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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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Oct. 6, 2022: Working to find a ‘basic’ solution for housing instability

How does a city address its housing crisis at a time when more and more people are struggling to make ends meet? How about giving money directly to people experiencing homelessness? That's the idea behind the Denver Basic Income Project. Then, Hate Free Colorado talks with people about their experiences with hate crimes. And, Front Range Community College's new president.

Oct. 5, 2022: Individual reparations helping Black-owned businesses; ‘Purplish’ on the Latino vote

The U.S. has never settled on reparations to the descendants of enslaved people, but some people are making individual donations on their own. CPR race, diversity, and equity reporter Elaine Tassy tells us about a grant program in Colorado based on these private reparations. Then, Purplish examines the significance of the Latino vote in the November election.

Oct. 4, 2022: Jared Polis on inflation, crime & sprawl; Model with vitiligo inspires gaming character

Democratic incumbent Jared Polis plans to focus on inflation, crime, and sprawl if he's re-elected to a second term as Colorado's governor. Our interview with Republican gubernatorial candidate Heidi Ganahl was yesterday. Then, a Denver model with Vitiligo inspires a gaming character; Jasmine Colgan talks about how her diagnosis and journey.


Oct. 3, 2022: Heidi Ganahl’s vision for Colorado; Remembering extreme skier Hilaree Nelson

Republican gubernatorial candidate Heidi Ganahl wants to limit regulations and eliminate state income taxes. Our interview with incumbent Democrat Jared Polis is tomorrow. Then, we remember extreme skier and mountaineer Hilaree Nelson of Telluride, who died in a skiing accident in Nepal. In a 2018 interview she talks about the lure of the mountains and the risks that can pose.


Sept. 30, 2022: Michael Bennet and Joe O’Dea make their case for the U.S. Senate

Colorado's race for the U.S. Senate could help decide which party gains control in a split chamber. Incumbent Democrat Michael Bennet talks about his work on issues like the child tax credit and immigration. Then, Republican challenger Joe O'Dea talks about addressing inflation and crime.


Sept. 29, 2022: Hospital billing relief; Gerald Albright’s smooth saxophone

After a brief visit to an emergency room, a Loveland woman left with three ibuprofen -- and a $6,000 bill. A new law helps provide relief for others who may face a similar situation. Then, voters around the state talk about the issues that are important to them. And, saxophonist Gerald Albright has played all around the world -- but calls Colorado home.


Sept. 28, 2022: The race for Colorado’s 8th congressional district; Arum Rae’s musical journey

We've been hearing from the candidates who want to represent Colorado's new 8th congressional district. Today: Democrat Dr. Yadira Caraveo, after hearing from Republican Barbara Kirkmeyer yesterday. Then, how singer/songwriter Arum Rae finds inspiration driving country roads.


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.