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Focusing on the state's people, issues and ideas, hear Colorado Matters on Colorado Public Radio's in-depth news station. Colorado Public Radio's daily interview show airs Monday through Friday at 10-11 a.m. and 7-8 p.m., Saturdays 7-8 p.m. and Sundays 1-2 p.m.




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Thousands Of Children Die In Lesser-Known Acts Of Gun Violence; A Columbine Elegy

Sharletta Evans and David Works both lost children to guns, but not in highly-publicized mass shootings. Then, KOA is developing the campground of the future. Next, how "American Elegy" was born out of Columbine. Also, the military continues to ban marijuana. Then, Grand Junction tries to reel in the BLM headquarters. Finally, the Flobots perform.


Mental Health Impacts After The Shooting Threat; How Did The Florida Teen Buy A Gun?

This week's shooting threat, and the Columbine anniversary, can cause mental health problems. Then, how parents talked to their kids about the news. And, how the Florida teen bought a gun. Also, dark fascination with visiting Columbine. Plus, Denver's youth poet laureate has a new play. And, the black hole photo. Finally, a robot battle in the sand dunes.


CU Prez Nominee Mark Kennedy On The Backlash; Denver May Decriminalize 'Magic' Mushroom...

Before the 18-year-old woman who posed a "credible threat" to Denver schools was found dead, CPR's Nathaniel Minor, Arapahoe DA George Brauchler and Safe2Tell founder Susan Payne discussed the case. Then, CU system presidential candidate Mark Kennedy speaks out. Next, the people behind Denver's Initiative 301 . Finally, repatriating art stolen by the Nazis.


Author Mark Obmascik Focuses On A Little-Known WII Battle; Anadarko's 'Toxic' Work...

Denver author Mark Obmascik explores a little-known WWII battle in “The Storm on Our Shores.” Then, a Coloradan remembers Notre Dame. Next, former employees say Anadarko has a culture of male "sexual gratification" and bullying. Also, state workers want the right to unionize. Then, how to improve the air conditioner. Finally, Holocaust survivors sing.


The Evolving Role Of Consoler-In-Chief Since Columbine; Safe2Tell Remains A Vital Resource

Bill Clinton led the nation in mourning after Columbine. Now he reflects on how that role has continued to change. Then, as Safe2Tell's founder Susan Payne moves on, reflecting on the program's successes. Next, to get new teachers interested in rural schools, some areas are trying field trips. Finally, a WWII trunk connects families and generations.


How VR Can Share What Dementia Feels Like; Will This Literacy Bill Help Dyslexic Students?

Virtual reality is allowing caregivers of people with dementia to understand the disease's brutal effects. Then, parents of students with dyslexia are concerned a new bill falls short. Next, the results of an astronaut twin study. Also, this new play only has one actor and one audience member. Finally, an encore of our chat with local musician Chris Daniels.


Since Columbine, Shooting Survivors Form Healing Bonds; How Jeff Robbins Leads The COGCC

When Columbine survivor Heather Martin created the Rebels Project, she connected with dozens of other shooting survivors. Then, the new head of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission talks the state's changing laws. Next, how one company gets fresh seafood to landlocked Colorado. Finally, a Colorado author explores inequality in short stories.


The History Of Vaccines In Colorado; Denver's Homeless Camping Measure, Explained

As the vaccination debate heats up again among Colorado parents and lawmakers, here's the history of immunization in the state. Then, meet the sides fighting over Initiative 300, which would undo Denver's camping ban. Next, another voice from the medical aid in dying community. Also, an update on the paid leave bill. Finally, using science to create songs.


Since Columbine, Are Lockdown Drills Effective?; How Hick Feels A Month Into The 2020 Race

A generation of American kids has been raised on lockdowns and active-shooter drills since Columbine, but researchers still don't know how effective they are. Then, a month after his presidential announcement, John Hickenlooper reflects on his odds and what he's learned. Finally, in the latest episode of Purplish, meet the first fracktivist.


CU Scientists Closing On Cure For A Leukemia; How Women Soccer Players Fight The Pay Gap

People diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia are finding hope in a breakthrough treatment developed at CU. It's put 85 percent of trial patients into remission. Then, the U.S. Women's National Team is inspiring future soccer players. Next, the battle for affordable housing in Fairplay. Finally, new bluegrass from the Grammy-winning Infamous Stringdusters.


