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Denver Mayor On Housing And Immigration; New Poet Laureates; Summer Books Of The West

Thu, 25 May 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock speaks to CPR News about the city’s homeless problems, including issues at the Denver Public Library, along with a possible $900 million bond issue, and local immigration policies. Plus, new poet laureates for Denver and Aurora on how their poetry reflects their cities, and how they’ll share their truths -- diplomatically. And, recommendations for summer books with a Western flair.

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Breaking Bread: Six Coloradans Get Together To Understand Politics And Each Other; New Horizons S...

Wed, 24 May 2017 10:00:00 -0600

A civic experiment: Six Coloradans, three who voted for Trump and three who didn't, break bread together. They agreed to step out of their political bubbles, sat at our table over soup and sourdough and talked, with no shouting. Then, as the New Horizons spacecraft heads for a target a billion miles past Pluto, a Boulder astronomer joins dozens traveling to South America and Africa to spot the object from Earth. And, an art museum could help fuel Walsenburg's future.

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Mobile Home Park Quandry; Maria Empanada Is A Prize-Winning Hit; Teen Moms Take Center Stage

Tue, 23 May 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Mobile homes parks are a form of affordable housing, but these parks often sit on valuable land. A CU Denver sociologist discusses the issues that may arise if that land is sold. Then, the Argentine immigrant and restaurateur who opened "Maria Empanada" in Denver says at first a lot of people didn't know what an empanada was. They figured it out, and now she's the SBA's small businessperson of the year in Colorado. And, a new play looks at the relationship between four generations of teen moms. Plus, why Idaho Springs has a statue of a man who never truly existed.

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Denver's Housing Woes; Denver Health's Medicaid Worries; Grand Junction's Mayor

Mon, 22 May 2017 10:00:00 -0600

As Denver's population has boomed, its housing stock hasn't. Now some families that were already displaced from the city are being displaced again in the suburbs as they get more expensive. A new study suggests potential solutions for low- and middle-income earners like teachers and retail workers. Then, a quarter of Denverites get their healthcare from Denver Health. The provider says it'll have to cut services if Medicaid funding is slashed. And, we talk with Grand Junction's mayor about the economy and a rash of teen suicides in the area.

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Kids And Guns; Denver YouTuber Recognized For Blending Humor, Social Justice; Charles Lindbergh B...

Fri, 19 May 2017 10:00:00 -0600

A Colorado pediatrician made some surprising discoveries when he and his team interviewed hundreds of young people and their parents about access to firearms. Then, her many YouTube followers know her as "Tazzy Phe." She's Muslim, of Pakistani descent, lives in Denver. Her videos are funny and edgy. Plus, Charles Lindbergh sometimes skimmed just 10 feet above the waves as he flew the Spirit of St. Louis across the Atlantic. A Colorado pilot's new book takes us inside the cockpit. And, a Denver Public Library social worker says the downtown library has become the city's largest day shelter for the homeless.

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Immigrant Teen Has Big Plans In US; Pet Care For Veterans; Scientists Pursue The Fountain Of Yout...

Thu, 18 May 2017 10:00:00 -0600

A Grand Junction teen has deep community ties and big plans for the future, but only a temporary reprieve from deportation that's subject to presidential approval. He was brought to the U.S. illegally at age 5. His story is the first in a CPR series about people who stand to be directly affected, for better or worse, by Trump administration policies. Then, a Denver veterinarian will offer free services Saturday to the pets of current and former service members. And, Fort Collins researchers are testing ways to extend the lives of mice, with an eye toward someday keeping humans healthier longer. Plus, a CU Boulder poet's latest work features characters like Martin Luther King Jr. and singer Eartha Kitt. Also, a new device offers disabled athletes a chance to get back on Colorado's trails.

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Denver Holocaust Survivor's Liberation; Colorado Author's Novel On Missing Woman's...

