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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Schools Struggle To Improve Safety; Julia Roberts Plans Film Adaptation Of A Book About 1960s Den...

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Effective July 1, Colorado school districts may have to pay legal damages if they fail to prevent school shootings or other violence, but there’s confusion about how to comply and the issue will most likely be decided in court. This comes at a time when more teachers are arming themselves, saying they want to protect their students. Also, your feedback on our segment with small-business owners hopeful about the Trump administration. Plus, Julia Roberts is turning a novel that takes place in 1960s Denver into a film. It's based on Cynthia Swanson's book about how life could have turned out differently, called "The Bookseller."

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Data Science For Missionaries; A Colorado Poet Is Back In Print; 'Post-Modern' Bluegras...

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 10:00:00 -0600

A Colorado Springs firm uses mapping to determine where missionaries can best do their work, and data to help Evangelicals spread their message. Then, how the city of Aspen transitioned to 100 percent renewable energy. Plus, with a new book, the poetry of Belle Turnbull gets new life. Turnbull and her lesbian partner lived in Breckenridge in the first part of the 20th century, where the poet’s work focused on the mountains and mining. Also, Fort Collins band Head for the Hills offers “post-modern” bluegrass on its new album, “Potions and Poisons.”

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Health Care Bills Could Hit Southern Colorado City Hard; Aurora's Motels Becoming Less Affor...

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 10:00:00 -0600

The nation’s first round of health care reform brought Medicaid expansion and, a local health care leader says, improved medical treatment for poor working people in the Southern Colorado city of Pueblo. Now, that official says, those gains are threatened by Republican reform proposals in Congress. Then, inexpensive motels along East Colfax Avenue have provided a haven for people who might otherwise be homeless, but rates are rising and options are disappearing as development closes in on the community. And, with a solar eclipse coming on August 21, a look back to an 1878 eclipse that drew science celebrities, including Thomas Edison, to Colorado.

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Small Business Optimism In The Trump Era; Climate Change And Severe Weather; 'Red Dirt'...

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 10:00:00 -0600

CPR News is tracking stories about Coloradans who stand to lose or gain under President Trump. Today, a hear from small businesses who say the future looks bright. Then, from a hailstorm so bad it shut down a shopping mall to temperatures so high planes were grounded, the West has seen some intense weather lately. How much of that is connected to climate change? And, the sounds of red dirt country music will fill the small town of Limon this weekend. Lincoln County hopes the first Colorado Prairie Music Festival will boost tourism. Plus, six months after Denver began enforcing new rules on short-term rentals, listings on sites like Airbnb and VRBO has dropped dramatically.

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DIY Ways And Other Ideas To Counter Climate Change; The Rich Inner Lives Of Animals

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Rats can get depressed. Some pigs are extroverted and others are introverted. A conversation with two scientists who say animals have rich inner lives. Then, 100 ways to reverse global warming, ranked in order. Some are unconventional and others can be achieved in your backyard. Plus, Denver walks the line between a fearful immigrant community and federal immigration law. The debate over Denver as a sanctuary city. Also, a professional drone pilot who says racing makes him feel like superman.

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Crisis At State Mental Hospital; Retiring TV Anchor On Industry's Future; A Recycling Robot

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Staffing shortages are so severe at the Colorado Mental Institute at Pueblo that the federal government has threatened to pull money because of worries about patient safety. Then, 9News Anchor Adele Arakawa is retiring after 24 years in Denver. She's headed to Tucson -- she's not quite as sure where her industry is going next. Next, artificial intelligence could revolutionize the recycling industry, with a robot named Clarke leading the way. And, can a $4 million marketing campaign get kids off their screens and into the Colorado outdoors?

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Presidential HIV/AIDS Advisor From Colorado Resigns; Governor's Race; Denver Poet's New...

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 10:00:00 -0600

An infectious disease expert from Colorado has resigned in protest from the President's HIV/AIDS advisory panel. She's disturbed about the new health care bill being debated in Congress. Then, we speak with CPR's government reporter Allison Sherry about the crowded field of candidates who have joined next year's gubernatorial race in Colorado. She says the election will work unlike any other in state history because unaffiliated voters can cast ballots in the primary. And, slam poet and Denver native Theo Wilson has a new book in which he explains what makes him tick. Plus, an outdoor writer offers ideas on where to hike on the Western Slope and puts Black Canyon of the Gunnison at the top of his list.