Since Columbine: Trying To Prevent School Shootings; Should Journalists Name Killers?

Since Columbine, educators and security experts have struggled to learn how to spot school shooters before tragedy strikes. Then, the campaign against naming mass shooters. Next, the latest Aurora Fox Theater play is "Caroline or Change," a story based in the Civil Rights era. Finally, the role of female authors in the beginnings of the horror genre.


Inside The Failed Fight To Repeal The Death Penalty; Finding Freedom In Prison With Words

The Colorado legislature won't repeal the state's death penalty this year. What's next for the movement? Then, stories and essays written by inmates will be brought to life at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Next, how a woman's attractiveness still impacts her career. Finally, an encore of our interview about the life of Lucile Berkeley Buchanan Jones.


'Red Flag' Bill Heads To Polis As Sheriffs Resist; VA Sec. Robert Wilkie, On The Record

Colorado lawmakers approved a 'red flag' gun bill, which one sheriff would rather go to jail than enforce. Then, the new VA secretary stepped into a difficult job. Next, why marijuana edibles land people in the ER. Also, up-and-coming Rockies player Kyle Freeland talks about the 2019 season. Finally, an encore of our interview with musician Anthony Ruptak.


'Since Columbine': When Survivors Become Parents; State Of The Colorado River Drought P...

"Since Columbine," how parents who survived the shooting handle their kids going to school. Then, Congress may soon approve a deal to manage the Colorado River. Next, meet a teen advocate for lowering the voting age. A new exhibit honors working women, plus Colorado author Angie Cavallari talks "trailer trash."


Vaccination Rule Research; Ill-Fitting Space Suits; Blucifer's Video Game; Pam Houston

Colorado has a low vaccination rate that Gov. Jared Polis says he wants to elevate. But he's wary of eliminating the state's relatively generous exemptions for fear of creating "distrust." What does the research say? Then, why can't female astronauts find spacewalk suits that fit? Plus, DIA's notorious blue horse inspires a rampaging new video game. And author Pam Houston goes from living in her car to buying property near Creede.


Colorado's GOP Looks Ahead; Michael Beschloss On 'Presidents Of War'; Spaceport...

What's the path back to power for Colorado Republicans after they elect a new chair this weekend? We sit down with the party's outgoing leader, Jeff Hays, for his take. Then, historian Michael Beschloss on his new book, "Presidents of War." And, the director of Colorado's Spaceport says what once seemed like sci-fi is reality for companies today.


Could A Reinsurance Program Solve Colorado's Healthcare Woes?; The Story Of The State Flag

As the Trump administration considers ditching the ACA entirely, Gov. Jared Polis recommends a reinsurance program. Then, like Colorado's unbeloved green triangle logo, the state's original flag was a bust. Next, what the governor thinks of ICE. Also, do marijuana grows contribute to Denver's haze? Finally, an encore of a talk about trust in the digital age.


Polis Isn't Worried About Those Recall Rumbles; Why State Lawmakers Fell Into Dysfunction

In Colorado Matters' regular interview with the governor, Jared Polis discussed the future of the death penalty, the fight for vaccination laws, the calls for a recall and more. Then, why the state Capitol is in disarray as the session winds down. Next, a park ranger shares her inspiring survival story. Finally, meet our new team member!


The State Of Homelessness In Denver Ahead Of The Election; How Aspen Became So Ritzy

Denverite reporter Donna Bryson reviews the state of Denver homelessness ahead of the "Right to Survive" measure on the May ballot. Then, an update on the mental health crisis in Denver jails. Next, how Aspen went from mining town to glam capital. Also, overcoming your phobias using virtual reality. Finally, Su Teatro remembers the Chicano movement in 1969.


This Doctor's Wife Chose Medical Aid In Dying; What To Expect In The Denver Election

Harry Calvino's wife Antje was one of 125 people who got prescriptions last year to help them die. Then, Denverite reporter David Sachs previews Denver's upcoming election. Next, you respond to our transportation story. Also, highlights from Hickenlooper's CNN town hall. Then, robots go to work in drive-thrus. Finally, meet Colorado's legendary prank caller.