Tue, 06 Dec 2016 10:00:00 -0600The small house in north Denver near Interstate 70 where Candi CdeBaca lives has been in her family for generations. She thinks a plan to expand the interstate is a civil rights violation. She provides her thoughts and we hear the state's viewpoint. Then, is there an ocean on Pluto? And, in 1966 two nuns founded one of the first schools in Colorado for kids with learning differences.
Mon, 05 Dec 2016 10:00:00 -0600Donald Trump's list of potential nominees to the U.S. Supreme Court includes three Coloradans. A former state Supreme Court justice, Rebecca Love Kourlis, explains who they are and what their legal careers indicate about how they would rule on the bench. Plus, an investigation into why -- at almost the last minute -- language changed in an EPA report on fracking and drinking water. And, the future of voucher programs in U.S. schools. We also share a new holiday song from The Lumineers, and profile a Denver muralist.
Fri, 02 Dec 2016 10:00:00 -0600Promises of a renewed coal industry by candidate Donald Trump revved up a Grand Junction crowd in October. But is a coal resurgence possible in Colorado? Meanwhile, new immigrants and refugees wonder how a Trump administration will affect their lives. CPR's Megan Verlee has been listening to their concerns. And beer has been around for 8,000 years -- the Egyptians drank a version of it. A University of Colorado historian, who fancies himself a "beer archeologist," on reproducing ancient beers.
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 10:00:00 -0600The open enrollment season now underway could be the last for the current Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. Republicans have promised to repeal and replace the law -- but what would that look like? Then, an innovative classroom design that includes whiteboard-equipped desks and "wobble chairs." And, "100 Things Avalanche Fans Should Known & Do Before They Die."
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 10:00:00 -0600A part-time professor at Community College of Aurora complained that a recent change in the school's curriculum made some classes too easy. He says he was fired because of it, but the school says he was dismissed because he didn't implement the curriculum effectively. Then, a 16-year-old from Boulder sued the government for not doing more to stop climate change. Also, Denver is vying to host the Gay Games, a major sporting and cultural event for the LGBT community. And, Denver's Phamaly Theater Company features actors with disabilities. Its new artistic director is believed to be the only person in a wheelchair leading a major U.S. theater group.
Tue, 29 Nov 2016 10:00:00 -0600Donald Trump says there will be consequences for communities that don't fully cooperate with Federal immigration officials. CPR's Vic Vela reports on what that could mean for places like Denver and Aurora. Then, we talk liability on the slopes -- recently a snowboarder was ordered to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for running into a skier. Plus, a stretch of I-70 between Golden and Vail could soon become "smart." What the in-road sensors could mean for traffic to the mountains. And CoverGirl's new mascara model hails from Colorado. She's also the first to wear a hijab.
Mon, 28 Nov 2016 10:00:00 -0600Robert Blaha, the co-chairman of Donald Trump's Colorado campaign, is now helping the new administration's transition team regionally. Blaha discusses what a Trump presidency could mean for Colorado. Then, the first and only woman to lead the city of Aurora, Norma O. Walker, talks about her administration. The Navy is about to christen a new submarine: The USS Colorado.
Wed, 23 Nov 2016 10:00:00 -0600Why the ballot effort to eliminate the legal slavery reference from the state constitution went down in defeat. Also, a Colorado pediatrician asked physicians for stories about unforgettable patient recoveries and collected them in a new book. Then, some Colorado entrepreneurs have developed a machine that dries waterlogged electronics. Staples stores across the country have bought the machines and are offering the service to customers.
Tue, 22 Nov 2016 10:00:00 -0600In our first interview with John Hickenlooper since Donald Trump's election, the governor says if he had Trump's ear he'd urge caution in healthcare, immigration, trade and the nation's power supply. Also, where does the governor find promise in a Trump administration? Then, Joel Gratz has been called "Snowstradamus." He's the founder of the popular snow forecasting website OpenSnow. We get a preview of ski season. Plus, in Nepal elephants trample rice crops, which is what people eat, so the animals are often shot. A Colorado zookeeper may have a way to save the crops -- and the elephants. Hint: it involves bees. And, a Thanksgiving recipe from U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet.
Mon, 21 Nov 2016 10:00:00 -0600This'll be the first Thanksgiving in almost 30 years that Clarence Moses-EL won't spend in prison. The Denver man was just cleared of a crime he always said he didn't commit. Then, for those who are about to see relatives for the first time since the election, and dread talking with them about politics, we ask the founder of StoryCorps for tips on asking and listening, even when you hate what you hear. And the Colorado River faces more stresses than ever, like population growth and climate change, but instead of fighting, some Western states are working together to save water, and avoid federally mandated cutbacks.
