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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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Denver, CO

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Local News

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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.

Language:

English

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Colorado Public Radio Bridges Broadcast Center 7409 South Alton Court Centennial, CO 80112 800-722-4449


Episodes
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May 23, 2024: Pioneering ballerinas mark their place in history; Cleo Parker Robinson celebrates a dream come true

5/23/2024
Today we talk with Karlya Shelton-Benjamin, one of “The Swans of Harlem,” a Denver native featured in a new book about these pioneering ballerinas and their effort to make sure their history is not overlooked or forgotten. Then, Denver's iconic Cleo Parker Robinson sees her dream come true.

Duration:00:49:44

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May 22, 2024: Needle exchanges under scrutiny; What will it take to bring back wolverines?

5/22/2024
Free syringe exchange programs are now outlawed in Pueblo. The city council passed the ban last week. We'll talk about what's changed and why the debate is ongoing. Then, a new state law allows wolverines to be reintroduced to Colorado, but it won't be an easy task. And Judy Collins is back in Colorado for a sold-out concert. We revisit our conversation with the folk singer who grew up in Denver.

Duration:00:31:55

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May 21, 2024: The impact ADUs could have on housing; Colorado’s ‘Swan of Harlem’

5/21/2024
Colorado's putting a lot of stock into the idea of ADUs, Accessory Dwelling Units, to help ease the housing crunch. We'll talk about the potential impact and how similar programs are working in other states. Then, Denver native Karlya Shelton-Benjamin is among a pioneering group of ballerinas known as the Swans of Harlem. Plus, how one Pueblo educator is making sure students don't get left behind when it comes to technology.

Duration:00:29:36

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Denver’s ‘Swan of Harlem’ on breaking barriers and reclaiming history

5/21/2024
They're known as the Swans of Harlem and they've performed for the Queen of England, Mick Jagger, Stevie Wonder, at the White House, and beyond. Karlya Shelton-Benjamin, a Denver native, was among them, and she's featured in a new book about this pioneering group of ballerinas.

Duration:00:06:12

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The potential impact of Accessory Dwelling Units across Colorado

5/21/2024
Colorado's putting a lot of stock into the idea of ADUs, Accessory Dwelling Units, to help ease the housing crunch. Governor Jared Polis signed a new law earlier this month that helps homeowners build them.

Duration:00:15:31

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May 20, 2024: DiStefano on evolution of higher education; Remembering a pedestrian safety champion

5/20/2024
He's spent 50 years at the University of Colorado Boulder, including the last 15 as chancellor. Now Phil DiStefano is stepping down. He discusses how to add more value to a liberal arts degree, the challenges facing higher education, and the importance of what he calls, "humble leadership." Then, we remember a champion for pedestrian safety in Denver, Phyllis Mack.

Duration:00:28:33

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May 17, 2024: Closed for a month, what’s next for the Blue Mesa Bridge; Forecasting space weather

5/17/2024
Daily life has been disrupted in Gunnison by the ongoing closure of an important bridge, from high school athletics, to timber, to health care. What might a fix look like? And what's the timeline? Then, geomagnetic storms test Boulder's Space Weather Prediction Center. Plus, Steve Wozniak, a co-founder of Apple, speaks at the commencement for CU Boulder, where he once was a student. Plus, words to live by from 102-year-old Bill Powell of Fort Collins.

Duration:00:29:58

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May 16, 2024: Investigating dishonest officers; Colorado’s changing needs as the population ages

5/16/2024
It's a state law that's supposed to weed out police officers and sheriff's deputies who are dishonest. But is it working? We'll discuss the results of a special investigation through the Colorado News Collaborative. Then, as Colorado gets older, what are the changing needs and resources? And the first KlezKolorado Festival hopes to find harmony in music.

Duration:00:29:18

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May 15, 2024: Gov. Polis on new housing options, transit, and property taxes

5/15/2024
In a warehouse in north Denver, students of all ages are learning the construction trades. The Build Strong Academy served as something of a backdrop to a bill signing– legislation that lets folks up and down the Front Range build ADUs – Accessory Dwelling Units – on their property. It’s also where Ryan Warner met Governor Jared Polis for their regular interview to talk about everything from housing to transit to taxes.

