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Colorado Matters



Focusing on the state's people, issues and ideas, hear Colorado Matters on Colorado Public Radio's in-depth news station at www.cpr.org.



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Why Jails Are Overcrowded; Mining Asteroids; Drawing Dinosaurs

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Today, what's behind the overcrowding and what the state's going to do about it. Then, a Colorado scientist trying to catch an asteroid in a net, and use it to fuel a spacecraft. Also, it may not be as common as postpartum depression, but new moms can also struggle with obsessive compulsive disorder. Plus, an artist from Grand Junction who draws dinosaurs, and is a giant in her field.


Media Files:
https://www.cpr.org/sites/default/files/audio/170925_cm_podcast-170925-122935.mp3




Four-Day School Weeks Common In Colorado; Remembering Author Kent Haruf

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Three-day weekends are the new reality for students in nearly half of Colorado's school districts. Tight budgets have led to shorter school weeks, and hourly staff having their hours cut. But there's some evidence it hasn't hurt student performance. Then, the late Colorado author Kent Haruf didn't live to see it, but Robert Redford and Jane Fonda are playing characters he created. His last book, "Our Souls At Night," is now a movie.


Media Files:
https://www.cpr.org/sites/default/files/audio/170922_cm_podcast-170922-115402.mp3




Gov. Hickenlooper's Déjà Vu With Latest GOP Health Care Plan; Why An Army Ranger Turned Bank...

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:00:00 -0600

What would the latest plan to repeal and replace Obamacare mean for Colorado? The governor gives his take, plus shares what he's willing to sacrifice to lure Amazon's second headquarters. Then, a respected Colorado teen joins the Army and becomes an elite Army Ranger. But in his final hours before shipping to Iraq, he didn't hug his family or girlfriend. He robbed a bank. A new book explores why. And, a competition to make hospital food taste better. Finally, the second annual Supernova Outdoor Digital Animation Festival screened videos from around the world.


Media Files:
https://www.cpr.org/sites/default/files/audio/170921_podcast-170921-115148.mp3




Politically Diverse Coloradans Take On Health Care, Climate Change, Race, And Find Common Ground

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Lawmakers in Washington's overheated political climate struggle to come to a consensus on issues like climate change, health care and racial tensions. We put the challenge to a politically divided group of seven Colorado citizens as part of a series of conversations we call "Breaking Bread." We served dinner and fresh bread to the group, and listened to see if they could find political middle ground on difficult issues.


Media Files:
https://www.cpr.org/sites/default/files/audio/breaking_bread_podcast-170920-122003.mp3




CO GOP Preps For 2018; How Hyperloop Could Get To Colorado; Search And Rescue On Public Lands

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Colorado's one of the few places in the country where Republicans don't have political control right now. State GOP chairman Jeff Hays hopes to change that with the campaign for governor already underway. Then, there's a lot of hype around the hyperloop. We talk with the head of Colorado's transportation department about what the state is willing to do to get a high-speed train in a tube. And, if you go missing in the wilderness, what kind of search and rescue you can expect depends on where you go missing, writes journalist Jon Billman. Last, the story behind the teacher shortage in rural Colorado.


Media Files:
https://www.cpr.org/sites/default/files/audio/170919_cm_podcast-170919-121547.mp3




CO Dems Prep For '18, Farming Drys Up Ogallala Aquifer, Mountain Climber Teaches Afgan Women...

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 10:00:00 -0600

After a stinging defeat nationally, how are Democrats in Colorado gearing up for 2018? We'll speak to state party chair Morgan Carroll about the crowded race for governor, and a change that means 1.2 million unaffiliated voters can take part in next June's primary election. (Tomorrow we'll talk to Republican state chair Jeff Hays.) Then, a major water source for the food supply in Colorado is drying up. In fact, the Ogallala Aquifer supports a sixth of the world's grain, and countless farmers' livelihoods. Plus, a Colorado mountain climber teaches Afghan women to summit their country's tallest peaks.


Media Files:
https://www.cpr.org/sites/default/files/audio/170918_cm_podcast-170918-115754.mp3




The Post-Flood Re-Engineering Of A Creek; Could Amazon Be Denver-Bound; A Rodeo Superstar

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Floods don't just change lives -- they change the land. Four years after Colorado's costliest flood, a section of Left Hand Creek in Boulder County is still being re-engineered. Then, it's sparked a lot of conversation. The New York Times picked a spot for Amazon's new headquarters. Why they think Denver is best. Plus, cowboy Casey Tibbs was a teen when he turned the rodeo world on its head. But he fell on hard times. He's the subject of a new film. Also, a production at Denver School of the Arts puts students of color in the spotlight. ​And, The Colorado Peaches, a senior softball team, prepare for an international competition. At 86, Madgalena McCloskey is the eldest member.


