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The Middle Distance 9.24.10: “Through the Fog”

Sometimes it’s hard to see clearly through the [...]

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The Middle Distance, 9.17.10: “Learning Curve”

When she was younger, my daughter once told her little brothers that babies are born knowing everything. All the knowledge of the world is right there in their new little brains. Then, as they get older, they forget, bit by bit, piece by piece, all that [...]

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(“The Road to Our Friend’s Cabin” by cosprenk)

The Middle Distance, 9/10/10: “Heart of Gold” (Right-click or option-click to download, or click on the play button to stream)

Yesterday, I saw a flash of yellow. Driving beneath the canopy of trees on Cascade Avenue in the Old North End of Colorado Springs, [...]

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(Ted Eastburn, Self-Portrait at age 18)

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Kathryn’s Eastburn’s The Middle Distance 8.27.10: The Light of Memory (Right-/option-click on link to download, or click the play button below to stream)

I had a boyfriend in high school who changed my life. I had been a good enough student up until senior [...]

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Ted Eastburn’s life was meteoric: brilliant and swift. Always on the move, Ted illuminated the lives he touched with his boundless energy and his enormous, loving heart.

He was the only child of a single mom, Shirley, who was stricken by polio shortly after his birth. She survived by sheer will, determined [...]

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Kathryn Eastburn’s The Middle Distance, 8.13.10: “The Things We Carry”

As the Great Recession deepens and rolls on, domestic downsizing has hit the news. Last Sunday’s New York Times featured families who’ve cut back on home size, have shed their possessions, paid off debt, and moved into smaller, less cluttered spaces. These [...]

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Kathryn Eastburn’s The Middle Distance 8/6/10: “Garden Boat”

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In mid-2007, I started dreaming of water — a calm lake ringed by trees. I floated along in an aluminum boat. No motor, just a paddle, and a gentle rocking motion.

Some nights I [...]

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The Middle Distance 7.31.10: “Soap Opera Digest”

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When I moved, recently, and found myself without a television, I thought I had finally escaped. No longer would I arrange my days with a mid-day gap to catch my favorite soap opera. [...]

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Kathryn Eastburn’s The Middle Distance 7.22.10: “Blind Guide Dog”

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I confess, I’ve become one of you: a fanatical dog lover. My front porch is littered with chew toys and half gnawed bones. The back seat of my car looks like it’s [...]

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Kathryn Eastburn visits the ghosts of her son and nephew in this week’s “Middle Distance” titled “Ghost Story.”

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KRCC and The Big Something are thrilled to announce a new on-air and online column by author, journalist and long-time Colorado Springs resident Kathryn Eastburn. Eastburn was co-founder of the Colorado Springs Independent where she served as editor for nearly a decade. Her work at the Independent garnered numerous state, regional, and national journalism [...]

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AP
April 26, 2015 | NPR · At least 17 people are reported dead on the mountain after a massive quake-triggered avalanche swept through base camp on the south side on Saturday.
 

Arts & Life

April 26, 2015 | NPR · In honor of National Poetry Month, our latest Weekend Read is Fred Moten’s collection The Little Edges. Poet Douglas Kearney says Moten’s power is in his attention to music, both in text and subject.
 

April 26, 2015 | NPR · Every answer to today’s puzzle is a familiar two-word phrase or name in which the first word starts with L-O and the second word starts with G.
 

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Music

April 26, 2015 | NPR · Putting the eclectic back in alternative, Felix Contreras of Alt.Latino talks with Rachel Martin and shares some 1960s Colombian throwback tunes, Latin jazz and bluegrass mariachi.
 

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April 25, 2015 | NPR · Chad Clark of the band Beauty Pill walks us through creating “Steven and Tiwonge,” a song about a gay couple in Malawi sentenced to 14 years in prison for their sexuality.
 

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