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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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Aug. 12, 2022: Mental health in the Black community: one mom’s story; Farai Chideya on the Black vote

Shirley Smith, wife of NBA star and former Denver Nugget J.R. Smith, calls their daughter, Dakota, a miracle. Dakota was born nearly five months premature, weighing just one pound. Shirley Smith shares the mental health challenges she's overcome. Then, Farai Chideya, host of "Our Body Politic," talks about the political power of women of color.


Aug. 11, 2022: How climate change bill could impact home energy use; The new Broncos owners

From new windows to electric cars, we ask what the federal climate bill could mean for Coloradans and their pocketbooks. Plus, meet the new owners of the Denver Broncos. Then, ancient Cambodian artifacts sold to the Denver Art Museum using false documents were returned this week. We'll explore the illegal art trade. And we enter the "skyspace."


Aug. 10, 2022: A conversation with Republican Attorney General candidate John Kellner

Republican candidate for state attorney general John Kellner answers questions about abortion access, public safety, and other issues. Then, we get perspective as the NFL finalizes the sale of the Broncos to an ownership group led by Walmart heir Rob Walton. And voters may get to decide if wine should be sold in grocery stores.


Aug. 9, 2022: Using non-lawyers in family law cases; Filmmaker’s passion project of identity

It can be expensive to hire a lawyer. That's why most people filling for divorce in Colorado go it alone. A new approach to family law could change that. Then, how summer camps are changing in the face of climate change. And ¿Quién Are We? shares a Colorado filmmaker's journey from feeling lost between cultures, to finding her identity.


Aug. 8, 2022: What’s up with Colorado’s economy; The joy of matchbooks; South Park’ is 25

What does this weird economy mean for Coloradans? Then, Steamboat Springs voters consider a measure to build affordable housing. Also, why a plaque is coming down at the site of an anti-Chinese riot in Denver. Plus, cigarettes are out of favor, but a Colorado match business thrives. And, “South Park” celebrates 25 years on TV.


Aug. 5, 2022: Psychedelic mushrooms on the ballot; Inside the walls of Frank Lloyd Wright

The state GOP has filed a campaign finance complaint against Gov. Jared Polis over letters included with TABOR refund checks. Then, mushrooms will be on the November ballot. Plus, we explore "Frank Lloyd Wright: Inside the Walls" at the Kirkland Museum. Also, we talk with B.A. Parker from "Code Switch" which now airs on CPR News, Sundays at 11 am. Finally, dork dancing for your mental health.


Aug. 4, 2022: Gov. Polis on TABOR refunds, monkeypox, & wolves; Hopeful dystopian novel

Ryan Warner's regular conversation with Governor Jared Polis covers everything from TABOR tax refund checks to monkeypox, homelessness, and back to school. Then, tracking heat in urban areas. Plus, author Olivia Chadha's award-winning dystopian novel, "Rise of the Red Hand." And, the debate over a bronze bust of Christopher Columbus in Pueblo.


Aug. 3, 2022: Afghan refugees face deadline to stay; ‘Tell Me Everything’ highlights landmark case

Afghan refugees who came to Colorado after the withdrawal of U.S. troops face a deadline if they want to stay. Then, a private investigator on a landmark sexual assault case opens up in the book "Tell Me Everything." Plus, working to upgrade a detour around Glenwood Canyon without making it too inviting.


Aug. 2, 2022: Sen. Hickenlooper on inflation, monkeypox; A lava love affair

Democratic Sen. John Hickenlooper joins us to answer questions about the Inflation Reduction Act, abortion access, and monkeypox. Then, a couple shares a love for one another and a love for volcanoes. And, taking the Palisade Plunge now comes with calls for caution.


Aug. 1, 2022: How to use Narcan to save a life; Supporting Latino business entrepreneurs

Given the numbers in Colorado, it's not a stretch to say that a drug overdose has occurred, or will occur, in your circles. Today we learn how to use Narcan to reverse an overdose and save a life. Then, a new business accelerator to help Latino-owned businesses. Later, a Black-owned truck driving school is working to diversify the trucking industry.