Wed, 17 May 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Each May, a Denver man celebrates what he calls his second birthday. It was this month -- more than half a century ago -- that US troops liberated Jack Adler during a Nazi death march. Adler survived the Holocaust, but the rest of his immediate family didn't. Still, he's able to find humor in his life. Then, author Diane Les Becquets on her novel "Breaking Wild," which is set in the Colorado backcountry. The book follows a lost woman who discovers the scariest thing she faces are her own demons. And, a tiny, rural school in eastern Colorado has four seniors in the graduating class of 2017. They talk about their close-knit experience and what's next.

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Today's Focus Is Food: Feeding Presidents; Changing Chain Restaurants; Leftovers At Coors Fi...

Tue, 16 May 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Some of our favorite culinary conversations are the focus of our show today. First, did you know about BEANGATE? That's when White House staff scrambled to find out what beans president Lyndon Johnson ate. It's one of many stories that comes out in a new history of black chefs in the White House. Then, after making a fortune in the tech world with his brother Elon, Boulder's Kimbal Musk wants to reinvent the chain restaurant. And, what does Coors Field do with leftover food? Well, a group that feeds the hungry gets their hotdogs and other unused food.

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Mental Health And Education Changes From Lawmakers; A Trip Up A Denver Tower Crane

Mon, 15 May 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Schools and mental health care got a lot of attention from state lawmakers in the annual session that ended last week. There are important changes ahead for students and for Coloradans who struggle with mental illness. Then, it's easy to lose count of the cranes on Denver's skyline because of the construction boom. What's it like to go to work in one everyday? Also, Uber, Lyft and their impact on Denver traffic. Plus, private bills for undocumented immigrants are being targeted by the Trump administration. And later in the show, there's apparently big money in crafting these days.

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It's A Wrap On This Legislative Session, Or Is It?; Inmates Explore Their Entrepreneurial Sp...

Fri, 12 May 2017 10:00:00 -0600

They thought their work was done, but state lawmakers may be called back to the Capitol to deal with issues Gov. John Hickenlooper thinks are unresolved, like transportation funding. They found some new money for roads, but couldn't reach an agreement for more funding -- a deal party leaders thought was a sure thing just months ago. Today, we bring back Sen. President Kevin Grantham and House Speaker Crisanta Duran to talk about what succeeded and what failed during the past session. Then, a Boulder investor hunts for future entrepreneurs in an unexpected place: prison. He wants to bring an inmate training program now in California, New York and Nebraska to Colorado.

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Colorado Opioid Crisis Grows With Deadly Drug; Affordable Housing Investments Slow; Architect Ed...

Thu, 11 May 2017 10:00:00 -0600

A drug called carfentanil, used as an elephant tranquilizer in China, has killed at least two people in Colorado and deepened the state’s opioid crisis. Then, the prospect of Trump- administration tax cuts has softened the market for tax credits that help finance affordable housing. And, architect Ed White made his mark on Colorado with building design and historic preservation work. He was also a friend of beat-generation writer Jack Kerouac. Plus, as spring fly fishing season begins, a Colorado angler’s book describes a Japanese technique known as Tekara. Also, two Denver moms plan a Mother’s Day version of their show “Pump and Dump” this weekend.

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Hickenlooper's Thoughts As Legislature Wraps Up; Travelers Of The 'Lost Dimension'

Wed, 10 May 2017 10:00:00 -0600

On the last day of action this year at the state Capitol, we speak with Governor John Hickenlooper about the key issues under the dome -- and about the debate over health care in Washington. Also, a new play in Aurora -- if you can call it that -- takes its audience deep into the Lost Dimension, but exactly where is that dimension? Plus, how the state can stop oil and gas related accidents like the one that recently blew up a home in Weld County.

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Impact Of Rising Property Values; A Little Known Valley In Rocky Mountain National Park

Tue, 09 May 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Homeowners in Colorado got something in the mail recently that may have made their eyes widen. It's what local assessors think their properties are worth. In some parts of the state, the jump in value was as much as 35 percent. What that means for your community and your property taxes. Then, there's a little known valley in Rocky Mountain National Park; it's where you'll find the headwaters of the Colorado River. The Kawuneechee Valley can tell us a lot about natural and human history. American Indians learned to live in its harsh winter climate, and later, miners established towns there. Also, how the Nederland folk act Elephant Revival keeps the peace.

