Wed, 26 Oct 2016 10:00:00 -0600Families of victims in the Aurora theater shootings say under state law, Colorado officials must reveal where the killer is being held. He was moved to an undisclosed location after being attacked at a Colorado prison. State prison officials say they're under no obligation to tell. Also, for voters who don't like Clinton and Trump, there are 20 other people to choose from on the presidential ballot; we hear from Coloradans who plan to vote for those alternative candidates.
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 10:00:00 -0600Some of Colorado's most vulnerable people rely on the Colorado Department of Human Services, including kids who are abused and people with severe disabilities. The department's head, Reggie Bicha, answers questions on issues that have plagued his administration, and on strides it's made. Then, from a sugary soda tax to municipal broadband, we look at some of the local measures on ballots across the state. And ballot selfies may strike you as silly, but they're illegal for a reason. Plus, a Colorado man who helped build a road to the South Pole.
Mon, 24 Oct 2016 10:00:00 -0600Every night, Diane Kois has a decision to make -- where to park the car she lives in. She's chosen this life, but the high cost of Denver metro housing is a factor. Then, a whistleblower says veterans are still waiting too long for healthcare in Colorado. Plus, a new film pays tribute to Vincent Van Gogh. It's animated entirely by more than 64,000 oil paintings. We'll meet the Colorado painter who took part. And, how a Reddit conversation impacted a little tree named Plato.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:00:00 -0600The United States Supreme Court is considering a Colorado case about a juror who made racist comments during deliberations. The verdict could change a longstanding legal bedrock. Then, a big development in how scientists predict weather in space. And a conversation about asteroids, comets and space probes with our regular contributor astronomer and director of Boulder's Fiske Planetarium, Doug Duncan. Plus, a Colorado man has documented the state's changing geography using sketches from the 1870s.
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:00:00 -0600When a sheriff’s deputy responded to a report of an African-American man with a gun, things weren’t as they first appeared. The deputy, and the female CPR news host he stopped, both realize the encounter could have turned out much differently. Then, a decentralized Colorado voting system means it would be difficult to rig elections. Plus, a group of Boulder high school students formed a Nazi Facebook group called “The 4th Reich,” an incident that highlights growing concern over hate crimes. Also, a Colorado Springs woman wants to make history in November as the nation’s first transgender member of Congress.
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 10:00:00 -0600Both of the major presidential candidates have visited Pueblo in recent weeks to pick up swing voters and rally supporters. The presidential candidates believe Colorado’s nine electoral college votes could hinge on this working class city. Colorado Matters Host Ryan Warner spoke with about a dozen Pueblo voters of different ages, political affiliations and backgrounds about what they want from their next president, and what that person should know about them.
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 10:00:00 -0600U.S Senator Michael Bennet wants another six years in office, and this election Coloradans will decide whether he gets them. Bennet tells us why he wants another term, when congressional approval ratings are at just 17 percent and partisan gridlock means -- as he once put it-- the standard of success is simply keeping the lights on.
Mon, 17 Oct 2016 10:00:00 -0600While slavery is banned in Colorado, the state's constitution allows for it in one circumstance: as a form of punishment for a crime. That doesn't sit well with Denver's faith and community leaders who back a ballot measure called Amendment T, which would remove that provision. Then, Colorado voters aren't seeing nearly the same number of campaign advertisements this election year as they did in 2012. And a new documentary looks at the life of Nikolas Tesla, whose name might be more associated with the car than the man who invented the precursor to the modern electrical motor more than 100 years ago.
Thu, 13 Oct 2016 10:00:00 -0600Colorado voters will decide whether to make it more difficult to amend the state constitution. Supporters say it would ensure voters across the state are represented. Opponents say it would increase the influence of special interests. A Denver ballot measure would allow pot smoking in public. Colorado Matters' resident poet weighs in on presidential debates. Did you know horned beavers used to live in Colorado? A Denver museum exhibits "extreme" mammals.
Wed, 12 Oct 2016 10:00:00 -0600School districts have a record-setting number of measures on the ballot worth $4.4 billion all together. Education reporter Jenny Brundin explains what the schools want it for. And, AOL co-founder Steve Case recently came to Colorado as part of an investment tour of start-up companies that are outside of Silicon Valley. Also, how Asians persevered in Colorado despite an unwelcoming environment. Plus, assessing the state's tobacco sales tax ballot measure and Denver's use of its cultural tax.
