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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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Sept. 17, 2021: Colorado’s Path To Marriage Equality; Meow Wolf’s Nod To Denver Nostalgia

Governor Jared Polis married First Gentleman Marlon Reis this week. We look back on the fight for marriage equality in what used to be called "The Hate State" with Mark Ferrandino. Then, we update Fort Lewis College's reckoning. Meow Wolf includes a nod to once-iconic venues in metro-Denver. Also, an ozone garden and songs in the face of climate change.


Sept. 16, 2021: Colorado’s Youth Climate Corps; AG Weiser On Aurora’s Biased Policing

A new Climate Conservation Corps will work to prevent wildfires, help the state to adapt to climate change and protect public land. It could be a model for the nation. Then, Colorado's AG on excessive force and biased policing in Aurora. And, solutions for rural Colorado’s housing shortage. Plus, a film follows a military family’s struggles with PTSD.


Sept. 15, 2021: Not All Wasps Are Out To Sting; Helping Children Through Grief

Grief is all around us-- exacerbated by the pandemic. What does that look like for children? Then, a listener photo prompts the question: can murder hornets live in Colorado? Plus, Colorado Springs' Conejos neighborhood is gone, but not forgotten. Also, Pueblo considers nuclear. And what to do about abandoned mines and wells in Colorado.


Sept. 14, 2021: Ute Mountain Ute School Built On Culture, Trust, & Love

A new charter school in Towaoc puts Ute Mountain Ute language and culture at the center of students’ education. Then, the debate over racism and inclusion in the St. Vrain Valley school district. And, a research project moves forward exploring the concept of basic income. Plus, Telluride's housing and labor shortage.


Sept. 13, 2021: District Apologizes For Toy Gun Incident; Telluride’s ‘Must Watch’ Movies

A Colorado Springs school district has apologized a year after sending officers to the home of a 12-year-old student suspected of having a toy gun. The incident led to a change in state law. Plus, Purplish explores the pros and cons of having competitive Congressional districts. And movies to watch for after the Telluride Film Festival.


Sept. 10, 2021: Marking 20 Years Since 9/11 With Music; An Afghan Reflects

Magee Capsouto and the Trinity United Methodist Church will commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9/11 this weekend with “Requiem For The Living.” Then, how the events of Sept. 11 shaped the life of Mirwais Hotak, a refugee who owns an Afghan restaurant in Littleton. Plus, two Coloradans share their memories of the attack.


Sept. 9, 2021: Reflections On 9/11 Twenty Years Later

Chances are you remember where you were and what you were doing when the U.S. was attacked on 9/11. Twenty years later, the world is still a changed place; the impact of that day carries on. We share the story of our colleague, Jo Ann Allen. She offered her reflections in her podcast, "Been There, Done That," with her friend, WNYC journalist Beth Fertig.


Sept. 8, 2021: He Fled The Nazis, Then Joined The 10th Mt. Division; COVID In Ft. Collins

The extraordinary story of a man who escaped the Nazis, came to the U.S. and returned to Europe to fight Hitler. John Sachs was a member of the Army’s 10th Mountain Division, the skiing, climbing soldiers who trained in Colorado. Then, a check-up on the impact of COVID in Northern Colorado. And breaking down the draft congressional map in Purplish.


Sept. 7, 2021: One University’s Pandemic Strategy; Creating A Bond Between Horse And Human

Colorado Mesa University is in a county that lags on vaccinations and where cases of COVID-19 are rising. But the school's also been a national model on how to track and fend off the virus. So what's the strategy as students return? Plus, the summer season’s cut short for one lake in Colorado. And "Half Broke" shares the bond between horses and humans.


Sept. 3, 2021: On The Road In Alamosa And The San Luis Valley

The San Luis Valley is a big potato producer, second only to Idaho. But a trade dispute with Mexico is leaving farmers in a lurch. Then, should urban Colorado be able to use water from the San Luis Valley? Plus, how redistricting could impact Southern Colorado. Also, a spiritual journey at one of the state's oldest churches. And we visit a castle of cans.