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Pipeline Explosion Fallout; Skyscrapers Generating Solar Power; Child Reader Guest Host

Mon, 08 May 2017 10:00:00 -0600

The recent explosion of a home in Northwest Colorado -- which killed two people -- intensifies the debate over how close homes and oil and gas operations should be to each other. We'll talk about what the event means for the industry, public safety, and government oversight. Then, how to turn a skyscraper into a solar power plant. And, Newbery Medal-winning children's author Avi, of Steamboat Springs, was delighted to meet the sixth-grade reader who we brought in to help interview him about his new book. Then, artists who don't let their disabilities limit them, including photographers who are blind.

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Hemp In Colorado; Frontier Airlines; Music Inspired By Flint Water Crisis; Social Awkwardness

Fri, 05 May 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Denver's hometown airline, Frontier, is considering going public. Profits are up but its customer service rating is way down. Could that scare off investors? Then, the lead poisoning crisis in Flint, Michigan moved a Boulder woman to write a new choral work based on the experiences of some of the youngest victims. The piece will be performed in Colorado this weekend. And, as a farm crop, Colorado hemp has more in common with corn than cannabis. But it still suffers from guilt by association. Now, a state agency hopes to change that. Plus, why so many of us are socially awkward.

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Opioid Overdoses At Local Library; Beermaker Molson Coors' CEO; Yosemite Climber's Memo...

Thu, 04 May 2017 10:00:00 -0600

After a man died in a bathroom, the Denver Public Library became one of the first libraries in the country to dispense a medication that reverses opioid overdoses. And, it's a year of transition for Molson Coors after an acquisition that made it the world’s third-largest brewer. Then, Estes Park climber Tommy Caldwell scaled Yosemite’s Dawn Wall. His new memoir chronicles intense childhood training, his kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan and his climbs around the world.

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A Meatpacking Plant On CSU's Campus; Eating Insects; Colorado Writer Seeks First People In N...

Wed, 03 May 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Colorado State University in Fort Collins has broken ground on a $20 million center for its burgeoning meat science program. Sixty thousand people have signed a petition to block it, but supporters say it offers hands-on experience for future agriculture workers. Then, two high school students from the city spend a week on a cattle ranch on Colorado's eastern Plains. They say one of the highlights was witnessing the birth of a calf. And, a Denver farm that's not what you might expect. We talk to a cricket farmer who raises insects for human consumption. Plus, for his forthcoming book, Colorado writer Craig Childs traces the first people to come to the Americas. He says their journey wasn't easy since passage required crossing a land bridge.

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Uncertainty Over Fate Of Gay Bishop; Craig Johnson; 'Dark Matter'; Transgender Opera

Tue, 02 May 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Is the United Methodist Church headed towards a schism? A church court ruled that the recent consecration of an openly gay bishop, whose territory includes Colorado, violates church law, but she may keep her appointment. Then, western mystery writer Craig Johnson, whose books inspired the TV show "Longmire," on his ghost story now out in paperback. Also, Durango author Blake Crouch's latest book, "Dark Matter" dives into alternate realities -- even quantum mechanics -- to explore "the path not taken." And, Opera Colorado’s production "As One" breaks a lot of rules in the opera world.

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Cuddling Opioid Babies In Pueblo, CO Lt. Gov's First Year On The Job, A Denver Poet On What...

Mon, 01 May 2017 10:00:00 -0600

There are so many opioid-hooked babies born at one Pueblo hospital that nurses asked the community for help. The call went out for volunteer cuddlers. Then Lt. Governor Donna Lynne, in her first year on the job, has traveled to every Colorado county to hear what’s on people’s minds. And, a huge swath of downtown Denver was demolished 50 years ago. Finally, a Denver poet reflects on what comes after – after violence, after death, after birth.

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Fiftieth Anniversary Of Colorado Abortion Law; Water 'Banking' On The Western Slope; CS...

