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Focusing on the state's people, issues and ideas, hear Colorado Matters on Colorado Public Radio's in-depth news station. Colorado Public Radio's daily interview show airs Monday through Friday at 10-11 a.m. and 7-8 p.m., Saturdays 7-8 p.m. and Sundays 1-2 p.m.




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Vanessa Bennett Was The Sole Survivor Of 1984 Murders; Pueblo Fire Has A Diversity Problem

Vanessa Bennett was the sole survivor of her family's 1984 murders. Now she's 38 and living on the streets in Arizona. Then, Pueblo Fire Department's employees doesn't reflect the community. The Fire Chief enlisted a retired African-American firefighter to help diversify their staff. Also, School of Mines debuts a space mining degree program.


Dana Crawford Isn't Slowing Down; The Denver WWII Soldier Who Reinvented Tank Warfare

Preservationist Dana Crawford just turned 87, but she's still developing new properties and rescuing old ones. Next, Maurice Rose withstood anti-Semitism from the community and his military peers by becoming the "Immaculate Killer of Nazis." Then, what's next for Crocs after big changes. Finally, History Colorado responds to the outgoing State Historian.


Former Historian Says History Colorado Is 'Underperforming'; An Aurora Cold Case Heats...

The outgoing state historian has concerns about her time at History Colorado and the direction of new exhibits. Next, the cold case of the hammer murders in Aurora in 1984 has a new break. Then, your questions about hail answered. Also, how wildfire smoke hurts air quality. Next, meet the mad Lego bomber of Durango. Finally, new music from Paul DeHaven.


Mayor Hancock Unveils New 20-Year City Plans; How Colorado Schools Are Upping Security

The Denveright plans imagine a 2038 Denver with more public transit, parks and diversity. Next, how schools are upping security for the first post-Parkland school year. Then, a Colorado Springs mother watches her son's posthumous Medal of Honor ceremony. Also, a bicycling nonprofit helps underprivileged kids. Finally, Colorado's wildest wildflowers.


Colorado Needs More Therapists For Sex Offenders; Why Traffic Isn't Bad For The Economy

A new state law will redirect Department of Corrections attention to recruiting therapists for sex offenders behind bars. Then, why traffic doesn't actually hurt the region's GDP or job growth. Next, Pueblo's new push for renewable energy. Also, inside CPR News' housing market reporting. Finally, how country singer Dierks Bentley fell in love with Colorado.


Why Does Colorado Have So Many Road Rage Fatalities?; The Early Forecast For Winter Snow

Colorado has the second-highest rate of road rage fatalities in the nation. Next, what NOAA's latest El Nino data means for the snowfall on Colorado's peaks. Then, why fire lookout towers still play an important role in wildfire fighting. Also, a Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher's secret singing talent. Finally, a Metro State linguistics student is off to Oxford.


I-76 Blossoms Into Pollinator Highway; What Happens When You Can't Follow Campaign Money

The state of Colorado and nonprofits are collaborating to introduce flowering plants along the I-76 to attract bees and other pollinators. Next, the changes coming to the I-70. Then, inside a documentary that exposes political corruption in the Western United States. Finally, how visiting the Arctic changed one scientist into a climate change believer.


How Kids And Technology Are Changing Each Other; Instagram Shuts Down Trail Trash Page

Young kids are clocking more screen time than ever, especially in front of mobile devices. A pediatrics expert hands out advice for cutting down on smartphones. Then, the name and shame Instagram page Trail Trash of Colorado was shut down—and the creator is relieved. Next, since it's Colorado Day, we learn the backgrounds of the state bird, dance and fossil.


A Bumpy Ride Ahead For Denver Flyers; Remembering Trailblazing Buffs Player Frank Clarke

Between the possible Frontier Airline strike, DIA construction and shrinking seats, the next few months may be bump for Colorado airline travelers. Next, remembering the first African-American Buffs football player, Frank Clarke, who died last week at 84. Then, Red Rocks presses history onto wax with a live album spanning four decades of concerts.


How This Western Slope Town Became A Veterans' Mecca; This CU Professor Helped Barbie Code

Over the last six years, Montrose has transformed itself into the ideal home for thousands of veterans. Then, this female CU CompSci professor helped design the new Robotics Engineer Barbie. Next, how craft beer mother Kim Jordan built New Belgium Brewery. Also, the Central City Opera singer who grew up on country music. Finally, listen to wild birds.


