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Obama's Western Environmental Legacy, Legislative Briefing, Coach's Memoir, Mom Comedy...

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 10:00:00 -0600

President Barack Obama put his stamp on Western environmental policy over the last eight years but the Trump administration could reverse many of his policies. And, as the Colorado legislature opened this week, Gov. John Hickenlooper gave his "State of the State" speech...CPR reporters annotated it to fact-check and add context. An editor describes what they found. Then, former Nuggets coach George Karl’s new book, “Furious George,” is making a lot of people mad. Plus, the comedy duo of moms Shayna Ferm and Tracey Tee is billed as “parentally incorrect.”

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History Of Sexual Harassment Within National Park Service, Life & Death Of Marvin Booker

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 10:00:00 -0600

The agency charged with safeguarding the country's most cherished public lands has neglected to protect its workers. That's what High Country News found when it investigated the National Park Service. They uncovered stories of sexual harassment, assault and gender discrimination. Congress has taken note of the story. Then, a new film about a homeless man who died at the hands of deputies in the Denver County jail. The life and death of Marvin Booker. And, author Sean Prentiss went on a quest to find the grave of the creator of the Monkey Wrench Gang, but what he really found were answers to other mysteries.

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Coffman On Trump, New CU Regent, Comic Book on Police Brutality

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 10:00:00 -0600

We get reaction to President-elect Donald Trump's press conference from a Colorado Republican who vowed to stand up to him. Congressman Mike Coffman talks about the future of healthcare, the new VA hospital in Aurora, and Russian meddling in the election. He sits on the House Armed Services Committee which has cybersecurity in its purview. Then, a new CU regent says the University of Colorado system needs more diversity (but she's not talking about gender or race.) Heidi Ganahl joins us. And, a Denver man has a new comic book that deals with heavy subjects: police shootings and race relations.

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Hickenlooper On Colorado Infrastructure, Buying Cars On Sundays, Writing Horror

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 10:00:00 -0600

On the eve of a new legislative session, Gov. John Hickenlooper has high hopes of finding a way to pay for billions of dollars in transportation improvements, and of passing a law that might make housing more affordable. Then, one state agency says people should be able to buy cars on Sundays. That's one of 25 "Sunrise, Sunset" laws being taken to the state legislature this session. And, Stephen King based "The Shining" on The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park. That's why a CU Boulder professor, who's teaching a new course -- "Advanced Horror Fiction" -- is there with his students.

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Transportation, Affordable Housing Top Legislative Agenda; A Refugee Story On Stage; The Stock Sh...

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Colorado lawmakers start their 2017 session on Wednesday, with plans to tackle transportation funding, affordable housing, the state budget and more. Two legislative leaders talked with Colorado Matters: incoming Senate President Republican Kevin Grantham, who's the first rural Coloradan in the post in many years, and Democrat Crisanta Duran, who will soon become the first Latina to serve as Speaker of the House. Then, a new play called "Boat Person" about a couple who came to the U.S. with just the clothes on their backs. And hear the National Anthem sung by a 15-year-old who won the chance to perform tonight at the National Western Stock Show.

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Colorado's Political Polarization, Denver Post's Pot Editor Steps Down, Sport Of Mounte...

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Lawmakers will return to the State Capitol next week for the new legislative session, perhaps pledging to work together. But a study says Colorado is the most polarized legislature in the country. Then, the Denver Post hired Ricardo Baca as its first marijuana editor three years ago. Now Baca is leaving his post and will work for a marijuana technology startup. And mounted shooting is the next big equine sport. It will be on display at the National Western Stock Show.

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Lawmakers Prepare For Trump Energy Changes, Penalties For Rogue Skiers, NASA Snow Study, Winter D...

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 10:00:00 -0600

With Donald Trump’s energy agenda taking shape, state lawmakers have formed a new committee to consider local impacts. Steamboat plans to charge skiers $500 if they need rescuing out-of-bounds. NASA is set to launch a five-year study of Colorado’s snowpack beginning in February. It’ll provide information about weather and snow, and also help with space exploration. Also, tips on driving in the winter.

