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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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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. 22, 2023: Fall colors, fall weather and a bet on snow; Vic Vela’s personal ‘Back from Broken’ journey

We talk about the fall colors and how weather and climate affect them, with Denver7 chief meteorologist Mike Nelson, plus the weather outlook for fall and winter. Then, Vic Vela shares his personal journey "Back from Broken" in the podcast's third season finale. And, two Colorado students report from Ukraine.


Sept. 21, 2023: A special report on the life and death of Elijah McClain

Elijah McClain's death brought about reforms for law enforcement in Colorado. And the Aurora Police Department was put under state oversight, to stop a pattern of racist policing. As the trial of the officers charged in his death begins, a special Colorado In-Depth report looks at how we got here and explore what McClain's death has taught Colorado, and the country, about police oversight.


Sept. 20, 2023: A tribute to Leadville’s Irish miners; Challenges facing Colorado’s teachers

In a cemetery in Leadville, there's now a statue of an Irish miner-- a tribute to the many immigrants who died during the silver rush of the late 1800s. Plus, alumni from Colorado Mesa University help with fire recovery in Maui. Also, the head of the Colorado Education Association on what teachers face in the classroom. Then, looking for methane leaks from space. And honoring a Colorado beer pioneer.


Sept. 19, 2023: Black quarterbacks who changed the NFL; Putting the brakes on speed limits

Historically, there have been a lot of Black players in the NFL, but not as many Black quarterbacks. Marlin Briscoe was the first when he started for the Denver Broncos in 1968. We talk with John Eisenberg who wrote, "Rocket Men: The Black Quarterbacks who Revolutionized Pro Football." Then, CDOT is changing how it sets speed limits. And the story of the Peace Corps.


Sept. 18, 2023: Lockheed’s about to bring an asteroid sample down to Earth; The art of the wonton

A capsule full of asteroid dust is set to land in the Utah desert on Sunday. We speak with the mission ops manager in Littleton. Then, programs to save four Western fish species could end if Congress doesn’t act soon. Plus, she pinches, she pleats, she folds, she turns. Denver chef Penelope Wong on her love of wontons and family. And, a garden serves as a classroom in Montbello.


Sept. 15, 2023: An underwater ghost town in Western Colorado inspires a new novel

"Go As A River," by Gunnison educator Shelley Read, is set in Iola, Colorado. The town was wiped off the map in the 1960s to make way for the state's largest reservoir, Blue Mesa.


Sept. 14, 2023: Coloradan’s relief efforts in Morocco; Friends and scholars discuss arts and culture

As the death toll nears 3,000 after the earthquake in Morocco, Wendy Rubin, a Colorado educator now living in Casablanca, has watched her students organize a major relief effort. Then, esteemed dancer, choreographer and community advocate Cleo Parker Robinson, and noted DEI scholar, author and educator Dr. Brenda J. Allen, discuss the evolution of Colorado's arts scene and culture wars.


Sept. 13. 2023: Gauging the 3rd Congressional district; A rec center decades in the making

Both Republican and Democratic challengers want to unseat incumbent Rep. Lauren Boebert in Colorado's 3rd Congressional district. Then, Grand Junction will finally get its first rec center. And, frustration as the city closes a park frequented by unhoused residents.


Sept. 12, 2023: Rebuilding after the flood; How economics could save the rainforest

Flash flooding decimated Jamestown ten years ago. One resident shares how the community pulled together to rebuild. Then, migrant arrivals are increasing again in Denver. Plus, Colorado Mesa University is competing to save the rainforest. Also, new guidelines to help with childhood obesity. And a new play set at a city council meeting is filled with both comedy and mystery.


Sept. 8, 2023: Laying the tracks for Front Range rail; Folsom at 100; A literary Colorado road trip

Voters may be asked to help fund a new passenger rail line along the Front Range next year. We answer listener questions about the proposal and what it entails. Then, Folsom Field marks 100 years as the CU Buffs' season kicks off Saturday. And your next road trip through Colorado could be a literary one!