Media Files:
https://www.cpr.org/sites/default/files/audio/170915_cm_podcast-170915-120319.mp3




Opioid Sobriety In The Gym; Colorado Soccer Stars Aim For World Stage; A Dozen Colorado Floods; A...

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 10:00:00 -0600

If you’ve been sober for 48 hours, you can join Phoenix Multisport, a network of gyms that just won praise from the Trump administration for fighting opioid addiction. Then, Mallory Pugh and Lindsey Horan were high school soccer stars in Colorado. Now they’re back as members of the U.S. national team who hope to compete in the 2019 World Cup. And, Colorado’s been devastated by flash floods in the past. An author who has chronicled that history says Colorado’s population boom could increase the loss of life and property next time. Plus, Colorado Springs poet Janice Gould’s father was transgender but couldn’t embrace it until late in life. Gould weaves that sadness into her new collection.


Media Files:
https://www.cpr.org/sites/default/files/audio/170914_cm_podcast-170914-134301.mp3




Social Media Aids Disaster Relief; When Brown Skin Turns White; Saturn Mission Ends

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 10:00:00 -0600

In natural disasters, people turn to social media to find out about conditions on the ground and to call for help. A Colorado company trains first responders to take advantage of that, aiding in the wake of hurricanes in the southeastern U.S. Then, a Colorado photographer who has vitiligo, which turns her brown skin white. She gets tattoos to track the changes on her body, and takes pictures of other people with the condition. And, NASA's Cassini spacecraft has revolutionized scientists' understanding of Saturn, and this week it will burn up in the planet's atmosphere. Also, a 155-year football rivalry in Pueblo.


Media Files:
https://www.cpr.org/sites/default/files/audio/170913_cm_podcast-170913-123902.mp3




Supreme Court Hears Same-Sex Cake Case; Teaching In Finland; New Colorado Symphony Conductor; Pio...

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 10:00:00 -0600

The U.S. Supreme Court will soon hear what could be a pivotal case from Colorado -- a baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. He's fighting the appeals court order -- that he had to either serve same-sex couples or stop making wedding cakes altogether. We'll preview the arguments. Then, what Colorado's Teacher Of The Year did on his summer vacation. Plus, how Colorado changed a pioneering artist named Helen Henderson Chain. And, the Colorado symphony's new music director on his grunge-rock upbringing.


Media Files:
https://www.cpr.org/sites/default/files/audio/170912_cm_podcast-170912-130120.mp3




Deadly Heroin Overdoses Rise; Colorado's Shortage of Skilled Laborers; Biennial of the Ameri...

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Deadly heroin overdoses are on the rise in Colorado. As far back as the 1980s, dealers from a small town in Mexico saw Denver as a land of opportunity. Also, amid a shortage of construction workers there's a rush to train recruits. Plus, Denver’s Biennial of the Americas returns this week with some big events during the five-day festival but with a significant cut to smaller arts events held in past years. Then, a witness to 9/11 and her musical portrait of the tragedy.


Media Files:
https://www.cpr.org/sites/default/files/audio/170911_cm_podcast-170911-114852.mp3




Touring A Mock Refugee Camp; High School Sports Controversies; What's A Forensic Sculptor? A...

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Refugees face split-second decisions, life-threatening situations and long stints in crowded camps. For a sense of their experience, Colorado Matters toured a mock refugee camp set up in Boulder by international aid group Doctors Without Borders. Then, one local high school coach was fired for forcing a student to do splits, another is accused of moving a student’s car off campus to avoid a drug search. The head of Colorado’s high school athletic association talks about what can be done to avoid problems like that. Plus, a sculptor helps identify unidentified dead people by modeling their skulls to reconstruct what they might have looked like. And, American and Mexican pop culture often appear in the work of artist Tony Ortega, whose work is featured in a new show.


Media Files:
https://www.cpr.org/sites/default/files/audio/170907_cm_podcast-170907-124515.mp3




Wildfires: 'A Deadly Epidemic Of Flame'; Sanctioned Camp For The Homeless; Thornton...

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 10:00:00 -0600

You can't help but think of wildfires with the eerie haze that's enveloped much of Colorado -- a byproduct of fires burning in the West. Boulder environmental journalist Michael Kodas says we're experiencing "a deadly epidemic of flame." His new book is called "Megafire." Kodas has fought fires himself in the past and one was raging in his own back yard as he wrote the book. Then, Durango may set up a sanctioned camp for the homeless. They're following the lead of a similar project in New Mexico. And, the latest on the Jurassic surprise in Thornton. Crews were moving dirt for a new police station and found a triceratops.


