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An 11-Year-Old Skydiver Who Never Jumps From A Plane; Denver Affordable Housing

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 10:00:00 -0600

Sydney Kennett tells us about indoor skydiving, and why she does it so well. But first, he City of Denver is thinks it has a workable way to boost its affordable housing fund. The Food and Drug Administration may allow a product derived from cannabis to be considered legal medicine, and meet two Colorado teenagers who are among the nation’s top scientists.

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Teachers Rally, But What Do They Want? And, A 6-Year-Old Elk Bugler

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 10:00:00 -0600

Teachers in Colorado are gathering at the state Capitol on Monday to lobby and then attend a rally. The primary ballots for Democrats and Republicans started firming up this past weekend at the state assemblies. Why the Google-Oracle Java battle matters in Colorado. Can home ice help the Colorado Avalanche turn around the Stanley Cup playoffs? And, have you heard about the 6-year-old elk bugler from Fruita? We’ve got you covered.

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Down ‘The River Of Lost Souls’ With Jonathan Thompson

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 10:00:00 -0600

A new book puts the Gold King Mine spill within the long history of mining and pollution in Southwest Colorado. An inner-city youth program near the Denver-Aurora border aims to change the lives of young men. Then, one quarter of rural households in the state go without high speed internet. A new subsidy aims to change that. And preview of a moving new violin concerto by Colorado composer Jeffrey Nytch about a violinist hero in an Italian cruise ship disaster called "Costa Concordia."

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Ballot Signature Skirmishes; Squeezing The Middle Class; A Solo Lumineer

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 10:00:00 -0600

The recent Stapleton and Lamborn ballot signature dust ups show the state's verification system works, Secretary of State Wayne Williams s. Then, what President Trump may mean for the future of renewable energy in Colorado. A new study finds Colorado's middle class is squeezed and stressed. And the legend of Rattlesnake Kate McHale gives the Lumineers' Neyla Pekarek the inspiration and name for a new solo album.

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Was There A 'War On Coal' And If So, Is It Over?

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 10:00:00 -0600

Stan Dempsey, head of the Colorado Mining Association, recently declared the so-called “War On Coal” to be over. Was there ever a war, or just market forces? One of the leading thinkers on artificial intelligence, Heather Roff, will speak this week at CU Boulder -- after we speak with her. And, products that are made in Colorado, from beer cans to chemicals to satellites, could be caught up in the big international trade battles now underway.

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Whither Or Wither The Denver Post Now, After An Open Rebellion Against Owners?

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 10:00:00 -0600

Denver Post editorial page editor Chuck Plunkett talks about the paper’s future after waging wat in print and online against its corporate owners Alden Global Capital. But first, David Flaherty of Colorado-based Magellan Strategies outlines the way political campaigns profile voters and use of social media. The Colorado Department of Agriculture, talks about Colorado losers and winners in Trump’s trade battles. And, your gun questions answered.

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Where Things Stand With Firestone; CPR Picks Its Next Leader

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 10:00:00 -0600

Two people died when a house exploded in the northern Colorado town of Firestone a year ago. CPR’s Grace Hood and Ben Markus talks about what’s changed since then. Last week, the Denver City Council said it would not investigate claims of sexual harassment against Mayor Michael Hancock. What happens next? Stewart Vanderwilt talks about taking the reins at CPR. And author Emily Dufton talks about the history marijuana policy in her new book, "Grass Roots: The Rise And Fall And Rise of Marijuana in America."

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Where Things Stand On The State Budget; The Lumineers’ Stelth Ulvang

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 10:00:00 -0600

While a surplus has eased tensions among state lawmakers jockeying for budget priorities, it also has them scrambling for the extra dollars. Does an EPA rollback on car emissions mean “America First,” or bad air and hit to wallet for Coloradans? The annual Denver Auto Show just kicked off. Stories told by war veterans inspired Jeff Campbell to write his latest play, "Honorable Disorder.” The Lumineers’ Stelth Ulvang somehow finds time to write and record his own music.

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What It Was Like To March With Martin Luther King Jr.

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 10:00:00 -0600

Sheldon Steinhauser, who lives in Denver, was part of the march from Selma to Montgomery in 1968. He looks back 50 years on the anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Colorado Parks and Wildlife doesn't have the money to pay for land it leases. As we head into wildfire season, we revisit an interview s journalist Michael Kodas, author of “Megafire.”

