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    June 29, 2022: Looking ahead to November; The cost of ‘The Big Lie’

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2022 50:36

    The general election ballot is mostly set with the moderate Republicans winning their races. Political analyst Eric Sondermann explains what to expect ahead of the general election. Then, election distrust hung over this election, but Matt Crane from the County Clerks Association explains why voting is safe in this state.

    June 28, 2022: Why LGBTQ groups are watching SCOTUS; Professors of color on leaving DU

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2022 49:52

    The abortion ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court has sent worrisome signals to Colorado's LGBTQ community. Then, three professors of color reflect on why they've chosen to leave the University of Denver's Graduate School of Professional Psychology. Plus, meet the keeper of the Stanley Cup.

    June 27, 2022: Republican U.S. Senate candidate Ron Hanks on immigration, voting security

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2022 50:36

    Ron Hanks is currently a state representative from Fremont County. He faces Joe O'Dea in Tuesday's Republican primary. Chandra Thomas Whitfield asks Hanks about a range of topics including inflation, abortion access, gun control, and the January 6th insurrection. Later, the artistry and symbolic meaning behind one of the floats in Denver's Pride parade.

    June 24, 2022: What the end of Roe means in Colorado

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2022 50:22

    The Supreme Court has ended the federal right to abortion, but access remains legal in Colorado. Abortion opponent and columnist Krista Kafer hopes new restrictions here won't be far off. Then, Karen Middleton of abortion rights advocacy group Cobalt, wants to add reproductive freedom to the state constitution. Later, a discussion of abortion alternatives when there's an unintended pregnancy. Finally, Soul 2 Soul Sisters on how the ruling perpetuates what the group calls reproductive oppression.

    June 23, 2022: Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joe O’Dea on inflation, guns, and abortion access

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2022 50:41

    Colorado businessman Joe O'Dea is a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate. He's in a primary race with state representative Ron Hanks. The winner will face the incumbent, Democrat Michael Bennet, in the general election. We ask about issues including inflation, abortion access, climate change, and gun control and crime. Then, a new book explores the history of curanderos. And soap box derby's young racers.

    June 22, 2022: Private investigator lifts the veil; Model with vitiligo has ‘tough skin’

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2022 47:02

    In "Tell Me Everything," former private investigator Erika Krouse writes about the landmark sexual assault case she was assigned to in Boulder. It expanded the scope of Title IX. We read her book for "Turn The Page with Colorado Matters." Then, why Denver model and activist Jasmine Colgan has developed "Tough Skin" as she gets comfortable in her own.

    June 21, 2022: Assessing the GOP divide; Colorado’s boom & bust history

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2022 51:35

    The primary election could determine the future of the Republican party in Colorado. Voters will choose between two very different types of candidates in key statewide races. Purplish assesses the GOP divide. Then, mountain towns are hiring for the summer. And exploring Colorado's history of booms and busts.

    June 20, 2022: Journey to Freedom connects community through song

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2022 50:43

    Spirituals are rooted in a history of pain and hope. Today, Colorado Matters presents a "Journey to Freedom" with the Spirituals Project Choir based at the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music. Our colleagues at CPR Classical spent the last year sharing spirituals chosen by the choir's director, M. Roger Holland II. The collaboration culminated in a special event at DU's Newman Center.

    June 17, 2022: Republican gubernatorial candidate Heidi Ganahl makes her case

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2022 47:54

    CU Regent and entrepreneur Heidi Ganahl believes her experience as a business owner, in addition to being the only Republican in statewide office, makes her the best candidate to run against incumbent Gov. Jared Polis. Then, Black Coloradans discuss what it means to recognize Juneteenth as a holiday.

    June 16, 2022: Candidate Greg Lopez wants a conversation on the big issues, like inflation

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2022 50:34

    Whether it's crime or the cost of living, Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Lopez sees himself as a convener on issues like gun laws, housing and climate change. But, he's short on specifics. Lopez traces some of what ails the state to pandemic shutdowns, which he thinks destroyed livelihoods while trying to save lives. Lopez is running against CU regent Heidi Ganahl in the GOP Primary. Also, Juneteenth approaches and the origins of an Avs victory song.

