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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. 21, 2021: The evolution of ECT to treat depression; a Rocky Mountain murder mystery

Many people already struggling with anxiety and depression say their problems intensified during the pandemic. Today, we talk about the evolution of ECT or electroconvulsive therapy. Then, school board races get more political. And, a new docuseries explores a murder in the Colorado Rockies. We listen back to an interview with an author who documented the case.


Oct. 20, 2021: Updating COVID in Colorado; Answering your seasonal gardening questions

COVID-19 hospitalizations in Colorado are as high as they've been in almost a year, although nowhere near their peak last winter. We get perspective from two intensive care physicians. Plus, how vaccines are creating islands of safety in the state. Then, our seasonal questions for a gardening expert as fall and winter take hold. And, music from The Mananas.


Oct. 19, 2021: Mental health’s increasing importance in sports; Gen. Powell on leadership

Coaches increasingly are considering players' mental health on and off the field, from elite to youth athletes. Then, spotlighting workers’ rights issues as HelloFresh employees consider a union. Plus, the Aspen Institute's conversation with the now-late General Colin Powell about leadership. And the bitter rivalry between the Broncos and the Raiders.


Oct. 18, 2021: No need to be baffled by your ballot; A guide to the Colorado Plateau

Public affairs editor Megan Verlee explains Amendment 78 and Proposition 120, two finance-related statewide ballot measures. Bente Birkeland and Jenny Brundin walk through Proposition 119, which raises taxes on recreational cannabis for after-school programs. Then, life a year after the East Troublesome fire. And, “Discovering the Colorado Plateau.”


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?