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Hosted by Ryan Warner, Nathan Heffel, and Andrea Dukakis, CPR News' daily interview show focuses on the state's people, issues and ideas.

Hosted by Ryan Warner, Nathan Heffel, and Andrea Dukakis, CPR News' daily interview show focuses on the state's people, issues and ideas.


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Hosted by Ryan Warner, Nathan Heffel, and Andrea Dukakis, CPR News' daily interview show focuses on the state's people, issues and ideas.




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May 19, 2022: Supplying Ukraine’s soldiers; Bikes versus train

A pair of Ukrainian-Americans in Boulder, Viktoria Oliynyk and Andriy Zakutayev, send much-needed supplies to Ukrainian soldiers via their aid group, Sunflower Seeds Ukraine. Then, abortion rights groups express dismay with pro-choice governor Jared Polis. And, the 50th anniversary of Durango's Iron Horse Bicycle Classic.


May 18, 2022: Bloom of ‘witness roses’ eagerly anticipated; ’50 Things to Bake Before You Die’

It's been decades since anyone's seen the roses bloom that were planted by Japanese-American prisoners at Colorado's Camp Amache. But that may soon change. Then, the fight to recertify a creek and what that means for clean water. Plus, a Denver food critic shares "50 Things to Bake Before You Die." Later, a big step to preserve Chicano murals in Colorado.


May 17, 2022: Gov. Polis on abortion access, fentanyl, & mobile home parks; Denver’s ‘urban camping’ ban

In Ryan Warner's regular interview with Colorado's governor, he asks Jared Polis about enshrining reproductive rights in the state constitution, the new penalties for fentanyl, and a range of other topics. Then, Denver's unauthorized urban camping ban was signed 10 years ago today. Plus, Colorado's unique contribution to electric cars.


May 16, 2022: Tracking COVID-19 subvariants; Fighting to keep Space Command in Colorado

COVID numbers are rising just as people let down their guards. We review the state modeling outlook and ask a pulmonologist how health care workers are holding up. Then, where will the U.S. Space Command land? State leaders step up the fight for it to remain in Colorado. And a DACA recipient's journey from despair to inspiration. Plus, Aladar the Alpaca!


May 13, 2022: Ancestral history on the southern Colorado border; Moon turns ‘blood red’

The wildfires in New Mexico are burning through lands that are ancestral homes for some Coloradans. Then, the legislative session wrapped up with some new bills to address climate change. Plus, Colorado had the highest rate of bank robberies last year.


May 12, 2022: The body’s ‘switch’ that leads to weight gain; Spring gardening questions answered

With lawmakers wrapping up their work for the year, we hear from our public affairs team about new Colorado laws. Then, a researcher's quest to find what triggers obesity. Plus, gardening expert Fatuma Emmad answers listener questions about planting flowers, veggies, and more in the age of climate change and drought.


May 11, 2022: Making bus rides free to clean up Colorado’s air; A real-life CODA story

Colorado may give millions of dollars to public transit agencies to make bus rides free to reduce pollution but there are questions about whether it will make a difference. Then, Cliff and Avery Moers of Evergreen share their real-life CODA story. Plus, a valedictory speech from 1943 that finds hope inside a World War II internment camp.


May 10, 2022: Keeping Colorado competitive in tech innovation; Improving mental health care

Colorado's a technical leader; Democratic Representatives Joe Neguse and Ed Perlmutter say Congress is in the position to ensure it stays that way. Then, Purplish examines efforts by state lawmakers to improve mental health care in Colorado.


May 9, 2022: Is the dream of buying a house in Colorado now a nightmare?

Colorado Matters today is all about trying to buy a home. Prices have jumped astronomically this year and some buyers are using huge amounts of cash to compete. We'll talk about who can afford this market and what to do if you don't have the cash. Plus, why many Coloradans still want to buy, despite the mind-boggling prices.


May 4, 2022: Mobilizing over abortion access in Colorado; Frustrating pain of fibromyalgia

It may be a leaked U.S. Supreme Court draft, but Coloradans are mobilizing as if Roe v. Wade is over. Then, our series 'On Pain' focuses on the frustration of fibromyalgia.


