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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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Dec. 6, 2021: The state’s dry spell; What a landmark abortion case might mean for Colorado

Assistant state climatologist Becky Bollinger on why Colorado’s so dry. Then, how the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on abortion might impact the state. And, remnants of an esoteric religion in Southern Colorado. Also, hidden secrets of the Ludlow Massacre. Plus, helping early learners catch up. Finally, “We Are Santa.”


Dec. 3, 2021: Solutions after teen shootings; ‘Summer of Violence’ fueled by newspaper war

Fifteen teenagers were shot in almost as many days in Aurora. Officials are struggling to identify a pattern. Then, an analysis of 1993's "Summer of Violence" shows the importance of context in crime reporting. Plus, remembering justice and poet Gregory Hobbs. Also one woman's journey through Alzheimer's. And Dolly Parton helps Colorado kids read.


Dec. 2, 2021: Treating COVID with monoclonal antibodies; Coping with life’s ‘triggers’

What are monoclonal antibodies and how effective are they if someone catches COVID-19? Then, the "Youth Gun Violence and Suicide Prevention Wellness Weekend" is designed to help people, especially young Black men, cope with life's "triggers." Plus, remembering Colorado Music Hall of Fame drummer Jim Gallagher of the Astronauts.


Dec. 1, 2021: What long COVID teaches about other conditions; From prison to small business

Long-haul COVID offers an opportunity to learn more about chronic fatigue, a condition that's often dismissed. We'll hear from a doctor about how he navigated the illness. Then, a former drug user and federal prisoner in Pueblo who grew his family's small business. And, the story of Grammy-winning musician Marc Cohn and his near-death experience in Denver.


Nov. 30, 2021: Tracking omicron variant in Colorado; Center for the Blind investigation

We talk with pulmonologist Anuj Mehta about the state's work to track the omicron variant, and to get grounding about the concern. Then, Colorado Sun reporter David Gilbert investigated sexual misconduct and abuse allegations at the Colorado Center for the Blind. Also, restoring the Air Force Academy chapel.


Nov. 26, 2021: Transgender pastor shares revelations in ‘As a Woman’

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 in July for “Turn The Page,” our regular reading circle.


Nov. 24, 2021: Granted clemency, now rebuilding his life; The Women’s Bean Project

At age 15, Curtis Brooks was sentenced to life without parole. He was granted clemency and released in 2019. He’s adjusting to a new life, and recently was married. Then, the Women’s Bean Project thrives as it trains women. Also, emotional growth in the pandemic. And, using social media influencers to draw students to college. Plus, Mexican dance in Pueblo.


Nov. 23, 2021: Helping the chronically ill cope with finances; Military threats in space

A top stressor for patients with diseases such as cancer is paying for treatment. Colorado has a plan to help and experience in other states will pave the way. Then, a recent Russian missile test threatened the space station and may signal increased militarization of space.


Nov. 22, 2021: ‘Soles of a Survivor’ both harrowing, hopeful; What is the ‘Front Range?’

Nhi Aronheim, of Englewood, has navigated between two families and two cultures, and from fear to gratitude. She shares her story in "Soles of a Survivor." Then, as Colorado Matters marks 20 years, we revisit one of our favorite segments, answering a Colorado Wonders question about the Front Range.


Nov. 19, 2021: Colorado’s role in ‘Build Back Better’; Rapids head coach Robin Fraser

How has Colorado's Congressional delegation helped shape the president's Build Back Better Act? CPR public affairs reporter Andrew Kenney provides insight. Then, the comeback story of Rapids head coach Robin Fraser with a record-setting season. Plus, students find common ground with a virtual exchange. And remembering the legacy of the Brown Bombers.


Nov. 18, 2021: Pandemic daily risk assessment; Colorado Symphony plays on a virtual stage

Making everyday decisions during the pandemic can be like a case of whiplash -- and there are the moral considerations too. We get a daily risk assessment with two medical experts. Then, did you know there are actually different types of snowflakes?


Nov. 17, 2021: How are you weathering the pandemic?; The positive power of singing

As COVID drags on, we ask Coloradans how they’re doing. One massage therapist describes how she loses work each time she's exposed to the virus. Then, our health reporter searches for why COVID cases are so high in Colorado. Plus, the high cost of airline tickets. And, a Grand Junction couple says singing's for everyone even though it may not feel like it.


Nov. 16, 2021: From climate change to local news, documentaries highlight challenges

The ongoing Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival features the documentary "Youth v Gov," about a group of young people suing the U.S. government over climate change. Then, "Storm Lake" explores the challenges facing newspapers and the idea that "news deserts" are a threat to democracy. Plus, thousands of kids in Pueblo County get paid to read.


Nov. 15, 2021: Rep. Perlmutter on running again, Build Back Better; Rescuing the rescuers

Democratic Rep. Ed Perlmutter on running for re-election, the Build Back Better plan, and helping Rocky Flats workers. Then, a shelter's financial struggles highlight housing instability challenges in the state. Also, a new program to help rescuers dealing with their own trauma. Plus, the "cliché killer." And Telluride singer/songwriter Emily Scott Robinson.


Nov. 12, 2021: Recordings reveal NRA strategy after Columbine; ‘Running with My Girls’

NPR investigative reporter Tim Mak talks about audio recordings he obtained of NRA leadership discussing their response and messaging after the Columbine High School shooting in 1999. Then, measuring water in Colorado. Plus, the documentary, "Running with my Girls." And banjo player Chris Pandolfi's new solo project.


Nov. 11, 2021: Why is the cause of so many wildfires not found?; Operation Veteran Strong

The biggest wildfires in Colorado have cost lives and caused millions of dollars in damage, yet no one knows specifically how they started. CPR investigative reporter Ben Markus has a special report. Then, "Operation Veteran Strong" is helping veterans transition back to civilian life and focus on being well. Plus, sharing stories of World War II.


Nov. 10, 2021: Adam Cayton-Holland’s journey through loss, grief and comedy

Denver Comedian Adam Cayton-Holland’s new one-man show is called “Happy Place.” It’s loosely based on his memoir, "Tragedy Plus Time,” which is both a tribute to his little sister Lydia and an account of his grief after she took her own life. He spoke with Ryan Warner in 2018. Cayton-Holland performs November 17 at the Comedy Fort in Fort Collins.


Nov. 9, 2021: Coloradan at climate conference; Mom wrongly accused of human trafficking

As world leaders debate how to handle climate change, we speak with a Colorado lawmaker in Glasgow about where state policies come into play. Then, a mother accused of human trafficking calls it racial profiling. And, an outlook for the flu season. Also, we go to a mobile home park for our series on housing insecurity plus a primer on Colorado names.


Nov. 8, 2021: Why a new group of police recruits chose the field; Recycling space junk

CPR News followed police recruits through training to find out what they learned and why they chose the job when the profession is under intense scrutiny. Then, what happens when real estate investors and mobile home residents face off. And, a Denver-based company is working to recycle space junk.


Nov. 5, 2021: The pandemic’s impact on buying cars; Pikes Peak’s new poet laureate

The pandemic continues to keep a tight grip on the supply chain. When it come to cars, inventory is low and prices are high. Then, the fight over renewables in one Colorado county. Plus, what's the best way to replant after a wildfire? Also, art at DIA. And we meet the new Pikes Peak poet laureate.