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9:01 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

El Paso County GOP Selects Herpin to Run in Morse Recall

Nearly 50 officers and precinct leaders with the El Paso County Republican Party voted today to nominate Bernie Herpin in the Senate District 11 recall effort of Democrat John Morse. Herpin received 30 votes, while candidate Jaxine Bubis received 18. Bubis is expected to withdraw from the race after the two signed an agreement that would name one person as the GOP nominee. According to a press release from the El Paso County Republican Party, the county’s Clerk and Recorder oversaw the process at the expense of the party.

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Local News
7:06 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Colorado Springs Council Considers Marijuana Regulations

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With the passage last year of Amendment 64, Cities and counties around Colorado are deciding whether to allow recreational marijuana shops and grow operations within their boundaries. Denver City Council said yes. El Paso County said no. The city of Pueblo passed a moratorium, deciding, in effect, to decide later. Colorado Springs City Council discussed the question yesterday, and as KRCC’s Liz Ruskin reports, no consensus emerged.

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Western Skies July 2013
11:31 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Western Skies: July 2013, "Gender and Sexual Identity"

Western Skies: July 2013, “Gender and Sexual Identity”

As the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, last month, in many ways, the gay rights movement seems to be pushing forward faster than many had anticipated. Some are already turning toward other complex issues, like gender. This month’s Western Skies brings a variety of community perspectives on an issue that can confuse even those who study it. Please note, some content may be considered unsuitable for sensitive listeners.

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Western Skies is a collaboration between KRCC News and The Big Something.

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Off Topic #9
8:56 pm
Sun July 7, 2013

Off Topic #9: Elusive Origins — In Search of The Authentic

Off Topic #9: Elusive Origins — In Search of The Authentic

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?

 

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Off Topic #8
8:42 pm
Sun July 7, 2013

Off Topic #8: Under Pressure — The Psychology of Performance

Off Topic #8: Under Pressure — The Psychology of Performance

There are times in our lives when we have no choice but to perform. The stakes are high, the pressure is on, the price of failure immense. It seems natural that most of us would try to minimize the amount of time that we spend in such anxiety-inducing situations. But what of those people who seek out these moments of acute pressure, who go so far as to pin their livelihood to them? What inspires them, and what can they teach the rest of us? In this episode of Off Topic, we ask athletes, performers, and academics about the stress of performance, and how to succeed in spite of it.

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Off Topic #7
8:29 pm
Sun July 7, 2013

Off Topic #7: Space is the Place

Off Topic #7: Space is the Place

It’s been over 40 years since the Apollo lunar module first touched down on the surface of the moon. So where are the colonies? The Mars missions? Why isn’t it The Future yet? In this episode of Off Topic, we speak with astronauts, writers and space experts about the past, present, and future of space travel.

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Off Topic #5
7:45 pm
Sun July 7, 2013

Off Topic #5: The Fantasy of Childhood

Off Topic #5: The Fantasy of Childhood

  In a certain sense, childhood is most acutely experienced in retrospect. As a child, it’s simply life as you know it. But, as an adult, childhood (both one’s own and the developmental category in general) takes on a kind of mythic significance and, perhaps, nostalgic appeal. In this episode of Off Topic we look at the ways in which adults and their adult notions, fantasies, and theories about childhood shape what it means to be a child, and we ask if there is anything essential about childhood apart from what parents, teachers, movie producers, and authors say about it.

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Off Topic #4
5:27 pm
Sun July 7, 2013

Off Topic #4: Marriage, Unions, and The Politics of Partnership

Episode 4: Marriage, Unions, and The Politics of Partnership

This week on Off Topic, we take a close and critical look at the institution of marriage. Why do we get married? What do we hope marriage will be? What is it really? How has it changed over time?

This week on Off Topic, we take a close and critical look at the institution of marriage. Why do we get married? What do we hope marriage will be? What is it really? How has it changed over time?

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Off Topic #3
4:59 pm
Sun July 7, 2013

Off Topic #3: Give and Take — Pirates, Profiteers, and Art in the Age of Appropriation

Off Topic #3: Give and Take — Pirates, Profiteers, and Art in the Age of Appropriation

 

The figure of the Genius looms large in our contemporary thinking about art and creativity. Art is a gift given to the masses by those fortunate few who are capable of creating something from nothing, of inventing forms and sounds that the rest of us simply couldn’t imagine. Well, maybe that’s overstating it a bit. But whether or not we believe that great art and ideas emanate from so pure a source, there is certainly a tradition in the West which places the individual at the center of creative production.

