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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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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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