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Hosted by Ryan Warner and Chandra Thomas Whitfield, CPR News' daily interview show focuses on the state's people, issues and ideas.

Hosted by Ryan Warner and Chandra Thomas Whitfield, CPR News' daily interview show focuses on the state's people, issues and ideas.


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Hosted by Ryan Warner and Chandra Thomas Whitfield, CPR News' daily interview show focuses on the state's people, issues and ideas.




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June 24, 2022: What the end of Roe means in Colorado

The Supreme Court has ended the federal right to abortion, but access remains legal in Colorado. Abortion opponent and columnist Krista Kafer hopes new restrictions here won't be far off. Then, Karen Middleton of abortion rights advocacy group Cobalt, wants to add reproductive freedom to the state constitution. Later, a discussion of abortion alternatives when there's an unintended pregnancy. Finally, Soul 2 Soul Sisters on how the ruling perpetuates what the group calls reproductive...


June 23, 2022: Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joe O’Dea on inflation, guns, and abortion access

Colorado businessman Joe O'Dea is a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate. He's in a primary race with state representative Ron Hanks. The winner will face the incumbent, Democrat Michael Bennet, in the general election. We ask about issues including inflation, abortion access, climate change, and gun control and crime. Then, a new book explores the history of curanderos. And soap box derby's young racers.


June 22, 2022: Private investigator lifts the veil; Model with vitiligo has ‘tough skin’

In "Tell Me Everything," former private investigator Erika Krouse writes about the landmark sexual assault case she was assigned to in Boulder. It expanded the scope of Title IX. We read her book for "Turn The Page with Colorado Matters." Then, why Denver model and activist Jasmine Colgan has developed "Tough Skin" as she gets comfortable in her own.


June 21, 2022: Assessing the GOP divide; Colorado’s boom & bust history

The primary election could determine the future of the Republican party in Colorado. Voters will choose between two very different types of candidates in key statewide races. Purplish assesses the GOP divide. Then, mountain towns are hiring for the summer. And exploring Colorado's history of booms and busts.


June 20, 2022: Journey to Freedom connects community through song

Spirituals are rooted in a history of pain and hope. Today, Colorado Matters presents a "Journey to Freedom" with the Spirituals Project Choir based at the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music. Our colleagues at CPR Classical spent the last year sharing spirituals chosen by the choir's director, M. Roger Holland II. The collaboration culminated in a special event at DU’s Newman Center.


June 17, 2022: Republican gubernatorial candidate Heidi Ganahl makes her case

CU Regent and entrepreneur Heidi Ganahl believes her experience as a business owner, in addition to being the only Republican in statewide office, makes her the best candidate to run against incumbent Gov. Jared Polis. Then, Black Coloradans discuss what it means to recognize Juneteenth as a holiday.


June 16, 2022: Candidate Greg Lopez wants a conversation on the big issues, like inflation

Whether it’s crime or the cost of living, Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Lopez sees himself as a convener on issues like gun laws, housing and climate change. But, he’s short on specifics. Lopez traces some of what ails the state to pandemic shutdowns, which he thinks destroyed livelihoods while trying to save lives. Lopez is running against CU regent Heidi Ganahl in the GOP Primary. Also, Juneteenth approaches and the origins of an Avs victory song.


June 15, 2022: Marking ten years of DACA

Ten years ago today, President Obama created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. It allows young people brought to the US unlawfully as children to attend college or work legally. About 18,000 Coloradans have taken Obama up on that offer. We'll hear some of their stories today. We'll also talk with Marissa Molina, herself a DACA recipient, who advocates for immigration reform.


June 14, 2022: Colorado and Guatemala create a choral connection with ‘El Ultimo Hilo’

"El Ultimo Hilo" is an international choral collaboration between Colorado's Kantorei and singers in Guatemala, and both companies have learned lessons about music and history. Plus, finding energy efficiency without making homes even more expensive.