    June 15, 2022: Marking ten years of DACA

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2022 30:45

    Ten years ago today, President Obama created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. It allows young people brought to the US unlawfully as children to attend college or work legally. About 18,000 Coloradans have taken Obama up on that offer. We'll hear some of their stories today. We'll also talk with Marissa Molina, herself a DACA recipient, who advocates for immigration reform.

    June 14, 2022: Colorado and Guatemala create a choral connection with ‘El Ultimo Hilo’

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2022 28:06

    "El Ultimo Hilo" is an international choral collaboration between Colorado's Kantorei and singers in Guatemala, and both companies have learned lessons about music and history. Plus, finding energy efficiency without making homes even more expensive.

    June 13, 2022: Black climbers make history on Everest; Using genetics to improve health care

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2022 29:37

    The first all-Black team of climbers reached the summit of Mt. Everest this spring. We speak with two of the Coloradans who were part of the expedition. Then, using genetic testing to improve medical treatments. And, rethinking housing in Greeley.

    June 10, 2022: She lost her daughter in a mass shooting; now she helps others cope

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2022 29:00

    Sandy Phillips lost her daughter nearly ten years ago in the Aurora movie theater shootings. Now she and her husband travel the country, helping survivors of other mass shootings cope. Then, working to preserve the language of the Ute Mountain Utes. And, "Rainbows and Revolutions" at History Colorado.

    June 9, 2022: Half a century of a ‘Rocky Mountain High’

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2022 31:25

    The world first heard John Denver's "Rocky Mountain High" 50 years ago. It served as something of a musical magnet, attracting people to Colorado. Lawmakers here declared it the state's second official song in 2007. Today, we reflect on Denver's legacy -- musically and environmentally.

    June 8, 2022: Who’s buying the Broncos and why; ‘Unbreakable’ shares LGBTQ experience

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2022 50:18

    An ownership group led by Rob Walton is buying the Broncos, pending final approvals. We get perspective on the deal. Then, CPR's investigation into the Adams County Sheriff's Office. Also, answering a Colorado Wonders question about earthquakes.

    June 7, 2022: Cyclist Scott Mercier ‘wins true’; Student makes her voice heard with poetry

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2022 50:07

    Reflections from a cyclist who refused to dope. Scott Mercier, of Basalt, has a new book: "Win True: How You Win Matters On & Off The Bike." Then, Aidyn Reid from Colorado Springs competes in the national "Poetry Out Loud" competition. Plus, students say they're more than just test scores. And, as United expands its flight training center in Denver, pilots' mental health is also top of mind.

    June 6, 2022: Primary election nears; A volunteer helps navigate the baby formula shortage

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 6, 2022 51:42

    Republicans are divided ahead of the June 28 primary. Will unaffiliated voters tip the balance? Then, during the pandemic Julia Walker provided food for the needy. Now she helps parents find baby formula. Plus, In the San Luis Valley, Esteban Salazar forages for verdolaga – the Spanish word for purslane. And, Denver poet Nicky Beer's new work.

    June 3, 2022: Gun safety & kids; Prize parity in golf

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2022 50:23

    Emergency physician, Dr. Emmy Betz, wants parents to talk with their kids about guns and mental health to prevent suicide deaths. Then, a GAO report raises concerns over the decision to move Space Command from Colorado Springs. Plus, the prize money for the Colorado Women's Open will finally match that of the Men's Open. And, “Runner's High” explores how athletes use recreational cannabis.

    June 2, 2022: The misunderstood history of gun laws; Emergency housing stirs emotions

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2022 51:03

    Journalist Dave Cullen has examined school shootings and their aftermath in his books "Columbine" and "Parkland." Now, he's reporting on the misunderstood history of gun laws. Then, even when people experiencing homelessness get housing, it doesn't end tensions in the neighborhood. And, a school desegregation case in Colorado-- nearly lost to history.

    June 1, 2022: New state law helps with fertility treatments; The debate over nuclear energy

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 1, 2022 51:07

    Fertility treatments like IVF can cost tens of thousands of dollars. A new state law may help couples with some of that hardship, but there will still be challenges. Then, what Colorado's doing to improve behavioral health care. Also, the podcast, Wild Thing, examines nuclear energy in the age of climate change. And, remembering Dusty Saunders.