Media Files:
https://www.cpr.org/sites/default/files/audio/170906_cm_podcast-170906-120019.mp3




Rep. Mike Coffman On His DACA Plan; Paying For DPS Lunches; Charitable 'Change Gangs';...

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 10:00:00 -0600

The Trump administration has announced the end of DACA, the policy that protects immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children, and given Congress six months to figure out what's next; we speak with Republican Rep. Mike Coffman. Then, it used to be if a Denver student entered a passcode to pay for a school lunch and the account didn't have any money, they'd get a barebones meal. Why Denver has stopped that. Plus, they're kind of like book clubs, except they make charitable donations. "Giving circles" have gone virtual. Next, the Pueblo city council is so frustrated with the local power company, Black Hills Energy, that it may end the city’s agreement with the utility. And, history will be made at the Broncos opener, not on the field but in the announcer's booth.


Media Files:
https://www.cpr.org/sites/default/files/audio/170905_cm_podcast-170905-125115.mp3




DUI Testing For Pot; Metro State Prepares For DACA Action; Bacteria Have Feeling Too

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Pot is legal in Colorado but driving under its influence isn't. Still, there's really no fast, reliable and readily available test for marijuana DUI. We'll hear about researchers trying to crack that nut, and take you into a top DUI training program for law enforcement. Then, if the Trump administration eliminates a program to protects people brought illegally into the country as children, Metropolitan State University of Denver could be hit hard. The school has hundreds of DACA students. And who knew? Bacteria have a sense of touch. If scientists can block it, they may make a lot of headway in fighting disease. Plus, author Erik Storey has a second book out featuring his signature character, Clyde Barr. We spoke to him last year about the first book in the series.


Media Files:
https://www.cpr.org/sites/default/files/audio/170831_cm_podcast-170831-114118.mp3




The Design of Hiking Trails; Empowering Women in Rwanda; Colorado's 'Woolgrower of the...

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Veering off a trail can put a hiker's life in jeopardy, and threaten wildlife. So, with more people hiking Colorado's mountains, trail design is as important as ever. Then, after focusing on improving the lives of women in Colorado, Swanee Hunt went to Rwanda to learn how women there have rebuilt a ravaged society. Also, sheep have been a part of Connie Theos' life from day one, and now she's been named "Colorado Woolgrower of the Year."


Media Files:
https://www.cpr.org/sites/default/files/audio/170830_cm_podcast-170830-115648.mp3




Denver Council's New Immigration Policy; Coloradans Rescue Pets In Texas; Solar-Roasted Coff...

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Denver won't join the federal government in a crackdown on illegal immigration. On Monday, the city council passed an ordinance it says will build trust between immigrants and police. Critics, though, say it means Denver's becoming a sanctuary city. Then, Coloradans are headed to Texas to help with animal rescues -- a task that one worker says can save human lives as well. And, a coffee roaster in Pueblo uses power from the sun to finish the beans. Also, a Denver composer traveled to Mongolia to conduct the premiere of a piece he wrote for a musical ensemble there. Plus, Colorado Springs sculptor Senga Nengudi is one of 17 American artists headed to the Venice Biennale. Her work features everyday objects like pantyhose.


Media Files:
https://www.cpr.org/sites/default/files/audio/170829_cm_podcast-170829-123558.mp3




Mystery Changes Coming to National Monuments; Aurora Theater Shooting Memorial Artist; App-Rated...

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 10:00:00 -0600

The Trump Administration may change dozens of national monuments in the West, but after months of public input and review, the recommended changes remain a mystery. The White House is also already clearing the way for more private business on public lands, including National Parks. Plus, the artists who designed a new memorial to the Aurora theater shooting victims explains his design. Then, a Fort Collins author turns her own experience with stressful new relationships into a new novel for young adults, called "Worthy."


Media Files:
https://www.cpr.org/sites/default/files/audio/170828_cm_podcast-170828-124035.mp3




CU's Affirmative Action With A Twist; Hot Springs Help Grow Vegetables; A Poetic Take On Mot...

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 10:00:00 -0600

In 2008, the University of Colorado Boulder searched for alternatives to affirmative action; "race-neutral" ways to build diversity on campus. That change could protect CU, and even teach others, how to adjust as the Trump administration prepares to sue schools over affirmative action policies. Then, a mountain town has a creative use for hot spring water: growing vegetables. Pagosa Springs goes in for geothermal greenhouses. And, poems fraught with mother-daughter strife and love. A new collection of poetry and why its so accessible. Plus, why a Colorado ranch homesteaded by a teenage girl in 1886 will receive a special designation at the Colorado State Fair.


Media Files:
https://www.cpr.org/sites/default/files/audio/170825_cm_podcast-170825-123331.mp3




Posing As An Online Right Wing Provocateur; A New Alert System For Those In Danger; Is There Hope...