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Fifty years ago, former Colorado Gov. Richard Lamm was a freshman legislator when he sponsored what became the nation's first law to ease restrictions on abortion. This week, the group American Right to Life, based in Wheat Ridge, sent state legislators a letter denouncing the 1967 law, saying it led to the deaths of thousands of lives. Then, farmers on the Western Slope are letting their land lie fallow this year and "banking" their water to hedge against future shortages. And, Colorado State University Professor John Straayer is retiring after shepherding more than 1,000 students through internships at the Colorado legislature over 37 years. His former students include Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner and former Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter. Plus, police shootings and racial issues left an impression on Denver comic book creator Alan Brooks, who wrote a graphic novel on the subject.

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Homeless Laundry; Lessons Of Polar Exploration Apply To Outer Space; A Girl And Her Pet Bear

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 10:00:00 -0600

A mobile laundry serves the homeless in Denver. The people who use the laundry truck can also connect with social services in hopes of getting off the street. Then, it was harder to reach the North Pole in the 1800s than to reach the moon in the 1960s, but the lessons those polar explorers learned are still relevant to space scientists today. And, a Colorado restaurant owner writes a memoir about the orphaned bear who was her childhood pet.

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Climate Change And Wildfires; Anti-Doping Cyclist; I.M. Pei's Mark On Colorado; Pioneering B...

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Scientists at CU Boulder say there's a climate change collision course underway in Colorado: More wildfires are expected and more people are moving into the forest. The scientists released a report showing how fast-growing communities can adapt. Then, a Colorado cyclist who said no to doping talks about his friendship with cycling's most notorious cheater. Also, renowned architect I.M. Pei, who turns 100 today, has made a big mark on Colorado, from the 16th Street Mall to a striking building atop a mesa in Boulder. Then, we'll remember the pioneering dancer Charlotte Irey, who made CU-Boulder a center for dance.

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Farming Cantaloupes In Rocky Ford, Colorado Medical Students Learn From Nuremberg Trials

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Last year, four million cantaloupes came from Rocky Ford, Colorado. Right now, farmers are working their fields and, at least one, prays his crop isn't ravaged by hail again. A look at how this year's crop is shaping up and the workforce that harvests it. Then, the Nuremberg Trials took place 70 years ago, and Nazi officers weren't the only ones prosecuted -- so were doctors, who conducted stomach-turning experiments and exterminations. What medical students in Colorado can learn from those trials.

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Campus Free Speech; Denver Commercial History; Ancient Geometry; Jazz History; New Poetry

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Protestors on college campuses may see signs pointing them to "free speech zones." Those types of cordoned off areas, meant to contain students' political speech, will soon be illegal on Colorado campuses. Then, new evidence that ancestral Puebloans used sophisticated geometry to build the Sun Temple at Mesa Verde National Park. And, Denver poet Robert Cooperman draws on his childhood memories of his father's work at a local hat factory for his new collection, "City Hat Frame Factory." We also have a history of "The Denver," which was the main place to lunch and shop in town during much of the 20th Century.

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A Colorado Congressman On 'The Swamp,' Sexting Bill, Airport Worker Shortage, Drinkable...

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:00:00 -0600

“Drain The Swamp" was a rallying cry during the 2016 election. It's also the title of a new book from U.S. Rep. Ken Buck, a Republican who represents northern and eastern Colorado. Buck joins us to talk Washington political culture, President Trump’s performance, immigration and more. Then, state lawmakers have a new compromise on teen sexting. They've decided on a small penalty for teen couples who send each other nude images. And, DIA concession owners are struggling to fill 400 open jobs. Plus, a Colorado man’s controversial product, drinkable sunscreen, is the subject of a lawsuit claiming it’s phony and dangerous. Also, at age 19, Colorado native Dawson Newby is a pro motocross rider. He'll race in Denver this weekend.

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AmeriCorps In Colorado Schools; Rock Climbing Emoji; Inspiration From 'America The Beautiful...