Sept. 7, 2023: New effort to keep Trump off 2024 state ballot; Five generations of farmers

There’s a new effort to try to keep former president Donald Trump off the ballot in Colorado next year. A lawsuit, filed in the federal district court for Colorado, argues that Trump can’t hold office because he has committed insurrection against the United States. Then, what kind of sustainable choices are people willing to make? Also, "Centennial" farms, toads, and the first day of preschool.


Sept. 6, 2023: Photo Ark’s mission to document animals; Making yards water-wise

Many species that are on the brink of extinction live in zoos and wildlife sanctuaries, which is why National Geographic has a project called “The Photo Ark.” And, now is a good time to make yards water-wise. Plus, the Consumer Product Safety Commission is working with Indigenous communities to prevent deaths and injuries. Later, expanding broadband in Colorado, and the state's new weather record.


Sept. 5, 2023: Blair-Caldwell preserves Black history and rethinks libraries

The Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library is reopen after a $2.8 million renovation project to make it more accessible and user-friendly. It's one of only five African American research libraries in the United States attached to a major public library system. Chandra Thomas Whitfield takes a tour with branch supervisor Jameka Lewis.


Sept. 4, 2023: ‘The Story of a Black Mother’s Garden’

In “Soil: The Story of a Black Mother’s Garden,” author Camille T. Dungy tries to bloom where she’s planted as the pandemic shuts down the world. The Distinguished Professor at Colorado State University weaves a tale of plants, parenting and politics.


Sept. 1, 2023: Big changes may come for cannabis; The scourge of early-onset colorectal cancer

The federal government puts cannabis in the same category as the world's most dangerous drugs. That could change under a new recommendation. What it might mean in Colorado. Then, a young Denver woman loses her battle with colon cancer. She and her husband were both diagnosed with the disease. Doctors say younger people are increasingly vulnerable. And later, one-time Denverite Ethel Merman... does disco?


Aug. 31, 2023: A retired Denver judge honors her mother’s March on Washington

It was a journey 60 years in the making, to honor her mother. Retired Denver County Court Judge Dianne Briscoe recently went to Washington, D.C.. for the 60th anniversary of the March on Washington. She spoke with us about what's next in the fight for civil rights, amid the stark reality of racial violence in the U.S. today. Then, predatory towing enters a new phase. And, yaks in Colorado.


Aug. 30, 2023: Pearl Harbor relic now in Colorado; A Holocaust survivor’s story

A relic from the attack on Pearl Harbor has arrived in Colorado, its new permanent home. The piece of metal comes from the USS Arizona, the final resting place for 32 Colorado sailors. Then, an encore presentation of our interview with Oscar "Osi" Sladek, who survived the Holocaust and found success as a folk musician.


Aug. 29, 2023: She fought for an equal education; now she hopes to preserve history in schools

Carlotta Walls LaNier was a member of the Little Rock Nine, a group of Black students who integrated Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas in 1957. She reflects on civil rights as teaching Black history comes under attack in Arkansas and other states. Then, keeping Garden of the Gods a welcoming place to visit. And Colorado wonders about the sounds of insects.


Aug. 28, 2023: A piece of the USS Arizona comes to Colorado; A father and son are ‘Back from Broken’

A relic from the the USS Arizona will arrive in the state Tuesday to honor the 32 Coloradans still entombed in the battleship that sank at Pearl Harbor. Then, a father and son reflect on addiction as a family disease in “Back from Broken.”


Aug. 25, 2023: Historic year for severe weather; A daughter marches in her mother’s footsteps

As the weather extremes continue this summer, what's causing them and what does that suggest about this coming fall and winter? Then, a daughter walks in her mother's footsteps at the 60th anniversary of the March on Washington. Plus, a poem designed to build bridges and unity. Then, a new state program pays for college to fill critical job shortages. And a unique cabin getaway.