In this, the final installment of our 3-part journey through the outer edges of the KRCC listening area, we meet the owner of drive-in movie theater hotel and learn the value of a well-run ditch. (You can watch Part I HERE , and Part II is HERE).

Continue Reading

SoCO Odyssey, Part II

On August 10, 2011 By

In Part II of our end-of-summer road trip finale we travel through the San Luis Valley in search of people for whom the past is the future. (If you missed Part I yesterday, it’s HERE.

Continue Reading

Uniquely Colorado

On August 8, 2011 By

In our latest installment of Western Skies, we set out across Colorado to explore our backyard with the hope of discovering that which defines the unique identity of our state. If you missed yesterday’s broadcast of Western Skies, or if you haven’t had a chance to view the slide shows that accompany the [...]

Continue Reading

In this installment of our ongoing series of features on roadside attractions in Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico we stop off at the lovely Valley View Hot Springs in the San Luis Valley. True to its name, the series of mostly warm pools (with the exception of the small round hot tub [...]

Continue Reading

Some regional members of Congress are looking to avoid public panic as the country is now just a week away from defaulting on its debt for the first time ever…and, A planned dinosaur museum near the Royal Gorge in Canon City has been put on hold.

Continue Reading

Though roadside memorials are illegal in Colorado, they’re a common site in New Mexico where it is illegal to descrate them. The shrines usually mark the scene of accident where a loved one died. The tradition dates back to funerary processions brought to the southwest by the Spaniards in the 17th Century when crosses [...]

Continue Reading

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 [...]

Continue Reading

On our recent road trip to Southern Colorado and New Mexico, we stopped in at the always-lovely Taos Pueblo. While the Pueblo’s architecture itself is the more obvious star, we found ourselves taken with the beautiful Hornos, or outdoor adobe ovens. Aside from the fact that they’re fantastically simple and efficient ways of cooking, [...]

Continue Reading

It’s hard to overstate how much I love the International Museum of Folk Art in Santa Fe. The permanent collection is arranged to feel like a giant, non-stop international festival of cultures and spirits, and it’s hard not to imagine how amazing Night at the Museum 3 might be if set there. Few [...]

Continue Reading

Like any great work of art or architecture, Bishop Castle is a pleasure to visit on many (any) levels. Jim Bishop, its architect and namesake, and his caricaturistic anti-heroism has enough negative capability for all the Romantics put together, and his screeds are usually part of the sauce. But on a recent visit, [...]

Continue Reading

This month we’re going to spend the hour looking back at some of the topics we covered since kicking off the revival of Western Skies in June. There was a lot of overlap, stories that could have appeared in multiple episodes, and themes that kept popping up from topic to topic. Here are some [...]

Continue Reading

Many people from all over visit Rocky Mountain National Park every year, but perhaps the busiest time for the Northern Colorado area is in the late summer to fall months. People gather in large numbers to witness what’s known as the elk rut. KRCC’s Susan Glairon stopped by the park at the end of the [...]

Continue Reading

Western Skies returns to the KRCC airwaves as a new one-hour monthly program that focuses on one specific topic. This month, we’re looking at the issue of tourism. We have a round-table that discusses the past, present, and future of tourism in the Pikes Peak region. We also revisit rafting issues that cropped up [...]

Continue Reading

Western Skies returns to the KRCC airwaves as a new one-hour monthly program that focuses on one specific topic. This month, we’re looking at the issue of tourism. We have a round-table that discusses the past, present, and future of tourism in the Pikes Peak region. We also revisit rafting issues that cropped [...]

Continue Reading

Craig Richardson produced this video version of our Western Skies radio story about the “world famous” Pikes Peak donuts.

Continue Reading

.
(“Grace Greenwood”, ca. 1860. Photographer unknown. Courtesy of Special Collections, Pikes Peak Library District. Image Number: 001-8837. Portrait of journalist Grace Greenwood (1823-1904). As a correspondent for the New York Times, Ms. Greenwood climbed Pikes Peak to the Army Corps’ Signal Station on November 22, 1873.)

Local arts maven Kathleen Collins reads [...]

Continue Reading

Possibly the most photographed spot in the entire Garden of the Gods, Balanced Rock’s place as a backdrop in tourist photographs for more than a hundred years gives it a status worthy of “the most photographed barn in America” from Don DeLillo’s satirical novel White Noise: “No one sees the barn. Once you’ve seen the [...]

Continue Reading

Lawmakers at the capitol are arguing over a bill that may affect many of them, or their parents. The senate cleared a measure yesterday to allow seniors to buy a lifetime state parks pass. It passed despite objections from some lawmakers who say it’s unfair for seniors to get a special break when no-one else [...]

Continue Reading

Regional airports are set to receive funding from the state to help facilitate maintenance and construction projects…and, a new Four Corners monument is under construction at the site where Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah meet.

Continue Reading

Democratic Congressman John Salazar says the Obama Administration needs to take it easy on Colorado energy producers as it pushes for more green power…and, a new committee in LaJunta hopes to draw more visitors to the area.

Continue Reading

News

AP
January 30, 2015 | NPR · In an exclusive interview with NPR, Foreign Minister Hector Timerman says he met Iranian officials as part of the effort to find out who was behind the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish center.
 

Getty Images
January 30, 2015 | NPR · Shares of the burger chain shot up Friday, its first trading day. Shake Shack and other fast-casual joints are taking a bite out of McDonald’s, which can’t recast itself to fit the current trend.
 

Leif Parsons for NPR; Source: whologwhy/Flickr
January 30, 2015 | NPR · The competition over what Americans consume during the Super Bowl has gotten vicious. The nation’s top merchants of virtuous and not-so-virtuous munching both want control of the line of scrimmage.
 

Arts & Life

January 30, 2015 | NPR · Melissa Block talks to Rob Dunn about his new book, The Man Who Touched His Own Heart, a history of science and medicine’s efforts to understand the working of the human heart.
 

Courtesy of O&M Co.
January 30, 2015 | NPR · The off-Broadway play Every Brilliant Thing tackles its dark subject through audience participation and comedy. Both critics and audience members have described it as incredibly moving.
 

Courtesy of Cohen Media Group
January 30, 2015 | NPR · The movie, one of five Academy Award nominees for best foreign language film this year, is about radical Islamists occupying the city in Mali. Remarkably, it’s often on the verge of being a comedy.
 

Music

January 30, 2015 | NPR · Named after the mosquito-borne disease, LA’s band Dengue Fever combines psychedelic rock with Cambodian pop. For over a decade, the six member band have managed to stay relevant by sticking to this offbeat idea and introducing new sounds.
 

Mountain Stage
January 30, 2015 | NPR · One of Canada’s most respected roots-music singer-songwriters performs live in West Virginia.
 

January 30, 2015 | NPR · This week, our recurring puzzler for careful listeners features a selection of fills handpicked by All Songs Considered co-host Robin Hilton. Hear the fill and match it to the song.
 

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac

Radiolab