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 10:00:00 -0600

There's a lot of uncertainty now for young people in AmeriCorps. The national service program could lose its federal funding under President Trump's proposed budget. Eric Gorski, bureau chief for Chalkbeat Colorado, says this isn't the first time AmeriCorps's been on the chopping block. Then, a Boulder woman convinced the people behind Emojis -- those little pictures you can text -- to make one of a rock climber. They modeled it after her. Later, the high school football player who didn't realize she was actually a trailblazer. And, the view of Pikes Peak inspired "America The Beautiful." The Colorado Springs Philharmonic commissioned new pieces based on the song.

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Colorado's Congressional Delegation On Trump Agenda; State's Tourism Director; Denver B...

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 10:00:00 -0600

It's the longest congressional break since the inauguration of President Trump and we check in with CPR's new government reporter Alison Sherry to find out what lawmakers have been saying about issues like immigration, health care and marijuana. Then, even though Colorado is attracting more tourists, the state tourism office wants more money. It would use the funds to boost tourism beyond metro Denver and the mountain resorts. Then, husband and wife duo "Tennis" have a new album they wrote aboard a sailboat and recorded in a cabin they rented in Frasier, Colorado. Also, a documentary spotlights Greek-Americans in the shadow of the Ludlow Massacre.

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Chemical Weapon Antidote; Religious Romeo And Juliet; Little Free Libraries; Mountain Rum

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 10:00:00 -0600

A Colorado doctor is on a mission: to develop antidotes for people attacked with chemical weapons. He says his team is close. We'll talk in light of the gas attack in Syria. Then, Romeo and Juliet with a twist -- families separated by religion. It's the creation of Denver choreographer Cleo Parker Robinson. Also, we meet the man behind Little Free Libraries; those bird-house-looking-things in people's front yards that have books inside. And, rum is often thought of as an island spirit. But a distillery right here in landlocked Colorado is making it. And it's in demand.

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Climate Change Turbulence, Curious Theater Protest Play, Colorado Garden Questions Answered

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 10:00:00 -0600

"Take your seats ... fasten your safety belts." We learn today that climate change could make air turbulence worse. It's just one of the stories we talked through with two Colorado climate scientists, one of whom went to conference at Arapahoe Basin recently, for news on skiing and climate change. Then, plays usually come to the stage after years of writing and rewriting. Not the one Curious Theater is putting on. They decided -- mid-season -- to add it to their line-up. Why the company thinks the production, called "Building The Wall" is so critical. And we answer your gardening questions, like the plusses and minuses of growing bamboo in Colorado. Plus some good alternatives to grass for your lawn.

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Colorado Lawmakers Back Self-Driving Cars; Where Does The Water Go?; Google's Food Guru

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Autonomous vehicles appear to be the wave of the future and state lawmakers have grappled this session with how to regulate them. Sen. Owen Hill, Republican from El Paso County, has helped lead the effort and has high hopes for the technology. But some worry it could mean the loss of jobs for truckers and taxi drivers. Then, most palm trees in Los Angeles are imported and kept alive with Colorado River water. That was a revelation for New Yorker writer David Owen as he traveled the length of the river to see where all the water comes from and where it goes. Also, we speak with the director of Google Food. He's in charge of feeding 110,000 people a day in 56 countries.

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Hickenlooper On Marijuana, Budget; Future Of Defunct Airport's Iconic Tower; Longmont Banjo...

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Governor John Hickenlooper has had recent calls with President Trump's budget director and his infrastructure guru. We'll hear about those and about the governor's letter imploring the federal government to butt out when it comes to state marijuana laws. Then, we meet a former air traffic controller at Denver's old Stapleton airport who hasn't been there since it closed in 1995, and we learn about plans to turn the control tower into an upscale bowling alley. Also, a Longmont banjo player says old folk songs are like heirloom seeds. He's planting them and growing new music.

