91.5 KRCC's Wish We Were Here
By Jake Brownell
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No longer producing new episodes, Wish We Were Here was a monthly documentary series from 91.5 KRCC in Colorado Springs, CO that featured stories and investigations that complicate the city's reputation as one of America's most conservative cities.
||CleanWish We Were Here Episode 16: Liberty's Pitchman — Robert LeFevre & The Freedom School||In the mid-20th Century, a man named Robert LeFevre (pronounced Luh-FAVE ) created a small mountain academy just north of Colorado Springs called The Freedom School. The school, and his teachings, played an important role in the popularization of||6/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWish We Were Here, Episode 15: Acre for Acre — The Fight for Strawberry Fields||On this weekend’s special episode of Wish We Were Here , we take a close look at all sides of the proposed Broadmoor land swap deal and the way that open space defines Colorado Springs as a city. At the heart of deal lies a 189 acre undeveloped piece||5/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWish We Were Here, Episode 14: Shorty—The Life and Disappearance of Mike "The Bike" Rust||UPDATE: On Monday, 4/25/16, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation officially confirmed that the remains found in January in Saguache County were those of Mike Rust. An investigation into Rust's death is ongoing. Stay tuned to KRCC for more information. O||4/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWish We Were Here, Episode 13: The Girl Who Dug Up Dinosaurs||A 12-year-old girl in blue jeans probably isn’t the first thing you picture when you hear the word paleontologist. But in 1979, young India Wood discovered a bone on a ranch in northwest Colorado that would change her life. For the next three years, W||3/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWish We Were Here, Episode 12: Avalanche on America's Mountain||Most people think of Pikes Peak as a tourist destination – the Fourteener with a highway and a donut shop on top. But for many local mountaineers, climbers and skiers, Pikes Peak is also a wilderness playground. For backcountry skiers Dan Crossey , Mi||2/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWish We Were Here, Episode 11: Dragonman - Behind the Guns||With a national debate raging about the 2nd Amendment, we went to meet a man who epitomizes the right to bear arms: Dragonman . Born Mel Bernstein in Brooklyn, NY in 1945, Dragonman claims to be the most armed citizen in the state of Colorado. Among the||1/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWish We Were Here, Episode 10: After the Evangelical Vatican||For many years in the 1990s and 2000s , Colorado Springs was so synonymous with conservative evangelical Christianity that it earned the nickname "The Evangelical Vatican." But in late-2006, Pastor Ted Haggard of New Life Church--then one of the most||12/4/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWish We Were Here, Episode 9: Three Degrees of Lorne Greene||On this episode of Wish We Were Here, we bring you three stories from three current or former Colorado springs residents, completely unknown to one another. All three of these stories are tied together by one man: Lorne Greene.||10/5/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWish We Were Here, Episode 8: CSPD Black -- The True Story of COS' First African American Detective||On this episode of Wish We Were Here, we bring you the story of Ron Stallworth . In the 1970s , he became the first black detective ever to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. He's also the author of Black Klansman , a memoir about one of h||8/21/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWish We Were Here, Episode 7: Bishop Castle||PODCAST In 1959, at the age of 15, Jim Bishop bought a plot of land in the Wet Mountains, west of Pueblo, Colorado. He started building a stone cottage on the land in the mid sixties, and never stopped. In the more than four decades since he broke groun||6/5/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWish We Were Here, Episode 6: Anchor Dreams -- The Passion of Scoop Nemeth||(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||4/17/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWish 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||3/5/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWish We Were Here, Episode 4: Growing Up With Gay Parents in Colorado Springs||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.||2/6/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWish We Were Here, Episode 3: The Beginning of the End of Homelessness?||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||12/8/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWish We Were Here, Episode 2: Ludlow and its Legacy||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||10/31/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWish We Were Here -- Pilot: "I is An Other"||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 o||7/3/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWish We Were Here -- Program Trailer||"Wish We Were Here" - Enjoy this introductory teaser for t he 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,||7/2/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
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A phenomenal podcast. Black and Brownell craft a narrative that totally envelops the listener. Capturing the ordinary absurdity of life in America, they poke and prod at the margins and in doing so provide fresh insight into those questions that are so fundamental to our humanity.
A didactic and overproduced attempt at This American Life-style storytelling. These kids want so badly to impress upon us the complexity of their city's culture. Of course the best way to put Colorado Springs on the map is not to argue stridently for its exceptionalism. We'll believe the city is a dynamic and interesting place when its residents produce some sophisticated art and culture. This podcast's agenda only serves to reinforce my belief that the Springs must have a big culture problem--somehow the dominant conservative culture must keep progressives in a state of juvenile rebellion.
This is a podcast created by two adults that's really worth the time, if, for no other reason, than that it's, you know, Colorado-based culture.