July 28, 2022: Understanding monkeypox; New Western Colorado University president

The World Health Organization declared monkeypox, and its spread, a global emergency. In Colorado, there were 28 cases of the disease in July -- after just six the month before. We speak with a local a scientist who has dedicated her career to pox viruses. Then, the new president of Western Colorado University. And, an explainer on the TABOR refunds.


July 27, 2022: Election deniers go door-to-door; Denver Mayor Hancock on mental health outreach

Election deniers are going door-to-door to look for potential voter fraud. Then, a check-in on what could influence people's votes this fall. Plus, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock hopes to destigmatize mental health issues, especially among Black men. And "Rattlesnake Kate" nabs top honors from the Colorado Theatre Guild.


July 26, 2022: Detecting and treating children’s pain; Denver’s vanishing landmarks

In our ongoing series, "On Pain," we focus on diagnosing and treating chronic pain in young children and teenagers. Then, landmarks that have disappeared from Denver. And, remembering a man who worked to preserve and empower historic communities of color in Denver and Colorado Springs. Later, Jim Thorpe gets his long overdue Olympic recognition.


July 25, 2022: Colorado’s growth is slower than you might think; ‘Saving Yellowstone’

Roads are crowded, housing is tight. Demographer Elizabeth Garner says don’t blame population growth. Then, homelessness is increasingly visible in Douglas County. And, the latest on Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters. Plus, shifting to electric appliances can challenge folks on a tight budget. Finally, the tale – and the toll – of Yellowstone exploration.


July 22, 2022: Explaining Colorado’s record heat; New ways to assess school violence threats

As Colorado swelters in record heat, we talk with Denver7 Chief meteorologist Mike Nelson about the connection to climate. Then, Montrose emerges as a leader in preventing school violence. Plus, a man who’s spent nearly 40 years helping people experiencing homelessness. Also, how Black barber shops are helping with health. And, remembering Clela Rorex, a pioneering Boulder County Clerk.


July 21, 2022: Remembering WWII Army nurse Leila Morrison; Rattlesnake Kate’s legacy on stage

We remember Leila Morrison who lived in Windsor. She treated soldiers on the frontlines of World War II and saw the horrors of concentration camps. She reflects on the high cost of freedom. She passed away July 16, just a week after her 100th birthday. Later, the Colorado Theatre Guild applauds the creative effort to bring the legacy of Rattlesnake Kate to the stage.


July 20, 2022: Ten years later, honoring the lives of the Aurora shooting victims

Ten years ago today, the world watched in horror after a man opened fire at a movie theater in Aurora. A memorial garden ensures that those whose lives were affected, aren’t forgotten. Organizers also hope the memorial will give strength to other families whose loved ones died or were injured in mass shootings.


July 19, 2022: Preventing fentanyl deaths; Award-winning chef shares her comfort food

Fentanyl deaths in Colorado are 10 times higher than they were even a few years ago. We talk with three people working to stop the trend. Then, CU's waiting game with the Pac-12. Plus, award-winning Aurora chef Caroline Glover talks about her love of cooking and shares some comfort food. Also, remembering those lost in the Aurora theater shooting t10 years ago.


July 18, 2022: A COVID-19 Checkup; Colorado history a reflection of diversity

From variants to fall boosters, Dr. Anuj Mehta from Denver Health gives us a checkup on COVID-19 in Colorado. Then, outgoing state historian Nicki Gonzales reflects on her mission to learn about Colorado's diverse history. Plus, a mapping project highlighting Japanese Americans in Five Points. And, Judy Collins returns to her Colorado roots.


July 15, 2022: Sen. Bennet on SCOTUS, inflation, reelection; Diversifying top culinary prize

Incumbent U.S. Senator Michael Bennet is gearing up for a tough reelection campaign. He answers questions about the Supreme Court, abortion access, the filibuster, President Biden's leadership, and inflation. Then, an innovative effort to save water. Plus, working to diversify the prestigious James Beard Awards. And, a special bond over violins.