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Off Topic #2
4:35 pm
Sun July 7, 2013

Off Topic #2: St. Patrick's Day in the Rear View Mirror

Off Topic #2: St. Patrick's Day in the Rear View Mirror

In this episode of Off Topic:

  • Professor Stillman confronts the ambiguities inherent in the snake’s side of the story.
  • Canadian novelist Peter Behrens discusses how the Irish established the template for what it means to be an immigrant in North America.
  • Duke University professor Michael Moses shares his insights into the Irish literary tradition.
  • Steven Hayward speaks with Irish poet Eamon Grennan.
  • We visit an Irish pub on St. Patrick’s Day and speak with Dr. Kristi Erdal about the neurological effects of intoxication.
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Off Topic #1
2:33 pm
Sun July 7, 2013

Off Topic: Death in the Digital Age

Off Topic: Death in the Digital Age

In the premiere episode of Off Topic:

  • Professor Stillman is thrust into the world of the Harlem Shake only to visualize himself as Death in the Danse Macabre.
  • Steven Hayward speaks with Steven Pustay about the digital logic of death.
  • Kathy Giuffre speaks with poet, Jane Hilberry, about the poetic embrace of death.
  • Steven Hayward discusses the demise of Lego Universe with his children.
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11:54 pm
Sat July 6, 2013

Fire Chief Reports 2 Dead In Crash At San Francisco Airport

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The San Francisco fire chief says two people died Saturday in the crash-landing at San Francisco International Airport of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 from Seoul, South Korea.
A Boeing 777 that news outlets say was inbound from Seoul, South Korea, is on the tarmac at San Francisco International Airport with smoke billowing from its fuselage. It appears the jet broken into at least two large pieces. We'll have more as the news comes in.
Revisiting Flash Point: Living with Wildfire
9:38 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

The Double Bind: Forest Treatment In The Age of Megafires

The devastating 2002 wildfire season generated public discussion about the need for treatments to fix our dangerously overgrown forests. A decade later, the Front Range has been hit with consecutive record-setting fire seasons, which has a lot of Colorado residents wondering why more of that treatment hasn’t happened. In this story that originally aired in April, KRCC’s Michelle Mercer looks into the status of forest treatment on the Front Range. 

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Local News
8:33 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Healthy Conversation: Sun Safety

Summertime means fun in the sun, and in Colorado, that fun is often year-round.  So is the need to protect ourselves from harmful effects of sun exposure.  For this month’s Healthy Conversation, KRCC's Andrea Chalfin is joined by Major James Twede, Chief of Dermatology at Fort Carson.  They begin by talking about why the sun can be so damaging.

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Local News
4:43 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Flooding out of Williams Canyon Considered “Good Test”

Forecasters say the storm over the Waldo Canyon burn scar yesterday that produced flash flooding through Williams Canyon was quick-moving and dropped six-tenths of an inch of rain in about 15 minutes. KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin has more.

Manitou Springs city officials were quick to praise education efforts and first-responder cooperation, but Police Chief Joe Ribeiro acknowledged the city’s warning siren didn’t work correctly.

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Local News
7:35 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Flash Flood Closes Roads, Damages Homes

Highway 24 west of Manitou Springs and other area roads shut down temporarily yesterday as rain hit the Waldo Canyon Burn Scar, sending debris onto the route and flooding Fountain Creek. Authorities say around 20 homes were damaged, 6-8 of them significantly. Meteorologist John Kalina with the National Weather Service in Pueblo says the storm dropped about .6 of an inch of rain in about 15 minutes.

“These cells were moving quickly from the north to the south at around 30 mph or even a little quicker than that, and they did develop rather quickly.”

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The Middle Distance
9:14 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

The Middle Distance 6.28.13: Hey Yawwwwwl!

Paula Deen

The Middle Distance 6.28.13: Hey Yawwwwwwl!

A friend asked me yesterday what’s been in the news. She had not been paying attention. Let’s see, I said. More killing in Syria, more guns flowing in so even more will be killed. Edward Snowden is holed up somewhere in Moscow while the U.S. and Russia argue about extradition. Mmmmm … The Supreme Court’s ruling on the Voting Rights Act and Prop 8 and gay marriage.

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Local News
7:33 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Studying Suicide in the Military

Dr. Craig Bryan

In 2012, the U.S. military’s suicide rate surpassed combat deaths. Clinical Psychologist Craig Bryan has made suicide prevention his mission. This January, Dr. Bryan’s research brought him to Colorado Springs’ Fort Carson, where he was conducting his second study on mental health treatments. KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin sat down then to talk about his research–and how the very characteristics that make an effective soldier can also lead to increased suicide risk.

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Local News
8:03 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Town Hall Addresses Recreational Marijuana in Colorado Springs

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Amendment 64 voted into law last year decriminalized recreational marijuana in Colorado for adults 21 and over. Now Colorado Springs, like local governments around the state, has about three months to decide whether to regulate retail marijuana sales or to ban such shops within city limits. As KRCC’s Liz Ruskin reports, City Council yesterday heard both sides at a Town Hall meeting.