    May 31, 2022: Colorado Matters takes a hike

    Play Episode Listen Later May 31, 2022 51:40

    With the unofficial start of summer, we spend today's show outside. First, a trek that (almost) leads to Hanging Lake, where trail and bridge repairs are progressing. Plus, we meet the TikTok star known as @fatblackandgettinit at a park in Jefferson County. Then, how not to love the land to death. Also, byways over highways and 1-star national park reviews.

    May 30, 2022: Stories of service and sacrifice on Memorial Day

    Play Episode Listen Later May 30, 2022 48:54

    On this Memorial Day, we re-share stories of service and sacrifice, from the Honor Bell that tolls in remembrance of the servicemen and women who died defending the U.S. to a thought-provoking battle that reflects the often untold trauma of war.

    May 27, 2022: Honoring US service members buried overseas; The Vietnam War’s ‘Misty Experiment’

    Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2022 51:46

    Boulder historian Pete Chandler and his son Ty went on a mission to find the more than 2,000 Colorado veterans buried abroad during World War I and World War II. Then, a new documentary shares the stories of pilots whose mission was to disrupt supply lines during the Vietnam War. And, a Telluride singer-songwriter memorializes a cousin who was an Army Ranger.

    May 26, 2022: How to talk to kids about mass shootings; A hot, dry summer ahead

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2022 51:29

    Children's Hospital psychologist Jenna Glover has advice on talking to kids about mass shootings. Then, Denver7 Chief Meteorologist Mike Nelson predicts a hot, dry summer. And, a Denver jury's $14 million award to George Floyd protesters could change the playbook for demonstrators nationwide. Plus, as wildfires worsen, there's a firefighter shortage.

    May 25, 2022: Protesters reflect two years after the murder of George Floyd; has anything changed?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2022 38:47

    Two years ago today, George Floyd was murdered by a Minneapolis police officer. His death sparked a racial reckoning across the U.S. and protests calling for police reform and accountability. In Denver, some of those protests turned violent, and a federal jury recently found police used excessive force against demonstrators. CPR'S race, diversity and equity reporter Elaine Tassy sat down with three people who were hurt.

    May 24, 2022: Preventing hate crimes; Mesa County election fraud update

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2022 51:23

    White supremacist propaganda -- and incidents -- have been on the rise in Colorado. But this state is also a hotbed for research into hate groups -- and prevention. Then, the Mesa County district attorney disproves claims that the county's election hard drives contained evidence of possible fraud. Also, a sooner-than-expected floral update. And, the DACA Monologues continue.

    Xcel talks rate increases and climate change; The horse race to buy the Broncos

    Play Episode Listen Later May 23, 2022 50:17

    Colorado's largest utility says it messed up when that cold snap hit last year, and natural gas prices skyrocketed. The company says it ought to have warned people. A top executive addresses that, renewables, and the future of a Pueblo coal-fired power plant. Then, Sportico reporter Eben Novy-WIlliams on the crucial contest to become the Denver Broncos' new owner.

    May 19, 2022: Supplying Ukraine’s soldiers; Bikes versus train

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2022 51:07

    A pair of Ukrainian-Americans in Boulder, Viktoria Oliynyk and Andriy Zakutayev, send much-needed supplies to Ukrainian soldiers via their aid group, Sunflower Seeds Ukraine. Then, abortion rights groups express dismay with pro-choice governor Jared Polis. And, the 50th anniversary of Durango's Iron Horse Bicycle Classic.

    May 18, 2022: Bloom of ‘witness roses’ eagerly anticipated; ’50 Things to Bake Before You Die’

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022 51:36

    It's been decades since anyone's seen the roses bloom that were planted by Japanese-American prisoners at Colorado's Camp Amache. But that may soon change. Then, the fight to recertify a creek and what that means for clean water. Plus, a Denver food critic shares "50 Things to Bake Before You Die." Later, a big step to preserve Chicano murals in Colorado.

