As the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, last month, in many ways, the gay rights movement seems to be pushing forward faster than many had anticipated. Some are already turning toward other complex issues, like gender. This month’s Western Skies brings a variety of community perspectives on an […]

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Colorado is no stranger to the military. From active bases to a large veteran population, many residents of the state have some kind of association with the armed services. This month for Western Skies, we’re exploring some of those relationships.

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With temperatures in the 50s and 60s for much of the listening area, we’re bringing you an encore presentation of our “Parks & Open Space” episode. You can visit the entire episode by clicking here. Note: The Incline is, of course, legal now, but the challenge of hiking the trail remains!

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In Huerfano County, the possibility of a fracking boom has been on the minds of residents for a while now. While some have welcomed the oil and gas industry with open arms, others are worried about what this might mean for their communities. For this month’s episode of Western Skies, we told […]

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One of the biggest topics right now across the state is oil and gas development, specifically, hydraulic fracturing. Communities, industry, and the state are all working to ensure their interests are protected. But it’s a complicated issue, and often contentious. This month for Western Skies, we’re holding a magnifying glass up to fracking, the rules, regulations, and community concerns. (This month’s image by artist and rig-worker, Streeter Wright.)

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Share with us the topics you want us to explore this year! What locations do you want us to visit? Who do you want us to talk to? Please do let us know.

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We covered a lot of ground this past year with Western Skies, and this month we’re spending some time revisiting those stories and conversations.

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At long last, election day is upon us! If you’re reading this Big Something right now, it means that you’ve successfully weathered the torrent of ads, emails, phone calls, viral YouTube videos, and spirited Facebook posts that have come to define American Democracy in the twenty-first century. Congratulations! There’s only one thing left to do… […]

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It was Thomas Edison who said, “Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.” Edison, of course, is one of the great American inventors. This month, we’re delving into that equation with a look at innovation.

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This month we’re talking about politics and elections. The El Paso County ballot this year is quite large, with national, state, and county races and issues to consider, and even some special district measures. By comparison, the Pueblo County ballot is smaller, but still with national, state and local measures to consider.

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This month we’re bringing a special fall arts show to the airwaves, highlighting all kinds of creativity in the region.

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KRCC is pleased to announce Western Skies won two 1st Place awards in this year’s national Public Radio News Directors, Inc. contest. Click inside to see the details!

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While the very names Cripple Creek and Victor still evoke the history, romance and legend of one of the biggest gold booms in America, few people outside the area are aware that there’s still a major mining operation at the Cripple Creek & Victor Mine, […]

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This month we’re taking a look at mining, the history of it in Colorado, and how towns have evolved as the ebb and flow of the industry cycles through.

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KRCC is very pleased to announce that we won First Place from the Colorado Associated Press Broadcasters Association in the “Documentary” category in the Radio 1 Large/Medium Market Division for our “Uniquely Colorado” Western Skies episode, which aired last summer.

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As George Benson and the late Whitney Houston each sang, the children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way. But it may seem like our children these days are faced with more challenges than ever before. This month, we’re taking a look at the issues kids […]

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As winter releases its hold on the region and gives way to warmer temperatures and the green leaves of spring, we thought it an appropriate time to visit the topic of Parks and Open Space.

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Last summer on Western Skies we gazed into the hazy and complex myths of The West and mystique surrounding cowboy culture. One of our panelists for the Roundtable Discussion was Anne Hyde, Colorado College’s William J. Hochman Professor of History. Hyde is the author of Empires, Nations and Families: A History of the […]

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Mother Nature affects us all, and no matter how much we want the weather to remain consistent, it’s always changing. This month, we take a look at weather, climate, and natural disasters in the region, and at least one way in which we’ve changed that which Mother Nature intended.

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As the economy continues to sputter, more people are finding they need assistance making ends meet. This month, we’re taking a look at some of the programs, organizations, and issues facing the Pikes Peak region with a look at social services.

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This month we’re going to spend the hour looking back at some of the topics we covered this year. 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 of the conversations that took place this year […]

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This month we’re doing things a little differently. KRCC belongs to a network of stations called Rocky Mountain Community Radio, so this month, we’re going to sample some work from a few of these stations, including our own.

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It’s no secret that the economy is in pretty bad shape. This month, we’re talking with people across the spectrum to see how they’re faring, what kind of ideas are making an impact, and how even art can grow in uncertain financial times.

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News

NPR
December 14, 2019 | NPR · The Health and Human Services Secretary tweeted a reminder: “If you decide that purchasing coverage through healthcare.gov is the right decision for you, make sure you select coverage by this Sunday.”
 

AP
December 14, 2019 | NPR · Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to expedite the beleaguered PG&E bankruptcy case in time for next year’s wildfire season. But Newsom said the utility’s plan “falls woefully short” of what is needed.
 

New Zealand Police
December 14, 2019 | NPR · Monday’s devastating eruption killed at least 15 people, many of them tourists visiting White Island. Authorities are trying to recover bodies, even under the threat of another eruption.
 

Arts & Life

Getty Images
December 14, 2019 | NPR · As a relief pitcher for the Washington Nationals Doolittle saves baseball games, but how much does he know about real-world saves? We’ll find out.
 

WBUR
December 14, 2019 | WBUR · For more than 15 years, filmmaker Marc Fields has been on a quest to capture and share the story of the banjo. The Banjo Project is an online museum that covers the instrument’s history and culture.
 

NPR
December 14, 2019 | NPR · It’s easy to make fun of disgruntled teenagers, but in his funny new Nietzsche and the Burbs, author Lars Iyer depicts them accurately and with real sensitivity, never mocking or condescending.
 

Music

AP
December 14, 2019 | NPR · A new book explores the relation between a few key figures in American classical music and U.S. foreign policy in the 20th century.
 

WBUR
December 14, 2019 | WBUR · For more than 15 years, filmmaker Marc Fields has been on a quest to capture and share the story of the banjo. The Banjo Project is an online museum that covers the instrument’s history and culture.
 

AFP via Getty Images
December 13, 2019 | NPR · “Futsal Shuffle 2020” arrives after a year and a half of stop-starts in the album’s roll out, widely believed to be the product of a cold war between the rapper and his label.
 

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