Sept. 2, 2021: Impact Of Indictments In McClain Case; Family Fights To Flee Afghanistan

With the indictment of five officers and paramedics in the death of Elijah McClain, we check in with a state lawmaker who championed police reform. Then, perspective from CPR justice reporter Allison Sherry. Later, an Afghan woman who fled to Colorado fights to get her siblings out of Kabul. Plus, Purplish tours Colorado’s possible new 8th District.


Sept. 1, 2021: On the Road In Durango, The Four Corners

Heritage orchards in McElmo Canyon are growing and preserving Colorado's apple history. Then, Fort Lewis College in Durango reckons with a history that includes a boarding school that forced Native children to assimilate to Eurocentric culture. Also, the author of "Sagebrush Empire" on public lands. And from “The Kitchen Shelf” in Animas City: cookies!


Aug. 31, 2021: Colorado Katrina Refugee On Parallels With Ida; Creating Tree Equity

Mercedes Toregano relocated to Denver after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans 16 years ago; now her adult children and sister are dealing with Ida. Then, what do trees say about neighborhood health and equity? Plus, Avery's headed to the Four Corners. And Purplish explores Latino representation in its ongoing special series on redistricting.


Aug. 30, 2021: On The Road In Grand Junction

Our road trip continues in Grand Junction, where people have moved during the pandemic to work remotely. Then, how Colorado Mesa is encouraging vaccines as students return. Plus, from Hotchkiss to Hayden, farmers and ranchers navigate climate change. Also, an update on the Mesa County clerk investigation. And Cousin Curtiss covers our road trip theme!


Aug. 27, 2021: On The Road In Fort Morgan

Fort Morgan, unlike other communities on the Plains, is adding people. Many of them are immigrants and refugees. We'll meet two women trying to up Morgan County's vaccination rate, which lags behind the state average. Then, a Main Street businessman with a vision for helping Fort Morgan grow. And remembering Fort Morgan High School's most famous graduate.


Aug. 26, 2021: Diversifying Colorado’s Doctors; Taking The Politics Out Of Redistricting

Colorado's population is diverse, but its doctors don't reflect that. We'll explore the reasons why, the importance of inclusion, and break down the obstacles to building a broader community of physicians. Then, Ryan previews the next stop on our road trip!


Aug. 25, 2021: On The Road In Colorado Springs, Cripple Creek, And Pueblo

The Martin-Drake power plant in Colorado Springs burns its last coal this week after nearly a century, then transitions to natural gas. We talk with plant manager Somer Mese about the change, and a panel of guests on the bigger picture. Then, a teaching shift in Cripple Creek. And remembering Luis Ibarra, who brought Tejano music to southern Colorado.


Aug. 24, 2021: Sheneen McClain’s Fight For Change; Paralympians Go For Gold

Sheneen McClain says she'll fight for the rest of her life to defend her son's name and to reform policing. CPR criminal justice reporter Allison Sherry joins us with additional insight. Then, the Purplish team begins a special report on redistricting. And Coloradans are in Tokyo for the Paralympics, including Kyle Coon of Carbondale.


Aug. 23, 2021: On The Road In Rocky Ford, La Junta

We're on the road again to hear how Coloradans are navigating lives complicated by the pandemic. Lives that are also enhanced by community and creativity. In southeast Colorado, some young people are trying to create staying power through entrepreneurship. Later, a listener asks "what's the status of Camp Amache?" And Pueblo musician Inaiah Lujan.


Aug. 20, 2021: Gov. Polis On Masks In Schools, Transportation Fixes And Telecommuting

Colorado Governor Jared Polis joins us for our regular conversation about issues impacting the state. Ryan Warner asks about masks in school, roads, reducing emissions and creating affordable housing. Then, hear from kids about what's on their minds as they go back to school. And "On Something" explores the racist history of the word marijuana.