Tue, 11 Oct 2016 10:00:00 -0600Republican U.S. Senate candidate Darryl Glenn talks about his changing positions on Donald Trump's candidacy in the wake of a controversial video and weighs in on policy issues including the Iran nuclear deal, Obamacare, the "war on coal" and race relations.
Mon, 10 Oct 2016 10:00:00 -0600Three prominent Colorado Republicans withdrew their support for Donald Trump over the weekend to mixed reactions from voters. And Colorado's Secretary of State has a warning for those wanting to write-in their choice for President. Plus, Columbus Day or Indigenous People's Day? It's a question Denver's been grappling with for years. Also, a Colorado non-profit is on the ground working with abandoned children in Haiti following hurricane Matthew. Denver International Airport is "embracing the unbelievable" with conspiracy theory tours and exhibits.
Fri, 07 Oct 2016 10:00:00 -0600The drastic jump in Denver home prices shocked former Denver Post columnist Tina Griego when she returned to Denver recently after moving to Virginia four years ago. She's now on the staff at The Colorado Independent. And, we hear from the new head of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts -- the first woman to run the organization. Also, the federal government might ban an herbal substance that's now legal in Denver and the eclectic sounds of an award-winning Colorado bluegrass band.
Thu, 06 Oct 2016 10:00:00 -0600Amendment 69 on the ballot would provide taxpayer-funded universal healthcare in Colorado. A supporter and opponent debate the proposal. Then, why the oil and gas industry is getting involved in another issue facing voters, Amendment 71, which would make it harder to put initiatives on the ballot. And, in a state where beer is king, artisanal cider is the new darling of the craft alcohol scene.
Wed, 05 Oct 2016 10:00:00 -0600On the eve of this year's John Denver Celebration in Aspen, a look back at Colorado's musical icon.
Tue, 04 Oct 2016 10:00:00 -0600The economic situation is bleak in Grand Junction, the largest community on Colorado's Western Slope. So bleak that the city government is asking employees if some of them are willing to quit their jobs. Then, it's not something you expect to hear from a pastor -- that there are many reasons to steer clear of Christianity. But Nadia Bolz-Weber hopes to lure believers, and non-believers, to her Church of All Sinners And Saints in Denver.
Mon, 03 Oct 2016 10:00:00 -0600The Denver Police Department prepares officers for the most difficult scenarios by putting them in the middle of a new wraparound video simulator called "Shoot-Don't-Shoot." CPR's Andrea Dukakis tried it. Then, an Aurora high school student from Eritrea shares his refugee story. Plus, eating in complete darkness with strangers might not seem ideal, but the founder of the Blind Cafe says its the perfect social experiment.
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 10:00:00 -0600The holiest days of the Jewish year are coming up, but a synagogue in Trinidad, near the New Mexico border, won't hold services for the first time in 127 years. It's been operating longer than any other synagogue in Colorado, but has been sold and is closing. Then, an online petition wants Colorado's Ed Dwight Jr. to become an honorary astronaut. He was the first African-American candidate for the U.S Space program, but following the death of President John F. Kennedy, Dwight was cut from the program. Plus, how budget cuts have hurt one Colorado school district, and an upcoming closure on a main road into Rocky Mountain National Park.
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:00:00 -0600Gov. John Hickenlooper explains why he's decided to support three of Colorado's ballot measures: a minimum wage increase, medically assisted death and a tobacco tax hike. He also addresses a political fundraising video he made in front of the state seal, which he removed after a complaint. And, how he's planning for tectonic policy shifts that could come if Donald Trump is elected. Then, RE-1 Valley School District Superintendent Jan DeLay is on a mission to educate average citizens on the fiscal challenges rural districts like hers face.
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:00:00 -0600A Colorado man was in the gallery when golfing legend Arnold Palmer mounted one of the greatest golfing comebacks in history at the 1960 U.S. Open in Cherry Hills, just outside Denver. Palmer passed away Sunday. Also, a Colorado group aims to make schools, offices and other buildings 50 percent more energy efficient by 2050.
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 10:00:00 -0600Today, a debate. Proposition 106 would allow people who are terminally ill to get a prescription and end their own lives. Denver attorney Julie Selsberg supports the measure, saying she wishes her late father, who had ALS, had the option. Carrie Ann Lucas is a lawyer and disability rights activist who opposes it. Lucas says the law would infringe on her rights and affect her care as well as that of other people who are already marginalized.
