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Wish We Were Here

Series produced by KRCC-FM

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A documentary series from KRCC in Colorado Springs, CO that features stories and investigations that complicate the city's reputation as one of America's most conservative cities.

Wish We Were Here: Tales and Investigations from the Shadows of America's Mountain is a documentary radio program and podcast from KRCC devoted to unpacking the strange, overlooked and forgotten stories of Colorado Springs, CO and the Pikes Peak Region. Produced by KRCC's Noel Black and Jake Brownell, Wish We Were Here puts a twist on the traditional weekend storytelling formats by exposing hidden eclectic stories from a city wrapped in conservative perceptions.


13 Pieces

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In the mid-20th Century, a man named Robert LeFevre (pronounced Luh-FAVE) created a small mountain academy just north of Colorado Springs called Th...

  • Added: Jun 20, 2016
  • Length: 59:02
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On this episode of Wish We Were Here, we take a close look at all sides of a controversial land deal and that bitterly divided the Colorado Springs...

  • Added: Jun 20, 2016
  • Length: 58:58
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On this special episode of Wish We Were Here: Tales and Investigations from the Shadows of America's Mountain, we worked with Nathan Ward at Grit a...

  • Added: Apr 18, 2016
  • Length: 58:09
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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 di...

  • Added: Mar 31, 2016
  • Length: 58:59
Caption: Pikes Peak
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, ...

  • Added: Mar 09, 2016
  • Length: 01:01:02
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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 i...

  • Added: Jan 18, 2016
  • Length: 58:13
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On April 20th, 1914, just north of Trinidad, Colorado, one of the bloodiest, most overlooked events in the history of the American labor movement s...

  • Added: Dec 30, 2015
  • Length: 58:45
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In 2002, retired FBI and CIA investigator Charlie Hess began writing letters Robert Charles Browne, a convicted murderer who claimed to have killed...

  • Added: Dec 30, 2015
  • Length: 58:18
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In this episode of Wish We Were Here, we tell the remarkable story of Bishop Castle--an incredible piece of folk architecture that is likely one of...

  • Added: Dec 30, 2015
  • Length: 59:08
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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 ...

Bought by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation


  • Added: Jan 29, 2016
  • Length: 45:08
  • Purchases: 1
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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...

  • Added: Dec 30, 2015
  • Length: 39:29
Caption: Brian "Scoop" Nemeth, Credit: Noel Black
In this episode of Wish We Were here, we tell the story of Brian "Scoop" Nemeth, a man with high-functioning autism whose singular goal in life is ...

  • Added: Dec 18, 2015
  • Length: 59:05
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In this episode, we ask how Colorado Springs' evangelical Christian community has changed in the decade since former New Life Church Pastor Ted Hag...

  • Added: Dec 29, 2015
  • Length: 58:59