    May 17, 2022: Gov. Polis on abortion access, fentanyl, & mobile home parks; Denver’s ‘urban camping’ ban

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 50:11

    In Ryan Warner's regular interview with Colorado's governor, he asks Jared Polis about enshrining reproductive rights in the state constitution, the new penalties for fentanyl, and a range of other topics. Then, Denver's unauthorized urban camping ban was signed 10 years ago today. Plus, Colorado's unique contribution to electric cars.

    May 16, 2022: Tracking COVID-19 subvariants; Fighting to keep Space Command in Colorado

    Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 50:46

    COVID numbers are rising just as people let down their guards. We review the state modeling outlook and ask a pulmonologist how health care workers are holding up. Then, where will the U.S. Space Command land? State leaders step up the fight for it to remain in Colorado. And a DACA recipient's journey from despair to inspiration. Plus, Aladar the Alpaca!

    May 13, 2022: Ancestral history on the southern Colorado border; Moon turns ‘blood red’

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 50:30

    The wildfires in New Mexico are burning through lands that are ancestral homes for some Coloradans. Then, the legislative session wrapped up with some new bills to address climate change. Plus, Colorado had the highest rate of bank robberies last year.

    May 12, 2022: The body’s ‘switch’ that leads to weight gain; Spring gardening questions answered

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022 50:26

    With lawmakers wrapping up their work for the year, we hear from our public affairs team about new Colorado laws. Then, a researcher's quest to find what triggers obesity. Plus, gardening expert Fatuma Emmad answers listener questions about planting flowers, veggies, and more in the age of climate change and drought.

    May 11, 2022: Making bus rides free to clean up Colorado's air; A real-life CODA story

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022 49:14

    Colorado may give millions of dollars to public transit agencies to make bus rides free to reduce pollution but there are questions about whether it will make a difference. Then, Cliff and Avery Moers of Evergreen share their real-life CODA story. Plus, a valedictory speech from 1943 that finds hope inside a World War II internment camp.

    May 10, 2022: Keeping Colorado competitive in tech innovation; Improving mental health care

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2022 49:55

    Colorado's a technical leader; Democratic Representatives Joe Neguse and Ed Perlmutter say Congress is in the position to ensure it stays that way. Then, Purplish examines efforts by state lawmakers to improve mental health care in Colorado.

    May 9, 2022: Is the dream of buying a house in Colorado now a nightmare?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 50:19

    Colorado Matters today is all about trying to buy a home. Prices have jumped astronomically this year and some buyers are using huge amounts of cash to compete. We'll talk about who can afford this market and what to do if you don't have the cash. Plus, why many Coloradans still want to buy, despite the mind-boggling prices.

    May 4, 2022: Mobilizing over abortion access in Colorado; Frustrating pain of fibromyalgia

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2022 50:23

    It may be a leaked U.S. Supreme Court draft, but Coloradans are mobilizing as if Roe v. Wade is over. Then, our series 'On Pain' focuses on the frustration of fibromyalgia.

    May 3, 2022: The legal landscape of abortion in Colorado; Empowering the ‘new builders’

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2022 51:04

    With the U.S. Supreme Court poised to overturn Roe v. Wade, what does it mean for abortion law in Colorado? Then, a special election in Glenwood Springs focuses on housing and growth. Plus, we revisit our conversation about empowering entrepreneurs as the "new builders" of the economy. And nominating which endangered historic places in Colorado should be saved.

    April 29, 2022: Legislative priorities as session nears end; Investigating mental health resources

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2022 49:58

    What issues remain outstanding as the legislative session winds down? Then, Colorado has one of the highest rates of mental illness in the nation, but those who need help struggle for access. Plus DACA recipient Cristian Solano-Cordova explains what the program has meant to him.

    April 28, 2022: Colorado’s new free preschool; An operatic tribute to Emmett Till

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2022 50:25

    Next year, Colorado families will get 10 hours of free preschool after Governor Jared Polis signed a bill into law earlier this week. But there are lots of details to work out. Then, to support the metaverse, the cable industry has to be fast. And, pianist and composer Mary D.

    April 27, 2022: COVID-19 cases up but outlook more hopeful; Transgender man finds new path

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2022 50:41

    Cases of COVID-19 are rising but experts are more hopeful this time around. We get perspective from Dr. Anuj Mehta, a critical care physician at Denver Health Medical Center, about cases, vaccines for very young kids and masking. Then, a 19-year-old shares his challenges as a transgender man and his journey beyond drugs in CPR's podcast “Back from Broken.”