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:00:00 -0600More than one million Coloradans have rejected political parties and are registered unaffiliated, but they still want a say in picking presidential candidates. This November voters will decide whether to create an open primary and get rid of presidential caucuses in Colorado. Then, one phone call, from Garrison Keillor, changed musician Chris Thile's life. It was an offer to become the new host of the public radio mainstay A Prairie Home Companion. Thile accepted and talked with us about the direction of the show, which will tape in Denver in November. Plus, what voters need to know about a ballot proposal to renew a cultural tax for Metro Denver; how Colorado influenced writer Vladimir Nabokov; and listener feedback to a recent interview with Denver's first pedestrian planner.
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 10:00:00 -0600Colorado's new veterans hospital is $1 billion over budget. A new investigation criticizes Veterans Administration management for overruns and delays. Then, a University of Colorado researcher wants more women included in clinical studies, because illness and disease affect them differently than men. And, former Broncos tight end Nate Jackson was bedridden a lot in his career, so he took up fantasy football. He writes about his experiences in "Fantasy Man." Plus, a giant polar bear mascot roams local art shows and venues on behalf of cultural funding.
Thu, 22 Sep 2016 10:00:00 -0600The film “Clever” tells the story of Gerardo Lopez, a former Los Angeles gang member who now mentors Denver youths in an anti-gang group called Homies Unidos. Then, Colorado is becoming a mecca for extreme sports medicine at a time when extreme athletes are grappling with the potential implications of the brain disease Chronic Traumatic Encepalothapy, or CTE. And, writer Dick Kreck chronicles the wayward wealthy of Colorado in his book “Rich People Behaving Badly.”
Wed, 21 Sep 2016 10:00:00 -0600Researchers are offering treatment to inmates who've suffered brain trauma. And, big funders are backing efforts to bring a bike race to Colorado. Also, two authors talk about characters that are "outsiders" and a 100-year-old school teaches English to refugees.
Tue, 20 Sep 2016 10:00:00 -0600Denver is walking into new territory by hiring its first full-time pedestrian planner, and listeners expressed their thoughts on the city's streets. Then, the new president of Colorado Christian University is a pastor and an academic -- a very different background from his predecessor, who was a politician. What that means for the school's role on hot button issues. Plus, a vexing problem for people with Down Syndrome and their families: Regression means for some young people with Down Syndrome, the ability to talk and move deteriorates. How the Sie Down Center in Denver is trying to fight it.
Mon, 19 Sep 2016 10:00:00 -0600A debate on the ballot proposal to raise Colorado's minimum wage. Then, from her office in Littleton, a woman is fighting to protect giant pandas. She’s just been recognized by the Chinese government for her work. Plus, the national Museum of African-American History and Culture opens Saturday in Washington D.C. It includes a statue of Colorado pioneer Clara Brown.
Fri, 16 Sep 2016 10:00:00 -0600Two small towns have changed permanently as a result of floods that ripped through the Front Range three years ago this week. A check back in on Jamestown and Lyons, which has struggled to replace affordable housing destroyed by the record-breaking flood. Then, from freedom fighter to working at a pharmacy in Denver, Kahsay Abraha shares his story of fighting with the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Army in the 1970s. And, an exhibit on women in abstract expressionism at the Denver Art Museum.
Thu, 15 Sep 2016 10:00:00 -0600The bodies of two Colorado men killed fighting against ISIS are nearly back in Colorado. Workers have begun the dismantling a stockpile of chemical weapons in Pueblo. A new film tells the story of Greek American coal miners in southern Colorado who helped create workers' rights to unionize.Two football coaches are jockeying for the most wins ever. And, Colorado cities are encountering challenges as they adopt LED lights.
Wed, 14 Sep 2016 10:00:00 -0600Decades before San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick knelt during the national anthem, a Denver Nugget launched a similar protest. Colorado's universal healthcare proposal spurs economic debate. The first openly gay bishop of the United Methodist Church reflects on her first Denver sermon. The family-owned Cascade Cottages have been sold to Rocky Mountain National Park. TruTV's "Those Who Can't," features a Denver comedy trio.