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Colorado Hate Crimes, Bug Attacks Wine Grapes, Ski Train Reborn, Unusual Place Names

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 10:00:00 -0600

There have been multiple hate crimes in Colorado over the past six months, including swastikas carved into a playground in Longmont found earlier this week. We check in with the Anti-Defamation League to understand what happens after an act like this and how an incident is designated a hate crime. Then, a bug that once ravaged European vineyards has come to the Grand Valley. We'll talk about what the arrival of Phylloxera means for Colorado's biggest wine-producing region. And, the Winter Park Ski Train rides again, beginning this Saturday with service between the ski resort and Denver's Union Station. But is the price tag too steep for skiers? Plus, the story behind Colorado place names -- from Alamosa to Zirkel.

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Finding Peace Politically, The Truth Behind Immigration Identity Theft

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 10:00:00 -0600

It's time to become transpartisan, says Boulder mediator Mark Gerzon. He's spent his career working with Congress, the UN and developing countries to resolve disputes. His latest book is called "The Reunited States of America." Then, there's a widely held belief that undocumented immigrants in the United States steal identities so they can work. The trouble is: that ignores the role employers play in helping workers get IDs that don't belong to them. It's a practice a CU-Denver anthropologist investigated when she was doing research in the farm fields. She also got acquainted with a phenomenon known as "trabajando fantasma" -- the working ghost. And, after recording a record with the Colorado Symphony Boulder folk singer Gregory Alan Isakov prepares to perform live with them.

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Metro Denver's Gifts, Curses And Rapid Growth, A Spiritual Audio Book Publishing House

Mon, 02 Jan 2017 10:00:00 -0600

It's no accident Denver is growing as fast as it is. It's the result of city leaders going back decades. They laid plans for things like a rail system and public spaces that would lure and serve more people. But something else added fuel to the fire: the Internet. Today, listen to "Denver Rising," a discussion organized by The New York Times about the metro area's gifts and its curses. Speakers include former mayor, now governor, John Hickenlooper and preservationist Dana Crawford, who shaped downtown. Then, Tami Simon's Louisville-based audio book company Sounds True and the audio clips that have changed the way she looks at life.

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Why People Are Drawn To Fictional Sheriff Walt Longmire, Good-Bye To Cascade Cottages At RMNP

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 10:00:00 -0600

As 2016 comes to a close, we're listening back to some favorite conversations from the year. This includes a fictional character who's loved on the page and on the screen: Western sheriff Walt Longmire. He's the creation of Wyoming author Craig Johnson. Then, after decades of hosting guests from around the world, the Cascade Cottages at Rocky Mountain National Park are no more.

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Success At A Cost For CU Heisman Winner, Sheepherder Was A Master Artist, Last Visit To A Colorad...

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 10:00:00 -0600

University of Colorado running back Rashaan Salaam was at the top of his game when he won the Heisman Trophy in 1994, but the Boulder County coroner has ruled his recent death a suicide. A close friend reflects on Salaam’s life, and what role football may have played in his death. Then, a man who carved into Colorado trees to pass his time while herding sheep. Art critics call him a master. And, more of our favorite stories from 2016, with a visit to Victor, Colorado, where we got to see a historic spot before it became off-limits forever. Plus, a tribute to singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen, who died this year.

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A Denver Church For All Sinners And Saints, The Lumineers On Hitting The Big Time

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 10:00:00 -0600

As the year winds down, we're listening to captivating conversations from 2016 -- like the one with the swearing, tattooed pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber, founder of the House For All Sinners and Saints in Denver. Her latest book is about finding God in all the wrong people. Then, the Lumineers discuss sudden fame and the creative process.

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Being Hunter S. Thompson's Son, AIDS Stories, The Journalist And The Cop, Remembering Glenn...

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 10:00:00 -0600

As Denver takes steps to eradicate AIDS by the year 2030, women who have been affected by AIDS and HIV tell their stories as part of a new project from StoryCenter. According to the state's Department of Public Safety, Blacks in Colorado are arrested at much higher rates than whites; earlier this year, we brought you the anatomy of a police stop involving an Arapahoe County Sheriff's Deputy, who's white, and an African-American civilian. Then, another conversation from earlier this year -- Juan Thompson talks about what it was like being the son of gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson. And, remembering former Eagles founder Glenn Frey.