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Getting First Responders The Mental Health Services They Need; Money From Methane

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 10:00:00 -0600

A study from CU Anschutz says police, fire and other workers are more likely to die from suicide than line-of-duty incidents. What’s being done to help? Researchers at the University of Colorado see a new business opportunity in technology they developed to detect methane leaks. We get a look inside the strapped-for-cash Saguache County Jail. And snowboarder Amy Purdy, of Silverthorne, won a silver in snowboard cross at the Paralympics last month in South Korea, so we’re revisiting an earlier conversation with her.

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Immigrant's Legal Odyssey May End; Homeowners' Affordable Housing Snafu

Mon, 02 Apr 2018 10:00:00 -0600

Immigrant Rene Lima-Martin's robbery conviction led to a 20-year legal odyssey before his release last week. Hundreds of residents who bought homes through Denver's affordable housing program recently learned they will have to sell. A Fort Collins photographer chronicles severe storms in a new book. A Denver artist tucks her tiny paintings inside mint tins.

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CDOT Listens And Tries To Clear The Air About Driving High

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 10:00:00 -0600

CDOT is holding town hall-style "cannabis conversations" to wrap its head around marijuana’s effect on drivers. A new book by Kenneth Jessen explores how the state went from wild wild west to a civilized society. Colorado College archivist Jessy Randall unearths a #MeToo story behind a former campus president's departure in 1917. And for Dragondeer, 'The Other One' by the Grateful Dead flashes back to 1968 best.

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Pueblo Friction On Mustard Gas; Meet The Real Molly From ‘Molly’s Game’

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 10:00:00 -0600

Molly Bloom talks about Aaron Sorkin directing "Molly's Game," about her journey from Olympic hopeful to running high-stakes poker games, and how she lost it all. In Pueblo, there’s a battle over how to get rid of a mustard gas stockpile. Handcuffed by voters, Pueblo jail officials can’t handle overcrowding. Colorado Mesa is home to the nation's top-ranked NCAA Division II softball team. And a bus-sized space station is plummeting to Earth. Can you see it?

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Microbes And Bacteria: ‘Mom’s First Gift,' Says Author Eugenia Bone

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 10:00:00 -0600

As soon as you come into the world, you are met with bacteria. "It's like mom's first gift, you know?” says Colorado author Eugenia Bone, who at 55 went back to college to study microbes. Bone spoke with Colorado Matters host Ryan Warner in front of an audience -- and all their microbes -- at The Newman Center in Denver. Also, internal disciplinary records obtained by CPR News show engineers have made dozens of serious mistakes in the last two years.

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What's The Relationship Between Mental Illness And Violence Like Mass Shootings?

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 10:00:00 -0600

Statistically, people with mental illness are no more likely to become violent than people who don't have a diagnosed mental illness. Climate scientists have news data that allows them to more closely link specific weather events to global warming. The story behind a photo of a young woman on horseback leaping from a tower in Pueblo in 1905. Colorado actor Mathenee Treco talks about his dual roles in "Hamilton" in tour.

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Coloradans, Guns, And Marching For Our Lives: Special Coverage

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 10:00:00 -0600

Colorado Matters covered Saturday's March For Our Lives protests around the state live, and over the course of an hour also wove in several very different views on gun ownership, rights and restrictions. We heard from reporters in Grand Junction, Colorado Springs and Denver -- the site of the largest of the gatherings.

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Colorado Jails Are Overcrowded For Reasons You Might Not Think. Now What?

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 10:00:00 -0600

Half the people in Colorado's jails haven't been convicted of anything; a lot of them just can't pay bond. Now the state is looking at how else to get people to show up for trial. Then, you may think twice about squishing bugs after hearing Denver science writer David MacNeal talk about insects that help us solve murders, cure disease, and design better buildings.

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Gov. Hickenlooper Backs Raising The Legal Age For Buying Assault Weapons

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 10:00:00 -0600

John Hickenlooper supports raising the age for purchase of assault weapons and allowing judges to issue temporary restraining orders to keep people from having guns if there’s reason to believe they might pose a danger. We talk about inviting conservative voices to liberal campuses as Ann Coulter speaks at CU-Boulder tonight. And we meet Jim Howard, a fashion illustrators and the focus of a new exhibition at the Denver Museum of Art.

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Do Schools Or Lawmakers Have Role In Helping To Prevent Teen Suicide?

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 10:00:00 -0600

Suicide is the leading cause of death among young people in Colorado, but lawmakers can't agree on what to do about it. Then, while reporting on sexual harassment at the Capitol, we discovered lawmakers’ aides and interns aren't allowed to talk to reporters. Then, Denver chef Jesse Vega talks about helping to feed Hurricane Maria survivors in Puerto Rico. And, hear about the new Center for Colorado Women’s History at Byers-Evans House Museum.

