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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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Joe Neguse On His Plans For Congress; Warming Winter Temperatures Mean Higher Crime Rates

Rep. Joe Neguse made history amidst Colorado's blue wave. Here's what he plans to do in Congress. Next, climate change is causing warmer winters and higher crime rates. Then, an update on Rocky Flats two months after it opened. Also, Carrie Baird of Top Chef and Bar Dough answers your Thanksgiving questions. Finally, a snow-capped Rockies poem.


CO Played A Hand In The New Mars Spacecraft; As A Reservoir Dries Out, A Town Reemerges

Colorado engineers are hoping to beat the odds and land another spacecraft on Mars. Next, as Blue Mesa Reservoir dries up from drought, an underwater town reemerges. Then, a national expert on eating disorders writes "Sick Enough." Also, Dior through the decades at the Denver Art Museum. Finally, that wire in Aurora isn't a telephone line, it's an eruv.


Hickenlooper And Polis Talk Transition & Future One-On-One; Colorado's History Of Lynchi...

Outgoing Gov. John Hickenlooper was joined by a special guest for his regular Colorado Matters interview: Governor-elect Jared Polis. Next, Colorado's dark history of lynching includes the death of a 16-year-old boy. Then, what it takes to be a Ralphie Runner at CU. Also, as the Broncos flounder, the Nuggets rise. Finally, our Holiday Extravaganza winner.


'The Front Runner' Team Wonders How America Got Here; DeVotchKa Returns After 7 Years

"The Front Runner" tackles the rise and fall of Gary Hart's presidential campaign which may shed light on the state of American politics today. Then, after a seven-year wait, DeVotchKa returns with "This Night Falls Forever." Next, response to the Richard Kirk podcast. Also, teens can now call the nicotine quit line in Colorado. Finally, another Extravaganza runner-up.


Rocky Mountain PBS Investigates The Richard Kirk Case; A 'Bikeshare For Coffee Mugs' La...

Rocky Mountain PBS has a new podcast out about Richard Kirk, the man who claimed he murdered his wife because he ate a marijuana edible in 2014. Next, in a very Boulder move, a reusable coffee cup company launches citywide. Then, we hear from you about our recent Latino history story. Finally, another Holiday Extravaganza runner-up.


Why These Parents Are Open About Their Son's Suicide; Marlin Briscoe Reflects On Legacy

These parents decided to talk about their son's suicide openly in his obituary. Next, Marlin Briscoe reflects on his legacy. Then, a song from 1968. Also, 30 years ago voters invested in the arts with the SCFD tax. Next, what's next for fracking foes after Prop. 112. Next, a school based on neuroscience. Finally, another Holiday Extravaganza finalist.


Brianna Titone's Win Marks Another Political First; So Amendment X Passed, Now What?

In winning her state House race, Brianna Titone has become Colorado's first trans lawmaker. Then, what happens to hemp now that Amendment X has passed. Next, in the final episode of Purplish, the blue wave was more of a blue avalanche in Colorado. Also, an update on a Denver roller derby team. Finally, we feature the contest entry from band King Cardinal.


Diana DeGette Has Big Plans For Her Newest Term; Why Would Anyone Vote No On Amendment A?

Democratic Rep. Diana DeGette aims for party leadership and more investigations into President Trump. Next, the organizer behind Amendment A breaks it down. Then, what's next for Unite Colorado after independent candidates lose races. Also, a local roller derby team is the 5th best in the world. Next, behind the beer price wars. Finally, a veteran's story.


Jared Polis Is Your New Governor; Hickenlooper Reflects On Democrats' Trifecta, His Future

Jared Polis emerged victorious last night. Then, outgoing governor John Hickenlooper reflects on the Democratic dominance statewide. Next, unaffiliated voters turn out big while the women vote stays stagnant. Also, Jason Crow and Phil Weiser pull off big wins. Then, the money behind the races. Next, what's next for oil and gas after 112 and 74 fail.


How To Get Voters To Vote, How To Find A Way Past Hate And Division

It's Election Day. Coloradans have already turned in hundreds of thousands of ballots. But what about the hundreds of thousands who don't vote? "When you tell me that there is somebody that you want to vote for, and not the lesser of two evils, I'll be standing right behind you too. I might even vote," one Coloradan told us. In the latest episode of Purplish we look at how to get more people to cast their ballot. Then, there's a lot of anger in politics these days. One solution is to bring...