Fri, 18 Nov 2016 10:00:00 -0600Eighty percent of the world's population will live in urban areas by 2080. To prepare, Denver is looking to a city planning method based on musical theory. Then, anthropologists from University of Colorado broke down President-Elect Donald Trump's unusual communication style. They say mocking his opponents helped propel him to the White House. Plus, a story from deep in the CPR archives about a supersonic jet that landed in Colorado Springs, as a Colorado company hopes to bring back supersonic passenger travel. The story of Daddy "Bruce" Randolph, who made Thanksgiving a little brighter in Denver. And, Denver Art Museum's director hopes a new "Star Wars" exhibition attracts a lot of visitors, but insists they are not "dumbing down things."
Thu, 17 Nov 2016 10:00:00 -0600Weather forecasts in the United States are expected to get a lot better thanks to a new satellite made in Colorado. Engineers at Lockheed Martin spent eight years building it. The launch is scheduled for Saturday, and the satellite could help forecasters save lives during severe weather. Then, in the early 1900s, Chinese immigrants held in an American detention center wrote poetry on the walls to pass the time. Decades later, the writing inspires a Denver poet, an immigrant herself. Plus, an entire museum dedicated to a single artist opened five years ago in Denver. What do the next five years hold for the Clyfford Still Museum? And, public radio mainstay "A Prairie Home Companion" comes to Colorado. A conversation with the show's new host, mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile.
Wed, 16 Nov 2016 10:00:00 -0600A new biography traces Jean Dubofsky's journey from "Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow" to the first female justice of the Colorado Supreme Court and then to a leading role in a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case. Then, a film about motorcycle daredevil, and Boulder legend, Evil Cheesey. And the Colorado 10-year-old who just made a winning pitch on “Shark Tank” to expand his lemonade business. Plus, a scientist who’s bathing toads to save their lives.
Tue, 15 Nov 2016 10:00:00 -0600The number of people in Colorado -- without legal immigration status -- is about 200,000, according to the Pew Research Center. People who are in the country illegally came under great scrutiny during President-elect Donald Trump's campaign, and his message resonates with many of his supporters. Now that he's won, these immigrants' lives stand to change. Also, your brain has an autopilot function, that directs you even when you're not aware. NPR's social science correspondent, Shankar Vedantam tells how a man from Colorado, Derek Amato, convinced his mom that he'd become a piano savant.
Mon, 14 Nov 2016 10:00:00 -0600Colorado used to have a corner on the recreational marijuana market but more states have now followed suit, so where does the state's industry go from here? Then, Bernie Sanders supporters in Colorado say there needs to be change within the Democratic Party following Hillary Clinton’s loss. And a University of Colorado engineer was tasked with making a new sci-fi miniseries about Mars as real as possible. Plus, regular contributor Doug Duncan chats about Monday’s Supermoon.
Fri, 11 Nov 2016 10:00:00 -0600On this Veterans Day, story of veterans from World War II to Iraq and Afghanistan. We learn about those buried in foreign graves at American-run cemeteries in places like France and Italy. Also, a Marine from the San Luis Valley fought in one of the worst battles of the Korean War-- thousands of U.S. soldiers died. And, an essay from a Colorado Vietnam War veteran about the day he stopped believing in God. Plus, how cycling helps veterans of the "War on Terror" heal.
Thu, 10 Nov 2016 10:00:00 -0600The future of conservatism in the Trump era. Former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb, a longtime Clinton supporter and Democratic party activist, on what happened to the party Tuesday and his role as a leader of the party's internal reform effort. Then, Pat Schroeder was Colorado's first congresswoman and explored a run for president in 1987. How Colorado's third-party and unaffiliated voters factored into the election. And checking back on two-first time candidates we've followed through the season. Also, a look at how school finance measures did on Tuesday.
Wed, 09 Nov 2016 10:00:00 -0600Donald Trump supporters applaud his plans to end Obamacare, reform immigration and rework trade agreements. A Clinton supporter who’s spent 50 years in Democratic politics says no election has made her fear for the country -- until now. Republican and Democratic analysts agree Hillary Clinton’s strength in Denver’s suburbs led her to statewide victory. Republicans and Democrats will likely continue to split control of the legislature. An end-of-life measure and minimum wage hike win statewide approval. Boulder voters approve a tax on sugary drinks, while Denver’s marijuana measure is too close to call.
