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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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Nov. 30, 2022: Cannabis legalization offers lessons; Robots to counter loneliness

A decade after Coloradans voted to legalize recreational cannabis, a look at some long-standing myths about the drug, including how it’s marketed. Also, a lack of research into cannabis means there are still a lot of unknowns about the benefits and dangers. Then, how robots are being used as companions in care settings to help people feel less alone.


Nov. 29, 2022: State lawmaker works toward inclusion; Holiday classic takes on new meaning

She pushed for wildfire alerts in Spanish; now Elizabeth Velasco is taking language equality to the state capitol. Then, how incarceration affects families, especially when someone's wrongly imprisoned. And, a holiday classic, re-envisioned as an old-time radio show, takes on new meaning. And jazz great Gerald Albright is featured on a new holiday song.


Nov. 28, 2022: Red flag law’s inconsistent use; Living with specter of Alzheimer’s

As the investigation into the Club Q shooting continues, we look at whether Colorado's red flag law could have kept the suspect from having access to guns, and why it's used inconsistently. And, an author shares the essay she wrote after the Pulse nightclub shooting, which still resonates today. Then, two sisters with different diagnoses face Alzheimer's together.


Nov. 23, 2022: From the lowest point to petrified trees, Colorado is filled with wonder

Did you ever wonder where Colorado's lowest point is? Or how common earthquakes are in the state? What about the discoveries of fossils like a giant petrified stump in Florissant? Or even how a street name is pronounced in downtown Denver? Today's Colorado Matters answers these Colorado Wonders questions, in a state filled with curiosity and curiosities.


Nov. 22, 2022: The healing journey after the Club Q shooting; The ‘mocktail movement’

A survivor of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando in 2016 reflects on the healing process after the Club Q mass shooting in Colorado Springs. Then, what role did abortion play in the mid-term election? Later, as the winter holidays kick-off, one of the hottest trends in drinking, is not drinking. And we celebrate Colorado musicians in the Local 303 with Indie 102.3's Alisha Sweeney.


Nov. 21, 2022: Gov. Polis on state’s Red Flag law; Club Q’s been a place of community and safety

Gov. Jared Polis talks about the state's Red Flag law as the investigation into the Club Q mass shooting continues. For the LGBTQ community, the club is more than a bar; it’s a place where they’ve felt safe.


Nov. 18, 2022: Boebert wins, Frisch concedes; Where sushi and salsa meet

Republican incumbent Lauren Boebert has been reelected in Colorado's 3rd Congressional District. Then, how the GOP elevated the message of crime and public safety in the midterm election. Then, where sushi and salsa meet with foodie and author Gil Asakawa. Plus, how to avoid slipping on snow and ice. And Avourneen's tribute to Bob Dylan.


Nov. 17, 2022: Buying or selling, a real estate reality check; ‘Cheap Land Colorado’

From inflation to interest rates, whether you're buying or selling, we'll get a handle on the big swing in Colorado's housing market. Then, an author immerses himself to learn about living "off the grid" in the San Luis Valley. Plus, how to think like an aerosol scientist to avoid the “tripledemic.” And "Fight or Flight" tells one woman's story of overcoming childhood trauma to become a pilot.


Nov. 16, 2022: Adam Frisch prepares for job he may not get; Emerging treatments for mood disorders

A conversation with Democrat Adam Frisch who traveled to Washington, D.C. to attend Congressional orientation, even though his race in Colorado’s 3rd district against Lauren Boebert is still undecided. Then, a woman injured in a derailment tells her story. And, new treatments for mood disorders offer hope. Also, a guidebook to the Colorado Plateau.


Nov. 15, 2022: Portrait conveys essence of trailblazing judge; Re-envisioning incarceration

A new portrait in downtown Denver's federal courthouse pays homage to the late Wiley Y. Daniel, the first Black judge appointed to the federal bench in Colorado. Then, the head of Colorado’s prisons is stepping down. We reflect on Dean Williams' tenure through the Motus Theater's "JustUs" project. And ¿Quién Are We?


