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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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Oct. 15, 2021: Lucy’s mission to Jupiter; The rock ’n’ roll legacy of ‘The Family Dog’

Hundreds of Coloradans are behind NASA's Lucy Mission to explore the asteroids near Jupiter. Then, a judge will now rule if a defamation lawsuit filed by a former Dominion employee can move forward against the Trump campaign and others. Plus, soccer standout Kellyn Acosta. And the rock 'n' roll legacy of "The Family Dog."


Oct. 14, 2021: As jobs evolve with robots and tech there are challenges and opportunities

Robots, technology, jobs and the economy. Add in a global pandemic. It means big changes in the workforce. But just because a job can be automated, doesn't mean it should be. And what are the most robot-proof jobs? David Brancaccio, host of the Marketplace Morning Report, sat down with Colorado Matters host Avery Lill recently at Denver Startup Week.


Oct. 13, 2021: What ‘The Mike File’ reveals about mental health treatment over time

Stephen Trimble's book, "The Mike File," explores the realities of mental illness and inadequate care through the real-life story of two brothers. Then, a new exhibit highlights the history of Indigenous slavery in Southern Colorado. And using virtual fences to herd cattle and save grassland.


Oct. 12, 2021: Abrams on Colorado’s voting innovations; Yes, pelicans live here

Stacey Abrams, the voting rights activist and former Georgia gubernatorial candidate, comes to Colorado this week. She'd like to see the election system here replicated in her own state and nationwide. Then, the complexities of repatriating art and antiquities. Plus, Colorado wonders about land-locked pelicans. And the music of Denver-based singer Katiria.


Oct. 8, 2021: ‘Turn the Page’ with Peter Heller and ‘The Guide’

"Turn the Page with Colorado Matters" features a conversation with bestselling novelist Peter Heller about his new book, "The Guide." Heller answers questions from Ryan Warner and from readers. How does he begin to write his novels? How did "The Guide" become a thriller? Plus, how he processes grief, and does he ever say 'goodbye' to his characters?


Oct. 7, 2021: Rethinking day care for employees; Raising the bar for renewable energy

Businesses are finding unique ways to recruit and keep employees, like offering next-door day care to working parents. Then, in the face of climate change, can renewable energy handle the demand? Plus, what's happening with the wolves found in Colorado? And a Denver woman reflects on the 1950s relocation program designed to assimilate Native Americans.


Oct. 6, 2021: A Colorado county shows vaccines are just one weapon in COVID fight

One of the most vaccinated places in the U.S. is San Juan County in southwest Colorado, but the virus still circulates there for a host of reasons. Then, students may not be meeting the one statewide requirement to graduate high school. Also, we revisit the oldest newspaper on the Western Slope. And the history of apple cider as fall festivals begin.


Oct. 5, 2021: Afghan refugees arriving in Colorado; Journey through a ‘Grieving Mall’

Afghan refugees are arriving in Colorado. We get perspective on the challenges and opportunities ahead. Then, register for Avery's talk with David Brancaccio about robots and the economy at Denver Startup Week. Plus, the trade-off between SUVs and the environment. And tracing a daughter's grief through an abandoned shopping mall and a supernatural world.


Oct. 4, 2021: ACLU at the Capitol; Redistricting goes to the Colorado Supreme Court

A CPR/Colorado Sun investigation of the ACLU. It has a reputation for success at the statehouse but some critics say its power brokers may have gone too far. Now the group’s entire public policy team is gone. Then, our Purplish podcast team on the new Congressional map. And, Denver music legend Charlie Burrell turns 101.


Oct. 1, 2021: As the pandemic exhausts nurses, what can be done to provide relief?

Outside of a pandemic, nursing is a tough job. In a pandemic, it's become a pathway to burnout. And that's not just in hospitals, but in long-term care facilities and schools. Then, a listener reflects on the legacy of medical pioneer Dr. Charles Blackwood. And Denver muralist Charlo gets a national nod for spreading joy in his community.


Sept. 30, 2021: Finding Support For Indigenous College Students

The last school year was tough on students everywhere. Among collegians, that was particularly true for Indigenous students, who already faced an uphill battle compared with peers. Journalists Charlotte West and Monica Braine kept up with three Indigenous students, including Nina Polk who attends Fort Lewis College in Durango.


Sept. 29, 2021: Colorado’s New Congressional Map; Remembering Jim Sheeler

We now know where Colorado's new 8th Congressional district will be and how the 7 other districts will change. Then, remembering Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jim Sheeler who made it his goal to remember others. Plus, a four-legged strategy to reduce wildfire risk. And Colorado's connection to the song "My Grandfather's Clock."


Sept. 28, 2021: Gov. Polis On Boosters, Air Quality; Emotional Ties To ‘Music Blocks’

In our regular interview with Colorado Governor Jared Polis, we ask about COVID-19 vaccine boosters, masks in schools, and addressing ozone and climate change. Then, the connection between emotion and music with CPR's new podcast, "Music Blocks." And a Pueblo family's legacy of green chiles.


Sept. 27, 2021: Redistricting Map Deadline Looms; Protecting Colorado’s Children

Colorado has a big deadline Tuesday; it's the last day for the redistricting commission to agree on a new Congressional map. Then, how the pandemic continues to redefine businesses. Also, the state's child protection ombudsman works to clear confusion for mandatory reporters. And Crested Butte musician Jackson Melnick's debut album.


Sept. 24, 2021: Reshaping Public Health In Douglas County; Dr. Charles Blackwood’s Legacy

What's next for public health in Douglas County now that it's decided to form its own health department. Then, the story of Dr. Charles Blackwood, the scholarship in his name to diversify medicine, and the reason his historic home was bulldozed. Also, researching how water moves through the mountains. And the Style Crone's fight against ageism.


Sept. 23, 2021: Rep. Diana DeGette On Possible Government Shutdown; The Santa Fe Trail

Congress is divided over the federal budget and it could shut down the federal government by the end of next week. Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Denver, weighs in on that, and the pandemic’s impact on children. Then, an update on Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters. And, the history of the Santa Fe Trail. Plus, in-person entertainment is back, so what’s the risk?


Sept. 22, 2021: A COVID Loss Told (Partly) Through Tacos; Aspen Not The Only Fall Colors

Like a stretched-out panic attack. That's how Obed Manuel describes witnessing his father's months-long battle with COVID-19. Obed, an editor at CPR, reflects on loss and his mother's tacos, a symbol of his parents' love. Then, as summer turns to fall, what's the seasonal weather outlook? And the underappreciated Gambel oak as colors change.


Sept. 21, 2021: How BLM HQ Shuffle May Impact Grand Junction; ‘Sojourners Project: Busing’

Now that the Bureau of Land Management headquarters is moving back to Washington, D.C., what does that mean for Grand Junction? Then, a new play, "Sojourners Project: Busing," explores the legacy across generations of Denver’s policy to bus school children. Plus, the sheepdog trials take over Meeker. And the Branson football team's field of dreams.


Sept. 20, 2021: First Black Dean Of CU Law School; Meow Wolf’s Co-Founder

Lolita Buckner Innis is the first Black dean of the University of Colorado law school, and only the second woman in the role. Then, a co-founder of Meow Wolf, Caity Kennedy, discusses the creative vision behind the multi-story art playground in Denver. Plus, turning a power plant into a battery in Hayden. And navigating climate change behavior through faith.


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.