The Firefighters Who Jump Into Wildfires; Why Grand Junction Wants The BLM Headquarters

Smokejumpers are specialized fire crews that jump from aircrafts to battle wildfires. Then, a CSU professor who flies to smoky airspace in the name of science. Next, the people advocating for the BLM to come to Grand Junction. Also, how esports are offering new kinds of scholarships. Then, more on the deadly mushrooms found in Aurora. Finally, listen to elk.


Retiring Education Titans Reflect On CO Schools; Seniors Are Smoking More Weed Than Ever

Nancy McCallin and Tom Boasberg are retiring from Colorado Community College System and Denver Public Schools after long-term tenures. Next, while seniors are the fastest growing marijuana user demographic, we still have little data on them. Then, why Rep. Scott Tipton is fighting for the BLM to move to his congressional district. Finally, listen to bats.


In 20 Years Elitch Gardens Could Be Redeveloped; How Drilling Divides Small Colorado Towns

City officials hope to redevelop land along the South Platte River, which would force Elitch Gardens to move. Then, how drilling in the North Fork Valley impacts small towns. Next, how to see Mars up-close this weekend. Also, two reverends lead anti-racism workshops. Then, listen to coyotes. Finally, another addition to the Chicano Music Hall of Fame.


How Climate Change Became A Partisan Issue; Security Experts Decipher The Helsinki Summit

CU Boulder research finds that both Democrats and Republicans will prefer policy that comes from their party, over its actual content. Then, national security and foreign policy experts talk about the Trump and Putin meeting. Next, how the Cold War impacted Coloradans. Also, a sage grouse update. Finally, new editions to the Chicano Music Hall of Fame.


Bennet Chides Trump, Hickenlooper Talks 2018, And We Meet A Mermaid

​Gov. John Hickenlooper opines on the campaign season, warns about the wildfire fighting budget. Sen. Michael Bennet has harsh words for President Trump on Russia, as well as immigration. And we meet a mermaid from Pueblo, Pixy "Queen Ary" Wright, who was carried into our studio by her husband, Bill Wright, while he was dressed as a pirate.


Craig Childs Got Into A Mammoth Mindset For New Book; Plight Of Agriculture During Drought

The Colorado author scaled ice fields and ancient caves to follow the route early humans would’ve taken to cross the Bering Land Bridge into North America. Ryan Warner interviewed him live on stage at the Avalon Theatre in Grand Junction. Then, extreme drought has put Colorado farmers and ranchers in a tight corner.


Meet Denver’s New Police Chief Paul Pazen; How Unite Colorado Gets Independents Elected

Pazen, who succeeds the controversial Robert White, wants to tailor community policing strategies to the neighborhood. Then, inside an advocacy group finding and training independent candidates for office. Next, why the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel is cutting down print editions. Finally, remembering teacher Scott Horsley and musician Henry Butler.


Restaurant Worker Pinch; Volunteer Archaeologists; Extreme Skier Hilaree Nelson

Colorado's economy is doing swell, but state unemployment hovers around 2 percent and restaurants industry pros tell us why eateries are having a heck of a time finding workers. Then we'll take a tour of an archeological site in golden that lets you dig for artifacts alongside scientists. And we'll catch up with extreme skier and mountaineer Hilaree Nelson of Telluride. She's in a new PBS documentary.


Developments Transform Grand Junction; Immigration And The GOP In Mesa County

Junkyards and uranium mills once dominated Grand Junction’s riverside. Now, townhomes and breweries loom large. Then, we hear from a DACA recipient and Republican supporters about immigration. Next, Colorado’s longest-serving sheriff has seen Telluride transform. Also, the iconic Bar D Chuckwagon lives on. Finally, the Colorado border isn’t a straight line.


Front Range Companies Move To Western Slope; Cooking With Palisade Peaches

As Front Range real estate costs increase, businesses are migrating to the Western Slope to take advantage of tax breaks and the higher quality of living. Then, the executive chef of Bin 707 Foodbar shares some Palisade peach recipes. Next, an artist known for his jumbo-sized sculptures downsizes. Finally, local band Mount Orchid breaks down some tracks.