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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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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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Snuffing Out Wildfires With 'Wetter' Water; Using A Soft Robot To Land On Asteroids; Pa...

Aerial firefighting often stops at night because it's dangerous to maneuver in the dark, although nighttime conditions can be really good for fighting wildfires. We hear about a center in Colorado that's figuring out how to keep these aircraft flying safely. Then, spacecraft could refuel without returning to earth if they could mine asteroids -- but landing on those bodies is hard, so a Colorado scientist dreamed up a squishy robot to make it easier. And, Papa Dia has helped countless...

Duration: 00:47:43

Why Jails Are Overcrowded; Mining Asteroids; Drawing Dinosaurs

Today, what's behind the overcrowding and what the state's going to do about it. Then, a Colorado scientist trying to catch an asteroid in a net, and use it to fuel a spacecraft. Also, it may not be as common as postpartum depression, but new moms can also struggle with obsessive compulsive disorder. Plus, an artist from Grand Junction who draws dinosaurs, and is a giant in her field.

Duration: 00:48:08

Four-Day School Weeks Common In Colorado; Remembering Author Kent Haruf

Three-day weekends are the new reality for students in nearly half of Colorado's school districts. Tight budgets have led to shorter school weeks, and hourly staff having their hours cut. But there's some evidence it hasn't hurt student performance. Then, the late Colorado author Kent Haruf didn't live to see it, but Robert Redford and Jane Fonda are playing characters he created. His last book, "Our Souls At Night," is now a movie.

Duration: 00:47:03

Gov. Hickenlooper's Déjà Vu With Latest GOP Health Care Plan; Why An Army Ranger Turned Bank...

What would the latest plan to repeal and replace Obamacare mean for Colorado? The governor gives his take, plus shares what he's willing to sacrifice to lure Amazon's second headquarters. Then, a respected Colorado teen joins the Army and becomes an elite Army Ranger. But in his final hours before shipping to Iraq, he didn't hug his family or girlfriend. He robbed a bank. A new book explores why. And, a competition to make hospital food taste better. Finally, the second annual Supernova...

Duration: 00:47:47

Politically Diverse Coloradans Take On Health Care, Climate Change, Race, And Find Common Ground

Lawmakers in Washington's overheated political climate struggle to come to a consensus on issues like climate change, health care and racial tensions. We put the challenge to a politically divided group of seven Colorado citizens as part of a series of conversations we call "Breaking Bread." We served dinner and fresh bread to the group, and listened to see if they could find political middle ground on difficult issues.

Duration: 00:48:37

CO GOP Preps For 2018; How Hyperloop Could Get To Colorado; Search And Rescue On Public Lands

Colorado's one of the few places in the country where Republicans don't have political control right now. State GOP chairman Jeff Hays hopes to change that with the campaign for governor already underway. Then, there's a lot of hype around the hyperloop. We talk with the head of Colorado's transportation department about what the state is willing to do to get a high-speed train in a tube. And, if you go missing in the wilderness, what kind of search and rescue you can expect depends on...

Duration: 00:48:30

CO Dems Prep For '18, Farming Drys Up Ogallala Aquifer, Mountain Climber Teaches Afgan Women...

After a stinging defeat nationally, how are Democrats in Colorado gearing up for 2018? We'll speak to state party chair Morgan Carroll about the crowded race for governor, and a change that means 1.2 million unaffiliated voters can take part in next June's primary election. (Tomorrow we'll talk to Republican state chair Jeff Hays.) Then, a major water source for the food supply in Colorado is drying up. In fact, the Ogallala Aquifer supports a sixth of the world's grain, and countless...

Duration: 00:47:44

The Post-Flood Re-Engineering Of A Creek; Could Amazon Be Denver-Bound; A Rodeo Superstar

Floods don't just change lives -- they change the land. Four years after Colorado's costliest flood, a section of Left Hand Creek in Boulder County is still being re-engineered. Then, it's sparked a lot of conversation. The New York Times picked a spot for Amazon's new headquarters. Why they think Denver is best. Plus, cowboy Casey Tibbs was a teen when he turned the rodeo world on its head. But he fell on hard times. He's the subject of a new film. Also, a production at Denver School of...

Duration: 00:48:19

Opioid Sobriety In The Gym; Colorado Soccer Stars Aim For World Stage; A Dozen Colorado Floods; A...

If you’ve been sober for 48 hours, you can join Phoenix Multisport, a network of gyms that just won praise from the Trump administration for fighting opioid addiction. Then, Mallory Pugh and Lindsey Horan were high school soccer stars in Colorado. Now they’re back as members of the U.S. national team who hope to compete in the 2019 World Cup. And, Colorado’s been devastated by flash floods in the past. An author who has chronicled that history says Colorado’s population boom could increase...

Duration: 00:48:37

Social Media Aids Disaster Relief; When Brown Skin Turns White; Saturn Mission Ends

In natural disasters, people turn to social media to find out about conditions on the ground and to call for help. A Colorado company trains first responders to take advantage of that, aiding in the wake of hurricanes in the southeastern U.S. Then, a Colorado photographer who has vitiligo, which turns her brown skin white. She gets tattoos to track the changes on her body, and takes pictures of other people with the condition. And, NASA's Cassini spacecraft has revolutionized scientists'...