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 10:00:00 -0600

A black man in Denver wanted to understand white nationalists, so Theo Wilson changed up his newsfeed and adopted an alter-ego. “I became Lucius 25, white supremacist lurker, and digitally I began to infiltrate the infamous alt-right movement." His video about the experience went viral after Charlottesville. Then, a new accessory, invented in Colorado, alerts friends and family if you're in trouble. And, could a new novel based on the 30-year-old murder of an Aurora family help thaw a cold case? Also, the girl with the I-70 tattoo. Plus, at a Greeley school, kids eat veggies for lunch -- and like them.


Media Files:
https://www.cpr.org/sites/default/files/audio/170824_cm_podcast-170824-120549.mp3




Can Colorado Become 'Ground Zero' For Electing Centrists? A Holocaust Survivor's S...

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Not a single state senator or representative in the Colorado legislature is independent, even though more than a million Coloradans are unaffiliated. A national group, which aims to get more independents elected to national and local office, recently moved to Colorado to focus its resources on the state. The Centrist Project says its goal is critical at a time when 70 percent of Americans are dissatisfied with the direction of the country. Then, Eric Cahn was separated from his parents at age 4. They were sent to Auschwitz while he hid in a family's basement to avoid the Nazis. Cahn shares his story, as CPR News continues to document the lives of Holocaust survivors in Colorado. Cahn also reflects on the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, where there were anti-Semitic chants and Nazi symbols flying. Plus, Colorado's pot growers are looking for ways to save energy and money.


Media Files:
https://www.cpr.org/sites/default/files/audio/170823_podcast-170823-161813.mp3




Hickenlooper And Kasich Draft Health Care Plan; CU Dormitory History Lesson; Killing Off 'Su...

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 10:00:00 -0600

The governors of Colorado and Ohio say another one-party healthcare plan would be doomed to fail in Congress. So John Hickenlooper and John Kasich are crafting their own plan together. The Democrat and Republican say they hope to bring more stability to the health insurance market. Then, it's not just statues. College dorms can honor controversial figures in history. That's how it was decades ago at CU Boulder. The state historian has been thinking a lot lately about Colorado's own struggles with names like Nichols, Stapleton and Chivington. And, a new weapon to fight antibiotic resistant superbugs.


Media Files:
https://www.cpr.org/sites/default/files/audio/170822_cm_podcast-170822-122334.mp3




Colorado Scientists And Climate Change; Photographing Colorado Ranches; Denver’s Skyline Park

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 10:00:00 -0600

When it's hot out, or when it rains or floods, maybe you wonder "Is this climate change?" There's a name for when researchers try to make that sort of direct link -- it's called attribution science. And a big, new climate report finds it's possible to connect some extreme weather to global warming. But, look no further than Colorado to see how far attribution science has to go. Then... a man who spent a decade on family cattle ranches in Colorado collecting stories. Like how one rancher used to ship her fresh cream to Denver by train. And a look at Denver’s Skyline Park. Plus, keeping the Emerald Ash Borer out of Denver.


Media Files:
https://www.cpr.org/sites/default/files/audio/170821_cm_podcast-170821-112558.mp3




Oil And Gas Industry Faces Tougher Regulations; Studying Music And White Supremacy; A Comic Artis...

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Conflicts over oil and gas development are more intense since two people died in a home explosion last spring. The state's top regulator feels the heat from communities that want to restrict drilling. Then, a University of Colorado Boulder professor studies how white supremacists have moved from the fringes of society, and the role music has played. Plus, an autobiographical comic book about a Denver artist's relationship with his father and alcohol. And, the first woman to officially complete a US marathon ran up Pikes Peak in 1959. Not many people knew what she'd accomplished until years later.


Media Files:
https://www.cpr.org/sites/default/files/audio/170818_cm_podcast-170818-114532.mp3




Denver Police Grant Aims To Preempt Violent Extremism; Colorado Scientists Await Eclipse; 'F...

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 10:00:00 -0600

The attack in Charlottesville is a reminder that violent extremism can be homegrown. How Denver Police will use a $500,000 grant to fight terrorist recruitment and radicalization. Then, Colorado scientists are focusing on the sun’s corona as they study Monday’s eclipse. Also, the smash movie "Frozen," is headed to Broadway as a musical -- after a first run in Denver that may help shape the show. Plus, it’s a debut album from bluegrass band “The Lonesome Days,” but the group’s already made a mark -- it’s placed second twice at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival band competition.


