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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May 29, 2015 | NPR · Ulbricht had faced at least 20 years in prison, but federal prosecutors had sought a “substantially” longer sentence for the creator of the shadowy online marketplace.
 

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May 29, 2015 | TSPR · Implanting cows with the embryos of genetically superior heifers is big business these days. It’s helping elite cattle breeders and beef and dairy producers spread U.S. cow genetics around the globe.
 

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May 29, 2015 | NPR · His announcement is quintessentially Baltimore with a venue well-known to area residents and the addition of a well-known local group, the Kelly Bell Band, booked as entertainment.
 

Arts & Life

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May 29, 2015 | NPR · The film slightly fictionalizes the experience of Arielle Holmes, a young homeless addict who filmmakers Josh and Benny Safdie first encountered in Manhattan’s Diamond District.
 

May 29, 2015 | NPR · As viewers turn to streaming sites to watch old TV shows, studios are issuing new DVD box sets of classic shows to a shrinking market. Critic Dave Bianculli suggests a few sets that are worth buying.
 

Disney
May 29, 2015 | NPR · On this week’s show, we tackle Tomorrowland and consider pop culture looks at both the future and the past. And as always, we chat about what’s making us happy this week.
 

Music

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May 29, 2015 | WXPN · Hear music from El Malito & the 33rd Century, El Caribefunk and Pupi Legarreta, Latin artists with Philadelphia connections.
 

May 29, 2015 | NPR · The Welsh band’s name is a play on that of singer-songwriter Joanna Newsom. Ken Tucker likens the group’s second album to a high-wire act accompanied by “furiously strummed punk-rock guitar chords.”
 

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May 29, 2015 | NPR · A young man with an old musical soul has a spellbinding voice, fluid fiddle playing and and warm-toned banjo picking.
 

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