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Revisiting Flash Point: Living with Wildfire
7:33 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Wildfires and Climate Change Perception

Though wildfires have been definitively connected to climate change, megafires in the West haven’t shifted public opinion as drastically as environmentalists might hope.

 

Researchers have found that repeated wildfires in the same region do tend to shift public opinion about climate change, so with back to back summers of megafires the Pikes Peak region may see greater interest in the effects of increased warming.

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Local News
4:12 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Searchers Find Remains of Missing Dylan Redwine

Dylan Redwine, missing since mid-November.

The La Plata County Sheriff’s Office is confirming the remains of Dylan Redwine were found in a recent search conducted in Southwestern Colorado. A five-day search of Middle Mountain Road near Vallecito Lake turned up a number of items, including bones. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation determined those remains as belonging to Redwine. The 13-year old boy disappeared in mid-November while on a court-ordered Thanksgiving holiday visit with his father. The Sheriff’s Office says Redwine was picked up by his father at the Durango-La Plata County airport.

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Revisiting Flash Point: Living with Wildfire
7:33 am
Thu June 27, 2013

The Double Bind: Forest Treatment In The Age of Megafires

The devastating 2002 wildfire season generated public discussion about the need for treatments to fix our dangerously overgrown forests. A decade later, the Front Range has been hit with consecutive record-setting fire seasons, which has a lot of Colorado residents wondering why more of that treatment hasn’t happened. In this story that originally aired in April, KRCC’s Michelle Mercer looks into the status of forest treatment on the Front Range. 

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Revisiting Flash Point: Living with Wildfire
7:33 am
Wed June 26, 2013

The Wildland Urban Interface, Where the Wilderness Meets Civilization

Local News
7:06 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Army to Deactivate Brigade at Fort Carson

The U.S. Army yesterday announced plans to deactivate one of Fort Carson’s four Brigade Combat Teams by 2017.  The move would affect nearly 4,000 soldiers, but as KRCC’s Liz Ruskin reports, it’s not yet clear how many positions the Colorado Springs Army post would actually lose.

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Revisiting Flash Point: Living with Wildfire
3:23 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Waldo Canyon Fire Victims: Recovering without Rebuilding

The Black Forest Fire destroyed over 500 homes, leaving those homeowners with a difficult decision: should they rebuild? Back in April, KRCC’s Michelle Mercer talked to some Waldo Canyon Fire victims about the tough choices they’ve made.

Since this piece aired in April, rebuilding permits have trickled in: now 198 permits have been issued, or about 57% of the Waldo Canyon Fire victims.

• Main Flash Point: Living with Wildfire page with an interactive timeline.

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Flash Point: Living with Wildfire
10:30 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Flash Point: Living with Wildfire

In the wake of last year’s destructive wildfires, Colorado’s residents, scientists, and government officials have been working hard to manage the ongoing threat. We’re not only mitigating our landscapes; we’re adapting our very understanding of what it means to reside within reach of mountain forests. Join KRCC News for “Flash Point,” a special series produced by Andrea Chalfin and Michelle Mercer on how wildfire is changing life in Colorado.

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Culture
1:00 am
Fri May 24, 2013

The Middle Distance 5/24/13: At Their Own Hands

Teddy Eastburn

As Memorial Day approaches, far too many American families are not thinking about what they’ll cook on the grill, but how they will remember their military dead, particularly the growing number who died at their own hands, of suicide. I am the mother of one of those soldiers. My son was a reservist between deployments in the summer of 2007. He had served in Iraq in 2005 in a Special Operations unit and was scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan at Thanksgiving. He floundered between civilian jobs and was increasingly enraged and irritated. His sleep patterns were labored and erratic.

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11:11 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Gazette Reporter Featured on Democracy Now!

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Other than Honorable: Army Strips Benefits of Wounded Veterans by Kicking Them Out for Misconduct
A new investigation by the Colorado Springs Gazette says the U.S. Army is downsizing from a decade of war by increasingly kicking out soldiers, including wounded combat veterans. Despite serving multiple tours of duty, the wounded soldiers lose their medical care and other benefits for life.
Changing Western Landscapes
10:56 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Robert Adams: Photographs of a Changing Landscape

Colorado College student Sarah Kelsey worked with Jessica Hunter-Larsen, curator of the IDEA space, and a fellow student, Jeffrey Moore, to curate an exhibit of one-time CC Professor Robert Adams’ photographs documenting the West’s changing landscape. Born in New Jersey in 1937, Adams spent part of his childhood in Denver, only returning to Colorado in 1965.

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