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Hosted by Ryan Warner and Avery Lill, CPR News' daily interview show focuses on the state's people, issues and ideas.

Hosted by Ryan Warner and Avery Lill, CPR News' daily interview show focuses on the state's people, issues and ideas.


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Hosted by Ryan Warner and Avery Lill, CPR News' daily interview show focuses on the state's people, issues and ideas.




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June 18, 2021: Addressing Children’s Mental Health Crisis; Returning To The Turnverein

Colorado is in the midst of a mental health crisis among children, and advocates and health care providers are trying to address it head on. Then, the dancing returns to the century-old Turnverein in Denver. And, R.L.


June 17, 2021: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives; Western Conservative Summit Returns

The national spotlight on missing and murdered Indigenous Women is growing, via a grassroots effort to build community support and prevent violence. Then, the Western Conservative Summit returns to Denver this weekend. And, mixed messages for the new owners of the Gunnison Country Times. Plus, a Ride the Rockies bicyclist returns after a horrific accident.


June 16, 2021: Where Are The Pollinators?; The Lost History Of Leadville’s Irish Miners

We answer a Colorado Wonders question asking why there seem to be fewer pollinators like bees and butterflies this spring. Then, one community tries to go all electric to fight climate change. And, we explore the lost history of Irish miners in Leadville and the effort to make sure they're no longer forgotten.


June 15, 2021: Preserving Urban Wildlife; Addressing Colorado’s Behavioral Health Needs

A first-of-its-kind designation will help preserve the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge and make conservation more inclusive. Then, what wolf pups mean for reintroduction plans in Colorado. Also, understanding new resources to address behavioral health issues in the state.


June 14, 2021: Colorado’s Wildfire Extremes; Efforts To Make Juneteenth A National Holiday

Colorado braces for what could be another summer of wildfires. Then, in Denver, organizers want to make Juneteenth a national holiday to teach people about slavery. Denver has one of the largest Juneteenth events in the country. And, "Systemic,” a new podcast from CPR, tells the story of one man's fight to reform policing after his cousin was killed.


June 11, 2021: Updating Colorado’s Pandemic Fight; What Does It Mean To Abolish Policing?

As Colorado marks a vaccination milestone, there's concern about a variant on the Western Slope. What does this mean for public health? Then, civil rights activist Elisabeth Epps reflects on a year of unrest, and points out there's a key difference between "abolishing police" and "abolishing policing." Plus, “The Gringa” is a Colorado Book Award finalist.


June 10, 2021: Sharing Space With Wildlife; Democrats Seek TABOR Workaround

In Colorado, wildlife is part of the beauty of the place -- but there’s tension as urban areas grow. Then, the city of Fountain doesn’t have enough water. Plus, young climbers in the new film “Black Ice.” And, the state’s ambitious spending plans could be limited by the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights. Also, Colorado’s newest International Dark Sky communities.


June 9, 2021: Rebuilding Trust In USPS; Life After An Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

Lawmakers passed hundreds of new laws this session, so what does that mean for Colorado moving forward? Then, newly appointed post office governor Amber McReynolds talks about restoring faith in the U.S. Postal Service. And, former University of Denver chancellor Rebecca Chopp shares her personal journey after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's.


June 8, 2021: Coroner Sees ‘Vital Signs’ In His Community; Kids Put Emotions Into Words

At the state’s busiest coroner’s office, Dr Leon Kelly identifies stressors that are killing people in his community. Then, prompted by the simple word “imagine,” students write about their feelings. And, memories of WWII internment camp Amache as it’s considered for designation as a national historic site. Plus, the founder of the Colorado National Monument.


June 7, 2021: Un-Whitewashing Denver’s Anti-Chinese Riot; The Story Of Black Cowboys

A Denver group wants to replace a plaque in LoDo that they say inaccurately portrays the anti-Chinese riot of 1880. Plus, how a century-old flood shaped Pueblo. Also, Sarah Maslin Nir celebrates Black cowboys in her book "Horse Crazy." Then, the General Assembly tackles disability website access. And, examining Doug Lamborn's constituent relations.


June 4, 2021: Do Vaccine Incentives Work?; Author Steven Dunn Lands Emerging Writers Award

Immunization incentives include everything from drag queens to million dollar lotteries. Plus, acknowledging a nurse's excellent care. Then, an update on a year of sports betting. And, Denver author Steven Dunn on his time aboard a Navy submarine and why he says there's no such thing as improper English.


June 3, 2021: Fentanyl Overdoses Rising In Colorado; COVID-19 And Domestic Violence

Fatal overdoses from fentanyl, a synthetic opioid far stronger than heroin, occur more frequently in Colorado than the national average. A look at the factors behind the numbers and possible solutions. Then, advocates say the stresses and isolation of COVID-19 has made it even more challenging for victims of domestic violence to seek help.


June 2, 2021: ‘Identity Capitalists’; Unraveling Roselawn’s Mystery

A local scholar says identity capitalism now figures in the movement for racial justice and gender equality. Then, hundreds of Coloradans are hospitalized with COVID-19 and almost all are unvaccinated. Plus, why didn’t police collect more video at last summer’s protests? Then, a mysterious mass grave in Pueblo. And, Colorado music stars align.


June 1, 2021: Summer Camp’s Pandemic Evolution; Creating Air Awareness

Camp Granite Lake near Golden welcomes back kids this summer. How will the pandemic change things? Plus, a final visit to "Room 132." Then, raising awareness about the air we breathe to stop the spread of COVID-19. Purplish looks at the final push at the state capitol. We hop on-board the California Zephyr, and kick off the next "Turn the Page" book event!


May 31, 2021: Stories of Extraordinary Service On Memorial Day

On Memorial Day, stories of service that stand out: a battlefield birthday, an early trainer of Defense Department dogs, a World War II submariner, and women who served but weren't always welcome. Plus, the veteran who created the Honor Bell used at Fort Logan National Cemetery.


May 28, 2021: Sharing The Journeys Of ‘Back From Broken’

In a special episode of Colorado Matters, we share journeys of recovery and stories of hope. Stories of people who've come back from broken. That includes CPR's Vic Vela. His own journey is the inspiration behind CPR's podcast, "Back from Broken," which he created and hosts.


May 27, 2021: ‘Systemic’ Explores Police Reform From Outside And Within

What will it take to create real change when it comes to police reform? CPR’s new podcast "Systemic" explores that through first-person stories. Producer and host Jo Erickson joins us to talk about the project. Then, evictions during the pandemic have been relatively rare in Colorado thanks to protections for renters, but that may change in the months ahead.


May 26, 2021: Denver’s Police Chief On Reform, Violent Crime; Investigating Child Safety

Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen talks about the spike in violence and police reform. Then, a Colorado Sun and 9News investigation into residential treatment centers show they aren't keeping vulnerable children safe. Plus, the pandemic in India is nowhere close to ending and hits close to home for thousands of Coloradans.


May 25, 2021: The Roots of Camping, From S’mores To Shelter To Protest

CU Boulder historian Phoebe Young traces the history of camping from the Civil War to the Occupy Movement, exploring the booming recreation industry, the use of camping in protests, and the controversy over camping bans. Her new book is "Camping Grounds, Public Nature in American Life from the Civil War to the Occupy Movement." Then, a toxic cave.


May 24, 2021: A Year After George Floyd’s Death, Rethinking Policing; Native Firefighting

A year after an officer murdered George Floyd in Minneapolis, we hear from members of a community task force about their vision for how Denver could do less harm to people -- from more citizen oversight for cops to a safe injection site for IV drug users. Then, Indigenous students on a Native approach to fighting fires they say could quell future blazes.