Media Files:
https://www.cpr.org/sites/default/files/audio/170817_cm_podcast-170817-115037.mp3




Where E-Bikes Can Go; Help For Troubled Farmers; New Thriller On Technology's Effects

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Bike sales in general are sluggish, but sales of electric bikes are booming. Host Ryan Warner went for a ride on one to see what the fuss is about. And, the state just passed a new law to regulate e-bikes, but it's still not clear where you can ride them. Then, a new way for farmers with mental health troubles to get help. Also, a thriller set in Steamboat Springs asks whether technology like smartphones will save us or lead to our demise. Novelist Matt Richtel is a Pulitzer Prize-winning technology reporter for The New York Times.


Media Files:
https://www.cpr.org/sites/default/files/audio/170816_cm_podcast_final-170816-160810.mp3




Negotiating With North Korea; Denver Nuclear Fallout Shelters; Community Land Trusts

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Ambassador Christopher Hill, who's negotiated with the North Koreans in the past, says negotiating won't get them to shut down their nuclear program. Then, all the talk of nuclear war lately got us wondering about those remaining fallout shelters around Denver. And, the northern neighborhoods of Globeville and Elyria-Swansea see potential in a community land trust to preserve affordable housing in the area. Plus, Elvis Presley -- the King of Rock n' Roll -- died 40 years ago this month. August 16, 1977. We listen to a story about his Denver friendships.


Media Files:
https://www.cpr.org/sites/default/files/audio/170815_cm_podcast-170815-123419.mp3




Colorado Teacher Shortage, Remembering Don Baylor and Newsman Lowell Thomas, Fort Morgan Meatpack...

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Colorado has a serious teacher shortage. One solution? Train people in other professions to jump into the classroom. Plus, a Colorado meatpacking plant is found to have discriminated against Muslim workers. Also, the Rockies will remember their first manager, Don Baylor, this evening. And, Lowell Thomas was one of the country's most trusted voices, even though the Colorado-born newsman once played fast and loose with the truth.


Media Files:
https://www.cpr.org/sites/default/files/audio/170814_cm_podcast-170814-122556.mp3




Why Hate Crimes Go Unreported; Singer Dan Fogelberg Joins Colorado Music Hall of Fame; Poetry Abo...

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 10:00:00 -0600

The U.S. Department of Justice reports more than half of hate-crime victims don't call law enforcement. In Denver, the Matthew Shephard Foundation wants to understand why. Also, critics say Denver’s new data-driven policing strategy isn’t properly used. Then, '70s singer-songwriter Dan Fogelberg's music was inspired by his time in Colorado. He's about to be inducted into the state's Music Hall of Fame. And, Denver poet Robert Cooperman dodged the Vietnam draft, and he's not sorry. His new collection of poems reveals how and why he, and many others, avoided going to war. Plus, a mistake can shape the rest of your life, as it did for a Boulder climber whose misstep came high in the mountains of Myanmar.


Media Files:
https://www.cpr.org/sites/default/files/audio/170810_cm_podcast-170810-135148.mp3




Future Of Colorado's Health Exchange; New State Laws Begin; Pro Bike Race Starts; The Story...

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Nearly 200,000 Coloradans buy coverage on the state's health exchange, but that system could be disrupted by what happens in Washington with Obamacare. The CEO of the exchange tell Colorado Matters about navigating the uncertainty and offers advice in the face of big premium hikes. Then, a new state law provides more legal protection for people who break into hot cars to rescue pets, but they have to make sure the pet is really in trouble. Plus, a look at other new laws taking effect today. And, a new pro bike race starts tomorrow. Can it survive where similar races have failed? Also, Spanish explorer Juan Rivera set out in 1765 to find riches and a tribe of bearded men in Colorado. Montrose archaeologist Steven Baker has written a book about that unusual and little-known journey.


Media Files:
https://www.cpr.org/sites/default/files/audio/170809_cm_podcast-170809-122633.mp3




Domestic Violence Reporting Rules Eased For Medical Professionals; Mountain Bike Racing; Murder M...

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Colorado is about to end a requirement that medical professionals report possible cases of domestic violence to police, except in cases of serious bodily injury or for victims under the age of 18. Then, legendary mountain bike racer Dave Wiens hits a new trail -- leading the sport's international association. He hopes both to grow mountain biking and to limit its impact on natural places. And, the new novel "Girl In Snow" opens at a high school assembly with the principal announcing a student has been murdered. The story is set on the Front Range, where the author grew up. And, uncovering secrets of Denver's Brown Palace Hotel on its 125th birthday.


Media Files:
https://www.cpr.org/sites/default/files/audio/170808_cm_podcast-170808-121542.mp3




Challenge Of Faster Internet For Rural Colorado; Medical 'Hard Calls;' Libertarian Part...

