parliament and Funkadelic. We’ll ask him three questions about another kind of parliament — namely, the British Parliament.
 

January 24, 2015 | NPR · It’s timed for the release of his 36th studio album, and shepherded by an editor who used to run Rolling Stone.
 

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January 24, 2015 | NPR · “I’m more of a communicator than a technician,” says the self-taught, hugely successful UK jazz-pop artist. Hear him perform live in NPR’s studios.
 

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