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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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Health Care Reform; Tax Checkoff For Charity; Stevie Wonder Surprise; Bestselling Author On Sex S...

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Years before the Affordable Care Act and the GOP's proposed replacement, Colorado devised its own plan to reform healthcare. Now the leader of the bipartisan effort is trying again to help the state lower costs. Then, a check box on state tax forms lets people donate some of their refunds to a list of charities, but getting on the list may be too political. Plus, "Superstition" by Stevie Wonder has been covered by many artists, including a native of rural Colorado, who was surprised when Stevie Wonder was in the audience and joined in the performance. And, Colorado author Laura Pritchett explores the "intimate" stories of a fictional Colorado town in her new book, "The Blue Hour."

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The Price Of Higher Education: Public Commodity or Personal Expense?

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 10:00:00 -0600

State funding for colleges and universities could disappear in less than a decade according to several forecasts. That means students and families would pay more. So, what does that mean for the future? Today we hear from the presidents of Metropolitan State University of Denver, The University of Colorado, Colorado State University, community colleges, and the largest state college on the Western Slope. In addition, we hear from the governor’s former right-hand man on higher education.

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Mid-Session Legislative Check-In; Trauma Faces Sudanese In Refugee Camps; Rodeo Announcer Dies

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Some of the thorniest issues affecting Colorado still have to be worked out at the state legislature and one of the key issues is transportation funding. CPR's Vic Vela, who covers the Capitol, has a mid-session check-in. Then, explaining why Coloradans pay wildly different local taxes for schools. And, millions have fled their homes during South Sudan's civil war, moving to refugee camps where sexual assault is rampant. We speak with a Denver attorney who has witnessed the devastation and will report this week to the United Nations. Plus, we remember an iconic voice in rodeo announcing. Also, photographer Joseph Collier became famous in the late 1800s for his images of Colorado. Now, his great-great-grandson has photographed the exact same spots for a book.

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Colorado's Senators On Health Care; A Crash Course In Start-Ups For Cuban Entrepreneurs;...

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 10:00:00 -0600

The Affordable Care Act needs work, says Colorado's Democratic Senator Michael Bennet; adding that what House Republicans have come up with isn't what the doctor ordered. His Republican colleague, Cory Gardner, held another tele-town hall last night and health care came up. Then, the odds are stacked against Cuban entrepreneurs. Internet access is iffy. Many jobs there are prescribed. So a few have come to Colorado to learn how to break through. And, Boulder's Kimbal Musk hopes to reinvent the chain restaurant. What he means when he says the next great opportunity is "real food." Plus, Colorado State University's Emmanuel Omogbo is playing the best basketball of his career, despite tremendous loss -- the deaths of his parents, niece, and nephew last year. To thank the CSU community, he's calling this his "Thank You season."

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Rural Rehab Center For The Homeless; LGBTQ Inclusive Church; Dance Helps With Brain Injury

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 10:00:00 -0600

The closing of a prison can be a big blow to a town. But when a prison closed in rural southeastern Colorado, the state got creative and turned it into a drug-treatment center for people who are homeless. Then, after months of discussion and prayer, Denver Community Church has changed its position and is now embracing LGBTQ members. The lead pastor made the announcement and then apologized to the gay community. And, people with traumatic brain injuries joined students from Colorado Colege to take part in a series of dance workshops. The idea is to help improve mobility and form social connections. Plus, how repealing and replacing the ACA might affect Coloradans.

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Signs Of Trouble On The Colorado River; No-Energy Cooling; Boulder's Rose Hill Drive Back Be...

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Rising temperatures are sapping the Colorado River, according to a new study, and it’s worse than forecasters realized. Then, what if you could cool a building 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, using no electricity, water, or energy? That might be possible someday with new technology developed at CU Boulder. Next, a teacher from Douglas County teaches history in a revolutionary way. And, the Fox Theater in Boulder celebrates 25 years. After a six-year hiatus, the Boulder band Rose Hill Drive is back with a new album.

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Denver Lawyer On Title IX; Overdue Medals For Veteran; Gypsy Jazz

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Reports of sexual assaults on college campuses have increased dramatically over the last five years, including recent high-profile cases including student athletics at CU Boulder and CSU Pueblo. Denver attorney Scott Lewis trains schools across the country to prevent violence and comply with Title IX, the federal law that covers these cases. Then, this is the last year students at Denver's South High School will get to hear from WWII veterans. And we hear about a 99-year-old veteran of that war who got some long-overdue recognition. Also, Denver's Gypsy Swing Revue brings a little Paris to Colorado.