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When To Call Something A Lie; Anonymous Sources; Conflicts Of Interests: CPR And NPR Decision-Mak...

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 10:00:00 -0600

The news media are under the microscope. It felt like a good time to lift the veil on how CPR's and NPR's newsrooms operate -- in terms of ethics. On a stage at the University of Denver's Newman Center, we confronted the dilemmas that reporters and editors face: When can a journalist call something a lie? What about the use of anonymous sources? Officials from NPR and CPR News answer questions.

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Coal Rolling Crackdown; CU Football Punishments; Death Penalty History; 'America's Got...

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 10:00:00 -0600

The fallout from a Title IX controversy at the University of Colorado Boulder, where university officials were recently punished for mishandling allegations of domestic violence against a former assistant football coach. Then, coal rolling is when people tweak their engines to belch black smoke. Some do it to be funny; others as a form of political protest. Colorado lawmakers recently passed a bill to crack down on it. Also, a death penalty scholar on Colorado's execution history. Last, a deaf singer who was on Colorado Matters years ago is making a splash on 'American's Got Talent.'

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Democratic Divisions; Red Rocks Hard To Book; Coaching A Son With Autism; Juneteenth

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb talks about his work on a national committee trying to unite the Democratic party and avoid the mistakes of the 2016 election. Then, bands can face up to a five-year wait to book a concert at Red Rocks. We asked listeners about the best performances they’ve heard at the mountain amphitheater. Plus, Coloradan Hal Walter coaches his son, a middle-school runner, who has autism. Writing about the experience, Walter says his son has taught him a new definition of winning. Also, a hip-hop gardener celebrates Juneteenth with vegetables.

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Rep. Coffman Raises Security Concerns After Shooting; Avoiding Legislative Gridlock; Humans And B...

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Colorado congressman Mike Coffman says this morning's shooting in the Washington D.C. area should force Congress to reevaluate how it deals with off-site security. Then, people and bears are often at odds and with more people moving to Colorado, understanding bear behavior is critical. We speak with a scientist who has crawled into dens to study bears. And, does political polarization necessarily mean gridlock? Colorado's highly polarized legislature has some lessons. Also, the Telluride Bluegrass Festival kicks off this week and each day begins with an odd ritual called "Revenge of the Tarps." We speak with a member of the band Dispatch which will play at the festival. The group has a new album that focuses on big social issues and personal loss.

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Why Colorado's Health Exchange Struggles For Insurers; Teen Bluegrass Sister Act

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 10:00:00 -0600

A big question mark hangs over tens of thousands of people in more than a dozen Colorado counties: Will the only health insurer in town leave the state's insurance marketplace? And why are insurers pulling out of Obamacare markets? Next, President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, along with his proposed budget cuts to federal science organizations have been a blow to Colorado scientists who study climate change. Then, we meet The Cody Sisters, a bluegrass sister act at just 12 and 14 years old. And, the first girl to dunk in a Colorado high school basketball game wins a gold medal.

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Veterans Helping Prevent Peer Suicide; Colorado's 'Cheese Baron'; Inside The Sover...

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 10:00:00 -0600

A Colorado woman started a new training program where veterans learn how to prevent suicide among their peers. Then, James Leprino rarely talks to the press. He's the Colorado "cheese baron," who supplies Pizza Hut, Dominos and Papa Johns. A conversation with the Forbes reporter who landed an interview. And, the FBI considers the "sovereign movement" a domestic terrorist threat. People who follow the ideology reject much of government's authority over them. It has led to a lot of tension in one Southern Colorado county. Then, one year later, a Boulder composer's musical reaction to the shooting at the Pulse nightclub.

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Gov. Hickenlooper On 'Paris' Withdrawal; What Retailers' Troubles Mean For Colorad...

