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Whit Stillman was born to make a Jane Austen film. His godfather was the famous sociologist E. Digby Baltzell, whose book The Protestant Establishment brought us the acronym WASP, for White Anglo-Saxon Protestant. Stillman grew up in that world; he knows about social class and how intricate ganglia of manners work in society.

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KUNC welcomed All Things Considered Weekend Host Michel Martin to Colorado State University for a live storytelling event about the evolving legal, ethical, and social conversations around water.

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Ever wondered: What’s the sound of two hands playing a non-existent guitar?

Apparently it's pretty loud, at least it is if you’re a contestant at the U.S. Air Guitar National Qualifiers.

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Monarch butterflies are disappearing. Scientists agree that in the last 20 years, populations of the black and orange insect have been in precipitous decline. But there's much less certainty on what’s causing them to vanish.

As each new scientific paper on monarch decline is published, the image becomes slightly less opaque. So far, potential culprits include disease, climate change, drought, deforestation, and sparse nectar plants. Blame has been cast on everyone from loggers to farmers to suburban developers.

In the battle to save the migratory monarch, advocates have zeroed in on a simple, leafy weed.

Vilsack Stays Mum On Ag's Current Consolidation Boom

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The country’s top agriculture official, Tom Vilsack, is declining to comment on some of the largest  mergers the farm economy has ever seen.

Possible deals between Germany-based Bayer and American seed giant Monsanto, Switzerland-based Syngenta and ChemChina, a state-owned Chinese chemical company, and between American chemical companies Dow and DuPont could further consolidate an already consolidated market [.pdf]. That means farmers could face fewer choices when buying seeds or chemicals.

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With warm weather approaching, many scientific and conservation organizations in Northern Colorado are appealing to volunteers to help with data collection. While aiding in important research is the goal, summer fun is also a bonus.

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One of the greatest Chinese martial arts films has just been restored and is showing at theaters around the country.

Writer and director King Hu set 1967's Dragon Inn in the late 15th century, the time of the Ming Dynasty in China, in the midst of a conflict between two powerful groups. The bad guys, the East Espionage Secret Police, execute a man unjustly, his family flees and the Secret Police go after them.

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In the early 1990s, Colorado had a new nickname - the “hate state.” The state was missing out on millions of dollars from a boycott from across of the country, and Evangelical Christian groups were flocking to Colorado Springs.

Why? Because of a new amendment to the state constitution that made it legal to discriminate against LGBT people.

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In the West, the old saying goes "Whiskey is for drinking; water is for fighting" -- which is a fancy way of saying water is highly valued. Water is vital for agriculture, recreation, growing cities and, of course, it’s the main ingredient in craft beer.

It’s no surprise, then, that we talk about water a lot in Colorado. NPR Weekend All Things Considered host Michel Martin will open a dialogue at a live event on The Future of Water, May 24, 2016. Ahead of her visit to Fort Collins, Martin shared some of what she hopes the conversation on water will accomplish.

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What do samurais, Paul Simon and Old MacDonald have in common? More than you might think. This weekend, you can get your fill of Asian-inspired films, hear Paul Simon in concert (and on your sound system) and engage your inner urban farmer...

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