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We've got Guilty Pleasure Songs... Do You?

Sep 22, 2016

We've all got songs we blast in the privacy of our own homes but might not recommend to a friend, or even admit we like at all. Don't we?

In this piece from the latest episode of Air Check, we re-imagine our usual "musical roundtable" segment. Instead of sharing recent favorites, Vicky, Jake and Jeff each share a song that they'd rather you didn't know they enjoy...

Looking Up: Mercury - Retrograding On A Curve

Sep 19, 2016
photo from the Mercury Messenger satellite / NASA

This week on Looking Up Tristan tells us the current travel path of the planet Mercury.  

If you are an early riser, one of the most elusive planets in our solar system will be putting on a show this week. The planet Mercury, the innermost of all the planets, is remarkably hard to see. 

Jake Brownell / KRCC

It's no secret that record stores have struggled to survive in the digital age. In the last decade, we've seen music retail giants like Tower Records and Sam Goody file for bankruptcy and watched as the internet has rendered CDs virtually obsolete. For those running record stores, there has been a lot to adjust to. 

Looking Up: You've Tried The Rest, Now Triangulum

Sep 12, 2016
Photo by Linda Spadero / earthsky.org

This week on Looking Up Hal gives us the very latest hypote-news on a  constellation by the name of Triangulum.

We talked before about the interesting shapes of constellations in the night sky. Some look like their name, like Scorpio the scorpion. Others, like Ophiuchus, looked nothing like their namesake. But there is one small constellation in southern Colorado skies right now that you might recognize from both its shape and its name – Triangulum.

Associated Press / AP

Labor Day weekend has come and gone, and now it's back to work.

For everyone out there who's back at the office in body, but not in spirit, we bring you a selection of songs about work from the notoriously labor-averse genres of punk and new wave.

Looking Up: Waiting For A Full and Sincere Apogee

Sep 5, 2016
M. Procell

This week on LOOKING UP we learn about the true distance of the moon from the earth.

Take a look at the moon tonight. Does it seem a little smaller to you? Well, it should. Because the Moon is very near its apogee point for September. What does Apogee mean? It means it’s the farthest distance the Moon gets from Earth in its orbit.

Jake Brownell

On Episode 7 of Air Check, Portland band Ages and Ages drops by for an interview and in-studio performance, Bob Slade, host of KRCC’s Retro Fix, shares some of his favorite songs about work in honor of labor day, we discuss the ever-changing industry of music retail with Judy Negley and Shawn Mayo of Independent Records, Dick Fairley interviews local jazz guitarist, Wayne Wilkinson, and we cop to some guilty pleasure songs.

Looking Up: Bear Witness

Aug 29, 2016
VegaStar Carpentier / NASA

This week Bruce gives us different cultural perspectives on the constellation Ursa Major (the Big Dipper).

The skies of Southern Colorado were not always seen the same way as we do in modern times. If you take look at our evening skies this week to the northwest after sunset, you will see the familiar group of stars known as the Big Dipper.  The Big Dipper is an asterism contained in the constellation Ursa Major – the greater she-bear. 

Imagination Celebration

Imagination Celebrations hosts the What If Festival in Downtown Colorado Springs on Saturday September 10th, from 10am to 4pm. The event is an all-ages festival of discovery, learning, questioning and connecting. 

There will be a multitude of interactive experiences, as well as three stages with live music, including a 91.5 KRCC Stage in the Pioneer Museum Plaza with Vicky Gregor and I hosting music from local favorites and winners of the Indy Music Awards.

Three's Company

Aug 22, 2016
earthsky.org

This week Hal lets us know about the conjunction of Mars and Saturn.

The summer of 2016 is a particularly good one for anyone interested in planets. All the naked eye planets are visible, and the nights are warm enough that we can stay outside without getting too uncomfortable. Even binoculars will let you see the red surface of Mars, the stripes on Jupiter, and the rings of Saturn. 

Bar/None Records

Local band Eros and the Eschaton are doing big things in the Colorado Springs music scene. Their brand of shoegazy indie rock has impressed fans, record label execs, and music writers around the country, and they've achieved a degree of critical and commercial success rarely seen by bands in the Pikes Peak Region. 

Jason Cipriani / Flickr / Creative Commons

It should come as no surprise to music fans in the Pikes Peak region to hear that Pueblo is home to some fantastic musicians. For evidence, one need look no further than the Haunted Windchimes -- one of southern Colorado's most beloved local groups -- and the various side projects of its members. But there's much more music to appreciate in the Steel City. 

Hercules Hunts The Zenith

Aug 15, 2016
Hubble / NASA

This week Hal labors over the details of the constellation Hercules.

Did you know that the strongest man who ever lived is looking at you right now? If you believe in ancient mythology, you know the one I'm talking about. The constellation Hercules is high in southern Colorado skies right now, and it’s filled with interesting things to look at. 

Meteorite Before Your Eyes

Aug 8, 2016
NASA/JPL

This week Hal gives us a heads up on the tail end of Comet Swift - Tuttle.

We all love to see shooting stars in the sky. These brilliant, brief, and bedazzling streaks of light are both beautiful and fascinating.

On average night, if you lie on your back and stare at the sky you’ll see 2 to 4 meteors streak overhead per hour. But when there’s a meteor shower, you can see many more, and the very best meteor shower happens in mid August – the Perseids.

On this episode of Air Check: 

Vicky, Jeff, and Jake share their favorite new releases of the last month; Local band Eros and the Eschaton preview some tracks from their new album, Weight of Matter; Pueblo Pulp music writer John Bueno shares some of his favorite bands from the Steel City; Musician Ed Parsons schools us on the history of Reggae; And electronic producer Tor talks sampling and songwriting. 

