Culture http://krcc.org en How to Win A Pulitzer: An Interview with Gazette reporter Dave Philipps http://krcc.org/post/how-win-pulitzer-interview-gazette-reporter-dave-philipps <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Gazette Reporter and Colorado Springs native Dave Philipps <a href="http://gazette.com/the-gazette-and-reporter-dave-philipps-win-pulitzer-prize/article/1518222">won the Pulitzer Prize yesterday</a> for his investigative report “Other Than Honorable,” published last May. KRCC’s Noel Black spoke with Philipps about the award, the story and how it affected him.</p><p>Click <a href="http://cdn.csgazette.biz/soldiers/index.html">HERE</a> to read "Other Than Honorable".</p><p></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:57:35 +0000 Noel Black 17757 at http://krcc.org How to Win A Pulitzer: An Interview with Gazette reporter Dave Philipps The Middle Distance 4.11.14: Soldier's Heart http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-41114-soldiers-heart <p>“The front-line soldier I knew lived for months like an animal, and was a veteran in the cruel, fierce world of death. …”</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 23:53:21 +0000 Noel Black & Kathryn Eastburn 17543 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 4.11.14: Soldier's Heart A Sense of Place, Episode 1: Urban Agro-Forestry at Shooks Run http://krcc.org/post/sense-place-episode-1-urban-agro-forestry-shooks-run <p></p><p>This is the first installment of&nbsp; A Sense of Place, an 8-week collaboration between The Big Something and The State of the Rockies at Colorado College. The series will explore environmental histories and issues in southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico. In this first piece, producer Sarah Stockdale talks to Gary Rapp about the Shooks Run Agro-Forestry Project in Colorado Springs.</p><p>Tune in two weeks from now on April 16 at 4:50 p.m. at the same time to hear the next installment.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 21:16:50 +0000 Noel Black & Sarah Stockdale 17257 at http://krcc.org A Sense of Place, Episode 1: Urban Agro-Forestry at Shooks Run The Middle Distance 4.4.14: The Nearest Thing to Telepathy http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-4414-nearest-thing-telepathy <p></p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 16:46:34 +0000 Noel Black 17242 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 4.4.14: The Nearest Thing to Telepathy The Middle Distance 3.28.14: A Sprightly Dance http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-32814-sprightly-dance <p>This time of year I begin wishing for the sight of daffodils in bloom. Where I grew up, they usually began to show their yellow faces in late February or early March, depending on whether they enjoyed full sun or grew in dappled shade beneath a tree. I remember the appealing instructions for naturalizing a lawn with daffodils: Pick up of fistful of the bulbs that look like small onions, and toss them as you’d toss chicken feed or grass seed. Plant them where they land. Plant hundreds of them. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 01:22:04 +0000 Noel Black 16904 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 3.28.14: A Sprightly Dance The Middle Distance 3.21.14: I Didn't Get It http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-32114-i-didnt-get-it <p></p><p>Recently I came across some old notes that might as well have been written in Sanskrit. Aphorisms, clever sayings that seemed to turn on themselves.</p><p>“If you experience it, it’s the truth. The same thing believed is a lie.”</p><p>“In life, understanding is the booby prize.”</p><p>This was my handwriting but the ideas might as well have been written in code.</p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 00:41:47 +0000 Noel Black 16575 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 3.21.14: I Didn't Get It Remembering Artist Bill Cummins with Sean O'Meallie http://krcc.org/post/remembering-artist-bill-cummins-sean-omeallie <p></p><p>Local artist Bill Cummins was a character, a caricature, and a cartoon all rolled together in a Republican tofu sandwich. He passed away last month at the age of 84. Artist Sean O'Meallie and I remember his cognitive contortions, his art, and his trademark wintergreen odor.</p><p>We highly encourage you to come see the closing of his exhibition this Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Manitou Arts Center. There will be an informal rememberance of his life during the closing.</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 22:55:00 +0000 Noel Black 16265 at http://krcc.org Remembering Artist Bill Cummins with Sean O'Meallie 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 Brenda Biondo Brings America's Playgrounds to the People http://krcc.org/post/brenda-biondo-brings-americas-playgrounds-people-0 <p>We're excited to see that <a href="http://www.upne.com/1611685121.html">ForeEdge</a>&nbsp;books will publish&nbsp;Manitou Springs-based photographer Brenda Biondo's book, <em>Once Upon a Playground</em>, this May&nbsp;(visit this&nbsp;<a href="http://www.blurb.com/books/3374126-once-upon-a-playground">Blurb book</a>&nbsp;for a preview of her beautiful photography).</p><p>Colorado Springs has its own fascinating history with playgrounds--check out this video we produced back in 2010 on Colorado Springs native and artist, Fred Schumm, and his space age creations.</p><p></p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 20:58:09 +0000 Gracie Ramsdell 16194 at http://krcc.org Brenda Biondo Brings America's Playgrounds to the People 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 The Middle Distance 3.7.14: The Experience of Seeing http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-3714-experience-seeing <p>Last week I traveled to Seattle for a convention of writers — more than 10,000 of them — in a massive convention center. The event was bustling and hectic and hyper-scheduled from early morning to late at night. Harried conventioneers with plastic nametags lugged heavy totebags, studied maps and diagrams, and rushed up escalators and down long corridors from panels to readings, to absorb wisdom and inspiration for their art.