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

May 25, 2018 | NPR · President Trump’s pardon this week of boxer Jack Johnson is his latest grant of clemency to a prominent figure. It’s an example of his hands-on approach to pardons.
 

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May 25, 2018 | NPR · The bill makes Sweden the 10th European country to redefine rape, making it illegal to engage in a sexual encounter without the verbal or physical consent of all participants.
 

May 25, 2018 | NPR · There has been much talk about how Ireland’s border with the U.K. will work after Brexit, but more than 250 billion Euros of goods cross the English Channel between France and the U.K. every year, and French officials say Brexit could be a disaster for Europe’s most important trading corridor.
 

Arts & Life

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May 25, 2018 | NPR · The writer/director has turned a Neil Gaiman short story into a film starring Nicole Kidman and Elle Fanning. It follows an alien exploring the 1970s punk music scene of Croydon, England.
 

May 25, 2018 | FA · We listen back to excerpts from Roth’s interviews about The Plot Against America and Everyman. Roth died Tuesday at age 85. He spoke with Terry Gross seven times over the years.
 

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May 25, 2018 | FA · As the story goes, on Valentine’s Day 1900, several students and their teacher slipped away from a holiday picnic and never returned. Amazon’s new six-part TV miniseries explores the legend.
 

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May 25, 2018 | NPR · This week’s Piano Jazz from 1998 remembers lyric soprano Barbara Cook, a Broadway star, staple of the New York cabaret scene and favorite of audiences around the world.
 

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May 25, 2018 | NPR · The Scottish-born musician, still busy writing music, celebrates her 90th birthday on May 27.
 

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May 25, 2018 | NPR · The song joins a legacy of tepid songs required to accomplish too much in too little time.
 

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