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Football Brain Injuries; Air Force Sexual Assault Book; Secret Lives Of Owls

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 10:00:00 -0600

He's been called "the most dangerous man in football" for his decision to stop playing in the NFL. He thought the risks of brain injury were too high. Chris Borland may have opened the door for other players to do the same. Then, cadets at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs expect exhausting physical training, perhaps even some hazing, but a Boulder woman writes in a new book that she was subjected to much worse. And she says her superiors turned a blind eye. Also, it's an important time for Colorado's owls. Many are searching for mates. Photographer Paul Bannick has captured a year in the lives of owls.

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Syrian War Resonates In Denver; Autism On Film; Grand Canyon's First Female Ranger; DU Hocke...

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 10:00:00 -0600

A Denver woman says the Assad government killed eleven members of her family last week. She hopes the U.S. missile attacks, ordered by President Trump, scare Asad. Then, Grand Canyon National Park has its first female leader, and the University of Colorado graduate will have to address a rash of sexual harrasment complaints from employees. Also, a Colorado teen made a documentary as a way to tell people about his autism. Then, NPR's Kirk Siegler on the urban-rural divide. And we speak with an assistant coach on the University of Denver's men's hockey team, which won a national championship on Saturday.

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Stopping Distracted Driving; DU Hockey Seeks National Championship; Coal In The North Fork Valley...

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 10:00:00 -0600

More than 600 people died on Colorado roads last year. The state says it's an epidemic of distracted driving -- especially among teens. New technologies created by a Boulder entrepreneur and a major automaker aim to lower the number of deaths. Then, the University of Denver's men's hockey team plays for the national championship this weekend, led by Will Butcher, who is up for an award given to the nation's best player. Also, West Central Colorado has seen the worst of the coal slump and residents aren't counting on President Donald Trump to bring back the industry. And, you might think of Nashville, not Denver, as a hotspot for country music but bands like Bison Bone are here to change that. Their debut album,“History Of Falling” is out today.

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Small Airports Under Trump Administration; Colorado's WWI History; Denver Hip-Hop Group...

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 10:00:00 -0600

The federal government subsidizes commercial flights into places like Pueblo and Cortez, but the president's proposed budget takes aim at the program. Then, uncovering Colorado's WWI history. And, Denver hip-hop group Flobots felt music was missing from protests these days. So they've written songs for demonstrators to sing. Plus, one of the world's biggest food companies, Danone, is buying Colorado company White Wave Foods. The Justice Department is making Danone sell off its organic milk brand for fear competition would be reduced too much.

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What's Next For Colorado's Coal Counties; A Blind Kayaker's Journey; Watching Gras...

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Colorado coal mines that are now being shuttered have high hopes for a new technology that turns methane -- a gas that escapes from defunct mines -- into electricity. It's already happening at one mine in Western Colorado. Then, when Erik Weihenmayer went blind as a kid, his biggest fear wasn't the darkness, it was the fear of missing out. But that clearly hasn't happened. The Coloradan kayaked the Grand Canyon and writes about it in his new book. He also explains a device that helps him see with his tongue. And, a man in Boulder County has set up a webcam trained on his lawn 24 hours a day -- and people are actually watching it.

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GOP State Lawmaker Has A Change Of Heart; Lead Bullets On Public Lands; Child Brides

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Budget-wise, the long-term outlook for roads, healthcare and schools in Colorado isn't great. That means a leading Republican state senator now supports something he once opposed -- and that Democrats have been clamoring for. Then, lead has been taken out of paint and gasoline. But why is it still in ammunition? And what do lead bullets, used in hunting, mean for human and environmental health? Plus, you might think child brides are a thing of the past, but a Colorado historian finds the custom continues in this country.

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Debate Over Local Municipalities' Bar Closing Times; Anonymous Boulder Street Artist

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Lawmakers at the Capitol are debating whether to allow municipalities to decide when bars should close. We speak with a bar owner and a nightclub manager who have differing views on the legislation. Then, an anonymous street artist paints images of human faces and animals on mailboxes, buildings, and electrical boxes around Boulder. Business owners often like them so much, they keep them up, but legally, the paintings are vandalism. And, Judy Collins spent her formative years in Colorado and is in the Colorado Music Hall of Fame. The Library of Congress has just honored Collins and we listen back to our 2011 interview with her. Plus, the Colorado Rockies' home opener is Friday and just steps away from Coors Field is a museum that's a shrine to classic ballparks, with wooden seats from the old Tiger Stadium in Detroit and the Polo Grounds in New York.