Tue, 08 Nov 2016 10:00:00 -0600Tyler Wilson, of Golden, was paralyzed in Afghanistan. He and and his wife, Crystal, later spent thousands of dollars on IVF to conceive a child. Now, along with other veterans, they've convinced Congress to allow the VA to pay for fertility treatment -- at least temporarily. Then, Doc Holliday, famed for his role in the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, spent more time in Colorado than anywhere else in the Old West -- find out why. A movie explores a world of dog-powered sports that goes far beyond mushing huskies in the Iditarod. And, a look at how maggots could soon turn food waste from Boulder-area restaurants into animal feed.
Mon, 07 Nov 2016 10:00:00 -0600The train to Denver International Airport came close to being shut down this weekend by the federal government because of problems with rail crossings. Ahead of the holiday travel season, we'll get an update on that and other new train lines in metro Denver. Then, a new effort to stop a long-standing practice in Mesa County: residents burning yard waste and scraps. Also, the story of the giant steel plant in Pueblo that helped forge America. And, how to avoid drinking alcohol, particularly during the holidays.
Fri, 04 Nov 2016 10:00:00 -0600Colorado's outdoor recreation industry brings in more than $13B dollars a year, and includes a company, Voormi, that calls itself "the microbrew of apparel." Then, a new dance performance in Denver captures the darkest days of Todd Bilsborough's life, when he came back from the Iraq War. The veteran wrote the music for the show. And, the new Denver band "Lost Walks" thought their concept album would resemble a Disney musical, but they ended up with something more like Goth. Plus, long-time voters remember their first time filling out the ballot.
Thu, 03 Nov 2016 10:00:00 -0600To understand the pipeline conflict at Standing Rock, North Dakota you have to go back to the first U.S. president. Then, a young woman and her grandmother are political opposites. How they're keeping things harmonious this election year. And a new film, shot in Denver, feels like everyday life. Plus, a robot truck made a 120-mile beer run across Colorado recently, but there are no state laws governing self-driving trucks.
Wed, 02 Nov 2016 10:00:00 -0600Supporters and opponents of the major ballot measures debate the issues, including whether to raise the minimum wage, implement a statewide universal health care system, and make it harder to amend the constitution. We also hear about efforts to block a law that makes it illegal to share photos of a completed ballot and from 5th graders who are urging college students to vote.
Tue, 01 Nov 2016 10:00:00 -0600At the US-Mexico border, it's not just law enforcement on patrol. Colorado militias are there, too. Mother Jones writer Shane Bauer went undercover to see these paramilitary groups up close. Then, one Denver teenager gives her thoughts on this election season, while another builds an SUV-sized walking robot. Also, people who manage to disagree politically and still love each other. And roller derby teams -- including in Denver -- are moving away from the kitschy names and dolled-up reputation in an effort to take the sport mainstream.
Mon, 31 Oct 2016 10:00:00 -0600For Halloween, lessons in properly burying the dead and how to raise them back up -- through necromancy. University of Colorado Boulder historian Scott Bruce, and a ghoulish crowd, joined Colorado Matters at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Denver to dig into a millennium's worth of ghost stories. Bruce's new book is "The Penguin Book of the Undead: Fifteen Hundred Years of Supernatural Encounters."
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 10:00:00 -0600Gov. John Hickenlooper says he's never recorded campaign ads for state legislative candidates. But, with Republicans opposed to his signature budget policy, he hopes to flip control of the Senate. That would mean total Democratic control of the legislative and executive branches. Then, a Denver man wrote more than 20 novels, but died before any were published. So his friends are stepping up. And, a web series about people's complex relationships with food, including a vegetarian who married a Colorado cattle rancher.
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 10:00:00 -0600You have questions about this year's ballot initiatives and we have answers. CPR's Megan Verlee, John Daley, and Jenny Brundin join us to clear things up. Then, the legal argument a website designer is making so she doesn't have to make websites for gay couples getting married. And, a new film about a transgender six-year-old in Colorado, who wasn't allowed to use the girls room at school. Plus, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival reacts to news Christopher Marlow co-authored the Bard's "Henry The Sixth."
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 10:00:00 -0600Families of victims in the Aurora theater shootings say under state law, Colorado officials must reveal where the killer is being held. He was moved to an undisclosed location after being attacked at a Colorado prison. State prison officials say they're under no obligation to tell. Also, for voters who don't like Clinton and Trump, there are 20 other people to choose from on the presidential ballot; we hear from Coloradans who plan to vote for those alternative candidates.
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 10:00:00 -0600Some of Colorado's most vulnerable people rely on the Colorado Department of Human Services, including kids who are abused and people with severe disabilities. The department's head, Reggie Bicha, answers questions on issues that have plagued his administration, and on strides it's made. Then, from a sugary soda tax to municipal broadband, we look at some of the local measures on ballots across the state. And ballot selfies may strike you as silly, but they're illegal for a reason. Plus, a Colorado man who helped build a road to the South Pole.
