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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.

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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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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Colorado AG Defends Legal Marijuana; Women's March Preview; Snow Forecast

How the Colorado's Women's March is becoming a political movement. Then, the state's attorney general says it's too late to dismantle the marijuana industry here. Also, is it a lost season for some Colorado ski areas? The meteorologist dubbed "Snowstradamus" tells us what to expect in the mountains.

Duration: 00:47:16

One Year After Trump’s Inauguration; A Community Movement To Fight Gentrification

A year after the inauguration, a Coloradan who fought hard to elect President Trump, reflects on what Trump meant for the state. And, organizers in Denver have laid out a path forward to fight gentrification. Then, Harold Henthorn seemed like a nice guy. Now he's in prison for pushing his wife off a cliff. There's a new book about the case.

Duration: 00:48:36

Illegal Encampments in Colorado's Foothills; Diplomatic 'Respite' on the Korean Pe...

The forests outside Nederland, Colorado are some of the most picturesque in the state, but homeless people are creating illegal encampments there. A new magazine article explores the reasons and the impact. Then, new talks between North and South Korea don't address the bigger problem of nuclear proliferation, a former U.S. ambassador says.

Duration: 00:48:46

A Revamped Interior Department Could Affect Denver; A Novel Imagines Family Life In Prison

President Donald Trump and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke are reimagining Western resources. What that could mean for Denver. Then, a new novel about children living in a Bolivian prison with their father. And, the Boulder Philharmonic performs the regional premiere of a piece by one of America’s best-known living composers, Philip Glass.

Duration: 00:47:27

Olympic Training Suffers From Low Snow; After $13 Billion, A Better Way To Rebuild Haiti?

With scant snow, U.S. Olympians struggle to practice for next month’s games. Then, a competitor’s-eye view of a crazy Olympic sport, skeleton. Also, after eight years and $13 billion in aid, Haiti still struggles to recover from an earthquake. A Coloradan says there’s a better way to help. And, putting your life, and your child, on YouTube.

Duration: 00:48:42

Colorado's Worrisome Snowpack, Inmates Read To Their Children

Rocky Mountain snowpack is the lowest in 37 years, a potential threat to states that rely on the Colorado River for water. Also, jail inmates build family connections by recording stories for their children. Then, University of Colorado scientists invent robotic muscles. And, skaters seek the thrill of wild ice.

Duration: 00:48:07

State Legislators Drop Party Ties; Medicaid And The ACA's Impact On Hospitals

Two prominent Colorado politicians, including a state senator, left their parties recently. Each says she got pressure to toe the party line on everything. Then, how Colorado Medicaid expansion helped hospitals that otherwise might have closed. And, a new book chronicles a wolf's life in the Rockies. Some Westerners welcome her. Others want her dead.

Duration: 00:47:18

Small Western Colorado City Relies On Pot; A Virtual Reality Opera

Marijuana taxes pay for about half of DeBeque, Colorado's budget. So the small West Slope city is preparing for what could happen if the Trump administration comes down harder on recreational pot. Then, Grand Junction has no international flights, but local leaders think a customs office could transform the city. Also, virtual reality makes it possible to experience an opera rehearsal from the inside.

Duration: 00:47:46

What The Fed Crackdown On Pot Could Mean For Colorado; When Cops Are Most Vulnerable

Many wonder if a federal marijuana crackdown is coming after an about-face by the Justice Department. The former U.S. attorney shares some perspective about how prosecution could change in Colorado. Then, funeral services today for the Douglas County Sheriff's deputy who was gunned down at an apartment complex. We learn when cops are most in danger.

Duration: 00:48:36

Colorado’s Legislative Leaders On Sessions' Marijuana Plan, And Capitol Sexual Harassment

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is rolling back a policy that let legal marijuana flourish in Colorado. The state's top lawmakers react, and they describe how the Capitol's changing after sexual harassment scandals. Then, the opioid epidemic hits home for a retired four-star admiral. And, a new memoir about entering the world of for-profit eldercare.