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Climate Change Comedy, Artistic Exploration Of Place, Tribute To Former Ice Capades Star

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 10:00:00 -0600

A comedy show at the University of Colorado Boulder brings levity to a serious, potentially cataclysmic subject: climate change. Then, what "place" means to Latinos in America today. It's the subject of a new show at the Denver Art Museum. And, at 90 years old, this Denver figure skater still made it to the rink five times a week. A new documentary pays tribute to Yvonne Dowlen, who died last May.

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Sen. Gardner Holds Tele-Town Hall; Who'll Design An Aurora Theater Memorial?

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Colorado Senator Cory Gardner held a telephone town hall Wednesday, and people were eager to connect. He took questions from listeners about healthcare, Russia and marijuana. We share highlights. Then, the search for the best artist to design a memorial to the victims of the Aurora Theater Shooting. It’s been narrowed down to four candidates. Plus, a Franken-instrument built in Gunnison, Colorado. And, a Denver photographer remembers artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.

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Local Police On Immigration Enforcement; New Film 'Beyond Standing Rock'; Boulder Astro...

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 10:00:00 -0600

President Donald Trump hopes local police can help federal immigration agents arrest and detain people in this country illegally. But one Colorado county says they tried that before and there were challenges. Then, a new film, "Beyond Standing Rock," tells of other tribes in the West that have struggled with sovereignty over their land and resources. And, our space expert talks about the discovery of seven earth-like planets which NASA calls a major leap forward in answering the question "Are we alone out there?" Plus, about 75 people across Colorado work in remote areas tending to the state’s water supply.

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Human Trafficking App; Mobile Tattoo Removal; Website For Ex-Cons; Song Implores 'No More Sc...

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

When victims of human trafficking break free, they're met with a whole new set of challenges, often legal ones. A Denver non-profit is creating a network of attorneys who can help trafficking survivors. Then, Colorado pays for some young people to have their tattoos removed -- literally erasing their ties to gang life. One of the removal services is mobile, set up in an old ambulance. And, a new website helps ex-cons move beyond their pasts. Plus, "No more screen zombies!" has become a motto for two country singers. They saw their kids constantly staring at screens and it inspired them to make a kids' album called "Let's Go Outside."

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National Renewable Energy Lab, End-Of-Life Experts, Children's Book On Grief, Tiny Desk Cont...

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

The Trump administration has sent mixed signals on climate change and alternative energy and the future of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden is cloudy. Then, what doctors and hospitals must learn about Colorado's new aid-in-dying law. And, a Denver mom writes a children's book to help kids cope with death. Also, an update on transportation negotiations from the state capitol. Plus, Colorado musicians vye for an appearance at NPR's Tiny Desk Concert.

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Where Colorado's Congress Reps And Senators Are; Bathroom Access For Transgender Students; H...

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

Senators and members of Congress haven't hosted town halls in Colorado this week. CPR's Sam Brasch explains what they have been up to. Then, how the Trump Administration's decision about transgender students and bathrooms will affect Colorado schools. Plus, Russia's representative in the western United States is in Colorado to talk about trade. And Aurora high school sophomore Francesca Belibi could dunk a basketball before she knew the rules of the game. A video of her went viral, after ESPN made it a top 10 play.

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Colorado's Chance To Land Outdoor Retail Businesses; La La Land Choreographer; Movie Quotes;...

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

A major trade show for outdoor retailers is pulling out of Utah over concerns about how politicians there treat public lands. The show -- and some businesses on its roster --may land in Colorado. Then, the choreographer of Oscar-favorite La La Land is from Breckenridge. She tells us how she trained stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. Then, the stories behind memorable lines that movie stars said -- and didn’t say -- through the years. And, a famed clarinetist and his pianist son share family memories ahead of a concert they’ll perform together.

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Governor On Trump Immigration Plan; Climate Change On Stage; Mines Students Head To National Ethi...

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

Gov. John Hickenlooper says the state patrol is “not inclined” to help enforce President Donald Trump’s new immigration plan. The governor also offers his opinion on a lawsuit over Boulder’s oil and gas production moratorium, and weighs in on other issues. Then, the Denver Center’s new play, “Two Degrees,” explores climate change. And, a team from the Colorado School of Mines heads to a national competition this weekend to argue issues such as whether bartenders can refuse to serve pregnant women. Plus, a Coloradan is the first woman to appear in a CoverGirl ad campaign wearing a hijab.

