Jake Brownell http://krcc.org en The Middle Distance 3.14.14: Beyond the Sure Certainty of Home http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-31414-beyond-sure-certainty-home <p>In 1987 I had two best friends, both named Julie. They were new acquaintances who had no connection to my past or my family or to each other, only to me. I’ve been thinking about them during these early spring days when the snow is falling and a particular kind of quiet loneliness envelops the house. Remembering the two Julies makes me think about friendship and what it means at different stages of life. I remember them with the gratitude of a lost traveler coming across a friendly local who’s happy to give directions. I remember them the way a tree’s roots remember water.</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 00:00:26 +0000 Jake Brownell 16266 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 3.14.14: Beyond the Sure Certainty of Home Remembering Women's Liberation: A Conversation with Jennifer Lee http://krcc.org/post/remembering-womens-liberation-conversation-jennifer-lee <p></p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 22:50:28 +0000 Jake Brownell 16091 at http://krcc.org Remembering Women's Liberation: A Conversation with Jennifer Lee Holders of the Light: A Conversation with Lane Hall and Lisa Moline http://krcc.org/post/holders-light-conversation-lane-hall-and-lisa-moline <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lisa Moline and Lane Hall, co-founders of the Overpass Light Brigade, will be speaking tonight at UCCS. Moline and Hall, both of whom are artists based in Milwaukee Wisconsin, began displaying illuminated protest messages on highway overpasses and in public spaces during the campaign to recall Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker in 2011. In the years since, the tactic has been employed in support of various causes around the country and around the world. The Big Something’s Noel Black spoke with the duo about their work.</span></p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 22:15:53 +0000 Jake Brownell 15944 at http://krcc.org Holders of the Light: A Conversation with Lane Hall and Lisa Moline The Middle Distance 2.28.14: The Line Leads Away From Home http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-22814-line-leads-away-home <p></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">If you drew a line straight up through the middle of a map of the United States, across the fruited plain, that line would come within 100 miles of the shooting locales of two American films currently contending for Oscars in multiple categories: Alexander Payne’s <i>Nebraska</i>, filmed in and outside a number of the state’s eastern plains towns; and <i>August: Osage County</i>, filmed largely in a big old house in Osage County on the border of Oklahoma and Kansas.</span></p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 01:05:58 +0000 Jake Brownell 15688 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 2.28.14: The Line Leads Away From Home Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Katherine Boo on Poverty and Possibilty http://krcc.org/post/behind-beautiful-forevers-katherine-boo-poverty-and-possibilty <p></p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 23:59:53 +0000 Jake Brownell 15686 at http://krcc.org Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Katherine Boo on Poverty and Possibilty A Conversation with Novelist Zadie Smith http://krcc.org/post/conversation-novelist-zadie-smith <p></p><p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Celebrated novelist Zadie Smith will speak tonight from 7 to 9 p.m. in Armstrong Hall. Winner of numerous awards, Smith is the author of the novels “White Teeth,” “The Autograph Man,” “On Beauty,” and, most recently, “NW.” This event is part of the 2014 MacLean Symposium on Globalization, Culture, and Literature. Colorado College Professor Heidi Lewis spoke with Smith by phone.</span></p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 23:49:57 +0000 Jake Brownell 15588 at http://krcc.org A Conversation with Novelist Zadie Smith Spend Money to Make Money: Mark Blyth on the Dangers of Austerity http://krcc.org/post/spend-money-make-money-mark-blyth-dangers-austerity <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the aftermath of the global financial crisis, countries around the world have moved to slash government spending and reduce national debt. Dr. Mark Blyth, professor of International Political Economy at Brown University, argues that this is exactly the wrong way to approach the problem of slow economic growth. Dr. Blyth is in town to speak at Colorado College, and he sat down with The Big Something’s Noel Black to discuss his latest book, “Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea”.