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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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Jan. 21, 2022: Understanding vaccine boosters; Tremaine Jackson on coaching and equity

With all the talk about boosters, where does that leave people with the "one and done" J&J vaccine? Dr. Anuj Mehta shares the latest research. Then, former Colorado Mesa University head football coach Tremaine Jackson talks about his legacy both on and off the field. And, 16-year-old entrepreneur Jack Bonneau has a new venture to empower other teens.


Jan. 20, 2022: Parents talk about fentanyl impact; Hancock on housing, public safety

Parents who lost their children to fentanyl talk about the deadly epidemic. Then, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock is in Washington, D.C. for the U.S. Conference of Mayors. We ask about his priorities, including affordable housing and public safety. Plus, building codes after the Marshall Fire, and a college degree 50 years in the making.


Jan. 19, 2022: Gov. Polis on omicron, fire recovery; The ‘Paper Trails’ of the USPS

In his regular conversation with Governor Jared Polis, Ryan Warner asks about the state's response to the omicron variant, policy changes after The Marshall Fire, and the King Soopers strike. Then, high housing costs persist. And understanding U.S. history through the lens of the postal service and Cameron Blevins' book, "Paper Trails."


Jan. 18, 2022: Mesa County clerk under new scrutiny; Could cannabis help exercise?

CPR's Bente Birkland details the latest in the lawsuit against Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters. Then, Denver native Nicole Lewis is now the launch director for a mission sending seven satellites into space on the wing of a 747. Plus, Denver journalist Josiah Hesse explores the use of cannabis in sports in his new book, "Runner's High."


Jan. 14, 2022: Rep. Perlmutter on decision to step down; Assessing the State of the State

Democratic Congressman Ed Perlmutter talks about his decision not to run for re-election after eight terms. Then, assessing the start of the legislative session and the State of the State address. Also, a woman returns to her neighborhood after the Marshall Fire. El Taco Rey, a longtime Colorado Springs restaurant, is closing.


Jan. 13, 2022: COVID outlook as cases increase; Saving an endangered language

As cases of COVID-19 climb in Colorado, the omicron variant creates new unknowns in the effort to predict the path of the virus. Then, an update on the King Soopers strike and the bigger picture of organized labor. Also, the disparity in college rates among Hispanic men. And, preserving the Ute Mountain Ute language.


Jan. 12, 2022: Memories in the ashes; COVID’s economic reset; New Year, new laws

A Louisville couple returns to the ruins of the home they lost in the Marshall fire. And, a nonprofit helps fire victims. Then, CPR reporter Andrew Kenney on economic resets in the pandemic. Also, new state laws that took effect January 1. Plus, a Denver Rescue Mission program for people in recovery. Finally, a new school uses the community as a classroom.


Jan. 11, 2022: Can state lawmakers find common ground?; Colton Underwood’s journey

Lawmakers return to the state capitol Wednesday. House Speaker Alec Garnett and House Minority Leader Hugh McKean share some of the priorities and challenges as they convene. Then, reality star Colton’ Underwood’s journey after coming out brings him to Colorado for support and connection. Plus, remembering Colorado abstract painter Clark Richert.


Jan. 10, 2022: Missy Franklin’s fight to find balance; Golda Meir’s life in Colorado

Missy Franklin is an Olympic gold medal swimmer, but that’s not what defines her. She shares her journey through depression at the University of Colorado’s Depression Center. Plus, how the center's helping train CU coaches to support athletes' mental health. Then, preserving former Israeli prime minister Golda Meir’s Colorado legacy.


Jan. 7, 2022: Preparing people, pets for a disaster; A man who put family over fear

We get life-saving tips from Micki Trost, of Colorado's emergency management division. Then, the survival story of a cat name Merlin. Plus, pet sociologist Leslie Irvine on the toll the Marshall Fire took on critters. Plus, Judge Raymond Jones was an early Black judge, and now his Denver neighborhood is a historic landmark.


Jan. 6, 2022: Schools & omicron; Recollections of the Capitol siege; A nurse’s new path

CPR’s Jenny Brundin finds educators, kids, and families are between a rock and a viral hard place. Then, our D.C. correspondent Caitlyn Kim shares memories of last year's insurrection. Plus, Valèria Martinez Tenreiro wants to improve Latinos' access to mental health care. And, a new mixed-use development in Denver features a gardeny gash.


Jan. 5, 2022: What fire survivors need right now; Pandemic boom and busts

The Boven family returns to their block in Louisville for the first time since the Marshall Fire. Then, a woman who twice lost homes to fire offers perspective. And, efforts to get more shots in the arms of Colorado’s Spanish-speakers. Also, a new book examines how COVID-19 fits into the state’s boom and busts.


Jan. 4, 2022: Federal aid for Boulder County is on the way; The making of Federico Peña

Congressman Joe Neguse details how the federal government is offering aid to those affected by the Marshall Fire. Then, Avista Adventist's CEO recounts his hospital's massive evacuation effort. Plus, back-to-school amid the omicron surge. And, former Denver mayor and U.S. cabinet secretary Federico Peña talks about his new biography.


Jan. 3, 2022: Louisville Evacuees Find Temporary Home; Omicron variant rages in Colorado

The Marshall Fire in Boulder County displaced scores of families. The Bovens were among them. Then, assistant state climatologist Becky Bolinger explains the weather and climate that led to the fires. Plus, Dr. Justin Ross offers some on-air counseling. And, physicians in the state talk us through the omicron variant, the newest chapter of the pandemic.


Dec. 31, 2021: Music! Music! Music!

2021 was challenging and music helped us through. In our final show of the year, Alisha Sweeney, local music director at Indie 102.3, shares some of her favorite Colorado tracks from '21. We remember a short-lived but influential music venue called The Family Dog. Plus, the team behind CPR's new music appreciation podcast.


Dec. 30, 2021: A harrowing and hopeful refugee story

As 2021 comes to a close, we're listening back to memorable interviews from the past year. Nhi Aronheim's story of fleeing post-war Vietnam as a child is one we won't forget. In "Soles of a Survivor," she writes about her trek through the jungle, her traumatic stay in a refugee camp, and her life in the United States.


Dec. 29, 2021: What Colorado Matters saw and heard ‘on the road again’

In August and September, the masked and vaccinated Colorado Matters team set out on a two-week road trip. Stops included Rocky Ford, Colorado Springs, Fort Morgan, Grand Junction, Durango, and Alamosa. It was a chance to ask Coloradans "how ya doin'?" As 2021 winds down, we listen back to highlights from our time on the road again.


Dec. 28, 2021: Bestselling novelist Peter Heller on his fly fishing thriller “The Guide”

In a favorite from 2021, we listen back to a conversation with Colorado journalist-turned-novelist Peter Heller. Earlier this year, we chose his thriller "The Guide" for our reading circle "Turn The Page with Colorado Matters." The book is set at a posh mountain resort where something is clearly amiss.


Dec. 27, 2021: Pinto bean fudge, BBQ history and other food favorites from ’21

Pinto beans are queens of the table in Southwest Colorado-- even inspiring a fudge recipe. Our colleague from KRCC, Andrea Chalfin, tries her hand at the recipe. Then, cookie recipes from a town that no longer exists. Plus, flavors from the first Thai restaurant in the US. And barbecue history from the Soul Food Scholar.


The 6th Annual Colorado Matters Holiday Extravaganza!

Masked and vaxxed, the Colorado Matters Holiday Extravaganza returns to the stage at the University of Denver's Newman Center to share music, memories, laughter and light.