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A San Luis Valley Physician Determined To Help New Moms Kick Addiction; Is Cyberpunk Making A Com...

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Patient by patient, Dr. Barbara Troy is on a mission to transform her community. She's the lone physician in Colorado's San Luis Valley who can prescribe a special drug. It helps pregnant women and new mothers kick heroin addiction. Next, Cyberpunk brings to mind a dystopian 1980s vision of tomorrow -- think of the movie "Blade Runner." A new cyberpunk anthology refreshes the genre and is up for a "Colorado Book Award." Then, unearthing the names of migrant workers, immortalized in the folk song "Plane Wreck at Los Gatos." And, 14 cottages -- and years of precious memories -- in Rocky Mountain National Park.

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Weld County Struggles With Feds Over Immigration Enforcement, Vandalism At A Fort Collins Mosque

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:00:00 -0600

The Weld County sheriff wants his department removed from a Trump administration list of places that failed to cooperate with federal immigration authorities. The dispute points to difficulties Colorado counties say they’re having complying with national enforcement efforts. Then, a Fort Collins mosque was vandalized over the weekend, one in a growing number of such cases nationwide. Mosque leaders say they’re grateful for the town’s support after the incident. And, a Colorado Book Award nominee, “Appealing For Justice,” profiles the first woman appointed to Colorado’s Supreme Court, and her later role in a landmark civil rights case. Then, a tour of the iconic Air Force Academy Chapel, which will soon close for up to four years of repairs and renovation.

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Using Art Therapy To Treat Mental Illness In Colorado

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 10:00:00 -0600

In prisons, hospitals and schools, therapists use art to treat mental health problems, and their work is becoming higher profile. Karen Pence, the nation's second lady, has made art therapy her cause, and there's mixed reaction to that. Then, President Trump issued a sweeping directive that seeks to wipe out the Clean Power Plan, which limits emissions on coal-fired power plants. CPR’s environment reporter Grace Hood reports on her trip to Colorado's coal country of North Fork Valley. Next, Iceland has managed to reduce its drug and alcohol consumption, and a Denver man gets some of the credit. And, 75 years ago it was ordered that people of Japanese descent could not voluntarily leave the West Coast. More than a hundred thousand ended up in internment camps. We'll hear about the prisoners who eventually settled in Colorado. Plus, you'll find an array of organisms if you dig in your backyard. Not so in Antarctica, says a CSU scientist.

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A 'Forgotten' Murder: Four Years Later, Denver Family Still Wants Answers

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Colorado's head of prisons was murdered four years ago when he opened the door to someone dressed as a pizza delivery man. The killer stole the uniform from a man he'd gunned down earlier -- Nathan Leon, a father of three from Commerce City. Today, Leon's family is still seeking answers about the case, like if it was part of a larger conspiracy. Then, Teddy Roosevelt and the exceptional band of Westerners known as "The Rough Riders," who helped win the Spanish-American war. And, history, hiking, and beer blend in a guidebook that's up for a Colorado Book Award. It includes a hike to a waterfall near Great Sand Dunes National Park.

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'Trump Bump' In Western Colorado; Marijuana Industry On Edge

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:00:00 -0600

There are signs of a "Trump bump" in the energy sector in Western Colorado. During an economic slump that's included low natural gas prices, the Grand Valley has worked to diversify, relying more on tourism and recreation. Then, the marijuana industry in Colorado and across the country is on edge. The new administration says it may intervene on recreational pot. And, how do you measure pain in a creature that can't talk to you? Renowned animal scientist Temple Grandin, of Colorado State University has some ideas. She'll be inducted this year in the National Women's Hall of Fame.