Duration: 00:47:37

Supreme Court Hears Same-Sex Cake Case; Teaching In Finland; New Colorado Symphony Conductor; Pio...

The U.S. Supreme Court will soon hear what could be a pivotal case from Colorado -- a baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. He's fighting the appeals court order -- that he had to either serve same-sex couples or stop making wedding cakes altogether. We'll preview the arguments. Then, what Colorado's Teacher Of The Year did on his summer vacation. Plus, how Colorado changed a pioneering artist named Helen Henderson Chain. And, the Colorado symphony's new music...

Duration: 00:48:29

Deadly Heroin Overdoses Rise; Colorado's Shortage of Skilled Laborers; Biennial of the Ameri...

Deadly heroin overdoses are on the rise in Colorado. As far back as the 1980s, dealers from a small town in Mexico saw Denver as a land of opportunity. Also, amid a shortage of construction workers there's a rush to train recruits. Plus, Denver’s Biennial of the Americas returns this week with some big events during the five-day festival but with a significant cut to smaller arts events held in past years. Then, a witness to 9/11 and her musical portrait of the tragedy.

Duration: 00:48:41

Touring A Mock Refugee Camp; High School Sports Controversies; What's A Forensic Sculptor? A...

Refugees face split-second decisions, life-threatening situations and long stints in crowded camps. For a sense of their experience, Colorado Matters toured a mock refugee camp set up in Boulder by international aid group Doctors Without Borders. Then, one local high school coach was fired for forcing a student to do splits, another is accused of moving a student’s car off campus to avoid a drug search. The head of Colorado’s high school athletic association talks about what can be done to...

Duration: 00:48:38

Wildfires: 'A Deadly Epidemic Of Flame'; Sanctioned Camp For The Homeless; Thornton...

You can't help but think of wildfires with the eerie haze that's enveloped much of Colorado -- a byproduct of fires burning in the West. Boulder environmental journalist Michael Kodas says we're experiencing "a deadly epidemic of flame." His new book is called "Megafire." Kodas has fought fires himself in the past and one was raging in his own back yard as he wrote the book. Then, Durango may set up a sanctioned camp for the homeless. They're following the lead of a similar project in New...

Duration: 00:47:40

Rep. Mike Coffman On His DACA Plan; Paying For DPS Lunches; Charitable 'Change Gangs';...

The Trump administration has announced the end of DACA, the policy that protects immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children, and given Congress six months to figure out what's next; we speak with Republican Rep. Mike Coffman. Then, it used to be if a Denver student entered a passcode to pay for a school lunch and the account didn't have any money, they'd get a barebones meal. Why Denver has stopped that. Plus, they're kind of like book clubs, except they make charitable...

Duration: 00:48:09

DUI Testing For Pot; Metro State Prepares For DACA Action; Bacteria Have Feeling Too

Pot is legal in Colorado but driving under its influence isn't. Still, there's really no fast, reliable and readily available test for marijuana DUI. We'll hear about researchers trying to crack that nut, and take you into a top DUI training program for law enforcement. Then, if the Trump administration eliminates a program to protects people brought illegally into the country as children, Metropolitan State University of Denver could be hit hard. The school has hundreds of DACA students....

Duration: 00:48:22

The Design of Hiking Trails; Empowering Women in Rwanda; Colorado's 'Woolgrower of the...

Veering off a trail can put a hiker's life in jeopardy, and threaten wildlife. So, with more people hiking Colorado's mountains, trail design is as important as ever. Then, after focusing on improving the lives of women in Colorado, Swanee Hunt went to Rwanda to learn how women there have rebuilt a ravaged society. Also, sheep have been a part of Connie Theos' life from day one, and now she's been named "Colorado Woolgrower of the Year."

Duration: 00:47:56

Denver Council's New Immigration Policy; Coloradans Rescue Pets In Texas; Solar-Roasted Coff...

Denver won't join the federal government in a crackdown on illegal immigration. On Monday, the city council passed an ordinance it says will build trust between immigrants and police. Critics, though, say it means Denver's becoming a sanctuary city. Then, Coloradans are headed to Texas to help with animal rescues -- a task that one worker says can save human lives as well. And, a coffee roaster in Pueblo uses power from the sun to finish the beans. Also, a Denver composer traveled to...

Duration: 00:47:47

Mystery Changes Coming to National Monuments; Aurora Theater Shooting Memorial Artist; App-Rated...

The Trump Administration may change dozens of national monuments in the West, but after months of public input and review, the recommended changes remain a mystery. The White House is also already clearing the way for more private business on public lands, including National Parks. Plus, the artists who designed a new memorial to the Aurora theater shooting victims explains his design. Then, a Fort Collins author turns her own experience with stressful new relationships into a new novel...

Duration: 00:48:00

CU's Affirmative Action With A Twist; Hot Springs Help Grow Vegetables; A Poetic Take On Mot...

In 2008, the University of Colorado Boulder searched for alternatives to affirmative action; "race-neutral" ways to build diversity on campus. That change could protect CU, and even teach others, how to adjust as the Trump administration prepares to sue schools over affirmative action policies. Then, a mountain town has a creative use for hot spring water: growing vegetables. Pagosa Springs goes in for geothermal greenhouses. And, poems fraught with mother-daughter strife and love. A new...

Duration: 00:48:12

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