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Gov. John Hickenlooper says withdrawing from the Paris climate accord is a “serious mistake,” but he’s short on detail when it comes to reducing Colorado’s own carbon footprint. Then, a job fair for shopping center workers laid off after the mall was devastated by a hailstorm. And, a look at how brick-and-mortar retailers are being hurt by internet sales, and what that means for Colorado. Plus, two Denver book lovers are on their way to fulfilling a longtime dream with a mountain library to house 35,000 books about nature. Also, prison inmates can’t use digital technology to communicate with their families, so a Colorado Springs artist has come up with a solution from the 1800s.

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Colorado And The Paris Climate Accord; Sen. Cory Gardner Helps Negotiate Healthcare Revamp; Bould...

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 10:00:00 -0600

The United States is backing out of the Paris climate accord but at least nine Colorado mayors have pledged to uphold the deal. We discuss what the withdrawal will mean statewide. Then, Cory Gardner is one of a small group of Republican senators hoping to revamp healthcare. He provides some insight to how he's approaching the project. And, five years ago Boulder dentist Tom Bogan didn't know how to swim because he was afraid of drowning. Now he's participating in Hawaii's Ironman competition. Also, Alex Honnold made a "generation-defining" climb last weekend. We spoke with him in 2015.

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Mama Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Couch Potatoes: A Colorado Campaign To Get Kids Out...

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Make a mud pie. Find a four-leaf clover. They're two things you should do before you're 12, according to a new ad campaign in Colorado that's designed to get kids outside. On average, kids spend only about four to seven minutes of unstructured time outdoors. Paleontologist and TV host Scott Samson, formerly of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, is on a similar mission, so we listened back to our conversation about his book, "How To Raise A Wild Child."

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Political Commentary Through Cartoons In The Trump Age; Grateful Dead At Red Rocks

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 10:00:00 -0600

In this politically charged environment, what's it like to be a political cartoonist? We talked with two: Ed Stein, in Denver, had given up the art, but came back to weigh in on President Trump. And on the Western Slope, Paul Snover's billboard of Trump slaying a liberal dragon got national attention. Then, Dead and Company play in Colorado this weekend, and this week, the Colorado Music Hall of Fame will celebrate the Grateful Dead. Many consider a show at Red Rocks in 1978 one of their best -- and helped establish the band as a group worth following.

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Prevalence Of Oil And Gas Explosions In Colorado; Springs Sculptor On International Stage

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Want to know how many explosions and fires there have been at oil and gas operations in Colorado? How many people have died or been injured? It's not easy to find this information because the state doesn't require detailed reporting. But researchers at the Colorado School of Public Health dug deep, and have a new study out. Then, the governor has just signed the first state law dealing with driverless cars. Why lawmakers put only a "light touch" on regulations. And only 17 American artists landed a spot in the Venice Biennale, the prestigious art exhibition that takes place every two years in Italy. One of the 17 is a Colorado Springs sculptor who uses pantyhose -- and other everyday objects -- in her work. This honor comes late in Senga Nengudi's career.

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Yep, It's True: You Can Surf In Suburban Denver

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 10:00:00 -0600

If you don’t think of surfing as a Colorado thing -- think again. There’s a new park on the South Platte River in suburban Denver where you can catch a wave. Backers hope the sport will spawn a renaissance in the neighborhood. And, two deadly explosions in two months have led to new questions about how close oil and gas development should be to residential areas. Then, Denver students recently won first, second and third places in a national cursive writing contest. It’s a skill their teachers at Stanley British Primary school think is essential -- and brain science backs them up. Plus, a Denver artist who turned penmanship into a career.

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Raised On Standing Rock Reservation, A Teacher Keeps Lakota Alive In Denver Schools

Wed, 31 May 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Denver Public Schools is one of only a handful of districts in the country, off of a reservation, that teaches Lakota, an indigenous language. One of Denver’s two Lakota teachers is from the Standing Rock Reservation, where she took her students this year. Then, the story of the giant steel plant in Pueblo that helped forge America.

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Can The National Western Overhaul Help End World Hunger? Questioning Teacher Evals; Dressing For...