    April 26, 2022: CU President finalist on diversity, funding; Honoring Latino history through preservation

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2022 51:34

    Todd Saliman, the sole finalist for the University of Colorado's presidency, answers questions about diversity, tuition, and funding. Plus, Governor Polis on the upcoming TABOR refund. Then, honoring Latino history through preservation. Also, what long-COVID might indicate about M.E., also known as Chronic Fatigue. And, pond skimming is back and making a splash!

    April 25, 2022: The flavored tobacco & nicotine debate; Buntport Theater skates into 50th show

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 25, 2022 50:14

    The debate over banning flavored tobacco and nicotine products reveals divides over everything from taxes to racial justice. Purplish explores the issue with help from CPR health reporter John Daley. Then, a small theater company in Denver marks a milestone. Ryan meets some of the founding members of Buntport Theater on the set of their 50th original production.

    April 22, 2022: Greening Federal buildings; Planting a teeming, yet sustainable yard

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2022 49:47

    The biggest landlord in the U.S.-- the federal government-- is making a big push for greener buildings. Then, in the face of climate change and water worries, can you still have an attractive -- yet eco-friendly-- yard? The answer, is yes. Plus, how climate change anxiety inspired Fort Collins musician Logan Farmer.

    April 21, 2022: Talking climate with Mike Nelson; Colorado wonders about earthquakes

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 21, 2022 51:38

    High fire danger escalates to "extreme" in parts of Colorado by Friday; dry conditions are to blame -- but so are fierce winds. Our regular conversation with Denver7 chief meteorologist Mike Nelson. Then, a Colorado Wonders question on earthquakes. Also, a Denver photographer in Ukraine. Plus, Kitchen Shelf recipes. And, DJ Cavem's eco-hip hop.

    April 20, 2022: Governor Polis on fentanyl, air quality and lawnmowers; The sounds of nature

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2022 50:43

    In our regular conversation with Colorado's Democratic governor Jared Polis, we discuss the deterioration of air quality on the Front Range, early childhood education and tougher punishments for fentanyl possession. Polis likened fentanyl to a poison. Then, the sounds wild animals make and why. Also, the best concerts you may have missed at Red Rocks.

    April 19, 2022: Reporter explores Twelve Tribes; Old photo prompts Colorado Wonders question

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2022 51:38

    Denver Post reporter Shelly Bradbury talks about her research into a group known as the Twelve Tribes in Boulder County. Then, a new idea to help with housing in Colorado. Plus, an old family photo inspires a Colorado Wonders question about a giant petrified tree trunk. Also, should a new fee on the price of gasoline be delayed? And, another Red Rocks regret about missing a U2 milestone.

    April 18, 2022: U.S. Rep. Jason Crow on Ukraine; A Colorado connection to ‘Turning Red’

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 18, 2022 51:11

    Democratic U.S. Rep. Jason Crow on the military and refugee aspects of the Ukrainian crisis. He's just back from Poland. Also, a Ukrainian refugee family living in Colorado Springs copes with uncertainty. And, remembering former state Rep. Gloria Tanner. Then, a Colorado connection to Pixar's new movie, “Turning Red.” Plus, your Red Rocks regrets.

    April 15, 2022: Corey Wise fights against his firing; Recapping the state assemblies

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2022 48:13

    Former Douglas County Schools Superintendent Corey Wise explains the circumstances of his firing and his decision to sue the school district. Then American Rabbi Yisroel Silberstein escaped Ukraine at the start of the war and he will celebrate Passover in Denver. Plus, Bente Birkeland and Andy Kenney analyze the parties' state assemblies in Purplish and how they will shape the primary election.

    April 14, 2022: A veteran’s “On Pain” journey; Legendary LaMalinche

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2022 50:57

    In the latest edition of our series "On Pain," a veteran and his wife share their frustrating journey seeking relief. Then, families in Commerce City await a decision that'll determine the fate of their schools. Also, a new sculpture of Denver's first Black mayor, Wellington Webb, at the downtown municipal building that also bears his name.

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