Nov. 14, 2022: Michael Bennet on Senate priorities; A weather reboot

Democrat Michael Bennet talks about his priorities as he begins a third-term as a U.S. Senator from Colorado. Then, voters approve local-level affordable housing measures. Plus, Denver’s newest weather station hearkens to the past. Later, using earthen bricks to rebuild after wildfire. And Artemis ushers in a new era for space exploration.


Nov. 11, 2022: Representative-Elect Caraveo outlines priorities; Celebrating women’s mark on movies

We update the too-close-to-call race for Colorado's third Congressional District. Then, the winner of Colorado's 8th, Dr. Yadira Caraveo, talks about priorities. Plus, remembering the late leader of the Colorado House, Hugh McKean. We reflect on the skiing soldiers of World War II who trained at Colorado's Camp Hale. Later, the Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival.


Nov. 10, 2022: Latinos’ unprecedented opportunity in the 8th; Gas stations in jeopardy?

As Dr. Yadira Caraveo wins Colorado's newest 8th Congressional District, activists see a lot of opportunity for Latino representation beyond the current election cycle. Then, how the electric vehicle is forcing gas stations to evolve, or go obsolete. And the Denver Film Festival features "The Holly," exploring controversial anti-gang initiatives in Denver.


Nov. 8, 2022: Civil discourse in the political divide

On this Election Day, we talk about civil discourse. It means having a conversation with people of different viewpoints to broaden understanding. The University of Denver and the Korbel School of International Studies recently gathered experts from four think tanks to talk about the challenges, opportunities, and importance of engaging in civil discourse.


Nov. 9, 2022: Election brings some surprises though Colorado Democrats win key races

Democrats swept the top of the ballot from governor to the US Senate to attorney general but some Congressional races are still too close to call. We break it down with political analysts. Then, in an era where some have questioned election results, we speak with the man who represents Colorado’s clerks. And, an update on where the statewide ballot measures stand.


Nov. 7, 2022: The ‘exhausted majority’; A search for death with dignity

We explore the idea of the "exhausted majority," and why it describes how many Americans feel about politics today. And, we ask whether there’s a path toward reducing the frustration and making progress. Then, a new book follows a woman as she helps her terminally-ill husband take advantage of Colorado’s End-of-Life Options Act. Also, vanishing landmarks.


Nov. 4, 2022: The voting process amid election lies; ‘Quantum Cowboys’ ride through the universe

Nearly a million Coloradans have returned their ballots so far. Matt Crane, the head of the Colorado County Clerks Association, explains the vote counting process amid election disinformation and what to know if you're voting in person. Then, more people are coming to Colorado because of abortion restrictions in other states. Plus, recreational marijuana is on the ballot in Colorado Springs. And a CU professor's new movie, "Quantum Cowboys."


Nov. 3, 2022: Looking ahead to the midterm elections; Boulder’s Black experience

Election watchers say a last-minute Republican wave could help GOP candidates in several close races across the country, but with the midterm elections just days away, that may not be the case in Colorado. Then, voices of voters who don't fit into partisan boxes and why long-shot candidates run for office.


Nov. 2, 2022: Pediatricians navigate a ‘tripledemic’; ‘The Whale’ started in Denver as a play

Children's doctors in Colorado are dealing with a 'tripledemic' of RSV, the flu, and COVID-19. Then, how do you judge which judges to retain this election? Plus, the 45th Denver Film Festival is all about discovery and hidden gems. And one of the featured films, "The Whale," which is generating a lot of buzz, got its start as a play in Denver.


Nov. 1, 2022: Working to ensure election integrity; Helping your garden weather the winter

Election Day is in one week and the voting process is under a magnifying glass of scrutiny. County clerks say they welcome the chance to show skeptics how the system works. That's the focus of Purplish, CPR's podcast about politics and policy. Then, we head to Vail, home of North America's highest botanic gardens, to get ideas for preparing your garden for winter.