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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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Aug. 4, 2021: Glenwood Canyon Closure’s Unseen Impact; Taekwondo Gold Medalist

The closing of I-70 in Glenwood Canyon after mud and debris flows affects businesses that rely on the corridor for shipping. Then, meet the US' first female Olympic gold medalist in Taekwondo. Later, working to stop water from leaking out of irrigation canals. And a new plant species discovered in Rocky Mountain National Park.


Aug. 3, 2021: Engineering A Safer Glenwood Canyon; The Stress Of Returning To Normal

CDOT's chief engineer, Steve Harelson, joins us to talk about what it will take to reopen I-70 in Glenwood Canyon and to make the highway safe from mud and debris flow. Then, licensed psychologist Rick Ginsberg on dealing with the anxiety of trying to return to normal at this stage in the pandemic. Plus, a bike opera! And, working to preserve Camp Amache.


Aug. 2, 2021: Remembering Former Gov. Lamm; The Coloradan Who Helped Animate ‘Luca’

Former Gov. Richard "Dick" Lamm, who died last week, spent his 60-year career on issues still in the spotlight. We share excerpts from his past Colorado Matters interviews and a friend’s memories. Then, the perilous situation in Glenwood Canyon shows what communities grapple with for years after wildfire.


July 30, 2021: Mandatory Vaccines & Mask Guidelines; Colorado Springs Turns 150

With COVID-19 cases increasing because of the delta variant, there's increased consideration about making vaccinations mandatory. Then, we talk with actor Reid Miller about his role in the new movie "Joe Bell," a true story with ties to Colorado. Plus, Colorado Springs celebrates its 150th birthday.


July 28, 2021: New DPS Superintendent On Masks, Learning Gap; Broncos QB And Ownership

Alex Marrero is the new superintendent of Denver Public Schools, the largest district in the state. We ask about masks and assessing how much learning's been lost to the pandemic. Then, Broncos training camp begins with questions about the quarterback and team ownership. Also, working to preserve Dearfield, and Lake Powell's critical water drop.


July 27, 2021: Colorado’s New Historian; Sorting Through Space Debris

Colorado's new state historian, Nicki Gonzales, wants to engage children to understand the past and how it informs the present in a way that ensures inclusivity. Then, a vaccine clinic where a 13-year-old girl took matters into her own hands. Plus, sorting through the space debris in orbit and the threat it poses. And, the legacy of Chuck E. Weiss.


July 26, 2021: Changes In Neighborhood Policing; Stories From Behind Bars And Life After

Police and residents in Denver’s Park Hill seek to balance crime reduction and police reform. Then, the “JustUs Monologues” work toward criminal justice reform through shared stories and listening. Plus, the Mount Evans highway has deteriorated and damaged the tundra around it.


July 22, 2021: Flash Flood Safety; Pride Celebration In Ouray County

More wildfires in Colorado also mean more flash floods. After a deadly flood in Poudre Canyon this week, we're talking with a meteorologist about risks and safety. Then, the organizers of Ouray County's first public Pride celebration. And, a new statue at the State Capitol will memorialize World War II major general Maurice Rose.


July 21, 2021: Cannabis’ Impact On Life, Athletics; How The USPS Shaped The American West

A new assessment about the impact legalized marijuana has had in Colorado shows disparities in arrests and prosecutions, among other things. Then, the intersection between cannabis and athletics. And, "Paper Trails" explores how the U.S.


July 20, 2021: Denver Photog Snaps A City Beyond The Stereotypes; More Homeless Sweeps

Photographer Armando Geneyro celebrates his adopted city and sends a message about how Denver’s changing. Then, Denver increases enforcement of its homeless encampment ban but experts say it’s not working. And, as the school year nears, teachers absorb lessons from the pandemic.


July 19, 2021: The Delta Variant Effect; Appreciating Natural Wonders With ‘Subpar Parks’

As COVID-19's Delta variant spreads, perspective from Denver ICU pulmonologist Dr. Anuj Mehta on masks, schools and why the virus continues to mutate. Then, the neighborhood disparity of cases. Also, "Subpar Parks" uses humor to appreciate the nation's natural treasures. And, Colorado Wonders: What is the Front Range?


July 16, 2021: Young Olympian Hopes To Climb To Gold; What Are Whales Saying?

At age 17, Colin Duffy, of Broomfield, is one of the youngest Olympians on Team USA and he's competing in one of the newest Olympic sports: climbing. Then, MSUD biologist Leanna Matthews shares her research into whale communication and how it might boost conservation. Plus, we revisit artist Koko Bayer's #ProjectSpreadHope.


July 15, 2021: HUD Secretary On Housing Crisis; Denver Mayor Wants Infrastructure Money

HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge talks about homelessness, the federal eviction moratorium and affordability. Then, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock lobbies for infrastructure money. And, colleges tackle new NCAA rules. Also, the U.S. Olympic museum pushes past the pandemic. Plus, camping limits near Crested Butte.


July 14, 2021: Transgender Pastor Had To Rebuild After Coming Out

Rev. Paula Stone Williams, of Left Hand Church in Longmont, transitioned at age 60. The evangelical circles she’d dedicated her life to as a man rejected her as a trans woman. Williams' new book is “As A Woman: What I Learned about Power, Sex, and the Patriarchy After I Transitioned.” She joined us for “Turn The Page,” our regular reading circle.


July 13, 2021: Attracting African-American Baseball Players; Weiser On Antitrust Reform

While Denver became the center of baseball's universe with the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, the number of African-American players in the contest was lacking compared to years past. It's a situation that can be found in all levels of the game. Then, Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser discusses taking on big tech and the push for antitrust reform with CPR's Allison Sherry for the Vail Symposium.


July 12, 2021: Disparities In Life Expectancy; Exhibit Breaks Down Indigenous Stereotypes

Life expectancy fell dramatically last year in Colorado and that hit people of color especially hard. We talk through the reasons and look toward solutions. Then, improving the response to drought and wildfires. Plus, "Merciless Indian Savages" works to break down Indigenous stereotypes using those very caricatures. And, banking on All-Star business.


July 9, 2021: Inside Pitch: Baseball’s Official Scoring; Preparing For The Paralympics

Ahead of Major League Baseball's All-Star Game we talk with Futures Game scorer Jillian Geib. Then, Mickey Mantle will make an appearance — in the form of his mint condition baseball card. Plus, Carbondale's Kyle Coon prepares for the Paralympics in Tokyo in late August.


July 8, 2021: Mudslides Ooze Into Focus; New Bill Helps Pay For Diapers

Mudslides have been a part of life on Colorado highways recently. Geologist Paul Santi from the Colorado School of Mines goes inside the ooze. Then, Sen. Brittany Pettersen on a new state law addressing the "hidden need" of paying for diapers. And, Walton Levi works with the government entity aiming to destroy a stockpile of mustard gas in Pueblo by 2023.


July 7, 2021: ACT & SAT May Be On The Way Out; Breaking Barriers In The Cannabis Industry

A new state law ends the requirement that students include ACT and SAT results in their college applications. Experts say testing-optional practices are increasing the applicants and their diversity.


July 6, 2021: Envisioning The Future Of DIA; Achieving A Transition To Clean Energy

Kim Day held off retiring to help Denver International Airport navigate the pandemic. Now after 13 years, she's stepping down. Then, Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm was recently in Colorado and she's made the transition to clean energy a top priority. Plus, working to keep wildland firefighters on the job. Also, processing grief, through art.