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Dianne Reeves, Clare Dunn, The Lost Tribe And More On Inaugural Colorado Matters Holiday Music Sp...

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 10:00:00 -0600

The first-ever "Colorado Matters Holiday Music Special" broadcast live Wednesday morning from the CPR Performance Studio. Hosted by Ryan Warner, the show featured Colorado musicians and their holiday stories, including Grammy Award-winning jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves, rising country star Clare Dunn, Christmas carols recorded in an old water tank on the Western Slope and a Denver trio who got their start as singing caterers.

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State Of Working Colorado, Homeless Exhibit, Antibiotic Animal Feed, Colorado Prohibition Anniver...

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 10:00:00 -0600

By many measures, Colorado has recovered from the great recession but a smaller proportion of people here have jobs. We'll talk about that and other trends in the state's economy. Then, feeding antibiotics to livestock is controversial and 2017 brings new restrictions on everyone from the kid in 4-H raising a cow to the largest feedlots. An infectious disease expert at CSU discusses what these new restrictions could mean for animal and human health. Also, an art exhibit asks Denver's mayor: "What are you going to do about homelessness?" Plus, we'll learn about Colorado's strange prohibition history and we remember a former host of this program, Dan Meyers.

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Learning About 'The Sixth Extinction,' Time To Pay Online Taxes, Highlights In Indie Mu...

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 10:00:00 -0600

Some scientists believe a 6th mass extinction is underway. We hear from New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert who's the author of "The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History." We also found a high school class in Jefferson County that's reading the book. Then, a state tax you didn't know you had to pay: The U.S. Supreme Court let stand a Colorado law that requires online retailers like Amazon to tell customers how much they owe in state sales tax. Plus, Colorado bands that had a good year and are poised to break out in 2017.

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Governor Hickenlooper On Trump And Transporation, Boulder's Yonder Mountain String Band, Hol...

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 10:00:00 -0600

Colorado's governor says the state needs more money for transportation, so he's looking for options that would be acceptable to Republican lawmakers. One possibility is a sales tax; another is a device in your car that keeps track of your driving and charges you accordingly. Also, we ask the governor what he would say if he got some time with President-elect Donald Trump. Then, we hear from Boulder's Yonder Mountain String Band which is hard at work on a new album. And, it's time to curl up with a good book or give one as a gift. Two Colorado booksellers offer their holiday picks.

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Sex Offender Sentencing, Fort Collins Men Rescue Mediterranean Refugees, Government History And C...

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 10:00:00 -0600

A Boulder judge’s decision to sentence a convicted sex offender to probation highlights a controversy over a sentencing law. A Fort Collins journalist and a firefighter rescued hundreds of refugees from rickety boats and rafts during a two-week trip to the Mediterranean Sea. The University of Colorado Boulder library has been tapped to preserve government documents dating from the Sand Creek Massacre to 9/11.. CPR Classical offers its picks for best Colorado recordings of 2016.

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National Geo Adventurers Of The Year, The Snow Tracker, Big Award For Aurora-Born Filmmaker

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 10:00:00 -0600

Very few people see the Grand Canyon like Colorado's Pete McBride did recently when he walked its entire length. McBride and his hiking partner, Kevin Fedarko, are nominated for National Geographic Adventurers of the Year. Then, as a child, Aurora native Geeta Malik loved movies and TV shows, but never saw anyone on screen who looked like her. She's now a screenwriter and director in Los Angeles and won a prestigious fellowship. Plus, how one man's backyard snow measurements, charted over 40 years, have helped scientists understand the effects of climate change. And, celebrating cultures in "Granny Dances to a Holiday Drum."

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Hamilton Electors in Colorado, A Farming Family's 40-Year Fight For Water

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 10:00:00 -0600

The voters have spoken, but the Electoral College hasn't yet. Electors choose the next president on Monday and some of them have a plan to stop Donald Trump. However, a court in Colorado just dealt their movement a blow. Then, what a Colorado family learned when they quit the city and bought a farm near Greeley. The property came with water, but it didn't mean they could always use it. Tershia D'Elgin's new book about her father is called "The Man Who Thought He Owned Water."

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Scientists Implore Trump On Climate Change, Sisters Face Alzheimer's, Craftbrewers Help Ital...

