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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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Sept. 27, 2022: The race for the new 8th congressional district; Treating memory loss

Today and tomorrow, we interview the candidates running to represent Colorado's new 8th congressional district. First, Republican Barbara Kirkmeyer and tomorrow we'll hear from Democrat Yadira Caraveo. Also, one voter talks about the importance of being independent.


Sept. 26, 2022: Going aloft to measure weather; Remembering a Holocaust survivor

A hydrogen weather balloon launches twice a day in Grand Junction, raising scientists’ understanding of global weather and climate, and we get more weather and climate news from Denver7s chief meteorologist, Mike Nelson. Plus, robots as caregivers, from the Aspen Ideas Festival.


Sept. 23, 2022: Governor candidates talk about housing; Juan Fuentes’ exhibit explores depictions of his community

CPR's Andrew Kenney talked to Gov. Jared Polis and his Republican challenger Heidi Ganahl about their plans to address affordable housing in the state. Then, photographer Juan Fuentes has a new exhibit at the Denver Art Museum, using his photographs to tell the story of his community. And, Zoe Chace explains people's power to influence others at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Also, Colorado Matters is looking for artists from southern Colorado to perform in this year's Holiday Extravaganza.


Sept. 22, 2022: Ukrainians find aid in Estes Park; Raizado ideas festival in Aspen

Since the war began, the small town of Estes Park in northern Colorado has become a haven for immigrants from Ukraine. Then, Colorado Mesa University's new athletic director makes history. And, a three-day celebration of Latinx culture, power and history in Aspen. Also, Grammy-winning saxophonist Gerald Albright prepares to take the stage at home, in Colorado.


Sept. 21, 2022: Equal Pay Day highlights pay disparities for Black women; Watching bird migration

Equal Pay Day fluctuates every year to highlight how many more days a Black woman must work to earn as much as their white male counterparts. Lauren Young Casteel explains the importance of the day. Then, it's bird migration season; what bird watchers are looking for this time of year. Also, Denver wants to teach people how to compost. Plus, developers have high hope for growth in Downtown Denver. And, Colorado Wonders finally answers how you pronounce Wynkoop.


Sept. 20, 2022: The latest on kids and vaccines; ‘On Pain’

Childhood vaccination rates fell this year, and not just for COVID. Health officials are worried. Then, people who live with chronic pain and where they find relief, in our radio documentary “On Pain,’’ available now through CPR’s podcast, “Colorado In-Depth.”


Sept. 19, 2022: A controversial police shooting; Crêpe Girl’s indie sound

A man’s call for help resulted in a fatal confrontation with sheriff’s deputies and a controversy over the use of deadly force. Then, CPR’s political podcast, Purplish, looks at moderate candidates in the midterm. Also, a brewpub designed around customers and staff with disabilities.


Sept. 16, 2022: An hour of awe, thanks to ancient rock art

Colorado's cliffs, canyons and caves are blanketed with ancient Indigenous rock art, depicting people, animals and celestial events. In "Tracing Time," explorer and nature writer Craig Childs, of Norwood, Colorado, meditates on their meaning and mystery. Childs joined Ryan Warner at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction for our series "Turn The Page."


Sept. 15, 2022: New COVID boosters are ready; Off-Center’s ‘Theater of the Mind’

The newest COVID-19 booster targets recent variants. How it works and when to get it. Then, Wheat Ridge parents say a plan to close three schools will hit vulnerable families the hardest. Plus, DCPA’s Off-Center offers “Theater of the Mind.” Also, Grand Junction’s thriving Hawaiian community. And, an Emmy shoutout for singer Dianne Reeves.


Sept. 14, 2022: Common ground amid polarization; Will high-speed flight take off again?

A new survey about Americans' views of U.S. history reveals people may not be as polarized on certain issues as we might think like civil rights. Then, the possible return of supersonic commercial flight. And in ¿Quién Are We?, Brandon Vargas wants to perfectly replicate his grandmother's green chile recipe. There's just one catch: she never wrote it down.