May 3, 2022: The legal landscape of abortion in Colorado; Empowering the ‘new builders’

With the U.S. Supreme Court poised to overturn Roe v. Wade, what does it mean for abortion law in Colorado? Then, a special election in Glenwood Springs focuses on housing and growth. Plus, we revisit our conversation about empowering entrepreneurs as the "new builders" of the economy. And nominating which endangered historic places in Colorado should be saved.


April 29, 2022: Legislative priorities as session nears end; Investigating mental health resources

What issues remain outstanding as the legislative session winds down? Then, Colorado has one of the highest rates of mental illness in the nation, but those who need help struggle for access. Plus DACA recipient Cristian Solano-Cordova explains what the program has meant to him.


April 28, 2022: Colorado’s new free preschool; An operatic tribute to Emmett Till

Next year, Colorado families will get 10 hours of free preschool after Governor Jared Polis signed a bill into law earlier this week. But there are lots of details to work out. Then, to support the metaverse, the cable industry has to be fast. And, pianist and composer Mary D.


April 27, 2022: COVID-19 cases up but outlook more hopeful; Transgender man finds new path

Cases of COVID-19 are rising but experts are more hopeful this time around. We get perspective from Dr. Anuj Mehta, a critical care physician at Denver Health Medical Center, about cases, vaccines for very young kids and masking. Then, a 19-year-old shares his challenges as a transgender man and his journey beyond drugs in CPR's podcast “Back from Broken.”


April 26, 2022: CU President finalist on diversity, funding; Honoring Latino history through preservation

Todd Saliman, the sole finalist for the University of Colorado’s presidency, answers questions about diversity, tuition, and funding. Plus, Governor Polis on the upcoming TABOR refund. Then, honoring Latino history through preservation. Also, what long-COVID might indicate about M.E., also known as Chronic Fatigue. And, pond skimming is back and making a splash!


April 25, 2022: The flavored tobacco & nicotine debate; Buntport Theater skates into 50th show

The debate over banning flavored tobacco and nicotine products reveals divides over everything from taxes to racial justice. Purplish explores the issue with help from CPR health reporter John Daley. Then, a small theater company in Denver marks a milestone. Ryan meets some of the founding members of Buntport Theater on the set of their 50th original production.


April 22, 2022: Greening Federal buildings; Planting a teeming, yet sustainable yard

The biggest landlord in the U.S.-- the federal government-- is making a big push for greener buildings. Then, in the face of climate change and water worries, can you still have an attractive -- yet eco-friendly-- yard? The answer, is yes. Plus, how climate change anxiety inspired Fort Collins musician Logan Farmer.


April 21, 2022: Talking climate with Mike Nelson; Colorado wonders about earthquakes

High fire danger escalates to "extreme" in parts of Colorado by Friday; dry conditions are to blame -- but so are fierce winds. Our regular conversation with Denver7 chief meteorologist Mike Nelson. Then, a Colorado Wonders question on earthquakes. Also, a Denver photographer in Ukraine. Plus, Kitchen Shelf recipes. And, DJ Cavem's eco-hip hop.


April 20, 2022: Governor Polis on fentanyl, air quality and lawnmowers; The sounds of nature

In our regular conversation with Colorado’s Democratic governor Jared Polis, we discuss the deterioration of air quality on the Front Range, early childhood education and tougher punishments for fentanyl possession. Polis likened fentanyl to a poison. Then, the sounds wild animals make and why. Also, the best concerts you may have missed at Red Rocks.


April 19, 2022: Reporter explores Twelve Tribes; Old photo prompts Colorado Wonders question

Denver Post reporter Shelly Bradbury talks about her research into a group known as the Twelve Tribes in Boulder County. Then, a new idea to help with housing in Colorado. Plus, an old family photo inspires a Colorado Wonders question about a giant petrified tree trunk. Also, should a new fee on the price of gasoline be delayed? And, another Red Rocks regret about missing a U2 milestone.