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 10:00:00 -0600

The "Worst Internet in America" is in a rural part of Southern Colorado, according to an analysis by the website fivethirtyeight.com. The governor wants to improve internet speeds across the rural parts of the state by 2020, but the man he's put in charge thinks that goal may not be realistic. Then, listeners are asked to make some of the toughest decisions doctors face in a new podcast co-hosted by a University of Colorado bioethicist. And, the Libertarian Party started in a living room in Colorado; a new project documents its history. Finally, after a deadly home explosion, local governments explore what new levels of control they can legally exert over oil and gas operations.


Media Files:
https://www.cpr.org/sites/default/files/audio/170807_cm_podcast-170807-121411.mp3




Airlines Resist Denver Airport Redo; Young Adult Novel In Print After Millions Of Online Reads

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Denver International Airport never planned for long security lines that now exist on the main terminal. Those came about when new security measures were put into place after 9/11. Now, as part of a $1.8 billion renovation, the airport wants to reclaim the space. But, the airlines that would help foot the bill aren't on board yet. Then, when she was just 16, Pueblo’s Alison Jervis wrote a novel and posted it online. After more than 24 million reads, it's now in print. The book is about teen suicide and Death is a main character. Plus, the rock n' roll history made at Caribou Ranch.


Media Files:
https://www.cpr.org/sites/default/files/audio/170803_cm_podcast-170803-124941.mp3




Coffman's Health Care Town Hall; Cyclist On The Colorado Classic; Better Birth Control For W...

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 10:00:00 -0600

GOP Rep. Mike Coffman, of Aurora, got an earful from conservative and liberal constituents at a town hall Tuesday night focused on health care and immigration. Then, cyclist Taylor Phinney, of Boulder, is the kind of guy who walks naked on the team bus joking with his teammates. Fresh off his first Tour de France, he'll compete in next week's Colorado Classic. Also, as the population of wild horses grows, Congress is debating whether to authorize euthanasia. Scientists in Colorado say they've improved birth control to keep the population down. Plus, with legal marijuana, dogs taught to detect pot can complicate police work. And, Colorado-born singer Arum Rae on growing up in church and her unique style.


Media Files:
https://www.cpr.org/sites/default/files/audio/170802_cm_podcast-170802-121151.mp3




Governor Says Cutting An ACA Subsidy Would Be 'Disastrous'; 'Zombie' Disease...

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 10:00:00 -0600

This could be another pivotal week for health care, as the president decides whether to continue a program that brings down the cost of insurance for poor people -- and, supporters say, helps stabilize the market for everybody. Gov. John Hickenlooper is watching closely. He's also eyeing how the feds will deal with states that have legalized marijuana. Then, is there a connection between climate change and health in Colorado? Plus, a disease that makes zombies of deer and elk. It was first found in Colorado, and now a scientist here wants to fight it -- with wildfires and wild horses. And, Steve Jobs' life was operatic ... now it's an actual opera, playing its first run in Santa Fe.


Media Files:
https://www.cpr.org/sites/default/files/audio/170801_cm_podcast-170801-120157.mp3




Self-Driving Trucks; Colorado Car Thefts Are Up; YA Novel About An Arranged Marriage

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 10:00:00 -0600

If trucks drive themselves, what happens to truck drivers? One Colorado rig owner fears losing his job, but his bigger concern is what would happen if the truck were hacked going 70 miles an hour. Then, crime is up in Colorado in virtually every category, particularly car thefts, which are something of a jumping-off point for criminals. And, a culture clash is at the heart of a new novel for young adults that's already a bestseller. Monument, Colorado author Sandhya Menon writes about an Indian immigrant family that tries to arrange a daughter's marriage, except she's American-born and she's not having it.


Media Files:
https://www.cpr.org/sites/default/files/audio/170731_cm_podcast_0-170731-145646.mp3




Planning For Denver's Population Boom; The Oil Industry’s Women Pioneers; Making Candy Toppi...

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

Denver’s planning director discusses the city’s efforts to address traffic, the rising cost of living and preserving neighborhood character -- all topics that ranked high in a resident survey. Plus, Denver City Councilman Rafael Espinoza on growth pressures in his neighborhoods. Then, the role women played in Colorado oil exploration. And, if you add candy toppings to your ice cream treat, they were likely made in Pueblo. Also, a Denver playwright’s “Boat Person," chronicles his family’s escape from Vietnam.


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https://www.cpr.org/sites/default/files/audio/170727_cm_podcast-170727-122534.mp3




Gun Victims' Portraits; How To Hunt On Deployment; American Indian Youth In International Ga...

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

Gunshot victims from across the country agreed to return to the places where they were shot and have their photos taken for a new book, "SHOT: 101 Survivors of Gun Violence in America." Karina Sartiaguin is among those featured. She was 16 when she was shot and paralyzed outside her Aurora high school. Also in the show, a butcher who's carved out an unusual niche: He teaches Army Special Forces to kill and butcher animals that they can eat on deployment. Then, 60 American Indian teens from Southern Colorado competed in the recent North American Indigenous Games in Toronto. They brought home four medals. Plus, a preview of this week's Underground Music Showcase in Denver.