Duration: 00:48:45

The Big Issue Facing Lawmakers In 2018; Groundbreaking Study On Down Syndrome

As lawmakers head back to the state Capitol, CPR's Sam Brasch has a preview of the major issues before them in 2018, including financial problems with Colorado's pension fund, the state's opioid crisis, and a lack of transportation funding. Also, what new findings, that show Down Syndrome is more of an immune disorder than a brain condition, could mean for treatment.

Duration: 00:47:56

Age Discrimination In The Workplace; Studying Vancouver's Unusual Approach To Drug Use

Age discrimination is getting pretty sneaky in the Internet era, including job ads that are placed specifically not to reach older workers and online applications that don't allow you to enter certain birth dates. A 49-year old IT professional in Denver did a little experiment to land a job. Then, to fight the opioid epidemic, Vancouver is trying some unusual things, and Denver's intrigued. Plus, what's next for the Denver Broncos after their 5-11 season.

Duration: 00:48:22

Finding Common Ground On Politics At Work; A Late Undertaker With Memorable Hearses

Forty percent of American workers surveyed earlier this year said a political discussion at the office had left them stressed and less productive. In our series Breaking Bread, CPR's search for common ground, we meet two colleagues who worked it out and even became closer because of it. Then, what can businesses do when it's not so harmonious? And, remembering a Pueblo funeral director, whose hearses stood out.

Duration: 00:48:47

Navigating Political Conversations At Work; Remembering A Disney Imagineer

Colorado's minimum wage goes up again Jan. 1. Two perspectives on how it helps and hurts. Also, maybe you had some awkward political conversations with family over the holidays...but what about at work? More this week from our series Breaking Bread. Then, remembering a Colorado man who became a Disney imagineer.

Duration: 00:49:05

Reflecting On Membership In Little Rock Nine; Remembering Musicians Who Died In 2017

Sixty years ago, black students integrated a high school in Little Rock, Arkansas. We speak with a member of that group, Carlotta Walls Lanier, who lives in Denver, about her views on racial discrimination then and now. Also, our colleagues at Open Air remember musicians who've died in 2017 by having local bands play their music.

Duration: 00:47:17

A Look Back At Our Favorite Music Interviews Of 2017

In 2017, we heard the stories behind the songs. Today we revisit some of our favorite music interviews from the past year. That includes the thoroughly Colorado career of John Oates, the classical connection of a father and son, and a touch of bluegrass with the Cody Sisters and Jonny Miller of The Lonesome Days.

Duration: 00:48:18

The Colorado Drug Bust That Wasn't; Suicide Rocks Climbing Community

DEA investigators in Denver believed they had an open and shut case; a drug company they thought played a role in the opioid crisis. But in the end, they say the company got only a slap on the wrist. What that means for the fight against opioids. Then, films that came out of Colorado this year. And, the new head of public health at the CU School of Medicine is an air quality expert. He plans to make things better. Also, we remember a Colorado mountain climber who was "an uncensored soul."

Duration: 00:47:15

Serving Coffee Starts These Baristas Off Right; Will Tax Changes Hurt Nonprofits?

A Denver coffeehouse offers apprenticeships to workers who've struggled in previous jobs. Then, nonprofits worry that tax changes will cut donations. Also, we remember a Coloradan who used a little-known rule to challenge the jury system. Plus, historians recover the voices of history in Grand Junction. And, how to exercise that airport wait away.

Duration: 00:48:52

Our Gift To You: A Holly Jolly Holiday Special

The Fray's Isaac Slade and his wife, Anna, were the opening act for the 2nd annual Colorado Matters Holiday Extravaganza, a showcase of artists sharing their favorite holiday songs, memories and traditions. Guests included comedian Josh Blue, Denver Latin ska band Roka Hueka and soprano Christie Conover.

Duration: 00:58:08

The Good And Bad Of Colorado's Aid-In-Dying Law; Surviving A Mountain Plane Crash

Last year Coloradans voted to let people take prescription medications to end their lives. Kathy Myers was one of the first to die under the new law, but her husband says it was hard to find doctors who would help them. In other cases, patients struggled when the medication took a long time to kill them. Then, how 20 people survived a mountain plane crash near Steamboat Springs almost 40 years ago. And, the new album from Big Head Todd And The Monsters.

Duration: 00:48:46

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