In 2007, 4-year-old Faith Marr was diagnosed with a rare bone cancer. Doctors were uncertain about her chances of survival. Faith and her father, Jerris, talk about how their bond grew stronger during hospital stays when he would “tattoo” her favorite things on her skin and scars.

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Paul and James Bizzaro spent their childhoods living in a house right behind the Statue of Liberty. Their family moved to Liberty Island 75 years ago, not long after their father became a guard at the statue. Lady Liberty was their playground. And their father kept her torch lit for 36 years.

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In 2004, Peter Obetz was in the middle of a divorce when he was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. He says the news was not only a wake-up call for him to change his life, but it also brought him closer to his friend Jeff Jarrett. He’s been cancer-free since 2009.

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Two mothers whose sons were killed during the first Gulf War talk about how they became friends after their sons’ death. The last 22 years would have been tough without the friendship, because, as one tells the other, “what’s in our hearts we share.”

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Ruben Aguilar, 85, was forcibly deported with his family from the U.S. to Mexico at six. While his parents were not American citizens, he was, and at 18, he was drafted by the U.S. Army. Aguilar is a man who “got hurt by his country, came back to this country and is going to die in his country.”

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Colorado Springs is not along the route for the 2013 USA Pro Challenge cycling race. The city has hosted stages the past two years, but as with the rest of Southern Colorado, is not among the 2013 planned stages.

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The devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy have been well-documented by now, more than two weeks after the storm first landed on American soil. But, as is usually the case in the weeks and months following a natural disaster of news-cycle-dominating proportions, the attendant stories of hope, tragedy, heroism, frustration, and downright absurdity are only just [...]

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In this special holiday episode of The Story Project, Mary Springer Froese, Nancy Wilsted, Linda Martin, Warren Espstein and Rich Tosches spin their holiday yarns.

You can experience the Story Project live at the Marmalade at Smokebrush every 2nd Friday at 7pm.

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The Big Something Holiday Spectacular 2010

Come away with us on a journey of holiday stories full of dirty old sandals; divorce and toaster ovens; forgotten panties and batteries; trick-or-treating on Christmas Eve; Cuba and much more! These are the stories called in to our answering machine by you, our listeners. Whatever [...]

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This Friday night at Marmalade at Smokebrush (219 W. Colorado Ave. Ste. 210. 7 p.m.) The Story Project will hear the voices of veterans in a show titled “Bridging The Gap, Veterans Share Their Stories on and Off the Battlefield.” Co-Produced by Sharon Friedman and Hannah Rockey of Concrete Couch, the event [...]

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Midnight Carnival

It wouldn’t be Halloween without a scary story. Here’s one by a group of local kids (including my son) about a frightful All Hallows Eve at an amusement park we recorded earlier this year. Enjoy!

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On Monday we featured a documentary in the works about Hanna Ranch and the family of the late environmentalist and rancher Kirk Hanna. This children’s book about the young Kirk Hanna by writer Nancy Wood and her then-husband Myron Wood was brought to our attention and we were fortunate enough to get permission [...]

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OK, we’re all still hungover from the holidays, but Valentines Day is just around the corner and we had so much fun with the stories you called in for our “Big Something Holiday Spectacular!” (you can listen to it again, HERE, if you missed it) that we decided to do another.

This [...]

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The Big Something Holiday Spectacular 2010

Tune in to KRCC today at 2:15 p.m. (or stream by clicking the play button above) and come away with us on a journey of holiday stories full of dirty old sandals; divorce and toaster ovens; forgotten panties and batteries; trick-or-treating on Christmas Eve; Cuba and [...]

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(“Community Christmas Tree” ca. 1927, photographer unknown. Courtesy of Special Collections, Pikes Peak Library District. Image Number: 102-5399.)

Christmas Memories with Noel and Craig

Now that we’re irrevocably in the grip of the holiday season, we thought it might be nice for The Big Something Family to gather ’round the flickering [...]

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Columnist, former City Councilman and Colorado Springs native son John Hazlehurst is a vast trove of local history and one of the city’s most colorful raconteurs. Craig Richardson and Noel Black sat down with him to record some of his more vivid memories of his political life as a member of City Council and protege of then-Mayor Bob Isaac from 1991 to 1997. Among the highlights of these anecdotes: a possible lost opportunity to have averted TABOR, how Mary Lou Makepeace stole his thunder, and sage words from the liquored-up lips of Mayor Bob.

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We hope you’ve been enjoying the installments of our burgeoning Big Something Radio Progamme as much as we have. What we like most is seeing how the seed of a single story about a date with Lorne Greene led to a coming-of-age date with a Darth Vader, which was [...]

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A Date With Darth Vader

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A Date With Darth Vader

Welcome to the second installment in The Big Something Radio Programme. First, allow us to explain what’s going on:

We started off last month by producing one story—Noel’s mother’s date with Lorne Greene, which you can listen to HERE. From there we invited those who heard [...]

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This story about a date with Lorne Greene that my mother told me a few weeks ago embodies what we hope to do with the nascent Big Something Radio Program: It starts with something simple like a rice diet and then leads to a providential encounter with a B-plus-list television actor and [...]

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TBS Radio Program Teaser: Lorne Greene

For some time now, we’ve been wanting to do more storyhunting and storytelling as part of The Big Something. After thinking about it for a while, we decided we could start gathering up stories, share them here as we gather them, and then put together a [...]

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