Tue, 30 May 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Some of the fastest-changing neighborhoods in Denver are along I-70 north of downtown, in part because of a major overhaul planned for the National Western Stock Show complex. The former agriculture secretary under President Obama, Tom Vilsack, is helping shape what's coming. Also in North Denver, a high school podcast focuses on neighborhood pollution. Then, Colorado was one of the first states in the country to make student improvement a main factor in evaluating educators' job performance, but it's not clear whether those reviews are actually helpful. Also unclear is what impact those evaluations will have on the gubernatorial hopes of the politician who created them. And, an engineering feat -- creating a suit that would allow a man to freefall from the edge of space --and land safely with a parachute.

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Memorial Day Special: America's Best Wartime Pilots; Bell Tolls For Colorado Veterans

Mon, 29 May 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Very few ace fighter pilots are still alive, so a Denver photographer rushed to take their pictures. We hear some of their stories, including one from a graduate from the Air Force Academy who still wonders why he survived as a pilot in Vietnam while his good friend didn't. Then, the Honor Bell rings at Fort Logan National Cemetery when veterans are buried. A Denver man had the bell made out of frustration. And, hiking through the woods back home, an Afghanistan veteran had a flashback that inspired him to write about his service.

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Denver Mayor On Housing And Immigration; New Poet Laureates; Summer Books Of The West

Thu, 25 May 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock speaks to CPR News about the city’s homeless problems, including issues at the Denver Public Library, along with a possible $900 million bond issue, and local immigration policies. Plus, new poet laureates for Denver and Aurora on how their poetry reflects their cities, and how they’ll share their truths -- diplomatically. And, recommendations for summer books with a Western flair.

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Breaking Bread: Six Coloradans Get Together To Understand Politics And Each Other; New Horizons S...

Wed, 24 May 2017 10:00:00 -0600

A civic experiment: Six Coloradans, three who voted for Trump and three who didn't, break bread together. They agreed to step out of their political bubbles, sat at our table over soup and sourdough and talked, with no shouting. Then, as the New Horizons spacecraft heads for a target a billion miles past Pluto, a Boulder astronomer joins dozens traveling to South America and Africa to spot the object from Earth. And, an art museum could help fuel Walsenburg's future.

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Mobile Home Park Quandry; Maria Empanada Is A Prize-Winning Hit; Teen Moms Take Center Stage

Tue, 23 May 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Mobile homes parks are a form of affordable housing, but these parks often sit on valuable land. A CU Denver sociologist discusses the issues that may arise if that land is sold. Then, the Argentine immigrant and restaurateur who opened "Maria Empanada" in Denver says at first a lot of people didn't know what an empanada was. They figured it out, and now she's the SBA's small businessperson of the year in Colorado. And, a new play looks at the relationship between four generations of teen moms. Plus, why Idaho Springs has a statue of a man who never truly existed.

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Denver's Housing Woes; Denver Health's Medicaid Worries; Grand Junction's Mayor

Mon, 22 May 2017 10:00:00 -0600

As Denver's population has boomed, its housing stock hasn't. Now some families that were already displaced from the city are being displaced again in the suburbs as they get more expensive. A new study suggests potential solutions for low- and middle-income earners like teachers and retail workers. Then, a quarter of Denverites get their healthcare from Denver Health. The provider says it'll have to cut services if Medicaid funding is slashed. And, we talk with Grand Junction's mayor about the economy and a rash of teen suicides in the area.

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Kids And Guns; Denver YouTuber Recognized For Blending Humor, Social Justice; Charles Lindbergh B...

Fri, 19 May 2017 10:00:00 -0600

A Colorado pediatrician made some surprising discoveries when he and his team interviewed hundreds of young people and their parents about access to firearms. Then, her many YouTube followers know her as "Tazzy Phe." She's Muslim, of Pakistani descent, lives in Denver. Her videos are funny and edgy. Plus, Charles Lindbergh sometimes skimmed just 10 feet above the waves as he flew the Spirit of St. Louis across the Atlantic. A Colorado pilot's new book takes us inside the cockpit. And, a Denver Public Library social worker says the downtown library has become the city's largest day shelter for the homeless.

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Immigrant Teen Has Big Plans In US; Pet Care For Veterans; Scientists Pursue The Fountain Of Yout...