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Colorado's Attempts To Save Failing Schools; Homelessness In Metro Denver; Cycling Cross Cou...

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:00:00 -0600

A dozen schools and five districts are failing academically and the the state intends to step in. Colorado has intervened with another school before and the results were pretty rocky. Then, Denver failed to meet its 10-year goal to end homelessness, but now it's trying a different approach. The heads of Denver's new office of HOPE and the Metro Denver Homeless Initiative explain. Plus, the story of a Colorado man's cross-country bike ride that's more about the journey and less about cycling.

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Traveling Nurses In The San Luis Valley; Mental Healthcare For More Veterans; Boulder Blues Man O...

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:00:00 -0600

We ride along with a nurse in Colorado's San Luis Valley who visits new and expectant mothers. For 40 years the program has delivered healthcare to help mothers and children break the cycle of poverty. Then, soldiers discharged from the military other than honorably may get more access to mental health care. And a new blues album called "Fantasizing About Being Black." Boulder's Otis Taylor sings about slaves, soldiers and civil rights.

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Governor Hickenlooper On Tough Budgets; Honoring Forgotten Vietnam War Era Veterans; Peter Heller...

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Rural voters catapulted Donald Trump to the White House but Governor John Hickenlooper has a message for them: He thinks they could suffer under the president's budget and trade policies. Hickenlooper also talks about the current budget challenges for Colorado at the state level in our regular conversation at the state Capitol. Then, long overdue celebrations in Colorado for veterans of the Vietnam war era. We'll hear from some of those veterans who often feel forgotten. And, bestselling Denver author Peter Heller has a new suspense novel. It's about an elegant older detective who's based on his late mother.

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Why Taking A Cold Shower Might Be The Key To A Healthy Life

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Wim Hof, aptly named " The Iceman," told Denver author Scott Carney he could control his body's reactions to extreme cold -- and teach others to do the same. Scientific tests proved Hof correct and, in time Carney, who has previously exposed other so-called gurus as charlatans, became a believer himself. Then, a lab in Denver stores records on the atmosphere going back hundreds of thousands of years -- in tubes of ice. And, a music program in a small Colorado town -- which is also associated with a rare bird.

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Colorado Springs Mayor On Military Spending; Colorado Skier Wins World Cup; National Parks Inspir...

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 10:00:00 -0600

President Trump wants a $54 billion boost in defense spending, which he'd come up with by slashing other programs from ranging from diplomacy to the arts. We speak with Mayor John Suthers of Colorado Springs on what this means for the military town. Then, it was a great weekend for skier Michaela Shiffrin of Eagle Vail at the World Cup finals in Aspen. We talk with John Meyer of the Denver Post who covered her win. Plus, music inspired by the National Parks. And, a chef, an entire restaurant and an animal scientist-- each from Colorado-- are up for top food awards.

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Impact of EPA Cuts For Colorado, Béla Fleck, Charming Lichens

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Big budget cuts will come to many federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, if the president gets his way. That worries some people in Colorado. We explore what a smaller EPA could mean for the state. Then, banjo great Béla Fleck has released a new classical concerto album recorded with the Colorado Symphony. It's named after his son. And you know that crusty colorful stuff you see covering rocks and tree trunks? They're lichens and there's a park in Boulder full of them -- including two newly identified species.

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Immigrants Train For Federal Crackdown; GOP Health Plan's Impact In Colorado; Holocaust Memo...

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Community groups are training immigrants on how to interact with federal agents and plan for their families’ futures at a time when President Trump has promised increased deportations. Then, a new study says hundreds of thousands of Coloradans would lose coverage and the state would lose billions of dollars in federal funding under the Republican healthcare plan. And, Holocaust survivor Fannie Starr sees spring differently than many people; because she was liberated from a concentration camp in April 1945, this is a season of reflection for her. Plus, on the eve of St. Patrick’s Day, Denver band Avourneen has a love affair with Celtic music. Also, last week’s "Saturday Night Live" featured a cool (fake) job alert: “pornographer” at the Denver Zoo.

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