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What Happens To The Denver Post And Its Readers After More Newsroom Layoffs?

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 10:00:00 -0600

There was a lot of hope for newsroom stability -- and more state news coverage -- when The Denver Post started asking online readers to pay for content earlier this year. But last week the paper announced more layoffs. How do hedge funds profit from their ownership? Also, veterans in Colorado Springs struggle to find health care, even with new federal laws that are supposed to help. And, trees make sounds our ears don't usually pick up.

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Meet A Developer Who Says Gentrification Doesn’t Have To Mean Displacement

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 10:00:00 -0600

Denver developer Kyle Zeppelin says he is not a typical urban developer, “an industry that’s gotten a little bit tainted.” We’ve asked teachers and others to tell us about how they’re innovating in their classrooms, and more than 40 of them weighed in. Lyons printmaker Bud Shark’s work appears at New York's Museum of Modern Art and the Met. His archive’s moving to CU-Boulder. And the U.S. Navy's newest attack submarine, the USS Colorado, will go into service Saturday.

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Searching For Truth In Political Harassment Investigations

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 10:00:00 -0600

A lawmaker -- expelled for sexual harassment. It sounds a lot like recent events in Colorado. In fact, the same thing happened in Arizona. An investigator in the case talks about hunting for the truth in such a political workplace. Satellites are so critical that the military has a new unit to protect them from enemy attack. And, the Museum of Contemporary Art - Denver has a new lending library. Not books -- art!

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How ‘I Don’t Want To Sit On Your Lap’ Helped Spur #MeToo In Newsrooms

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 10:00:00 -0600

As the movement against sexual harassment moves into newsrooms, Dianna May is helping lead the new initiative called Press Forward. Daniel Raimi wrote a book on fracking after he couldn’t find one to recommend to others. Boulder Valley students with dyslexia get more resources. And, corned beef and cabbage may not be as Irish as you think on St. Patrick’s Day.

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Students With Differing Views Hash Out The Planned Walkouts Over Gun Violence

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 10:00:00 -0600

Should students protest gun violence by walking out of class, and what do the protesters hope to gain? Two Front Range teenagers talk about it. Then, the mystery if a polio-like illness In Colorado may have been solved. We meet one family that recovered. A Colorado filmmaker takes about documenting the life and work of the late war photographer Chris Hondros.

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Gardner Worries About ‘Constitutional Rights’ In The Gun Violence Debate

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 10:00:00 -0600

Sen. Gardner spoke at length about ideas to end gun violence, insisted the North Korea nuclear talks be based on concrete and verifiable steps, and restated his opposition to steel and aluminum tariffs. Then Rep. Lamborn raises eyebrows over pot research rules, Philip Anschutz talks about his new book “Where The West Begins,” and we hear about why scientists believe we’re one step closer to understanding the Big Bang.

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Nathaniel Rateliff's New Album Leaves Us 'Tearing At The Seams'

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 10:00:00 -0600

The folks who ran Colorado’s legislature used to cram opponents’ bills into their desks, never to be seen again. We talk to the former lawmaker who got that stopped, only to be replaced by dreaded "kill committees." Then, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats have a new album. Plus, a bobsledder brings home silver. And, the story of a Colorado ski pioneer.

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Should Colorado Bid To Host The Winter Olympics? Meet The Opposition

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 10:00:00 -0600

The NOlympic committee is seeking a ballot initiative to ask voters if they want to host the Winter Olympics. Mona Kline talks about surviving the Grover Cleveland Elementary School shooting in San Diego. We followed up with your questions after a story about letting judges temporarily take guns away from people who appear to be a threat. And the annual crane festival is back this weekend at the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge.

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Can't Afford A Meal? Stop In At The SAME Cafe

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 10:00:00 -0600

There’s a cafe on East Colfax in Denver with an unusual approach to combating hunger, and it's new leader plans on growing the model. Then, the story of Bobo's bars. An FCC crackdown brings a curtain of silence down on Colorado pirate radio stations. And Boulder's Tom Wasinger turns from producing others' records to recording one of his own.