Thu, 18 May 2017 10:00:00 -0600

A Grand Junction teen has deep community ties and big plans for the future, but only a temporary reprieve from deportation that's subject to presidential approval. He was brought to the U.S. illegally at age 5. His story is the first in a CPR series about people who stand to be directly affected, for better or worse, by Trump administration policies. Then, a Denver veterinarian will offer free services Saturday to the pets of current and former service members. And, Fort Collins researchers are testing ways to extend the lives of mice, with an eye toward someday keeping humans healthier longer. Plus, a CU Boulder poet's latest work features characters like Martin Luther King Jr. and singer Eartha Kitt. Also, a new device offers disabled athletes a chance to get back on Colorado's trails.

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Denver Holocaust Survivor's Liberation; Colorado Author's Novel On Missing Woman's...

Wed, 17 May 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Each May, a Denver man celebrates what he calls his second birthday. It was this month -- more than half a century ago -- that US troops liberated Jack Adler during a Nazi death march. Adler survived the Holocaust, but the rest of his immediate family didn't. Still, he's able to find humor in his life. Then, author Diane Les Becquets on her novel "Breaking Wild," which is set in the Colorado backcountry. The book follows a lost woman who discovers the scariest thing she faces are her own demons. And, a tiny, rural school in eastern Colorado has four seniors in the graduating class of 2017. They talk about their close-knit experience and what's next.

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Today's Focus Is Food: Feeding Presidents; Changing Chain Restaurants; Leftovers At Coors Fi...

Tue, 16 May 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Some of our favorite culinary conversations are the focus of our show today. First, did you know about BEANGATE? That's when White House staff scrambled to find out what beans president Lyndon Johnson ate. It's one of many stories that comes out in a new history of black chefs in the White House. Then, after making a fortune in the tech world with his brother Elon, Boulder's Kimbal Musk wants to reinvent the chain restaurant. And, what does Coors Field do with leftover food? Well, a group that feeds the hungry gets their hotdogs and other unused food.

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Mental Health And Education Changes From Lawmakers; A Trip Up A Denver Tower Crane

Mon, 15 May 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Schools and mental health care got a lot of attention from state lawmakers in the annual session that ended last week. There are important changes ahead for students and for Coloradans who struggle with mental illness. Then, it's easy to lose count of the cranes on Denver's skyline because of the construction boom. What's it like to go to work in one everyday? Also, Uber, Lyft and their impact on Denver traffic. Plus, private bills for undocumented immigrants are being targeted by the Trump administration. And later in the show, there's apparently big money in crafting these days.

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It's A Wrap On This Legislative Session, Or Is It?; Inmates Explore Their Entrepreneurial Sp...

Fri, 12 May 2017 10:00:00 -0600

They thought their work was done, but state lawmakers may be called back to the Capitol to deal with issues Gov. John Hickenlooper thinks are unresolved, like transportation funding. They found some new money for roads, but couldn't reach an agreement for more funding -- a deal party leaders thought was a sure thing just months ago. Today, we bring back Sen. President Kevin Grantham and House Speaker Crisanta Duran to talk about what succeeded and what failed during the past session. Then, a Boulder investor hunts for future entrepreneurs in an unexpected place: prison. He wants to bring an inmate training program now in California, New York and Nebraska to Colorado.

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Colorado Opioid Crisis Grows With Deadly Drug; Affordable Housing Investments Slow; Architect Ed...

Thu, 11 May 2017 10:00:00 -0600

A drug called carfentanil, used as an elephant tranquilizer in China, has killed at least two people in Colorado and deepened the state’s opioid crisis. Then, the prospect of Trump- administration tax cuts has softened the market for tax credits that help finance affordable housing. And, architect Ed White made his mark on Colorado with building design and historic preservation work. He was also a friend of beat-generation writer Jack Kerouac. Plus, as spring fly fishing season begins, a Colorado angler’s book describes a Japanese technique known as Tekara. Also, two Denver moms plan a Mother’s Day version of their show “Pump and Dump” this weekend.

