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Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton go head-to-head in the first presidential debate tonight. NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, is live annotating the debate.

Portions of the debate with added analysis are highlighted, followed by context and fact check from NPR reporters and editors.

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Wayne Wilkinson has played jazz guitar everywhere from the White House to Carnegie Hall, and has even shared the stage with noted tenor saxophonist, former president Bill Clinton. He was a guitarist in the Air Force Falconaires and Airmen of Note bands, and now records and performs both as a soloist and with a wide array of collaborators. He lives in Colorado Springs, and is a fixture in the local jazz scene.

Looking Up: Nerd Star On The Left

Sep 26, 2016
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This week on Looking Up we take a peak at the Atik. 

I know you won’t believe this, but every now and then astronomers can come off as a tiny bit nerdy. And today’s edition of Looking Up lets us delve into the truly nerdy, at a couple of levels.

Because today I want to talk to you about the very interesting star named Atik. 

We've got Guilty Pleasure Songs... Do You?

Sep 22, 2016

We've all got songs we blast in the privacy of our own homes but might not recommend to a friend, or even admit we like at all. Don't we?

In this piece from the latest episode of Air Check, we re-imagine our usual "musical roundtable" segment. Instead of sharing recent favorites, Vicky, Jake and Jeff each share a song that they'd rather you didn't know they enjoy...

91.5 KRCC's Morning Edition Gets New Host

Sep 22, 2016
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Longtime 91.5 KRCC News Director, Andrea Chalfin, is taking over as host of the station's daily broadcast of Morning Edition, NPR's flagship news magazine program. She replaces Shawn Rosvold, who has hosted the show since February of 2014. 

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A Denver-based law firm has filed a class action suit on behalf of residents in Security, Widefield, and Fountain over drinking water contamination.

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Hundreds of cyclists passed through southeast Colorado this past weekend for the fifth annual Pedal the Plains ride.

Looking Up: Mercury - Retrograding On A Curve

Sep 19, 2016
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This week on Looking Up Tristan tells us the current travel path of the planet Mercury.  

If you are an early riser, one of the most elusive planets in our solar system will be putting on a show this week. The planet Mercury, the innermost of all the planets, is remarkably hard to see. 

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This election cycle has been anything but typical, and now Colorado voters will have their say in how the next election is handled. Two questions will appear on the November ballot, one would open local primaries to unaffiliated voters.  The other would switch the state to a presidential primary instead of a caucus.

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The fifth annual Pedal the Plains bike ride is set to begin Friday in Ordway. The three-day 150-mile ride will take place in the Lower Arkansas River Valley this year, passing through Ordway, Fowler and La Junta.

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Some blood donation centers around Colorado Springs are reporting low supplies and asking the community to donate.

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It's no secret that record stores have struggled to survive in the digital age. In the last decade, we've seen music retail giants like Tower Records and Sam Goody file for bankruptcy and watched as the internet has rendered CDs virtually obsolete. For those running record stores, there has been a lot to adjust to. 

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A recently released survey shows community members in the Pikes Peak region have few concerns about living near military installations. 

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91.5 KRCC is partnering with KCME on an upcoming special looking at the historic alliance between The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and Colorado College. In this hour-long program, we aim to explain the deal, provide some background on the history and significance of Fine Arts Center, and ask what it will mean for the future of the arts in southern Colorado. 

But we need your help.

Looking Up: You've Tried The Rest, Now Triangulum

Sep 12, 2016
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This week on Looking Up Hal gives us the very latest hypote-news on a  constellation by the name of Triangulum.

We talked before about the interesting shapes of constellations in the night sky. Some look like their name, like Scorpio the scorpion. Others, like Ophiuchus, looked nothing like their namesake. But there is one small constellation in southern Colorado skies right now that you might recognize from both its shape and its name – Triangulum.

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Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers gave the 145th annual "State of the City" address at the Broadmoor Thursday.

Mayor Suthers called on state leaders to expand a section Interstate 25 between Denver and Colorado Springs. He also acknowledged the pain caused by two shootings that happened in the city last fall.

Another topic was jobs. 