Tue, 13 Sep 2016 10:00:00 -0600STEM is a buzzword in education circles these days, meaning science, technology, engineering and math. But few schools here actually teach it, according to Chalkbeat Colorado, which surveyed the state's 30 largest districts. Then, a new choral work is dedicated to Matthew Shepard, the gay teen who was murdered outside Laramie, Wyoming in 1998. It draws on his diary entries. And, the western slope is the backdrop for the new thriller, "Nothing Short of Dying." We meet the author, who wrote it while living in his small hometown of Rangely. Lastly, we examine the merger between Colorado Springs' Fine Art Center and Colorado College.
Mon, 12 Sep 2016 10:00:00 -0600Colorado-based Liberty Media is buying Formula One Racing. It's popular abroad, but in the U.S. where NASCAR has the poll position, what's the appeal? Then, two Colorado Olympians -- cyclist Mara Abbot and wrestler Adeline Gray -- on how they're moving on from losses at the Rio Olympics. Plus, the actress who played the grating, gum-chewing girl "Violet Beauregard" in the original Willy Wonka movie lives in Denver. She remembers Gene Wilder at an event in Littleton this week. Also, an artist has nearly completed her goal of painting from the top of all of Colorado's 14,000 foot peaks.
Thu, 08 Sep 2016 10:00:00 -0600The Libertarian party’s candidate for U.S. Senate, Lily Tang Williams, says her experience growing up in China drives her conviction that less government is better government. Teachers whose students were not alive at the time of the 9/11 attacks grapple with how to educate them about what happened that day. Denver Public Schools Superintendent Tom Boasberg returns from a sabbatical in Argentina to some good news about test scores, but the district still faces challenges in areas such as student discipline.
Wed, 07 Sep 2016 10:00:00 -0600The Colorado Green Party's U.S. Senate candidate explains why he wants the job. Then, listeners respond to our coverage of climate change. Also, a Coloradan who's spent the year simulating life on Mars returns home. And, a video series explores the complex relationship between people and the food they eat.
Tue, 06 Sep 2016 10:00:00 -0600Powerful people in this state do not believe climate change is a real or imminent threat. Among them: State Sen. Kevin Lundberg of Berthoud, a ranking Republican. He reached out to Colorado Matters after hearing our climate change coverage, and had a very different story to tell. He appeared on the program with a climate scientist from Colorado State University. Then, this election year we're following two Coloradans who are running for office for the first time. They spent the summer knocking on doors and marching in parades. Plus, Colorado folk act Paper Bird gets a reboot with new talent and a new sound.
Fri, 02 Sep 2016 10:00:00 -0600Privately run prisons have been deemed less safe then ones run by the federal government, so the Department of Justice is phasing them out. But Colorado will keep its private prisons open. CPR's Andrea Dukakis explains why. A trip to Colorado's Conundrum Hot Springs is on the bucket list for many, but the area is suffering for it. Paralympian Alana Nichols wants her team to get the same fanfare as Olympians got in Rio. She could become the first female athlete, Paralympic or Olympic, to win gold in three different sports. And a trip to singer-songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov's Boulder County farm.
Thu, 01 Sep 2016 10:00:00 -0600Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper opposes universal health care but otherwise leans in favor of most issues on the fall ballot. A leader of Colorado Hispanics For Trump supports the candidate’s immigration policies. In a changing world, future American diplomats will need social media skills as much as a mastery of history, according to the University of Denver’s dean of international studies.
Wed, 31 Aug 2016 10:00:00 -0600Latinos' economic contributions are undervalued because they're often demonized, says former Colorado businessman. Also, a man buys a Montrose funeral home and discovers the abandoned ashes of 200 people. And, a Colorado musician hears echoes of jazz and the blues in birdsong.
Tue, 30 Aug 2016 10:00:00 -0600Behind liver, tofu was the most reviled food in the US back in the 1980s... It's mainstream today, in no small part because of Steve Demos. He founded the Colorado company "White Wave," maker of Silk. He joins us as White Wave is sold -- in a controversial deal -- to a French conglomerate. Then, studying exo-planets is en vogue these days in astronomy. One's been discovered that could support life. We hear from astronomer Doug Duncan, our regular guest from Boulder's Fiske planetarium. And, the dobrato is a "Frankenstein" instrument made in Gunnison, Colorado. It's played by some big name musicians. We meet the inventor.
Mon, 29 Aug 2016 10:00:00 -0600Who gets to use what bathroom is one of the hottest topics this school year around the country. Boulder Valley School District's transgender policies were praised by the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice recently. Then, why many parents choose not to vaccinate their kids, despite most public health advice saying they should. A Denver sociologist has studied families at the heart of this controversy for over a decade. And, six-word essays on race are being collected at the Denver Public Library, with answers like, "It's one identity; I have many."