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 10:00:00 -0600

Hundreds of scientists, including roughly 70 from Colorado, have signed a letter to President-Elect Donald Trump asking him to "...take immediate and sustained action against human-caused climate change." We ask a CU-Boulder ecologist -- is it a quixotic move? Then sisters Jessica and Robin McIntyre are dealing with the prospect of early-onset Alzheimer's. One sister has inherited the genetic mutation, the other has not. Plus, how Colorado jump started craft brewing in Italy.

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Diversity In Theater, Dylan In Denver, Colorado Photos Past And Present, 1970's Jam Band

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 10:00:00 -0600

There's growing concern about a lack of diversity in metro Denver theater. A recent study surveyed the racial and gender makeup of playwrights, directors and managers at theaters in the Rocky Mountain Region. Then, before Bob Dylan became world famous he stumbled into Denver and didn't make a positive first impression. Also, a local photographer and author follows in the photographic footprints of his great-great-grandfather. And, the group "Magic Music" is considered to be Colorado's first Jam Band.

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A New Colorado Water Fight, Wrapping Up The 2016 Election, 'Treason In The Rockies' Dur...

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 10:00:00 -0600

The water in the Fraser River, which winds through Grand County, is in demand. Native species and recreationists want water to stay in the river, but Denver Water plans to bring more of it to its customers on the Front Range. CPR's Nathaniel Minor found environmentalists disagree on what to do. Then, we take stock of how Coloradans voted in 2016. And, German, Japanese and Italian prisoners of war were kept in camps throughout the US -- including in Colorado -- during World War II. At one, Camp Hale near Leadville, an American soldier who sympathized with the Nazis tried to help two German soldiers escape.

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Investigating Online Schools, Colorado ISIS Roots, Cannabis Research, And A Pearl Harbor Survivor

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 10:00:00 -0600

At Colorado's largest online school, GOAL Academy, only a fraction of students logged on consistently, according to an investigation by Education Week. Now the school's founder is involved with the opening of two new online schools. Then, a father of modern radical Islamism lived in Northern Colorado briefly in 1949. He later went home to Egypt and authored writings popular with today's jihadists. Also, Colorado State University-Pueblo recently launched the country's first center for cannabis research. And on the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, we hear from a survivor who was on the USS Arizona that day. Islam cannot fulfill its role, except by taking concrete role in a society, rather in a nation. Later... what's billed as the country's FIRST cannabis research center... opens at Colorado State University - Pueblo. Then... it's the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. We hear from a Colorado survivor --nearly burned alive in the depths of the sinking USS Arizona... "We were no escape there from down the hatch, and down the ladder, since everything was so hot, and I tried to close the hatch and got burned pretty bad." Now news.>>

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I-70 Expansion Lawsuit, An Ocean On Pluto, Tailoring Education To Student Needs

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 10:00:00 -0600

The small house in north Denver near Interstate 70 where Candi CdeBaca lives has been in her family for generations. She thinks a plan to expand the interstate is a civil rights violation. She provides her thoughts and we hear the state's viewpoint. Then, is there an ocean on Pluto? And, in 1966 two nuns founded one of the first schools in Colorado for kids with learning differences.

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Supreme Court Contenders From Colorado, Fracking And Drinking Water, School Vouchers, The Luminee...

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 10:00:00 -0600

Donald Trump's list of potential nominees to the U.S. Supreme Court includes three Coloradans. A former state Supreme Court justice, Rebecca Love Kourlis, explains who they are and what their legal careers indicate about how they would rule on the bench. Plus, an investigation into why -- at almost the last minute -- language changed in an EPA report on fracking and drinking water. And, the future of voucher programs in U.S. schools. We also share a new holiday song from The Lumineers, and profile a Denver muralist.

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Coal's Future In Colorado, 'Beer Archeology,' Refugees And Immigrants Ask What A T...

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 10:00:00 -0600

Promises of a renewed coal industry by candidate Donald Trump revved up a Grand Junction crowd in October. But is a coal resurgence possible in Colorado? Meanwhile, new immigrants and refugees wonder how a Trump administration will affect their lives. CPR's Megan Verlee has been listening to their concerns. And beer has been around for 8,000 years -- the Egyptians drank a version of it. A University of Colorado historian, who fancies himself a "beer archeologist," on reproducing ancient beers.