After The Dusk Settles

Aug 1, 2016
earthsky.org

This week Hal tells us about a stellar planetary conjunction in our early evening sky.

August 2016 is shaping up to be a pretty interesting month for people who like looking up. A number of unusual and lovely things are happening up there, and the warm days and nights will hopefully cooperate in letting you go outside and take a peek. 

My Very Educated Mother Just Served

Jul 25, 2016
Eliot-Herman-Tucson-AZ / earthsky.org

This week Bruce enumerates on the planets currently visible in our night sky.  

As residents of Southern Colorado we are afforded a spectacular view  for the next several weeks of six naked eye planets in our evening skies. Starting shortly after sunset you can tour the original planets known to our ancient ancestors.

Cosmic Debris-fing

Jul 18, 2016
B. Balick (U. Washington) et al., WFPC2, HST, NASA

This week Hal sheds light on the Saturn Nebula.  

How many Saturn’s do you see in the night sky? Well, right now, the answer could be two!

We talked recently about the beautiful and awe-inspiring planet Saturn, now high in southern Colorado skies. In many people’s eyes, it’s the most beautiful of all the planets, Saturn’s gorgeous system of rings make it appear oblong in binoculars or small telescopes.

New Philadelphia Times, OH, July 18th, 1963 via Newspapers.com

Fifty three years ago this week, a 21-year-old rock-and-roll musician named Ulysses Baxter made history in Colorado Springs. On hands and knees, with a wooden salad spoon affixed to his nose, he ascended Pikes Peak--pushing a peanut the entire way.

On this episode of Air Check:

Jake, Jeff and Vicky present their favorite new songs of the season, Vicky has a chat with legendary soul, rhythm and blues artist Booker T. Jones, Vintage Voltage host GT dissects four patriotic pop songs from the past, Rence Liam discusses his new Dear Rabbit album They're Not Like You, and Jake tells the story of Ulysses Baxter, a rock-and-roll musician who pushed a peanut up Pikes Peak--with his nose--in the summer of 1963.

Courtesy of the Pikes Peak Library District

 

In the mid-20th Century, a man named Robert LeFevre (pronounced Luh-FAVE) created a small mountain academy just north of Colorado Springs called The Freedom School. The school, and his teachings, played an important role in the popularization of libertarianism in America. They also helped shape the minds of some of the the most powerful men in American industry and politics, not the least of which were Charles and David Koch, aka The Koch Brothers--two of the wealthiest men in the world.

On this episode of Wish We Were Here we tell the nearly-forgotten story of LeFevre and his short-lived libertarian boot camp.

A Prairie Home Companion, now in its 41st season of production, will present the last live broadcast with Garrison Keillor as host from the Hollywood Bowl on KRCC Saturday, July 2nd at 6pm (final repeat Sunday, July 3rd at 1pm). 

KRCC is working hard to end our fiscal year in the black and we need your help. We have a goal of raising $35,000 by June 30th.

With your contribution between now and 11:59pm on June 30th, you will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win two VIP tickets to a live taping of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me in Chicago!

Even after leaving the church for a time, Colorado Springs-based author Anna Keating found herself drawn to the stories, rituals, and lore of  Catholicism. In her new book The Catholic Catalogue, Keating and her mother, Melissa Musick, set out to put down some of that lore in a book just as much for Catholics as it is for lay people interested in Catholicism's vivid culture.

In this interview Keating describes what drew her and her mother to write this book, which started out as a blog.

Noel Black

With the Broadmoor Land Swap deal dividing residents of Colorado Springs , we spoke with Environmental Psychologist, Dr. Susan Clayton, the Whitmore-Williams Professor of Environmental Psychology at Wooster College about why open space stirs such strong emotions among all parties.

Noel Black

On this weekend’s special episode of Wish We Were Here, we take a close look at all sides of the proposed Broadmoor land swap deal and the way that open space defines Colorado Springs as a city.

At the heart of deal lies a 189 acre undeveloped piece of parkland at the southwestern corner of the city called Strawberry Fields. It’s been the subject of more than a dozen public meetings, myriad news stories, a widely circulated petition, and a fierce debate on social media.

UPDATE: Colorado Springs City Council has voted 6-3 to approve the land swap with the Broadmoor. Stay tuned to KRCC in the coming days for more. 

Courtesy of Scott Morris

Governor John Hickenlooper will deliver opening remarks atThe El Pomar Foundation’s Pikes Peak Regional Tourism and Heritage Symposium will convene this Friday, May 13 at the Penrose House in the Broadmoor. Among the speakers, Governor John Hickenlooper will deliver opening remarks about the “Ring the Peak” trail as part of his "16 for 2016" trails initiative.  And Lise Aangeenbrug, the executive director of Great Outdoors Colorado, will deliver the keynote on GOCO's new five-year strategic plan: "Protect, Connect, Inspire."

Amy Rawn

On a warm Saturday afternoon at their home in Pueblo Colorado, Fletcher and Olympia Holiday are preparing to rip out the one-by-ten foot section of wall adjacent to their front door.

By their side is Colorado Springs beekeeper Lazarus Fields. All three of them are outfitted in mesh head nets, gloves and full-body protective clothing. Behind the wall, there is a colony of honeybees numbering in the thousands. If you stand close enough, you can hear their persistent hum.

Jeffrey Beall courtesy of Wikipedia

A proposed merger between the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and Colorado College that's been quietly talked about since last Fall could be decided as early as mid-June, 2016. In this audio interview, we spoke with Colorado Springs Business Journal columnist and writer John Hazlehurst about the deal and its potential implications for the future of the city's oldest arts institution.

(Full disclosure: Noel Black is a trustee on the Bee Vradenburg Foundations, which gives money to arts organizations in the Pikes Peak region. And Colorado College holds KRCC's license.)

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