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Why Lawmakers' ‘Hearts And Minds’ Changed About Sexual Harassment

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 10:00:00 -0600

Rep. Faith Winter reflects on attitudes about sexual harassment at the Colorado Capitol, and what may come next. Then, Dr. Larry Wolk, the head of Colorado's public health department and E.R. Dr. Emmy Betz talk about gun violence research. Joshua Dunn, a conservative professor at CU’s Colorado Springs campus, talks about the experience of like-minded academics. And, the 10-year-old Epic Pass has a new rival. What does that mean for skiers?

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Warnings Didn’t Stop Florida Shooter. Here's How They Might In Colorado

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 10:00:00 -0600

A Colorado group wants courts to intervene, at the request of family members or friends, to keep violent people from getting guns. And, the 2013 legislature’s gun control laws still cast a political shadow. Then, Chipotle hopes its new CEO sparks a turnaround. Plus, a Mongolian immigrant’s struggles surface in her art. Also, a chat with winning Colorado Olympians.

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More Guns In Schools? This Columbine Survivor And Lawmaker Says Yes

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 10:00:00 -0600

State Rep. Patrick Neville survived the Columbine shooting. He makes the case for expanded gun access and training for teachers and staff in schools. Then, after CSU ousted Larry Eustachy, we ask: What's the price for a winning team? Also, should Colorado cyclists be allowed to roll through red lights? And, we get a tour of the re-opened Kirkland Museum.

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His Wife Tells How This Former NFL Star Is Lining Up Against CTE

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 10:00:00 -0600

Rob Kelley was a safety for the Saints. Emily Kelley, his wife, the unexpected turn her family's life has taken. Then, genetic coding, isotopes and Bitcoin-like databases may be used to keep tabs on the origins of marijuana plants. Your Pomeranian is descended from wolves. And, how did the crazy Front Range housing market get this way?

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What It Feels Like To Live Through A School Shooting, And The Aftermath

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 10:00:00 -0600

The school shooting in Florida last week in which 17 people died broke Avery Griggs’ heart, because she lived through the Arapahoe High School shooting. Then, getting the word out to non-citizens about deportation dangers around working in the weed business. What it takes to resurrect and redevelop relics from Colorado's sugar beet gold rush days. And we get a sneak peak inside Google's new Boulder campus.

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What's Next For The Lucrative Outdoor Industry In Colorado?

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 10:00:00 -0600

Luis Benitez, director of the Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office, talks about what's next for the outdoor industry. Forget the Gold Rush, what about the White Gold Rush in the late 1800s? Also, Thousands of immigrants detained in Aurora move forward with claims they were forced to work for little or no money. And Lois Fink of Fort Collins lost her colon to Chron's disease. She writes about her new life in “Courage Takes Guts."

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A New Leader For Denver's Dept. Of Public Safety. A New Direction Too?

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:00:00 -0600

Troy Riggs, Denver's new director of public safety, talks about issues including police shootings, and abuse cases that have occurred in the Denver Jail. Then, Greeley reporter Mike Peters tells Colorado Matters there’s one story that’s haunted him for the past 40 years: The murder of a 7-Eleven clerk that's only recently been solved.

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Has Colorado Learned The Lessons From Its Own Past School Shootings?

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:00:00 -0600

Are Colorado’s schools safer after lessons learned from Columbine and Arapahoe high schools? Ecologist and climate scientist Jane Zelikova talks about her new documentary, “The End of Snow.” For poet Andrea Gibson, thinking about gender used to be painful, but now it’s become celebratory. And Henry Sakaguchi remembers the prejudice against Japanese-Americans in World War II and want to fight for his country any.

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Did VA Officials Mislead Congress About The Aurora Hospital?

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 10:00:00 -0600

The chairman of the House Veterans Affairs oversight committee has more questions about the VA hospital under construction in Aurora. Then, a Boulder company’s app lets workers award small bonuses to their peers. We’re launching a cooking tour of Colorado. First stop: Denver’s Hop Alley. And, 'We'll Meet Again' on PBS reunites a civil rights activist with her former colleague’s family.

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There's A Move To Grant In-State Tuition To Those From War Zones Who Help US Forces

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 10:00:00 -0600

Amid all the political noise about immigrants and refugees, in-state tuition is being proposed for those who have aided Americans in war zones and moved to the U.S. Then, Team USA's gloves make news. Jim Thorpe, 'America's Greatest Olympian Of All Time,' is featured on a new dollar coin minted in Denver. ​We meet a CU grad who tells LGBTQ coming-out stories in webcomics. And, ever heard an Electone? You can at the Denver International Electronic Music Festival this weekend.