</span></p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 23:58:21 +0000 Jake Brownell 15540 at http://krcc.org Spend Money to Make Money: Mark Blyth on the Dangers of Austerity Power to the Peaceful: Dr. Erica Chenoweth on Nonviolent Resistance http://krcc.org/post/power-peaceful-dr-erica-chenoweth-nonviolent-resistance <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 23:46:17 +0000 Jake Brownell 15154 at http://krcc.org Power to the Peaceful: Dr. Erica Chenoweth on Nonviolent Resistance The Message Reflects: An Interview with Big Samir of The ReMINDers http://krcc.org/post/message-reflects-interview-big-samir-reminders <p></p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 23:06:30 +0000 Jake Brownell 15060 at http://krcc.org The Message Reflects: An Interview with Big Samir of The ReMINDers Strange and Beautiful: An Interview with Folk Art Collectors Willem and Diane Volkersz http://krcc.org/post/strange-and-beautiful-interview-folk-art-collectors-willem-and-diane-volkersz <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tomorrow marks the opening of a new exhibition at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, entitled Strange and Beautiful: American Folk Art from the Willem Volkersz Collection. The show features paintings, drawings, sculptures, and other, less-easily classified, art objects created by self-taught artists from around the country, and collected by Willem Volkersz and his wife Diane. KRCC’s Jake Brownell spoke with the pair about their collection and the broader tradition of folk art in America.</span></p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 23:44:33 +0000 Jake Brownell 14869 at http://krcc.org Strange and Beautiful: An Interview with Folk Art Collectors Willem and Diane Volkersz How to Make a Film with a 340 Ton Rock: An Interview with Doug Pray http://krcc.org/post/how-make-film-340-ton-rock-interview-doug-pray <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 23:58:14 +0000 Jake Brownell 14719 at http://krcc.org How to Make a Film with a 340 Ton Rock: An Interview with Doug Pray Lost and Found: Stories from the Flood http://krcc.org/post/lost-and-found-stories-flood <p></p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 22:48:46 +0000 Jake Brownell 14466 at http://krcc.org Lost and Found: Stories from the Flood The Specter of the Megadrought: An Interview with Dr. Michael W. Kerwin http://krcc.org/post/specter-megadrought-interview-dr-michael-w-kerwin <p></p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 23:59:15 +0000 Jake Brownell 14367 at http://krcc.org The Specter of the Megadrought: An Interview with Dr. Michael W. Kerwin An Interview With Art Spiegelman and Phillip Johnston http://krcc.org/post/interview-art-spiegelman-and-phillip-johnston <p></p><p>Legendary underground comix author and artist Art Spiegelman will present “Wordless,” a slide lecture accompanied by live music on Wednesday, January 22 as part of Cornerstone Arts Week at Colorado College. The Big Something’s Noel Black spoke with Spiegelman and musician Phillip Johnston about the event.</p><p>Tickets for the Event are sold out, but hopeful attendees may want to wait outside the Richard F. Celeste Theater in the Cornerstone Arts Building to see if seats become available.</p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 00:45:28 +0000 Jake Brownell 14122 at http://krcc.org An Interview With Art Spiegelman and Phillip Johnston An Interview with Children of Men Screenwriter Tim Sexton http://krcc.org/post/interview-children-men-screenwriter-tim-sexton <p></p><p>Tim Sexton is an Oscar nominated screenwriter, best known for his work with director Alfonso Cuaron on the dystopian sci-fi drama, Children of Men, released in 2006. Sexton's screenplays--which also include the Martin Luther King Jr. biopic "Boycott" and a forthcoming film about labor activist Cesar Chavez--often explore the complicated, human side of heroism. The Big Something's Noel Black spoke with Sexton about his work.</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 01:09:52 +0000 Jake Brownell 14083 at http://krcc.org An Interview with Children of Men Screenwriter Tim Sexton The Middle Distance 1.17.14: With the Phone Unplugged http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-11714-phone-unplugged <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Half a month into the new year and I have lost all sense of time passing. Moving deeply southward across the continent in the dead of winter will do that. It is disorienting to see a rose in bloom in January, but here on the Gulf coast of Texas on the trellis of my mother’s front porch, the yellow climbing rose is loaded with buds.</span></p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 00:19:44 +0000 Jake Brownell 13959 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 1.17.14: With the Phone Unplugged The Middle Distance 1.10.14: Still Time http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-11014-still-time <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">My son-in-law arrives tired and hungry for his annual holiday visit. Winter storm Hercules, followed closely by a record-setting Arctic vortex of extreme cold, has left thousands stranded in New York City but he managed to get out and fly to Houston following a harrowing day in an airport filled with desperate traveling strangers.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 01:03:42 +0000 Jake Brownell 13683 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 1.10.14: Still Time The Middle Distance 12.20.13: Hate Christmas Songs? http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-122013-hate-christmas-songs <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1;margin-top:5pt;margin-bottom:5pt;">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 06:17:31 +0000 Jake Brownell 12912 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 12.20.13: Hate Christmas Songs? Talking Quality and Community with Pikes Peak United Way http://krcc.org/post/talking-quality-and-community-pikes-peak-united-way <p></p><p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"><a href="http://www.ppunitedway.org/">Pikes Peak United Way</a> recently released its 2013 Quality of Life Indicators Report. &nbsp;At more than 140 pages in length, it offers a thorough and statistically rich analysis of the quality of life in Greater Colorado Springs community. KRCC's Jake Brownell spoke with Carrie Cramm, vice president of Community Impact at Pikes Peak United Way, to discuss some of the findings of this report.