Wish We Were Here

First Fridays and Sundays of each month

Wish We Were Here: Tales and Investigations from the Shadows of America's Mountain is a documentary radio program and podcast from Radio Colorado College devoted to unpacking the strange, overlooked and forgotten stories of Colorado Springs, Colorado and the Pikes Peak region.  Produced by poet Noel Black (Uselysses, Ugly Duckling Presse, 2011; and La Goon, Furniture Press, 2014) and  Jacob Brownell for KRCC, Radio Colorado College, Wish We Were Here puts a twist on the traditional hour-long weekend storytelling formats by choosing one pinpoint on the map of the United States as the archetype for the American experience as a whole. Each episode will also include original music composed and recorded by artists in the Pikes Peak region.

Wish We Were Here is released monthly on the first Friday at 7 p.m. and first Sunday at 4 p.m. on KRCC, KRCC.org, and on iTunes. Subscribe to our podcast by clicking HERE.

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Wish We Were Here
2:18 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Wish We Were Here, Episode 6 -- Anchor Dreams: The Passion of Scoop Nemeth

Brian Nemeth at Denver Open Media, 2015
Noel Black

(Many poems in the slideshow NSFW or young eyes.)

In this episode of Wish We Were Here, we tell the story of Colorado Springs native Brian "Scoop" Nemeth, a man with high-functioning autism whose singular goal in life is to become "The Black Bill O'Reilly" — a national news and opinion anchor on the Fox News Network's prime-time broadcast.

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Wish We Were Here
6:00 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Wish We Were Here, Episode 5: The Gods Must Be Bewildered

In 2002, retired FBI and CIA investigator Charlie Hess began writing letters Robert Charles Browne, a convicted murderer who claimed to have killed dozens of other people around the country. This episode of Wish We Were Here tells the story of their correspondence and the cold cases Hess would close with Browne's help.

Episode #5 of Wish We Were Here airs Friday, March 6 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 8 at 4 p.m.

You can subscribe to the podcast HERE.

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Wish We Were Here
7:07 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Wish We Were Here, Episode 4: Growing Up With Gay Parents in Colorado Springs

Credit Johnny Ryan

On this episode of Wish We Were Here, Producer Noel Black tells the story of a small community of kids who grew up in Colorado Springs with gay parents.

Jessica: The argument was, which is more harmful, a lesbian mother or a junkie father? I was subpoenaed to testify about my mom’s relationship.


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Wish We Were Here
2:16 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Wish We Were Here, Episode 3: The Beginning of the End of Homelessness?

Charlene, one of the residents of Fort Lyon.
Credit Noel Black

At an old prison in southeastern Colorado, an experimental new program is working to help chronically homeless people from around the state rebuild their lives. In episode 3 of Wish We Were Here, we tell the story of Fort Lyon, and ask whether it could be the beginning of the end of homelessness as we know it. 

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Wish We Were Here
1:26 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Wish We Were Here -- Episode 2: Ludlow and its Legacy

The Ruins of Ludlow

This episode of Wish We Were Here was originally broadcast in November of 2014  

On April 20th, 1914, just north of Trinidad, Colorado, one of the bloodiest, most overlooked events in the history of the American labor movement set the stage for creation of the 8-hour workday, the weekend, and the right of workers to organize.

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Wish We Were Here
11:21 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Wish We Were Here -- Pilot: "I is An Other"

Storme Aerison
Credit Courtesy of Ernie Ferguson

In this pilot episode of Wish We Were Here, we critically examine the career of one of the 20th century's most infamous con-artists, Storme Aerison. It's a story you may think you've heard before--a story of fraud, deception, and and the slipperiness of identity--but no matter your familiarity with Storme's history, there's more to it than you know.

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Wish We Were Here
3:15 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Wish We Were Here -- Program Trailer

"Wish We Were Here"  - Enjoy this introductory teaser for the pilot episode, I is An Other, which  unpacks the story of Storme Aerison (aka Charles Daugherty, Storme Ireland, etc.,) the cheerleader at Coronado High School in 1990 who, as the story goes, “turned out to be a grown man.”

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Wish We Were Here
6:52 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Wish We Were Here Debuts Saturday, July 5


KRCC, Radio Colorado College, an NPR member station, will broadcast the pilot episode of its new hour-long radio show and podcast, Wish We Were Here, on Saturday July 5 at 3 p.m.; and Friday, July 11 at 7 p.m. on KRCC 91.5 FM and KRCC.org.

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