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Former Olympian Nancy Hogshead-Makar On How To Protect Young Athletes From Abuse

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 10:00:00 -0600

After the gymnast sex abuse scandal, we talk with Nancy Hogshead-Makar, a gold medalist in swimming who is now a lawyer, and the founder of Champion Women, a legal advocacy group for girls and women in sports. Then, we thought that since it's Valentine's Day today, the timing was perfect for a chat about dinosaur sex.

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Russian Interfered With US Elections In 2016. Is Colorado Ready For 2018?

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 10:00:00 -0600

Colorado elections director Judd Choate tells Colorado Matters the state's voting system is well protected against hackers, but there are vulnerabilities here. Then, DU historian Jeanne Abrams talks about the lives of the first, first ladies who lived in a time women couldn't vote and largely stayed out of politics.

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Who’s To Blame For Denver’s ‘Hamilton’ Ticket Frenzy?

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 10:00:00 -0600

Some after-market tickets for the hit musical “Hamilton” were going for more than $2,000. Blame scalpers? Sure. But fan demand plays a huge role too. Then, a new documentary from two Boulder filmmakers at Denver's Jewish Film Festival, “Cuba’s Forgotten Jewels,” explores the little-known history of Jewish refugees in Cuba.

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Can Colorado Move Electric Cars Into The Fast Lane?

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 10:00:00 -0600

This could be the year of the electric car. At least that's what people are saying in the Economist, Wired, and on CNN. Are we there yet? Then, a $50 million dollar adult funhouse from Santa Fe called Meow Wolf is coming to Denver in the next couple years. What's it all about? And, We'll talk to the band Lost Walks about their gothic concept album that started as a Disney-type musical.

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Colorado's Governor Sounds Bullish On A Winter Olympic Bid

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 10:00:00 -0600

Gov. John Hickenlooper believes there's more positives than negatives in bringing the Winter Olympics to Colorado. And how will Colorado's Olympians do this year in South Korea? Then, why do some startups fly while others fail? A Boulder investor offers tips. And, Rhona Jackson talks about her new play, "Crying Wolf: Stories Of Lupus Warriors."

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Another Deputy Is Shot And Killed; A Champion Figure Skater Looks Back

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 10:00:00 -0600

After another law enforcement officer is shot and killed, Yuma County Sheriff Chad Day, president of the sheriff's association in the state, offers some perspective. Two CSU student leaders talk about campus options for handling overdoses. The Denver Center for the Performing Arts new artistic director talks about his vision. And 1968 Winter Olympic figure skater Peggy Fleming Jenkins reflects on the changes in her sport.

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Listen To The Spirituals Project Choir

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 10:00:00 -0600

University of Denver professor Arthur Jones, whose courses often focus on the history of African-American music, has made it his mission to preserve and revive spirituals. In 1998, he officially formed The Spirituals Project, which is now based out of DU’s Lamont School of Music. The choir recently sang at the CPR Performance Studio.

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Is Colorado’s Mikaela Shiffrin The Best Skier In The World?

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 10:00:00 -0600

Nick Paumgartner of The New Yorker says we should get used to hearing a lot more about Colorado’s Mikaela Shiffrin. Also, why it’s easier now for nurses to work across state lines. The Cloud Atlas Project aims to connect people to nature by looking skyward. The burgeoning business of DNA analysis includes the Denver company Human Code.

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Didn't Colorado Already Say 'No' To The Winter Olympics?

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 10:00:00 -0600

We talk with Rob Cohen, who leads a group that wants Colorado to bid for the Winter Olympics games again. The head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Colorado says things different under President Trump. An investigation by Rocky Mountain PBS into host homes. And, In-N-Out Burger, a bona fide food cult, is coming to Colorado, in case you haven’t heard.

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Trump Talked Immigration, But What Does Colorado Need From Reform?

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 10:00:00 -0600

President Trump put immigration reform at the heart of his State of the Union last night. Today, we're asking what Colorado needs from that. Then, some prisoners sentenced as juveniles are prepping for release with VR. Also, a company uses rice waste to generate power in India. And NASCAR's Furniture Row Racing team president talks about defending its national championship.

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Why It's So Easy To Manipulate Crime Stats; Remembering Dick Durrance

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 10:00:00 -0600

A criminologist who spent 35 years at Denver PD explains how easy it is to manipulate crime stats. Then, the death of an opposition leader in Zimbabwe that happened in our own back yard. An unusual idea to improve care in senior homes: let staff read stories about patients' lives. Also, we remember the man who led Team USA the very first time there was alpine skiing in the Olympics.

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