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Medicaid In Grand Junction, Kent Thompson Leaving Denver Center, Architect Gio Ponti

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

An experiment's gone on for the last several years on Colorado's Western Slope; seeing if the cost of Medicaid can be reduced while still improving people's health. Meanwhile, some hospitals in rural Colorado are worried about the impact of losing the Affordable Care Act. Then, a new book on healing the political divide. Also, for 12 years, Kent Thompson has served as producing artistic director for the Denver Center; he's leaving in March. And the only building Italian architect Gio Ponti designed in the United States was the Denver Art Museum. It's on Civic Center Park and looks like it's covered in scales.

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Churches As Sanctuaries, Tom Clark Retires, Opera On Transgender Woman

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

Nine Colorado congregations formed a network to shelter immigrants facing deportation. We look inside that network, where two women are currently in sanctuary. Then, why more young entrepreneurs are attracted to Metro Denver than anywhere else in the country. But Denver wasn't always such a draw -- we speak with Tom Clark, who was instrumental in its metamorphosis. He retires next month. And, an opera about a different sort of metamorphosis-- its main character is transgender.

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Immigrant Avoids Deportation By Hiding In Denver Church; Japanese Internment In Colorado

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

An immigration office in metro Denver drew protests Wednesday. The protesters tried -- and failed -- to stop authorities from ordering the deportation of an undocumented immigrant. Now she's hiding in a church basement in Denver. What her case may say about President Trump's immigration policies. Also, 75 years ago President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the executive order that led to the incarceration of thousands of U.S. residents of Japanese descent. On Sunday, Japanese Americans will hold a day of remembrance in Denver to mark the anniversary. And, every few years there's a familiar debate in education circles. Does more money make schools better?

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A Rockefeller Confronts Dark History In Colorado, Air Force Academy Band Marks Milestone With New...

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 10:00:00 -0600

The Rockefellers are known as well-heeled industrialists but in Pueblo, Colorado their name is a reminder of the Ludlow Massacre, a bloody chapter in history. On Friday, David Rockefeller Jr. will visit Pueblo, marking the first time a Rockefeller has returned to the city to address its dark past. Also, as the U.S. Air Force hits its 70th birthday, we profile the Air Force Academy Band, which has commissioned new music to commemorate the anniversary.

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Answering Your Colorado Refugees Questions, Lannie Garrett's Favorite Love Songs

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 10:00:00 -0600

President Trump is trying to -- at least temporarily -- block refugees from settling in the US, and that's sparked a lot of questions from you: "What do refugees do when they get to Colorado?" "Why spend taxpayer money to support them over, say, Americans who are homeless?" "How can you help refugees?" We have the answers. Then, on Valentine's Day, Denver singer and longtime cabaret owner Lannie Garrett shares some of her favorite love songs.

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The President's 'Kitchen Cabinet', How Writings On Detention Center Walls Inspired...

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Your perception of George Washington may change when you hear about how he treated the first presidential cook. The story comes out of Denver author Adrian Miller's new book, "The President's Kitchen Cabinet: The Story of African-Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families." Then, writing on the walls of an immigrant detention center inspired Denver poet Teow Lim Goh. The poems in the men's barracks are still there, but the women's were destroyed in a fire. Goh imagines what those lost poems may have been in her latest collection called "Islanders."

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Twin Astronauts Health Study, RTD's Troubled Train To The Plane

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Famous astronauts Mark and Scott Kelley are identical twins, and part of an ambitious experiment. Scientists studied Mark on Earth, while Scott lived in space for more than 340 days, and the results are surprising. Then, emails between RTD and the Federal Railroad Administration show a troubled relationship with the Train to the Plane. Plus, snowmobiler Colten Moore suffered a spinal cord injury at last month's X Games. His brother Caleb died after a similar accident in 2013.

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American Indian Activist Led Landmark Lawsuit, Veterans' Voices In 'Stories From Wartim...

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 10:00:00 -0600

As the Dakota Access Pipeline rolls ahead, a look back at an earlier clash between Indian tribes and the federal government, when activist Elouise Cobell filed the largest class-action suit ever against the United States. Then, veterans describe their battlefield experiences in a long-running Regis University program called "Stories From Wartime." Students learn the history. Vets find it cathartic. And, the rules designed to help communities and industry avoid conflicts over oil and gas drilling are causing -- conflict. Plus, an import from Denmark to Colorado: What’s hygge?