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 23:52:19 +0000 Jake Brownell 11052 at http://krcc.org Talking Quality and Community with Pikes Peak United Way Catamount Institute Sustainability Conference http://krcc.org/post/catamount-institute-sustainability-conference <p></p><p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; ">The Catamount Institute's Annual Colorado Sustainability Conference begins this Thursday and will cover topics ranging from fires and floods to urban farming. I spoke with Catamount board member Alicia Archibald and Marketing and Communications Director Chris Aaby&nbsp;about the conference.</span></p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 21:17:05 +0000 Jake Brownell & Noel Black 10607 at http://krcc.org Catamount Institute Sustainability Conference Off Topic #17: Radio on the Radio http://krcc.org/post/topic-17-radio-radio <p></p><p></p><p><a href="https://soundcloud.com/offtopicradio/off-topic-17-radio-killed-the">&nbsp;Listen to the episode here!</a></p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 17:48:59 +0000 Jake Brownell 9980 at http://krcc.org Off Topic #17: Radio on the Radio Off Topic #16: DIY http://krcc.org/post/topic-16-diy <p></p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">If you want something done right,&nbsp;there&#39;s an app for that!</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> With each passing day we draw nearer to the realization of Total Technological Convenience, to a time in the not so distant future when there is no problem that can&#39;t be solved with the tap of a screen or the barking of a &quot;voice command.&quot; It seems inevitable. But whose idea of progress is that, anyway?&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 17:44:42 +0000 Jake Brownell & Craig Richardson 9671 at http://krcc.org Off Topic #16: DIY Off Topic #15: The Shape of Language http://krcc.org/post/topic-15-shape-language <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In this episode of Off Topic we explore the ways in which language shapes our understanding of the world around us. &nbsp;Is it our language that inspires our thoughts or our thoughts that inspire our language? &nbsp;We speak with poets, academics, language creators and more in an effort discern the shape of language in our lives.</span></p><p></p> Sat, 14 Sep 2013 03:46:05 +0000 Craig Richardson & Jake Brownell 8607 at http://krcc.org Off Topic #15: The Shape of Language Off Topic #14: Reaping What we Sow - Food Politics & Policy in America http://krcc.org/post/topic-14-reaping-what-we-sow-food-politics-policy-america <p></p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 21:36:23 +0000 Craig Richardson & Jake Brownell 8357 at http://krcc.org Off Topic #14: Reaping What we Sow - Food Politics & Policy in America Off Topic #13: Transformations of Higher Education in the 21st Century, LIVE! http://krcc.org/post/topic-13-transformations-higher-education-21st-century-live <p></p> Sat, 31 Aug 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Jake Brownell & Craig Richardson 7933 at http://krcc.org Off Topic #13: Transformations of Higher Education in the 21st Century, LIVE! Off Topic #6: KRCC Drive-By http://krcc.org/post/topic-6-krcc-drive <p></p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 21:54:53 +0000 Jake Brownell & Craig Richardson 5245 at http://krcc.org Off Topic #6: KRCC Drive-By Off Topic #12: Race, Racism, and White Privilege http://krcc.org/post/topic-12-race-racism-and-white-privilege <p></p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 17:26:13 +0000 Jake Brownell & Craig Richardson 6672 at http://krcc.org Off Topic #12: Race, Racism, and White Privilege Off Topic #11: Apocalypse Now! The End of Hollywood? http://krcc.org/post/topic-11-apocalypse-now-end-hollywood <p></p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 21:41:17 +0000 Jake Brownell & Craig Richardson 6076 at http://krcc.org Off Topic #11: Apocalypse Now! The End of Hollywood? Off Topic #10: Discovery! http://krcc.org/post/topic-10-discovery <p></p><p></p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 19:01:38 +0000 Jake Brownell & Craig Richardson 5784 at http://krcc.org Off Topic #10: Discovery! Off Topic #9: Elusive Origins — In Search of The Authentic http://krcc.org/post/topic-9-elusive-origins-search-authentic <p></p><p><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 24px; ">Why does our culture place value in that which is deemed authentic or original? What happens when we find out that the thing we have enshrined as authentic is determined to be nothing more than a copy? How does our relationship to the ideas of authenticity and originality impact the decisions we make from what dungarees to buy to which presidential candidate we vote for?</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: 24px; ">&nbsp;</p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 02:56:00 +0000 Jake Brownell & Craig Richardson 5248 at http://krcc.org Off Topic #9: Elusive Origins — In Search of The Authentic