Sept. 13, 2022: Power play for state senate; Opera composer reflects civil rights

Election season is underway and the Colorado state senate race is one to watch. Republicans are hoping to flip key seats in competitive districts. Plus, deconstructing the powerful Latino vote in Colorado with a closer look at two high-stakes races. And, the fight for civil rights and the Black experience in America are reflected in the works of composer and pianist Mary D. Watkins, who grew up in Pueblo.


Sept. 12, 2022: Creating police accountability in Boulder; A new era for the Denver Broncos

An all-volunteer panel is working to hold the Boulder Police Department accountable, but will it lead to real change? Then, the Denver Broncos kick off the regular season with great expectations, from new owners to a new quarterback. And, a new study maps the outlook for the massive Thwaites Glacier in Antarctica as it continues to melt in the face of climate change.


Sept. 9, 2022: Investigating Indigenous boarding schools; Creating outdoor equity

The Western Slope’s Club 20 debates signal that the campaign season is in full swing. We talk about the issues that may drive this weekend's discussions. Then, the state's investigation into Indigenous boarding schools. Also, getting more young people of color to enjoy the outdoors.


Sept. 8, 2022: Adam Frisch wants to overcome ‘angertainment’ and focus on issues

Democrat Adam Frisch is running against incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert in Colorado’s 3rd congressional district, He answers questions ranging from abortion access to energy independence, to stopping what he calls “angertainment.” Then, an update on Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters’ election security case.


Sept. 7, 2022: Food banks reflect inflation’s impact; How climate change is changing wine

For a look at how inflation hits families on the Western Slope, we visit a food bank in Clifton near Grand Junction and meet the woman who makes sure volunteers treat people with dignity. Then, is the state on-track to release gray wolves on the Western Slope? And, wine-making in the face of climate change.


Sept. 6, 2022: A long-anticipated home for Black culture at CU Boulder

The Center for African and African American Studies, or CAAAS (known as "the Cause" to its founder), creates a space that builds community, as well as respect and connection for Black students, staff and faculty at the University of Colorado Boulder. Then, the new film "This is Not Who We Are" explores the experiences of people of color in Boulder.


Sept. 5, 2022: A labor of love – a day in the life of a restaurant

On this Labor Day, we re-share a day in the life of a restaurant; how one eatery in Englewood made it through the pandemic and the ongoing impact of inflation, the supply chain disruption, and staff shortages. Then, Colorado's free transit ride is over; will it make a difference when it comes to cleaning up the air and changing commuting habits? Plus a new vision for Denver's "sports mile."


Sept. 2, 2022: Helping Afghan refugees resettle in Colorado becomes a personal mission

Salma Rahin is an Afghan medical student who has resettled in Colorado. Her father was killed in a bomb blast as they tried to escape Kabul a year ago. She is one of the refugees being helped by Broomfield's Resettlement Task Force, led by city councilwoman Heidi Henkel. Then, the story of a Ukrainian cobbler living in Colorado Springs. And, the push to electrify homes.


Sept. 1, 2022: An Afghan family’s harrowing escape to a new home in Colorado

Afghans who escaped Kabul a year ago are making a life for themselves. Or trying to. Like other refugees, they contend with enduring trauma, culture shock, homesickness, and obstacles to employment. Today we meet Ahmad Siddiqi, an Afghan who now calls Colorado home with his wife and four children. Then, Jefferson County grapples with half-empty schools. And how did Broomfield get its name?


Aug. 31, 2022: Student loans in Colorado; Finding and supporting Black-owned businesses

More than 700,000 people in Colorado could be affected by President Biden's student loan forgiveness plan. Then, working to overcome COVID-19 vaccine disparities. Plus, how age influences voting. Also, a directory that helps people find and support Black-owned businesses. And the "thankless" job of being an umpire.