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VW Settlement, A Check On New Oil and Gas Rules, Film Portrays A Human Born On Mars

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 10:00:00 -0600

The Volkswagen settlement means not just money for car owners and auto dealers but also for the state to pay for clean energy projects. Then, communities quarrel with new oil and gas operations despite state rules intended to ease the tension. Those rules also helped fund a forthcoming study of the potential health effects of living near drilling rigs. Also, the new film "The Space Between Us" is about the first human born on Mars, who wants to travel to Earth. And, an opera written especially for children.

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Both Sides Of Trump's Executive Order, Curling Championship, Make Yourself Happy Poetry

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 10:00:00 -0600

President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban has generated a lot of reaction in Colorado -- from approval, to fear. We hear from both sides. Then, for a Colorado curling team, the countdown to the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea begins this weekend. Next, we meet an experimental poet, Eleni Sikelianos, who wants readers to tear into her new book “Make Yourself Happy” -- literally. She’s included pages that are meant to be ripped out and turned into three dimensional art. And, the story of two Colorado school districts that share a border, but are worlds apart.

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Fighting Service Animal Fraud, Colorado's First Supreme Court Justice, Endangered Places

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Some people try to pass their dogs off as service animals to get them into apartments and restaurants, but a new Colorado law tries to curb that behavior. Then, if Neil Gorsuch is confirmed by the U.S. Senate, he'll be the second Coloradan to serve on the Supreme Court. Byron White was appointed to the high court in 1962, and we talk with White's former clerk Dennis Hutchinson. Plus, a kitchy roadside Colorado attraction is endangered of being lost along with other "endangered places" in the state. And, Aurora's first poet laureate Jovan Mays' term ends. He reflects on what's been a bumpy ride.

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Colorado Ups Its Cybersecurity Game, New Bison Podcast, The Humor In Childhood Awkwardness

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Tracking down cyber criminals gets harder every day for federal prosecutors; a new unit at the U.S. attorney's office focuses on cyber crimes and national security. Then, the American bison was recently named the country's first "national mammal," but that vision doesn't sit well with some. Plus, we hear embarrassing childhood memories relayed on stage in front of total strangers. And, as the debate plays out nationally, the battle over Colorado’s health care exchange has already begun. Also, "Those Who Can't" gets picked up for a third season.

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Former Clerk On SCOTUS Nominee, Critic Of New Denver Police Policy, Coloradan To Race Across Russ...

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Federal judge Neil Gorsuch of Boulder is in line to replace Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. We'll learn more about Gorsuch's record and personality from his former clerk. Then, Denver Police are making a new use of force policy.Lisa Caldaron of the Colorado Latino Forum provides her thoughts on the document. Next, the Trans-Siberian Extreme is the longest cycling race on earth, and the only U.S. male invited to participate in the race across Russia this year is from Colorado. Plus, a Fort Collins man has gone pro in drone racing.

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Colorado Refugees And Trump Order, New Denver Police Use Of Force Policy, Climbing Volcanoes In A...

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 10:00:00 -0600

More than four dozen people from around the world were scheduled to arrive in Colorado this week and begin living as refugees, but their trips were canceled after President Donald Trump issued an executive order. The state's refugee coordinator tells us what's ahead. Also, the Denver police department recently proposed changes to its use of force policy, but there's been criticism locally. Then, Littleton "space artist" Michael Carroll and a friend traveled to the top of Mt. Erebus for research on a book about volcanoes in space. And, Pueblo oil painter Teresa Vito could see her artwork cruising Interstate 25 if lawmakers approve a special license plate featuring her painting of Pueblo chiles.

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Coloradan Helps Refugees, Drug Options For Aid In Dying, Colorado Journalist Stars in Transgender...

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 10:00:00 -0600

A Boulder man dropped everything to help refugees in Greece after hearing an account of the crisis on CPR's Colorado Matters. Then, it's not clear what drugs terminally ill patients would use under Colorado's new aid in dying law. We hear about experiments in other states. Also, a new play about transgender women stars a Colorado reporter. Plus, the mechanical issues that plagued RTD’s Train to the Plane last year are largely resolved but the A Line is still dogged by crossing gates that don't work. And, a new satellite built in Colorado promises to improve weather forecasting and is now sending back it's first pictures.

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Finding Funds For Colorado's Female Entrepreneurs, A Sculptor's Take On Aging

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Female entrepreneurs in Colorado have a tough time getting money to grow their businesses. Two Boulder investors are betting that helping women scale up will pay off. Then, a Colorado sculptor says as she’s gotten older, people treat her differently. She explores that in her latest show. And, Denver architect Curt Fentress, who designed the iconic terminal at Denver International Airport, is being inducted into the Colorado Business Hall of Fame. A look back at Fentress’ 2010 book, “Touchstones of Design: Redefining Public Architecture.” Plus, the Colorado Department of Transportation is experimenting with a tax based on miles driven.

