Jake Brownell http://krcc.org en The Middle Distance 7.18.14: Our Houses, Ourselves http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-71814-our-houses-ourselves <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">I’ve moved recently and have survived to tell the tale. Here are a few moving tips that might make your transition from old home to new home a little less difficult.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:36:26 +0000 Jake Brownell 22078 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 7.18.14: Our Houses, Ourselves Opera Theatre of The Rockies Tackles a Broadway Classic http://krcc.org/post/opera-theatre-rockies-tackles-broadway-classic <p></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:34:44 +0000 Jake Brownell 22112 at http://krcc.org Opera Theatre of The Rockies Tackles a Broadway Classic The Middle Distance 7.11.14: Jump In http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-71114-jump <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:58:09 +0000 Jake Brownell 21766 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 7.11.14: Jump In Wish We Were Here -- Pilot: "I is An Other" http://krcc.org/post/wish-we-were-here-pilot-i-other <p></p><p></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 17:21:39 +0000 Jake Brownell 21328 at http://krcc.org Wish We Were Here -- Pilot: "I is An Other" Wish We Were Here -- Program Trailer http://krcc.org/post/wish-we-were-here-program-trailer <p></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 21:15:11 +0000 Jake Brownell 21381 at http://krcc.org Wish We Were Here -- Program Trailer PPLD Looks Beyond the Book with New Library 21C http://krcc.org/post/ppld-looks-beyond-book-new-library-21c <p></p><p></p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 21:59:13 +0000 Jake Brownell 20819 at http://krcc.org PPLD Looks Beyond the Book with New Library 21C The Middle Distance 5.30.14: The Best Kind of Cowboy http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-53014-best-kind-cowboy <p>My heroes haven’t always been cowboys, but after moving to Colorado and getting to know a choice few, that changed. I was lucky as a journalist to spend time with Duke Phillips of Chico Basin Ranch, south of Colorado Springs, and witness his dedication to responsible land management and conservation. And I was privileged as a reporter back in the 1990s to hear Kirk Hanna explain to a room full of environmentalists how ranchers like him could help them achieve their goals if they’d just put aside their stereotypes and prejudices.</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 22:49:28 +0000 Jake Brownell 19777 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 5.30.14: The Best Kind of Cowboy The Middle Distance 5.9.14: Good Fences http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-5914-good-fences <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 08 May 2014 23:37:44 +0000 Jake Brownell 18813 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 5.9.14: Good Fences The Middle Distance 5.2.2014: The Family Cat Skull http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-522014-family-cat-skull <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p><p></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">Wherever I live there are two requirements. There must be a kitchen window over the sink, to gaze out when washing dishes. And on the windowsill, there must be the family’s cat skull.</span></p><p class="p2"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This has been the scenario in every kitchen I’ve had — five of them — over the last 20 years.</span></p> Fri, 02 May 2014 00:44:22 +0000 Jake Brownell 18506 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 5.2.2014: The Family Cat Skull Off the Page: An Interview with Performance Poet Joshua Bennett http://krcc.org/post/page-interview-performance-poet-joshua-bennett <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Award winning poet, Joshua Bennett is in town this evening to give a performance at Armstrong Hall. Currently a doctoral candidate at Princeton University, Bennett has performed his original works at venues around the country including the NAACP Image Awards, the Sundance Film Festival, and President Obama's Evening of Poetry and Music at the White House. &nbsp;</span>KRCC's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Emilia </span>Whitmer<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> sat down to talk with him about his work.</span></p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 19:31:29 +0000 Jake Brownell 18229 at http://krcc.org Off the Page: An Interview with Performance Poet Joshua Bennett The Middle Distance, 4.25.14: Pushing Through the Dirt http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-42514-pushing-through-dirt <p style="margin-bottom: 1.3em; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: georgia, times, serif; line-height: 22.399999618530273px;">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: georgia, times, serif; line-height: 22.399999618530273px;">The soil is really not warm enough yet, but who knows when it will be? It’s the nature of late spring/early summer here in Colorado that whatever progress is made by the sun’s warming rays during the day will be negated by chilly nights. There may or may not be a monsoon. Could it snow yet one more time?</span></p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 22:06:43 +0000 Jake Brownell 18188 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance, 4.25.14: Pushing Through the Dirt 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