Will Young Voters Turn Out In 2017?; How Polis, Stapleton Handle The Nathan Dunlap Case

A new survey profiles the typical young voter ahead of the midterms. Next, how the governor candidates would likely handle the Nathan Dunlap case. Then, technology is changing how we trust. Also, how Colorado became the safest state to cast a vote. Next, a scientist who dresses up as a polar bear. Finally, behind that "french fry statue" by Herbert Bayer.


Your Last-Minute Voting Questions, Answered; Why The Kaddish Prayer Now Carries Extra Meaning

It's not the end of the world if you forgot to put enough postage on your ballot. That voter question and others, answered. Next, a Denver rabbi explains the Mourner's Kaddish. Then, a Columbine survivor made a documentary that follows her former classmates as they return to the school. Also, the Smithsonian is preserving black history in Five Points. Finally, Pulitzer Prize winner Jose Antonio Vargas at the Aspen Ideas Festival.


Would Amendment 75 Even Campaign Finance Odds? We Answer More Prop. 112 Q's

More and more Colorado candidates seem to be putting a lot of their own money into campaigns these days. Amendment 75 is one proposal to even the odds. Then, reporter Grace Hood answers more of your questions about Prop. 112. Next, a new online archive hopes to preserve Colorado music history. Also, Project Runway favorite Mondo Guerra returns to his native Denver.


Why Do Coroners Run Under A Party?; Signs Of Good Times With Unsettling Changes Across CO

We answer why county coroners can run under a party. Then, from our Road Trip to November project, some Coloradans see good times with unsettling changes. Next, Colorado's Latino landmarks are poorly preserved. Also, tracking antisemitism is tricky. Then, more on Colorado ghost towns. Next, the Reinke Bros. Haunted House turns 50. Finally, a Halloween poem.


Synagogue Shooting Highlights Interfaith Struggles; 7-Day Opioid Law May Leave People In Pain

Gatherings to honor the 11 people killed in a shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue drew thousands around Colorado. But, for interfaith leaders, the work is just beginning. Next, doctors and ethicists are worried about the 7-day opioid limit as it goes into effect. Also, in the latest episode of Purplish, how Colorado became one of the safest states to vote in.


This Election Also Decides Who Controls The State Senate; What CO Can Learn From Oregon

Several competitive and well-funded state Senate races are churning beneath the spotlight of the governor's race and ballot measures. Next, Amendment 74 has a precedent in Oregon. Then, David Rothman reads an election poem, "Enough." Also, remembering the 1918 influenza. Next, how this ice shelf sings. Finally, too many (illegally stocked) fish.


Hickenlooper Says 'There Were Issues' With Amazon Bid; What The AG Candidates Stand For

Gov. John Hickenlooper answered questions about the Amazon bid, climate change, black market marijuana and his ethics complaint in his monthly interview. Then, a breakdown of the platforms for attorney general candidates Phil Weiser and George Brauchler. Also, inside the pros and cons of Amendment 73. Next, Julie Davis returns to her band project, Bluebook.


Your Proposition 112 Questions, Answered; The Denver Zoo Polar Bears Are Happy To Split Up

CPR News energy and environment reporter Grace Hood answers questions about Prop. 112, which would increase oil well setbacks. Then, a tongue-in-cheek ad for those exhausted by election season. Next, the polar bears at the Denver Zoo are happier apart, trust us. Also, a new company helps employers offer tuition discounts. Finally, a Deadhead Denver poet.


How Parents Use Homeschools To Commit Abuse; The Complexities Of CO's Felon Voting Laws

Colorado's lax homeschool laws create opportunities for some parents to abuse their children, The Colorado Sun reports. Then, in the latest episode of Purplish, why so many Coloradans with a felony record don't know that they can vote. Next, where the marijuana tax money goes. Also, hiring women could solve construction's labor shortage.


Voters Choose Between Props 109 And 110 To Fix Roads; How Voles Teach Us About Love, Grief

Experts debate the pros and cons of Propositions 109 and 110 on this year's ballot, which voters will choose between for transportation funding. Next, a CU professor studies voles to learn about how humans grieve partners. Then, how Todd Bol, who died this week, created Little Free Libraries. Also, a nurse puts on an immersive dance performance at her hospital.