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There are few who understand the dynamics of modern presidential politics better than David Axelrod. As Chief Strategist for President Obama’s campaigns in 2008 and 2012, Axelrod helped define presidential campaigning in the digital era. He also worked closely with President Obama as Senior Advisor in the White House from 2009 to 2011. He now runs the Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago, and is a Senior Political Correspondent for CNN and host of the podcast, The Axe Files

 

Axelrod was in Colorado Springs this week to speak at Colorado College, and KRCC’s Jake Brownell interviewed him about his time in Washington and the legacy of the president he helped put into office.  

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Labor Day weekend has come and gone, and now it's back to work.

For everyone out there who's back at the office in body, but not in spirit, we bring you a selection of songs about work from the notoriously labor-averse genres of punk and new wave.

Looking Up: Waiting For A Full and Sincere Apogee

Sep 5, 2016
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This week on LOOKING UP we learn about the true distance of the moon from the earth.

Take a look at the moon tonight. Does it seem a little smaller to you? Well, it should. Because the Moon is very near its apogee point for September. What does Apogee mean? It means it’s the farthest distance the Moon gets from Earth in its orbit.

Jake Brownell

On Episode 7 of Air Check, Portland band Ages and Ages drops by for an interview and in-studio performance, Bob Slade, host of KRCC’s Retro Fix, shares some of his favorite songs about work in honor of labor day, we discuss the ever-changing industry of music retail with Judy Negley and Shawn Mayo of Independent Records, Dick Fairley interviews local jazz guitarist, Wayne Wilkinson, and we cop to some guilty pleasure songs.

The Tim Gill Center for Public Media is pleased to announce the return of the citizen journalism contest for the 2016-2017 academic year.

This multimedia contest includes categories in video, audio, written, and photojournalist content. Optional free workshops are available to provide insight and best practices.

More information, workshop dates, submission deadlines and more details available here.

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Colorado Springs is embarking on a two-year process to create a master plan for the city.  The effort, announced Wednesday, looks to provide what's being called a "roadmap to [the] city's 20-year future," and will help guide policies and priorities.

In prepared remarks at Wednesday's unveiling, Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers said the process will look at land use planning, including growth and infill, but it's much broader than that.

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A new partnership aims to preserve four farms in Rocky Ford, totaling more than 660 acres.

New conservation easements between farmers Bart and David Mendenhall and the Palmer Land Trust will help ensure the water from their farms can never be sold off.

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2016 hasn't been a good year for people who want to restrict oil and gas development in Colorado. Now the failure to collect enough valid signatures to put two anti-fracking initiatives on the November ballot means no foreseeable resolution to an issue that has divided the state.

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The Colorado State Fair officially opened August 25th in Pueblo. Saturday, hundreds of high school students crowded in to perform at the annual marching band competition. KRCC's Holly Pretsky attended the event and other traditional fair activities, and brought back this audio postcard.  

Looking Up: Bear Witness

Aug 29, 2016
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This week Bruce gives us different cultural perspectives on the constellation Ursa Major (the Big Dipper).

The skies of Southern Colorado were not always seen the same way as we do in modern times. If you take look at our evening skies this week to the northwest after sunset, you will see the familiar group of stars known as the Big Dipper.  The Big Dipper is an asterism contained in the constellation Ursa Major – the greater she-bear. 

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The state health department is launching a new campaign to help adults talk to kids about marijuana use. Risks of underage marijuana use can include both legal and health issues. The $7 million campaign focuses on how adults can be a big influence on adolescents.  

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Colorado College and the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center have finalized a merger that, after a four-year transition period, will result in the full integration of the center into College operations.

Imagination Celebration

Imagination Celebrations hosts the What If Festival in Downtown Colorado Springs on Saturday September 10th, from 10am to 4pm. The event is an all-ages festival of discovery, learning, questioning and connecting. 

There will be a multitude of interactive experiences, as well as three stages with live music, including a 91.5 KRCC Stage in the Pioneer Museum Plaza with Vicky Gregor and I hosting music from local favorites and winners of the Indy Music Awards.

Three's Company

Aug 22, 2016
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This week Hal lets us know about the conjunction of Mars and Saturn.

The summer of 2016 is a particularly good one for anyone interested in planets. All the naked eye planets are visible, and the nights are warm enough that we can stay outside without getting too uncomfortable. Even binoculars will let you see the red surface of Mars, the stripes on Jupiter, and the rings of Saturn. 

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