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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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March 23, 2023: East High shooting renews safety concern; Empowering students with soccer

After a shooting at East High School, we hear about safety issues and the lack of resource officers. Then, knowing breast density is critical because mammograms can miss cancer signs. Plus, the CASA youth soccer club gives Latino and Latina students a chance to develop their skills with an eye on education. And, Colorado Wonders about money for road repairs.


March 22, 2023: It’s Black Restaurant Week. This ice cream shop offers scoops & a sense of community

An Ethiopian immigrant whose childhood was shadowed by violence wants her Denver ice cream shop to be a place of peace. We visit during Black Restaurant Week. Then, students in Delta County win their long fight to replace the offensive names of two local geographic features. And Purplish examines lawmakers' efforts to make Colorado more accessible.


March 21, 2023: Colorado’s banks in light of national turmoil; Sanctioned sleeping in cars

In light of national banking troubles, what should you know about banking in Colorado? Then, the solutions for homelessness are as varied as the reasons people become unhoused. And sometimes, getting back on your feet can begin with a safe place to park. Also, avalanche beacons can save lives, but only if they’re used correctly. And, Colorado’s pinball wizard.


March 17, 2023: She marched with Dr. King, and her civil rights work marches on

Minister Glenda Strong Robinson has won a lifetime achievement award from the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Colorado Holiday Commission. She marched with Dr. King in Memphis 55 years ago, just before his assassination. Robinson's racial justice work continues with Second Baptist Church Boulder and the NAACP of Boulder County.


March 16, 2023: New Colorado GOP chairman; Memorial for Leadville Irish miners

The last few elections have not been kind to the state's Republican Party, but its new chairman, former state representative Dave Williams, says he's ready to put in the work to reverse that trend. Then a CU regent remembers Pat Schroeder. Also, a memorial to Irish miners in Leadville. Plus, Denver mayoral candidates on environmental racism. And Colorado's connection to Danny Boy.


March 15, 2023: Young people are getting colorectal cancer, including this married couple

Doctors increasingly see people contracting colon cancer before the recommended screening age of 45. We meet a wife and husband who were both diagnosed with it, Kacie Peters and Erik Stanley, of Denver. They juggle chemo, hospitalizations, and parenting. We also hear from oncologist Dr. Christopher Lieu, of the University of Colorado Cancer Center. March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.


March 14, 2023: Remembering Pat Schroeder; Preventing HOA overreach and foreclosures

Pat Schroeder was the first woman elected to Congress in Colorado, serving 24 years. She died Monday at the age of 82. She's remembered as a trailblazer. Then, a new state law prevents HOAs from racking up fines for minor violations and trying to foreclose on homeowners for such violations. Plus, Denver's candidates for mayor on mental health and well-being.


March 13, 2023: Tracking priests’ use of dating and hook-up apps

A Washington Post investigation finds a lay group in Colorado has monitored priests who use dating and hookup apps, mostly those geared toward same-sex relationships. Then, Denver mayoral candidates on homelessness.


March 10, 2023: An immigrant’s ‘Western Journeys’ and her journey to becoming a writer

"What does it mean for an immigrant to be at home?" asks Denver author Teow Lim Goh in her new book, "Western Journeys." Goh, who came to the United States from Singapore, honors immigrants who preceded her, and who often faced discrimination, even death. Plus, a new mural will celebrate Chinese culture in Denver. And, meet Western Slope producer Tom Hesse.


March 9, 2023: Denver mayoral candidates on equity and housing; a musical connection with Ukraine

From leading with equity to housing instability and living with dignity, we ask Denver's mayoral candidates what they'd prioritize to make sure no one is left behind. Then, thousands of Greater Sandhill Cranes arrive in the San Luis Valley for a 40th annual festival. Later, a Denver musician finds an unexpected connection in Ukraine.


March 8, 2023: Altruistic donors helping strangers; Coping therapy in Ukraine

A woman donated part of her liver -- to a stranger. Researchers study "altruistic donors." Then, a veteran-turned-counselor is in western Ukraine to help people cope with the psychological effects of war. Also, Denverite asks mayoral candidates the question: where's the balance between public safety and over-policing? And Colorado Wonders rides like the wind.


March 7, 2023: Supporting female entrepreneurs; A possible solution to housing instability

In metro Denver, women own one in four businesses – among the highest rates in the country. We'll talk about the challenges facing female entrepreneurs as more decide to start businesses. Then, many Coloradans are grappling with the high cost of housing coupled with the lack of inventory. In our podcast Purplish, we’ll look at one possible solution: rent control.


March 6, 2023: Issues shaping Denver’s mayoral race; Top Chef’s Costa Rican culture and cuisine

Housing, homelessness and crime are key issues for the 17 candidates in Denver’s mayoral race. The election is April 4 with a probable runoff in June. Then, should Colorado create a COVID-19 memorial? Plus, Chef Byron Gomez of Pollo Tico brings Costa Rican flavor to Boulder. And, the reason some of Colorado’s 178 school districts have really weird names.


March 3, 2023: Rep. Jason Crow outlines strategy for victory in Ukraine

What might victory look like in Ukraine? Rep. Jason Crow outlines one possible strategy. Then, riding RTD for 20 hours, to meet the people who'd be affected by new ridership proposals. Plus, a Gen Z perspective on pressure to save the world. Later, how climate change could affect home buying. And the best sloppers!


March 2, 2023: Potential new gun laws; Ukrainian family adjusts to life in Colorado

State lawmakers are considering their most sweeping package of gun legislation in years. The bills could mean major changes to who can buy certain types of guns... and more. Then, a year ago, Vadym Tonkoshkur was a university student in Ukraine -- now, he and his family call Colorado home. Also, how discussing gender is like thinking about clothes.


March 1, 2023: A changing economy and job market; A Denver couple’s ties to Ukraine

Jobs are plentiful but some workers are struggling to get hired. A Colorado Springs economist explains the economy’s impact on our lives. Then, after war broke out in Ukraine last year a Colorado couple went to help. Their experiences were profound and they plan to return every year.


Feb. 28, 2023: Preserving African American history in the Mountain West; Inspiring learners

For generations, the Denver Star chronicled the lives of African Americans in the Mountain West. But for years, there were gaps in efforts to preserve that history. Now, one woman’s donation has changed that. Then, a high school student’s mission to foster motivated learners. And, a Denver photographer turns the camera on his family’s migration story.


Feb. 27, 2023: Backcountry skier’s avalanche survival story; Poetry as a catalyst for change

A backcountry skier shares his harrowing story of surviving an avalanche and reflects on choices. Then, the Pikes Peak poet laureate uses poetry as a catalyst for connection and to foster change. Later, as Black History Month comes to an end, we share the story of Shirley Smith, whose book is "Mama Bear: One Black Mother's Fight for her Child's Life and her Own."


Feb. 24, 2023: Colorado lawmakers on TikTok concern; Climate change & weather extremes

Increasingly, members of Congress are worried TikTok may pose a national security risk, including Colorado's Ken Buck and Michael Bennet. Then, Denver7 Chief Meteorologist Mike Nelson on the weather extremes this winter and how climate change factors in. Later, 'Terra Firma' explores our relationship with nature. And ice carving is back in Cripple Creek.


Feb. 23, 2023: The legacy of William Richardson on and off the baseball field

For decades, the name William Richardson meant something special to kids growing up in Denver. He provided hope by giving them opportunity at the local YMCA. But this was actually the second part of his extraordinary life. We share the never-before-told story of a Denver man who made sports history, Black history and American history.