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Film On Teen Suicide, Colorado Reporter On Covering President Trump, Metal Frontman To Grammy-Nom...

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Colorado has one of the highest youth suicide rates in the country. We hear the reasons, and talk solutions. Then, a Denver Post reporter was one of the few journalists inside the White House on President Trump's first Monday in office. And, much of agriculture is suffering in Colorado, thanks to stubbornly low prices from corn and wheat, to cattle and oil and gas. Colorado's farm and ranch income has hit its lowest level since 1986. Plus, Kit Winger fronted his own 80's metal band-- now the former Coloradan has turned his attention to classical music, and is nominated for a Grammy.

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Skier Safety Campaign, Asthma Misdiagnoses, Trails Wheelchair, Railway Troubadour

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 10:00:00 -0600

On Christmas Eve six years ago, Chauncey and Kelli Johnson lost their young daughter in a skiing accident with a snowboarder. The Johnsons have now created a skier safety campaign. Then, asthma is a common disease but a new study finds it's also commonly misdiagnosed. An article in the most recent issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association says a third of adults who are told they have asthma actually don't. Also, a paraplegic athlete from Denver has found a new way to get around the rugged trails of Colorado -- she recently started using a new chair that she says has reintroduced her to the world of hiking. And there’s a new musical feature coming to some long-distance passenger trains in the U.S. ... a singing troubadour.

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Women's March Organizer Talks Next Steps, The Future Of Underground Art Spaces In Denver

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 10:00:00 -0600

An organizer of the Women's March on Denver was pleasantly surprised by Saturday's turnout, but knows it won't be easy to create a sustained movement. Then, a discussion on the future of underground art spaces in Denver after two venues were closed. Plus, protesters hope to shut down a talk by Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulus at CU Boulder this week. We meet a student who invited Yiannopolus to campus.

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Colorado High Schoolers Talk Trump And Their Future, Local Artists Take On Religion, A Stellar Me...

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:00:00 -0600

The day before Donald Trump's inauguration, high school students from across the state talk about their hopes and concerns, and what responsibility they feel toward their country and community. Then, artists take on the topic of religion in a new show in Denver. One piece is a collection of crosses made from everyday objects like salt shakers and remote controls. And, a Boulder man's brush with heavyweight boxing champ Muhammad Ali -- which took a very stellar turn.

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Colorado-Made Spacecraft To Explore Asteroids, Famed Freed Slave Clara Brown, Lawyer-Turned-Comed...

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:00:00 -0600

NASA wants to know more about asteroids, which are remnants of an earlier time in the solar system. A Colorado team was just chosen to develop a spacecraft that will spend nearly two decades exploring Trojan asteroids. Then, there's a new documentary about Clara Brown, a slave torn apart from her children. When Brown was freed, she came to Colorado to look for her children and became a successful businesswoman. Plus, Troy Walker got his law degree from the University of Denver and then turned to stand-up comedy. Now, his career is taking off.

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A Night On Mars And Titan: Colorado Authors Look To The Planets

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:00:00 -0600

The idea that humans could become a multi-planetary species is not as far-fetched as you might think. But where would they go? Sending people to Mars is within the grasp of science today, says Leonard David, an award-winning space journalist from Golden, and the author of “MARS: Our Future on the Red Planet.” Amanda Hendrix, senior scientist at the Planetary Science Institute in Niwot, and co-author of “Beyond Earth: Our Path to a New Home in the Planets," says Titan, a moon of Saturn, has an accommodating atmosphere. The duo joined Colorado Matters at the University of Denver, along with aerospace engineer Andrzej Stewart, who lived for a year in a NASA-sponsored Mars simulation habitat in Hawaii.

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Supporters And Opponents Head To D.C., Docs On Pot And Vomiting, Famed Choreographer On MLK Day

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Two Colorado women are headed to Washington, D.C. this week but for very different reasons. One is a Latina Republican who will attend President-Elect Trump's inauguration. The other, a Democrat, will march in a protest the next day. We'll hear their thoughts on the next four years. Then, doctors say chronic marijuana users are being afflicted with a disorder that involves uncontrollable dry retching. And, on this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a hymn that Dr. King first heard in Denver became one of his favorites. Plus, choreographer Cleo Parker Robinson on growing up in a segregated city.

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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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