June 13, 2022: Black climbers make history on Everest; Using genetics to improve health care

The first all-Black team of climbers reached the summit of Mt. Everest this spring. We speak with two of the Coloradans who were part of the expedition. Then, using genetic testing to improve medical treatments. And, rethinking housing in Greeley.


June 10, 2022: She lost her daughter in a mass shooting; now she helps others cope

Sandy Phillips lost her daughter nearly ten years ago in the Aurora movie theater shootings. Now she and her husband travel the country, helping survivors of other mass shootings cope. Then, working to preserve the language of the Ute Mountain Utes. And, "Rainbows and Revolutions" at History Colorado.


June 9, 2022: Half a century of a ‘Rocky Mountain High’

The world first heard John Denver's "Rocky Mountain High" 50 years ago. It served as something of a musical magnet, attracting people to Colorado. Lawmakers here declared it the state's second official song in 2007. Today, we reflect on Denver's legacy -- musically and environmentally.


June 8, 2022: Who’s buying the Broncos and why; ‘Unbreakable’ shares LGBTQ experience

An ownership group led by Rob Walton is buying the Broncos, pending final approvals. We get perspective on the deal. Then, CPR's investigation into the Adams County Sheriff's Office. Also, answering a Colorado Wonders question about earthquakes.


June 7, 2022: Cyclist Scott Mercier ‘wins true’; Student makes her voice heard with poetry

Reflections from a cyclist who refused to dope. Scott Mercier, of Basalt, has a new book: "Win True: How You Win Matters On & Off The Bike." Then, Aidyn Reid from Colorado Springs competes in the national "Poetry Out Loud" competition. Plus, students say they're more than just test scores. And, as United expands its flight training center in Denver, pilots' mental health is also top of mind.


June 6, 2022: Primary election nears; A mom helps others navigate baby formula shortage

Republicans are divided ahead of the June 28 primary. Will unaffiliated voters tip the balance? Then, during the pandemic Julia Walker provided food for the needy. Now she helps parents find baby formula. Plus, In the San Luis Valley, Esteban Salazar forages for verdolaga – the Spanish word for purslane. And, Denver poet Nicky Beer’s new work.


June 3, 2022: Gun safety & kids; Prize parity in golf

Emergency physician, Dr. Emmy Betz, wants parents to talk with their kids about guns and mental health to prevent suicide deaths. Then, a GAO report raises concerns over the decision to move Space Command from Colorado Springs. Plus, the prize money for the Colorado Women's Open will finally match that of the Men's Open. And, “Runner’s High” explores how athletes use recreational cannabis.


June 2, 2022: The misunderstood history of gun laws; Emergency housing stirs emotions

Journalist Dave Cullen has examined school shootings and their aftermath in his books "Columbine" and "Parkland." Now, he's reporting on the misunderstood history of gun laws. Then, even when people experiencing homelessness get housing, it doesn't end tensions in the neighborhood. And, a school desegregation case in Colorado-- nearly lost to history.


June 1, 2022: New state law helps with fertility treatments; The debate over nuclear energy

Fertility treatments like IVF can cost tens of thousands of dollars. A new state law may help couples with some of that hardship, but there will still be challenges. Then, what Colorado's doing to improve behavioral health care. Also, the podcast, Wild Thing, examines nuclear energy in the age of climate change. And, remembering Dusty Saunders.


May 31, 2022: Colorado Matters takes a hike

With the unofficial start of summer, we spend today's show outside. First, a trek that (almost) leads to Hanging Lake, where trail and bridge repairs are progressing. Plus, we meet the TikTok star known as @fatblackandgettinit at a park in Jefferson County. Then, how not to love the land to death. Also, byways over highways and 1-star national park reviews.


May 30, 2022: Stories of service and sacrifice on Memorial Day

On this Memorial Day, we re-share stories of service and sacrifice, from the Honor Bell that tolls in remembrance of the servicemen and women who died defending the U.S. to a thought-provoking battle that reflects the often untold trauma of war.