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What Republicans Might Do With The Affordable Care Act, Innovative Classroom Design, A Guide For...

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 10:00:00 -0600

The open enrollment season now underway could be the last for the current Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. Republicans have promised to repeal and replace the law -- but what would that look like? Then, an innovative classroom design that includes whiteboard-equipped desks and "wobble chairs." And, "100 Things Avalanche Fans Should Known & Do Before They Die."

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Academic Standards Debate, Young Climate Change Crusader, Gay Games, Directing Theatre From A Whe...

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 10:00:00 -0600

A part-time professor at Community College of Aurora complained that a recent change in the school's curriculum made some classes too easy. He says he was fired because of it, but the school says he was dismissed because he didn't implement the curriculum effectively. Then, a 16-year-old from Boulder sued the government for not doing more to stop climate change. Also, Denver is vying to host the Gay Games, a major sporting and cultural event for the LGBT community. And, Denver's Phamaly Theater Company features actors with disabilities. Its new artistic director is believed to be the only person in a wheelchair leading a major U.S. theater group.

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Sanctuary Cities Under Trump, Know Your Skier Liability, Smart Tech Coming To I-70, Colorado...

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 10:00:00 -0600

Donald Trump says there will be consequences for communities that don't fully cooperate with Federal immigration officials. CPR's Vic Vela reports on what that could mean for places like Denver and Aurora. Then, we talk liability on the slopes -- recently a snowboarder was ordered to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for running into a skier. Plus, a stretch of I-70 between Golden and Vail could soon become "smart." What the in-road sensors could mean for traffic to the mountains. And CoverGirl's new mascara model hails from Colorado. She's also the first to wear a hijab.

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Trump And Colorado, Aurora's First Female Mayor, The USS Colorado To Be Christened

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 10:00:00 -0600

Robert Blaha, the co-chairman of Donald Trump's Colorado campaign, is now helping the new administration's transition team regionally. Blaha discusses what a Trump presidency could mean for Colorado. Then, the first and only woman to lead the city of Aurora, Norma O. Walker, talks about her administration. The Navy is about to christen a new submarine: The USS Colorado.

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Amendment T's Demise, Medical 'Miracles,' A Fix For Wet Electronics

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 10:00:00 -0600

Why the ballot effort to eliminate the legal slavery reference from the state constitution went down in defeat. Also, a Colorado pediatrician asked physicians for stories about unforgettable patient recoveries and collected them in a new book. Then, some Colorado entrepreneurs have developed a machine that dries waterlogged electronics. Staples stores across the country have bought the machines and are offering the service to customers.

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Hickenlooper On A Trump Administration, Ski Forecast, Protecting Elephants And Rhinos

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 10:00:00 -0600

In our first interview with John Hickenlooper since Donald Trump's election, the governor says if he had Trump's ear he'd urge caution in healthcare, immigration, trade and the nation's power supply. Also, where does the governor find promise in a Trump administration? Then, Joel Gratz has been called "Snowstradamus." He's the founder of the popular snow forecasting website OpenSnow. We get a preview of ski season. Plus, in Nepal elephants trample rice crops, which is what people eat, so the animals are often shot. A Colorado zookeeper may have a way to save the crops -- and the elephants. Hint: it involves bees. And, a Thanksgiving recipe from U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet.

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'Vindication' For Moses-EL, How To Listen At Thanksgiving, And Truths About Water In Th...

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 10:00:00 -0600

This'll be the first Thanksgiving in almost 30 years that Clarence Moses-EL won't spend in prison. The Denver man was just cleared of a crime he always said he didn't commit. Then, for those who are about to see relatives for the first time since the election, and dread talking with them about politics, we ask the founder of StoryCorps for tips on asking and listening, even when you hate what you hear. And the Colorado River faces more stresses than ever, like population growth and climate change, but instead of fighting, some Western states are working together to save water, and avoid federally mandated cutbacks.

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City Planning Through Musical Theory, Trump's Campaign Style, Supersonic Travel, Daddy...

