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July 27, 2016 | NPR · Shereen Marisol Meraji and Kat Chow talk to young Asian Americans who crowd-sourced an open letter to their family members, asking them to care about police violence against black Americans.
 
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July 27, 2016 | NPR · A federal judge in Washington will allow John Hinckley to leave a mental institution and to live full-time with his mother. Hinckley shot President Ronald Reagan and three others in 1981.
 
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July 27, 2016 | NPR · Syria's public media agency says 140 people were injured — and that the death toll will likely rise.
 
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July 27, 2016 | NPR · Melting ice has made it harder to hunt walrus, a traditional staple for Native Alaskans. Warmer temps mean caribou aren't where hunters used to find them. It all adds up to more food insecurity.
 
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July 27, 2016 | NPR · Bill Clinton contrasted the "real" woman he knows and the "cartoon" version sketched by critics at the Republican convention last week — congratulating the Democratic delegates on choosing the former.
 

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July 27, 2016 | NPR · Minicomics are kind of a relic — few artists now want to go to the trouble of printing and distributing paper comics. But there are still a few out there that are worth the trouble of hunting down.
 
July 26, 2016 | NPR · Robert Swanson revolutionized American advertising and wrote some of the most memorable ad jingles of the 1950s and '60s for products ranging from Campbell's Soup to Pall Mall cigarettes. He died at 95 July 17 at his home in Phoenix, Ariz.
 
July 26, 2016 | NPR · As TV dramas get better and better, publishers are getting into the game with serialized fiction. Some are even referring to what they publish as "episodes" and "seasons" rather than "books."
 
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July 26, 2016 | NPR · Yes, the green aprons remain, but you may begin noticing more personal flair underneath. Instead of black and white garments, baristas are now free to embrace "drabby chic."
 
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July 26, 2016 | FA · Charlotte Wood's short, gripping book focuses on 10 women who have been sent to a prison camp after various sex scandals. Critic John Powers calls The Natural Way of Things a ferocious novel.
 

February 18, 2011

Lawrence Leighton Smith: A Career Retrospective

The 2010-2011 season marks Lawrence Leighton Smith’s 11th year as Music Director of the Colorado Springs Symphony and Philharmonic, and his final one on the job. What should have been a triumphant retirement year for Smith has been darkened by news of his recent diagnosis with Binswanger’s Disease, a form of dementia. But Smith was in high spirits as he looked back on his career with KRCC’s Michelle Mercer, who offers this retrospective.

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Disclaimer: the Philharmonic is an underwriter of KRCC.

Filed under: Arts & Culture,Colorado Springs,KRCC News,Michelle Mercer — andrea @ 8:29 am

August 17, 2010

Changes in Store for the Air Force Academy Band

The United States Air Force Academy Band has been a proud Colorado Springs tradition for over 50 year. The internationally-renowned Academy Band tours widely, performing for official military functions, and most of its 60 members are also active on the local music scene. But now, as KRCC’s Michelle Mercer reports, the Academy Band’s status is changing, and many are worried its role in the community will change too.

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Filed under: Arts & Culture,KRCC News,Michelle Mercer,Military — andrea @ 5:44 pm

March 25, 2010

Precis

Readers of the Colorado Springs Independent will find in its pages this week the second edition of Precis, a new African American publication. KRCC’s Michelle Mercer spoke with the publication’s editor and publisher about the new paper, and gathered some reactions to Precis from the local African-American community.

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The other publication mentioned in the story, the African American Voice, can be found here.

Filed under: Colorado Springs,KRCC News,Media,Michelle Mercer — Andrea Chalfin News Dir. @ 6:06 pm

February 22, 2010

Jeffersonian Ideals and the State of Farms

Agricultural historian Bonnie Lynn-Sherow closes Colorado College’s State of the Rockies series tonight, with a talk on “The Mythological Power of the Family Farm.” The Kansas State University history professor connects the history of the family farm ideal with Jeffersonian principles. KRCC’s Michelle Mercer spoke with Lynn-Sherow about that history, and met up with some eastern Colorado farmers to see how the Jeffersonian ideal holds up today.

