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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October 17, 2017 | NPR · The Republican congressman from Pennsylvania is withdrawing days after reports that a bill he sponsored hindered the Drug Enforcement Administration in its fight against the U.S. opioid crisis.
 

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October 17, 2017 | NPR · Arab and Kurdish fighters in the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces began their offensive four months ago. Now ISIS fighters are reportedly bottled up in a stadium complex in the Syrian city.
 

October 17, 2017 | NPR · In interview with NPR’s Here & Now about his new documentary, Wasted! The Story of Food Waste, the chef drives home the enormity of the problem and the importance of changing our perspective.
 

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October 17, 2017 | NPR · Tom Hanks’ well-documented obsession with typewriters is on display in his new story collection, tales linked not just by typewriters but by a benign, humane view of people and their many foibles.
 

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October 17, 2017 | NPR · In November 2015, candidate Donald Trump drew protesters to NBC’s New York studio. Saturday Night Live alum Taran Killam says, “We could hear the protests during our table read.”
 

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October 17, 2017 | NPR · After a year in space, Kelly says, writing a book was harder than he thought — but still, he adds, “If I write a bad sentence people are only going to get angry with me. They’re not going to die.”
 

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October 17, 2017 | NPR · The Chicago-based guitarist digs into his English heritage for a traditional folk song featured on a new holiday music compilation from Bloodshot Records.
 

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October 16, 2017 | WXPN-FM · Hear songs from the band’s latest album, Destroyers Of The Soft Life, performed live.
 

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October 16, 2017 | NPR · One week after Eminem’s anti-Trump tirade, Chuck D’s supergroup releases visuals for the “Strength In Numbers” anthem, meant to boost support for the NFL’s #TakeAKnee protests.
 

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