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 10:00:00 -0600

Eighty percent of the world's population will live in urban areas by 2080. To prepare, Denver is looking to a city planning method based on musical theory. Then, anthropologists from University of Colorado broke down President-Elect Donald Trump's unusual communication style. They say mocking his opponents helped propel him to the White House. Plus, a story from deep in the CPR archives about a supersonic jet that landed in Colorado Springs, as a Colorado company hopes to bring back supersonic passenger travel. The story of Daddy "Bruce" Randolph, who made Thanksgiving a little brighter in Denver. And, Denver Art Museum's director hopes a new "Star Wars" exhibition attracts a lot of visitors, but insists they are not "dumbing down things."

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Satellite Takes Weather Forecasting To New Level, Verse Gives Voice To Chinese Immigrants, Clyffo...

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 10:00:00 -0600

Weather forecasts in the United States are expected to get a lot better thanks to a new satellite made in Colorado. Engineers at Lockheed Martin spent eight years building it. The launch is scheduled for Saturday, and the satellite could help forecasters save lives during severe weather. Then, in the early 1900s, Chinese immigrants held in an American detention center wrote poetry on the walls to pass the time. Decades later, the writing inspires a Denver poet, an immigrant herself. Plus, an entire museum dedicated to a single artist opened five years ago in Denver. What do the next five years hold for the Clyfford Still Museum? And, public radio mainstay "A Prairie Home Companion" comes to Colorado. A conversation with the show's new host, mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile.

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The First Woman On Colorado's Highest Court, Motorcycle Daredevil Evil Cheesey, A 10-Year-Ol...

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 10:00:00 -0600

A new biography traces Jean Dubofsky's journey from "Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow" to the first female justice of the Colorado Supreme Court and then to a leading role in a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case. Then, a film about motorcycle daredevil, and Boulder legend, Evil Cheesey. And the Colorado 10-year-old who just made a winning pitch on “Shark Tank” to expand his lemonade business. Plus, a scientist who’s bathing toads to save their lives.

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The Future Of Immigration Reform, The Hidden Brain

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 10:00:00 -0600

The number of people in Colorado -- without legal immigration status -- is about 200,000, according to the Pew Research Center. People who are in the country illegally came under great scrutiny during President-elect Donald Trump's campaign, and his message resonates with many of his supporters. Now that he's won, these immigrants' lives stand to change. Also, your brain has an autopilot function, that directs you even when you're not aware. NPR's social science correspondent, Shankar Vedantam tells how a man from Colorado, Derek Amato, convinced his mom that he'd become a piano savant.

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What’s Ahead For Cannabis Industry In CO, Bernie Sanders Supporters Say ‘I Told You So,’ CU Engin...

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 10:00:00 -0600

Colorado used to have a corner on the recreational marijuana market but more states have now followed suit, so where does the state's industry go from here? Then, Bernie Sanders supporters in Colorado say there needs to be change within the Democratic Party following Hillary Clinton’s loss. And a University of Colorado engineer was tasked with making a new sci-fi miniseries about Mars as real as possible. Plus, regular contributor Doug Duncan chats about Monday’s Supermoon.

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Veterans Day Special: 'Where Heroes Rest,' An Essay On God And War, Korean War Battle F...

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 10:00:00 -0600

On this Veterans Day, story of veterans from World War II to Iraq and Afghanistan. We learn about those buried in foreign graves at American-run cemeteries in places like France and Italy. Also, a Marine from the San Luis Valley fought in one of the worst battles of the Korean War-- thousands of U.S. soldiers died. And, an essay from a Colorado Vietnam War veteran about the day he stopped believing in God. Plus, how cycling helps veterans of the "War on Terror" heal.

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Trump And Conservatism, Independent Voters, Democratic Party Reform, A Colorado Woman Who Almost...

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 10:00:00 -0600

The future of conservatism in the Trump era. Former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb, a longtime Clinton supporter and Democratic party activist, on what happened to the party Tuesday and his role as a leader of the party's internal reform effort. Then, Pat Schroeder was Colorado's first congresswoman and explored a run for president in 1987. How Colorado's third-party and unaffiliated voters factored into the election. And checking back on two-first time candidates we've followed through the season. Also, a look at how school finance measures did on Tuesday.

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Colorado Election Wrap: Trump And Clinton Backers, How Clinton Won Colorado, Legislative Races, B...