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Disclaimer: Colorado College is KRCC’s licensee.

Filed under: Agriculture/Ranching,Arts & Culture,History,KRCC News,Michelle Mercer,Visiting CC — Andrea Chalfin News Dir. @ 6:19 pm

February 5, 2010

The Mighty Wurlitzer of the Colorado Springs City Auditorium

The Colorado Springs’ City Auditorium joins many programs and facilities throughout the city facing cuts and possible closure due to a significant budget shortfall. This weekend, the first of several benefit concerts seeking to raise money to help save the auditorium takes place. KRCC is a sponsor. But inside the building sits a relic from another time…a Wurlitzer Theater organ, and a local treasure for many. KRCC’s Michelle Mercer visited the auditorium for a rare demonstration of the Mighty Wurlitzer from some area musicians…one seasoned on the organ, another, a novice.

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Hear Tom O’Boyle play Stephen Foster’s “Beautiful Dreamer” on the Wurlitzer organ:

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Filed under: Arts & Culture,KRCC News,Michelle Mercer — Andrea Chalfin News Dir. @ 6:50 pm

February 20, 2009

Rollin' with the Pikes Peak Derby Dames

The Pikes Peak Derby Dames, Colorado Springs’ flat-track roller derby league, is hosting its first tournament this weekend. The tournament comes at a time when the famously campy sport is trying to gain new legitimacy. As KRCC’s Michelle Mercer found out, even practices are rough and tumble affairs.

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Filed under: Entertainment,Indoor/Outdoor Recreation,KRCC News,Michelle Mercer,Sports — Andrea Chalfin News Dir. @ 5:44 pm

February 16, 2009

Boulder International Film Festival: Come Back to Sudan

Boulder’s annual International Film Festival wrapped up over the weekend, with films on topics ranging from the Dalai Lama to Jean Claude Van Damme. One of the films screened at the festival was Come Back to Sudan, about Sudanese refugees living in Colorado who make a journey back to their homeland. Colorado College graduate Daniel Junge directed the film. KRCC’s Michelle Mercer caught up with the award-winning documentary filmmaker in Boulder and has this report.

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More information on the documentary and on Sudanese men and women currently living in Colorado is available at Colorado Friends of the Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan.

Filed under: Arts & Culture,KRCC News,Media,Michelle Mercer — Andrea Chalfin News Dir. @ 5:44 pm

January 21, 2009

CSU-Pueblo Hosts Inauguration Event

The historic nature of President Barack Obama’s inauguration inspired many people around the country and the world to hold special inauguration-viewing events. At Colorado State University in Pueblo, about 150 students, faculty and staff gathered for their own festivities on campus. In the lobby of Belmont residence hall, they sat in couches and chairs before a giant screen TV, eating breakfast burritos and watching the inauguration coverage on MSNBC. KRCC’s Michelle Mercer has this audio postcard.

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Filed under: KRCC News,Michelle Mercer,Politics,Postcard — Andrea Chalfin News Dir. @ 8:01 am

December 8, 2008

A Rare Glimpse into a Brazilian Holiday

KRCC’s Michelle Mercer is in Brazil for a two-month artist’s residency. And while many across the United States are preparing for the holiday season, Michelle has this rare glimpse into a very special Brazilian holiday celebration on the island of Itaparica.

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Filed under: Arts & Culture,Holiday,KRCC News,Michelle Mercer — Delaney @ 5:53 pm

October 10, 2008

Visiting Writers Series: Kent Nelson

Award-winning Colorado writer Kent Nelson has published nine books and has taught at Colorado College for a decade. He read October 9th, as part of the College’s Visiting Writers Series. KRCC’s Michelle Mercer sat down with him to talk about odd jobs, birdwatching, and what it takes to make it as a writer.

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Filed under: Arts & Culture,Interview,KRCC News,Michelle Mercer,Visiting CC — Delaney @ 2:56 pm

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