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https://www.cpr.org/sites/default/files/audio/170726_cm_podcast-170726-165816.mp3




Why People Think They Know More Than They Actually Do; Denver Broncos' Frank Answers On Poli...

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

Get acquainted with your own ignorance. Cognitive scientist Philip Fernbach of the University of Colorado Boulder studies why people think they know more than they actually do. He writes, in a new book, that it fuels the political divide in America, including in the current health care debate. Then, nearly 90 percent of Denver Broncos players grew up in lower- or middle-income households. That's one thing that came out of Sports Illustrated magazine's unusual survey of the Broncos' locker room, which also asked players about their political involvement. And, a large Evangelical church in Denver that recently voted for LGBT inclusion hears a sermon from a trans pastor.


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https://www.cpr.org/sites/default/files/audio/170725_cm_podcast-170725-151153.mp3




Sen. Gardner On Healthcare; Forecasting Nuclear Winter; Pretty Tough Plants; Vail Dance Festival

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

Nuclear war is now more likely than its been since the 1980s. Two Boulder researchers are leading a team to describe, as vividly as possible, what the world would look like after a nuclear conflict. Also, Republican U.S. Senator Cory Gardner, ahead of what could be the biggest vote of his career, on healthcare. Then, Coloradans are on a global hunt for pretty plants that can thrive in arid Western gardens. Plus, the head of the Vail Dance Festival lands a new gig: leading the Juilliard School to help prepare young artists.


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https://www.cpr.org/sites/default/files/audio/170724_cm_podcast-170724-122018.mp3




Mentally Ill Inmates And Solitary; Nucla's Colorful History; Trump Not At Conservative Summi...

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

At a federal prison in southern Colorado, one mentally ill inmate spent almost 19 years in solitary confinement. A new federal report says prisoners with mental health problems are confined to solitary for longer than others in the prison population. And, the Western Slope town of Nucla started as a socialist utopia, then became a center of uranium mining. Now, residents worry about their town's economic survival. Then, Donald Trump came to last year’s Western Conservative Summit to make peace with Colorado Republicans who opposed his presidential candidacy. This year, he won’t attend, and those same conservatives are frustrated by his administration’s failed efforts at health care reform. Plus, the story of a Colorado man who created his own currency.


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https://www.cpr.org/sites/default/files/audio/170720_cm_podcast-170720-155441.mp3




Aurora Theater Survivors; Bennet On Health Care Debate; Newly-Reopened Ute Museum

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

Five years after the Aurora Theater shooting, we check in with husband and wife Caleb and Katie Medley. Caleb was shot in the head while Katie escaped uninjured along with their unborn baby, whom she later gave birth to while her husband was in a coma. Caleb had been pursuing a comedy career before the attack and says the biggest challenges he faces now are being confined to a wheelchair and having trouble speaking. Then, Senator Michael Bennet talks about the future of the health care debate and what he'd do to improve on the current system. Plus, a contemporary view of the Ute Indians in their newly renovated museum.


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https://www.cpr.org/sites/default/files/audio/170719_cm_podcast-170719-135418.mp3




Protecting Immigrants From Fraud; The Challenge Of Translating Jokes; Art Exhibit Critiques Shodd...

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

Immigrants in Colorado are losing money and time, and even risk deportation, when they go to people who aren't lawyers for legal services. Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett says his department has been successful in cutting down on what's called "notario fraud," and can help people elsewhere in the state. Then, the challenge of translating jokes. Is a chicken crossing the road as funny in another language? Plus, there's a big gold frame at a museum in Denver, but, oddly, there's no picture inside. It's made of cheap material and the artist says the installation is a commentary on low-quality construction he sees going up in the metro area. And, Boulder progressive Bluegrass quintet Yonder Mountain String Band recently released a new album -- we had a preview last December.


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https://www.cpr.org/sites/default/files/audio/170718_cm_podcast-170718-115823.mp3




A Bathroom Experiment In Denver; 'Trail Trash Of Colorado'; Food That Sparked Tears Of...

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

Denver is conducting a bathroom experiment. After too many people were relieving themselves in the street, the city invested in mobile restrooms and is tracking their use. Then, this man's goal is to shame people, online, who misbehave in the outdoors. Those targeted include people who do things like swim where they're not supposed to or illegally feed wildlife. The creator of the "Trail Trash of Colorado" Instagram account now says the shaming may have gone too far and he may even shut the account down. And, what led a Denver Post food writer to tears. Plus, fire management crews fighting wildfires have a new and different problem on their hands when they go to work: drones.


