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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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Dec. 8, 2022: Remembering Club Q victims; The pandemic and atypical eating disorders

Daniel Aston and Derrick Rump, killed in the shooting in Colorado Springs, were considered the heart of Club Q. They were recently lauded by friends, family and coworkers. Then, it's well-known that the pandemic added new mental health challenges for people. That includes eating disorders like anorexia, where the number of cases is increasing.


Dec. 7, 2022: Long list of charges for Club Q suspect; History of LGBTQ relationship with police

Prosecutors have charged the alleged attacker in the Club Q shooting with 305 criminal counts, ranging from first- degree murder to bias-motivated crimes. Then, a look at the fraught history between the LGBTQ community and police. Also, public pressure leads the Colorado Healing Fund to change how it allocates money.


Dec. 6, 2022: Ensuring insurance equity; Fashion designer creates inclusion and connection

Colorado is the first state with a law designed to ensure underrepresented communities are not overcharged for insurance. Then, we talk with the founder of Latin Fashion Week Colorado about how he uses visual art and design to create inclusion. Also, college faculty who don't have tenure say they're at a breaking point at the state's public universities because of huge pay gaps.


Dec. 5, 2022: Club Q’s owner on healing and the future; Deion Sanders heads to CU

Club Q’s co-owner on how those closest to the tragedy are mourning, and looking ahead. Then, a fundraising organization faces scrutiny. And, remembering Club Q victim Raymond Green Vance. Plus, a fresh start for some people in the criminal justice system. Also, “Neon Deion” comes to CU.


Dec. 2, 2022: The betrayal at Sand Creek

The Sand Creek Massacre is the subject of a new exhibit at History Colorado in Denver. But it is not just the story of the more than 200 Arapaho and Cheyenne slain by U.S. government troops in 1864. It is a meditation on the tribes' history, their cultures, and their present-day lives. Later, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a Colorado case about public accommodations. And, the science of influencing others.


Dec. 1, 2022: High country snow outlook; Celebrating snow sports history in Colorado

Is this week's snow a sign of things to come in the high country? Then, few people get as excited about ski season as John Dakin; now he's been inducted into the Colorado Snowsports Museum Hall of Fame. Plus we get a tour of that museum in Vail, which shares the history and stories of the state's outdoor snow industry. And hop on board the Polar Express in Golden.


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.