Mon, 24 Oct 2016 10:00:00 -0600Every night, Diane Kois has a decision to make -- where to park the car she lives in. She's chosen this life, but the high cost of Denver metro housing is a factor. Then, a whistleblower says veterans are still waiting too long for healthcare in Colorado. Plus, a new film pays tribute to Vincent Van Gogh. It's animated entirely by more than 64,000 oil paintings. We'll meet the Colorado painter who took part. And, how a Reddit conversation impacted a little tree named Plato.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:00:00 -0600The United States Supreme Court is considering a Colorado case about a juror who made racist comments during deliberations. The verdict could change a longstanding legal bedrock. Then, a big development in how scientists predict weather in space. And a conversation about asteroids, comets and space probes with our regular contributor astronomer and director of Boulder's Fiske Planetarium, Doug Duncan. Plus, a Colorado man has documented the state's changing geography using sketches from the 1870s.
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:00:00 -0600When a sheriff’s deputy responded to a report of an African-American man with a gun, things weren’t as they first appeared. The deputy, and the female CPR news host he stopped, both realize the encounter could have turned out much differently. Then, a decentralized Colorado voting system means it would be difficult to rig elections. Plus, a group of Boulder high school students formed a Nazi Facebook group called “The 4th Reich,” an incident that highlights growing concern over hate crimes. Also, a Colorado Springs woman wants to make history in November as the nation’s first transgender member of Congress.
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 10:00:00 -0600Both of the major presidential candidates have visited Pueblo in recent weeks to pick up swing voters and rally supporters. The presidential candidates believe Colorado’s nine electoral college votes could hinge on this working class city. Colorado Matters Host Ryan Warner spoke with about a dozen Pueblo voters of different ages, political affiliations and backgrounds about what they want from their next president, and what that person should know about them.
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 10:00:00 -0600U.S Senator Michael Bennet wants another six years in office, and this election Coloradans will decide whether he gets them. Bennet tells us why he wants another term, when congressional approval ratings are at just 17 percent and partisan gridlock means -- as he once put it-- the standard of success is simply keeping the lights on.
Mon, 17 Oct 2016 10:00:00 -0600While slavery is banned in Colorado, the state's constitution allows for it in one circumstance: as a form of punishment for a crime. That doesn't sit well with Denver's faith and community leaders who back a ballot measure called Amendment T, which would remove that provision. Then, Colorado voters aren't seeing nearly the same number of campaign advertisements this election year as they did in 2012. And a new documentary looks at the life of Nikolas Tesla, whose name might be more associated with the car than the man who invented the precursor to the modern electrical motor more than 100 years ago.
Thu, 13 Oct 2016 10:00:00 -0600Colorado voters will decide whether to make it more difficult to amend the state constitution. Supporters say it would ensure voters across the state are represented. Opponents say it would increase the influence of special interests. A Denver ballot measure would allow pot smoking in public. Colorado Matters' resident poet weighs in on presidential debates. Did you know horned beavers used to live in Colorado? A Denver museum exhibits "extreme" mammals.
Wed, 12 Oct 2016 10:00:00 -0600School districts have a record-setting number of measures on the ballot worth $4.4 billion all together. Education reporter Jenny Brundin explains what the schools want it for. And, AOL co-founder Steve Case recently came to Colorado as part of an investment tour of start-up companies that are outside of Silicon Valley. Also, how Asians persevered in Colorado despite an unwelcoming environment. Plus, assessing the state's tobacco sales tax ballot measure and Denver's use of its cultural tax.
Tue, 11 Oct 2016 10:00:00 -0600Republican U.S. Senate candidate Darryl Glenn talks about his changing positions on Donald Trump's candidacy in the wake of a controversial video and weighs in on policy issues including the Iran nuclear deal, Obamacare, the "war on coal" and race relations.
Mon, 10 Oct 2016 10:00:00 -0600Three prominent Colorado Republicans withdrew their support for Donald Trump over the weekend to mixed reactions from voters. And Colorado's Secretary of State has a warning for those wanting to write-in their choice for President. Plus, Columbus Day or Indigenous People's Day? It's a question Denver's been grappling with for years. Also, a Colorado non-profit is on the ground working with abandoned children in Haiti following hurricane Matthew. Denver International Airport is "embracing the unbelievable" with conspiracy theory tours and exhibits.