</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 00:11:56 +0000 Noel Black 15948 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 3.7.14: The Experience of Seeing 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 36 Views of Pikes Peak Submission Guidelines http://krcc.org/post/36-views-pikes-peak-submission-guidelines-0 <p>With many apologies for the delay, here are (at last) the official guidelines for submission to the 36 Views of Pikes Peak Project along with dates for exhibition. The biggest change, for those of you who have already submitted, is that we are asksing for phsyical submissions of postcard-size images. So here goes:</p><p><strong>36 Views of Pikes Peak Juried</strong><strong> Postcard Exhibit at PPLD</strong></p><p><strong>A collaboration between KRCC, UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art, PPLD, Colorado College, and the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum:</strong></p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 23:19:26 +0000 Noel Black 11413 at http://krcc.org 36 Views of Pikes Peak Submission Guidelines 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 What is Lakme, You Ask? http://krcc.org/post/what-lakme-you-ask <p></p><p><a href="http://www.operatheatreoftherockies.org/">Opera theater of the Rockies</a> opens its production of <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lakme">Lakme</a> this Thursday at Armstrong Hall on the Colorado College campus. We sat down with three of the cast members to talk about its incredibly difficult aria and the fact tha the flower song is better known than the opera itself.</p><p>For complete information and tickets, click <a href="http://www.operatheatreoftherockies.org/">HERE</a>.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 17:00:00 +0000 Noel Black 15589 at http://krcc.org What is Lakme, You Ask? 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 The Middle Distance 2.21.14: On Your Marks... http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-22114-your-marks <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I will be 60 years old in just a little over a month. I have lied about my age for decades, pretending always to be a year older than I really am, to soften the blow of aging, to get used to the idea. But this year I am claiming 60 because it feels important, an urgent starting line.</span></p><p><em>On your mark</em>: You have limited time left to get your life’s work done.</p><p><em>Get set</em>: Be clear about what that work is. Don’t kid yourself and don’t let anyone talk you out of it.</p><p><em>Go</em>.</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 00:03:38 +0000 Noel Black 15370 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 2.21.14: On Your Marks... Of Pen and Paper http://krcc.org/post/pen-and-paper <p></p><p>Big Something intern Patrick Lofgren wanted to know if and why people still physically inscribed their thoughts in that old-time technology known as notebooks, so he we sent him to find out.</p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 23:41:48 +0000 Noel Black & Patrick Lofgren 15372 at http://krcc.org Of Pen and Paper 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 Middle Distance 2.14.14: Heart-Shaped Box http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-21414-heart-shaped-box <p></p><p>Larry Davidson was a country boy. He wore pressed jeans and a big belt buckle, scuffed cowboy boots, and plaid flannel shirts. We were twelve and in sixth grade at a brand new school on the edge of Nashville, Tennessee, set between half-built subdivisions of split-level houses and rolling farm meadows dotted with grazing horses and cows.</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 00:02:00 +0000 Noel Black 15106 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 2.14.14: Heart-Shaped Box 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 The Middle Distance 2.7.14: Untold http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-2714-untold <p>I have spent a month with my mother this winter, her 86<sup>th</sup> and my 60<sup>th</sup>, the coldest January she’s seen in years. Every morning at the breakfast table we flip through the flimsy pages of her small town’s local newspaper, sharing a lurid headline here, a recipe there, agreeing that if the paper gets any worse they might as well stop printing it.</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 14:25:02 +0000 Noel Black 14830 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 2.7.14: Untold 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 The Middle Distance 1.31.14: A Place for All http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-13114-place-all <p>This January morning, the Gulf of Mexico is dark blue beneath a blanket of fog peeling off to sea. The day begins with a rose sky and balmy air, a reprieve from last week’s wet and windy cold front and the one the weatherman predicts will arrive again by end of week. This morning the people of Galveston celebrate the weather by heading to the seawall.</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 16:40:51 +0000 Noel Black 14232 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 1.31.14: A Place for All 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 Story Project Live at Ivywild http://krcc.org/post/story-project-live-ivywild <p>The Story Project aired live, Sunday, January 26th at Ivywild&nbsp;School, at 1pm. &nbsp;It was&nbsp;KRCC's first remote broadcast in over 30 years! &nbsp;You can listen to it right here.</p> Sun, 26 Jan 2014 20:07:50 +0000 Delaney Utterback 14311 at http://krcc.org