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Hickenlooper's Thoughts As Legislature Wraps Up; Travelers Of The 'Lost Dimension'

Wed, 10 May 2017 10:00:00 -0600

On the last day of action this year at the state Capitol, we speak with Governor John Hickenlooper about the key issues under the dome -- and about the debate over health care in Washington. Also, a new play in Aurora -- if you can call it that -- takes its audience deep into the Lost Dimension, but exactly where is that dimension? Plus, how the state can stop oil and gas related accidents like the one that recently blew up a home in Weld County.

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Impact Of Rising Property Values; A Little Known Valley In Rocky Mountain National Park

Tue, 09 May 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Homeowners in Colorado got something in the mail recently that may have made their eyes widen. It's what local assessors think their properties are worth. In some parts of the state, the jump in value was as much as 35 percent. What that means for your community and your property taxes. Then, there's a little known valley in Rocky Mountain National Park; it's where you'll find the headwaters of the Colorado River. The Kawuneechee Valley can tell us a lot about natural and human history. American Indians learned to live in its harsh winter climate, and later, miners established towns there. Also, how the Nederland folk act Elephant Revival keeps the peace.

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Pipeline Explosion Fallout; Skyscrapers Generating Solar Power; Child Reader Guest Host

Mon, 08 May 2017 10:00:00 -0600

The recent explosion of a home in Northwest Colorado -- which killed two people -- intensifies the debate over how close homes and oil and gas operations should be to each other. We'll talk about what the event means for the industry, public safety, and government oversight. Then, how to turn a skyscraper into a solar power plant. And, Newbery Medal-winning children's author Avi, of Steamboat Springs, was delighted to meet the sixth-grade reader who we brought in to help interview him about his new book. Then, artists who don't let their disabilities limit them, including photographers who are blind.

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Hemp In Colorado; Frontier Airlines; Music Inspired By Flint Water Crisis; Social Awkwardness

Fri, 05 May 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Denver's hometown airline, Frontier, is considering going public. Profits are up but its customer service rating is way down. Could that scare off investors? Then, the lead poisoning crisis in Flint, Michigan moved a Boulder woman to write a new choral work based on the experiences of some of the youngest victims. The piece will be performed in Colorado this weekend. And, as a farm crop, Colorado hemp has more in common with corn than cannabis. But it still suffers from guilt by association. Now, a state agency hopes to change that. Plus, why so many of us are socially awkward.

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Opioid Overdoses At Local Library; Beermaker Molson Coors' CEO; Yosemite Climber's Memo...

Thu, 04 May 2017 10:00:00 -0600

After a man died in a bathroom, the Denver Public Library became one of the first libraries in the country to dispense a medication that reverses opioid overdoses. And, it's a year of transition for Molson Coors after an acquisition that made it the world’s third-largest brewer. Then, Estes Park climber Tommy Caldwell scaled Yosemite’s Dawn Wall. His new memoir chronicles intense childhood training, his kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan and his climbs around the world.

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A Meatpacking Plant On CSU's Campus; Eating Insects; Colorado Writer Seeks First People In N...

Wed, 03 May 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Colorado State University in Fort Collins has broken ground on a $20 million center for its burgeoning meat science program. Sixty thousand people have signed a petition to block it, but supporters say it offers hands-on experience for future agriculture workers. Then, two high school students from the city spend a week on a cattle ranch on Colorado's eastern Plains. They say one of the highlights was witnessing the birth of a calf. And, a Denver farm that's not what you might expect. We talk to a cricket farmer who raises insects for human consumption. Plus, for his forthcoming book, Colorado writer Craig Childs traces the first people to come to the Americas. He says their journey wasn't easy since passage required crossing a land bridge.

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Uncertainty Over Fate Of Gay Bishop; Craig Johnson; 'Dark Matter'; Transgender Opera

Tue, 02 May 2017 10:00:00 -0600

Is the United Methodist Church headed towards a schism? A church court ruled that the recent consecration of an openly gay bishop, whose territory includes Colorado, violates church law, but she may keep her appointment. Then, western mystery writer Craig Johnson, whose books inspired the TV show "Longmire," on his ghost story now out in paperback. Also, Durango author Blake Crouch's latest book, "Dark Matter" dives into alternate realities -- even quantum mechanics -- to explore "the path not taken." And, Opera Colorado’s production "As One" breaks a lot of rules in the opera world.

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