Fri, 07 Oct 2016 10:00:00 -0600The drastic jump in Denver home prices shocked former Denver Post columnist Tina Griego when she returned to Denver recently after moving to Virginia four years ago. She's now on the staff at The Colorado Independent. And, we hear from the new head of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts -- the first woman to run the organization. Also, the federal government might ban an herbal substance that's now legal in Denver and the eclectic sounds of an award-winning Colorado bluegrass band.
Thu, 06 Oct 2016 10:00:00 -0600Amendment 69 on the ballot would provide taxpayer-funded universal healthcare in Colorado. A supporter and opponent debate the proposal. Then, why the oil and gas industry is getting involved in another issue facing voters, Amendment 71, which would make it harder to put initiatives on the ballot. And, in a state where beer is king, artisanal cider is the new darling of the craft alcohol scene.
Wed, 05 Oct 2016 10:00:00 -0600On the eve of this year's John Denver Celebration in Aspen, a look back at Colorado's musical icon.
Tue, 04 Oct 2016 10:00:00 -0600The economic situation is bleak in Grand Junction, the largest community on Colorado's Western Slope. So bleak that the city government is asking employees if some of them are willing to quit their jobs. Then, it's not something you expect to hear from a pastor -- that there are many reasons to steer clear of Christianity. But Nadia Bolz-Weber hopes to lure believers, and non-believers, to her Church of All Sinners And Saints in Denver.
Mon, 03 Oct 2016 10:00:00 -0600The Denver Police Department prepares officers for the most difficult scenarios by putting them in the middle of a new wraparound video simulator called "Shoot-Don't-Shoot." CPR's Andrea Dukakis tried it. Then, an Aurora high school student from Eritrea shares his refugee story. Plus, eating in complete darkness with strangers might not seem ideal, but the founder of the Blind Cafe says its the perfect social experiment.
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 10:00:00 -0600The holiest days of the Jewish year are coming up, but a synagogue in Trinidad, near the New Mexico border, won't hold services for the first time in 127 years. It's been operating longer than any other synagogue in Colorado, but has been sold and is closing. Then, an online petition wants Colorado's Ed Dwight Jr. to become an honorary astronaut. He was the first African-American candidate for the U.S Space program, but following the death of President John F. Kennedy, Dwight was cut from the program. Plus, how budget cuts have hurt one Colorado school district, and an upcoming closure on a main road into Rocky Mountain National Park.
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:00:00 -0600Gov. John Hickenlooper explains why he's decided to support three of Colorado's ballot measures: a minimum wage increase, medically assisted death and a tobacco tax hike. He also addresses a political fundraising video he made in front of the state seal, which he removed after a complaint. And, how he's planning for tectonic policy shifts that could come if Donald Trump is elected. Then, RE-1 Valley School District Superintendent Jan DeLay is on a mission to educate average citizens on the fiscal challenges rural districts like hers face.
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:00:00 -0600A Colorado man was in the gallery when golfing legend Arnold Palmer mounted one of the greatest golfing comebacks in history at the 1960 U.S. Open in Cherry Hills, just outside Denver. Palmer passed away Sunday. Also, a Colorado group aims to make schools, offices and other buildings 50 percent more energy efficient by 2050.
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 10:00:00 -0600Today, a debate. Proposition 106 would allow people who are terminally ill to get a prescription and end their own lives. Denver attorney Julie Selsberg supports the measure, saying she wishes her late father, who had ALS, had the option. Carrie Ann Lucas is a lawyer and disability rights activist who opposes it. Lucas says the law would infringe on her rights and affect her care as well as that of other people who are already marginalized.
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:00:00 -0600More than one million Coloradans have rejected political parties and are registered unaffiliated, but they still want a say in picking presidential candidates. This November voters will decide whether to create an open primary and get rid of presidential caucuses in Colorado. Then, one phone call, from Garrison Keillor, changed musician Chris Thile's life. It was an offer to become the new host of the public radio mainstay A Prairie Home Companion. Thile accepted and talked with us about the direction of the show, which will tape in Denver in November. Plus, what voters need to know about a ballot proposal to renew a cultural tax for Metro Denver; how Colorado influenced writer Vladimir Nabokov; and listener feedback to a recent interview with Denver's first pedestrian planner.
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 10:00:00 -0600Colorado's new veterans hospital is $1 billion over budget. A new investigation criticizes Veterans Administration management for overruns and delays. Then, a University of Colorado researcher wants more women included in clinical studies, because illness and disease affect them differently than men. And, former Broncos tight end Nate Jackson was bedridden a lot in his career, so he took up fantasy football. He writes about his experiences in "Fantasy Man." Plus, a giant polar bear mascot roams local art shows and venues on behalf of cultural funding.