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 10:00:00 -0600Governor John Hickenlooper is back from California, where he visited companies like Google and Dell to find learn the latest cyber security strategies. He also sought support for the new National Cybersecurity Center in Colorado Springs. The center aims to be a national hub to protect companies and governments from attacks. Also, our education reporter learns what it's like for someone with dyslexia to read what look like scrambled words. Then, a preview of a forthcoming album from three Boulder punk rockers.
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:00:00 -0600A member of the Northern Arapaho tribe says putting a memorial to the Sand Creek massacre near the state Capitol could foster healing. "Equity," a new film playing in Denver and Boulder, portrays women on Wall Street in a raw, complicated and modern way. A Boulder developer's long illness showed him the worldwide reach of video games and "saved my life." In a sport called freestyle reining, horseback riders wear costumes and choreograph their animals' moves to their favorite music. They'll compete at the Colorado State Fair.
Wed, 24 Aug 2016 10:00:00 -0600The streams at Great Sand Dunes National Park may be key to preserving the Rio Grande cutthroat trout in the age of climate change, while restoration ecologists work to preserve other species and lands. Also, athletes are getting bigger and stronger. But is that a good thing? Then, humans have tried to kill coyotes going back more than 100 years. In Denver in the 1920s, a plant manufactured poison to exterminate them. But coyotes survived, and even multiplied and spread, while other animals in the same situation did not.
Tue, 23 Aug 2016 10:00:00 -0600When students returned to the University of Northern Colorado this week they were joined by four new classmates with intellectual disabilities. Also,in Kent Haruf's final novel "Our Souls At Night," people in the fictional town of Holt are scandalized when they hear news about two of their neighbors. Jane Fonda and Robert Redford will star in the film adaptation of Haruf's book for Netflix.
Mon, 22 Aug 2016 10:00:00 -0600A climbing wall, a zip line and many shopping options are part of a planned makeover of DIA’s main terminal, a project the airport would pay for with a public-private partnership. Then, getting to DIA has sometimes been a challenge on the University of Colorado A Line, as glitches and malfunctions continue to delay the train to the plane. Plus, transplants to Colorado are changing the state’s political colors. Also, we speak with a Boulder man who's chased eclipses from Siberia to Zimbabwe. And the new book “Children of Katrina.”
Thu, 18 Aug 2016 10:00:00 -0600Former Colorado Gov. Roy Romer spent his career promoting education for working adults. Now his granddaughter and his son have adopted the same cause. National rankings place Colorado's voting practices among the nation's best. For Denver Broncos' new stadium announcer it's about calm and, worst-case scenario, the cough button. The voice of Colorado classical music, Charley Samson, reminisces about 40-plus years in the business. He retires this week.
Wed, 17 Aug 2016 10:00:00 -0600A Denver political strategist who should've been on top of the world is instead finishing one of the hardest years of his life, because of depression likely brought on by open heart surgery. The Beaver Creek Fire burning in far northern Colorado is so exceptional it's forced firefighters to rethink 100 years of suppression tactics. Then, climate change is affecting what visitors to Mesa Verde National Park see, and National Park Service archeologists say that as global temperatures warm, other historical sights could be at risk.
Tue, 16 Aug 2016 10:00:00 -0600There's controversy over the first openly gay bishop elected to represent the West. Also, why car thefts in Colorado are going up. And, reinventing the fitted sheet.
Mon, 15 Aug 2016 10:00:00 -0600As Hillary Clinton increases her lead in presidential polls in Colorado, her national campaign manager addresses fracking, climate change and the campaign's ground game here. Then, the connection between dyslexia and entrepreneurship. Famous businessmen like Richard Branson, Charles Schwab and Governor John Hickenlooper have learned to use their dyslexia to help them be successful. And Breckenridge has invested a lot in art, including a festival this week, called BreckCreate, that mixes art and the environment.
Fri, 12 Aug 2016 10:00:00 -06003-D printers are expanding the things people create and how they create them. Meet the Colorado man who's considered the father of 3-D printing. Then, art students helped design a 3-D prosthetic for an injured cat. A CU Boulder professor wants children who are blind to experience literature with tactile picture books created with the printers. A Loveland company builds small 3-D printers for home use, and a printer that could turn water to ice, then create homes on Mars.