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https://www.cpr.org/sites/default/files/audio/170717_cm_podcast-170717-124459.mp3




A Military 'Space Corps'? Colorado's SOS On Releasing Voter Info; Former Sheriff...

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

Congressman Doug Lamborn wants to create a Space Corps -- a separate military service for space. The Colorado Springs Republican explains why he backs the proposal, which critics say could hurt his own community. Then, Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams on his decision to release voter data to the White House -- and on his suggestions for changes to the national election system. Plus, former El Paso County sheriff Terry Maketa faced possible jail time for abuse of power but a jury found him not guilty on some counts, and couldn’t decide on others. A local reporter joins us to talk about what’s next. And, during a ski trip to Aspen in 1968, John Oates first found Colorado or, as he describes it, his “destiny.” Oates’ new memoir describes the personal struggles that eventually led him to move to the state full time. He also tells us the very New York story behind the hit “Maneater.”


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https://www.cpr.org/sites/default/files/audio/170713_cm_podcast-170713-134915.mp3




Colorado's Newest Political Party; Novel Based On Real-Life Murder In Aurora; Understanding...

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

We'll meet the man who founded Colorado's Unity Party, which is now officially recognized in the state. The party, which has its state convention this weekend, would allow 16-year-olds to vote and make healthcare costs deductible. Then, author Matthew Sullivan's new mystery novel is based, in part, on the real-life murder of a family in Aurora that's never been solved. And, we'll talk about "slow food" and why its gaining popularity in the state. Plus, a new start-up in Colorado is finding a market for food that would otherwise be wasted.


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https://www.cpr.org/sites/default/files/audio/170712_cm_podcast-170712-125347.mp3




Sexual Harassment In The Tech Industry; An App That Helps You Save Money; Nolan Arenado's Wa...

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

More women in tech are speaking up about sexual harassment. It led one venture capitalist accused of harassment to resign recently with this statement: "The gap of influence between male venture capitalists and female entrepreneurs is frightening and I hate that my behavior played a role in perpetrating a gender-hostile environment." This caused one Denver CEO to cut her ties with that funder. Then, a new app that's supposed to help you save money. And, Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado explains why he chose a beat that hits hard for his walk-up song. Plus, the high desert of Western Colorado has a lead role in a new novel. And, a master sergeant who was severely wounded in Afghanistan 11 years ago has become a champion shot-putter.


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https://www.cpr.org/sites/default/files/audio/170711_cm_podcast-170711-130444.mp3




Marijuana And Traffic Searches; Rocky Mountain National Park Photographer; Charlie Blackmon Walk-...

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

Colorado State Patrol officers search far fewer drivers during traffic stops now than they did before recreational marijuana was legal, according to a new Stanford University study. Then, Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the most photographed parks in the country, but it'd be hard to find anyone who captures it better than Erik Stensland. He offers advice on taking good landscape photographs. And Colorado Rockies' all-star outfielder Charlie Blackmon talks about how he decided on the song that sets the tone for his at-bats. Also, with the current fire in Breckenridge largely contained, we look back on a deadly 2013 blaze in Arizona.


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https://www.cpr.org/sites/default/files/audio/170710_cm_podcast-170710-125344.mp3




Entrepreneurs Face Mental Health Challenge; Fort Collins Musician's Songs Are In A Hot Movie...

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

Successful entrepreneurs appear to be on top of the world. But two Colorado business owners who have battled depression say that's not the case. They want others to speak up before it's too late. Then, a breakout hit from the Sundance Film Festival features music from Fort Collins singer-songwriter Kyle James Hauser. Hauser licensed the music to filmmaker Judd Apatow but wasn’t involved in the production -- he’s waiting for the movie’s debut in Denver tonight to hear how his music sounds. And, a female Hamlet takes the stage in Colorado this summer. Does mixing up gender roles mess with a classic? Plus, Denver residents are staying in their homes longer because they can’t afford something new. That’s stifling supply for prospective buyers in a booming market.


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https://www.cpr.org/sites/default/files/audio/170706_cm_podcast-170706-122604.mp3




Colfax Avenue's History And Future; Metalsmith Craig Barr is 'Forged In Fire:' Sla...

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

Colfax Avenue has been known as the Gateway to the Rockies, the longest, wickedest street in America, and as an ethnic melting pot. Now, it's all about gentrification. We look at what's happening today, as well as its storied history. Then, beginning July 1, companies that don't collect sales tax from consumers who buy online are required to send their sales data to the state. Next, the winner of a "Top Chef"-like competition for metalsmiths. And, John Sarmiento, also known as Meta, hated poetry as a kid growing up in Guam. Now the Denver resident is reciting poems in front of live audiences, including one at the United Nations.


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https://www.cpr.org/sites/default/files/audio/170705_cm_podcast-170705-114827.mp3