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 10:00:00 -0600

Donald Trump supporters applaud his plans to end Obamacare, reform immigration and rework trade agreements. A Clinton supporter who’s spent 50 years in Democratic politics says no election has made her fear for the country -- until now. Republican and Democratic analysts agree Hillary Clinton’s strength in Denver’s suburbs led her to statewide victory. Republicans and Democrats will likely continue to split control of the legislature. An end-of-life measure and minimum wage hike win statewide approval. Boulder voters approve a tax on sugary drinks, while Denver’s marijuana measure is too close to call.

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In Vitro Fertilization For Veterans; Doc Holliday In Colorado; 'Dog Power' Movie

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 10:00:00 -0600

Tyler Wilson, of Golden, was paralyzed in Afghanistan. He and and his wife, Crystal, later spent thousands of dollars on IVF to conceive a child. Now, along with other veterans, they've convinced Congress to allow the VA to pay for fertility treatment -- at least temporarily. Then, Doc Holliday, famed for his role in the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, spent more time in Colorado than anywhere else in the Old West -- find out why. A movie explores a world of dog-powered sports that goes far beyond mushing huskies in the Iditarod. And, a look at how maggots could soon turn food waste from Boulder-area restaurants into animal feed.

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The Airport Train's Future, Lawn Burning, Colorado's One-Time Largest Employer, And How...

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 10:00:00 -0600

The train to Denver International Airport came close to being shut down this weekend by the federal government because of problems with rail crossings. Ahead of the holiday travel season, we'll get an update on that and other new train lines in metro Denver. Then, a new effort to stop a long-standing practice in Mesa County: residents burning yard waste and scraps. Also, the story of the giant steel plant in Pueblo that helped forge America. And, how to avoid drinking alcohol, particularly during the holidays.

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Colorado's Outdoor Recreation Industry, A Veteran's Dance, Voting Memories, And The Ban...

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 10:00:00 -0600

Colorado's outdoor recreation industry brings in more than $13B dollars a year, and includes a company, Voormi, that calls itself "the microbrew of apparel." Then, a new dance performance in Denver captures the darkest days of Todd Bilsborough's life, when he came back from the Iraq War. The veteran wrote the music for the show. And, the new Denver band "Lost Walks" thought their concept album would resemble a Disney musical, but they ended up with something more like Goth. Plus, long-time voters remember their first time filling out the ballot.

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North Dakota Protest Has Historical Roots, Keeping Family Peace At Election Time, Film's St...

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 10:00:00 -0600

To understand the pipeline conflict at Standing Rock, North Dakota you have to go back to the first U.S. president. Then, a young woman and her grandmother are political opposites. How they're keeping things harmonious this election year. And a new film, shot in Denver, feels like everyday life. Plus, a robot truck made a 120-mile beer run across Colorado recently, but there are no state laws governing self-driving trucks.

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2016 Election Special: Key Initiatives, Selfies And 5th Graders On Voting

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 10:00:00 -0600

Supporters and opponents of the major ballot measures debate the issues, including whether to raise the minimum wage, implement a statewide universal health care system, and make it harder to amend the constitution. We also hear about efforts to block a law that makes it illegal to share photos of a completed ballot and from 5th graders who are urging college students to vote.

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Colorado Militia Rises, Election Opposites, Student Election Essay, Teenage Robot Inventor, Rolle...

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 10:00:00 -0600

At the US-Mexico border, it's not just law enforcement on patrol. Colorado militias are there, too. Mother Jones writer Shane Bauer went undercover to see these paramilitary groups up close. Then, one Denver teenager gives her thoughts on this election season, while another builds an SUV-sized walking robot. Also, people who manage to disagree politically and still love each other. And roller derby teams -- including in Denver -- are moving away from the kitschy names and dolled-up reputation in an effort to take the sport mainstream.

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Stories From The Grave On This Halloween Episode Of Colorado Matters

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 10:00:00 -0600

For Halloween, lessons in properly burying the dead and how to raise them back up -- through necromancy. University of Colorado Boulder historian Scott Bruce, and a ghoulish crowd, joined Colorado Matters at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Denver to dig into a millennium's worth of ghost stories. Bruce's new book is "The Penguin Book of the Undead: Fifteen Hundred Years of Supernatural Encounters."

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