Duration:00:30:51

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May 14, 2024: How Colorado law shapes advanced care planning; Former Broncos players help children cope with grief

5/14/2024
Did you know that If you're critically ill and can't make decisions for yourself, your family can't automatically step into help? We'll talk through what to know for our series, Aging Matters on Colorado Matters. Then, Colorado Wonders, where was the state's first public library? Later, former Broncos players Terrell Davis and Brian Griese share their own stories of loss as they work to help children coping with grief.

Duration:00:51:56

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‘You don’t avoid grief; you have to move through it.’ Judi’s House helps families navigate unspeakable loss

5/14/2024
Grief wasn't a topic that came up very often in their NFL locker rooms, but Brian Griese and Terrell Davis both have experience with loss. Recently the former Denver Broncos teammates got together to discuss their journeys as part of a fundraiser for Judi's House. Founded in 2002 by Griese and his wife Brooke, a clinical psychologist, the Aurora-based facility helps provide support for children grieving a death loss.

Duration:00:27:18

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May 13, 2024: Deaf leader champions new era for school; Assessing the Broncos’ rookies

5/13/2024
The Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind now has a superintendent who's deaf. Then, Broncos football asseses potential starting quarterbacks.

Duration:00:50:45

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Rookie Bo Nix takes first steps in attempt to solve Broncos’ quarterback woes

5/13/2024
The Denver Broncos have gone through more than dozen quarterbacks --with very little success to show for it -- since Peyton Manning retired eight years ago. But one of the Hall of Famer's teammates, offensive tackle Ryan Harris, thinks the team has finally found an answer in 2024 first-round draft pick Bo Nix. Harris talked about Nix' debut last weekend at the Broncos' rookie camp.

Duration:00:09:22

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In Denver, a merger of museums. One big, one small

5/10/2024
The Kirkland Museum, named for artist Vance Kirland who suspended himself above giant canvases, is merging with the Denver Art Museum. DAM's director Christoph Heinrich tells Ryan Warner what the deal means for art lovers and, more specifically, members.

Duration:00:08:01

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May 10, 2024: Blood medics poised to save lives; A merger worthy of a museum

5/10/2024
In Colorado Springs, they're equipping first responders with whole blood that can be transfused on the scene of an accident, an attack, or a medical emergency. Then, what a merger means for the Denver Art Museum and the Kirkland Museum. Plus, charging EVs across Colorado. Later, division over a proposed national monument on the Western Slope. Later, how do birds survive hail storms? And using goats to keep brush at bay.

Duration:00:51:54

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‘I just couldn’t wrap my mind around people who were so willing to help.’ Colorado non-profit helps single moms steer the course

5/9/2024
For many people, having a safe and reliable car is more than just a want; it’s a critical need, and one that can determine whether we can get to work, […]

Duration:00:20:23

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May 9, 2024: Wrapping up the 2024 legislative session; Helping single moms get back on the road

5/9/2024
From lowering property taxes to changing gun policy, we'll break down the hits and misses as state lawmakers wrap up the legislative session. Then, when the vehicle you depend on requires costly repairs, getting it fixed can be a total budget buster. We tell you about a Colorado nonprofit that is helping working single mothers get back on the road.

Duration:00:01:00

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May 8, 2024: What’s next as legal cannabis marks 10 years; The call of a ‘stravage’

5/8/2024
Legal recreational cannabis sold in Colorado for the first time ten years ago. Now, marijuana is on the verge of another turning point. We'll take stock and look ahead with two guests who watched the industry -- and regulation-- grow up in Colorado. Then, the giant Pikeview quarry is a scar, and an opportunity. Also, you don’t have to be a graduate to benefit from a commencement speech, this time at Ft. Lewis College. And a life-changing stroll for Dr. Royce Fitts.

Duration:00:50:27

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Ten years after the first sale of legal recreational cannabis in Colorado, the federal government considers big changes

5/8/2024
Last week, the Biden Administration proposed reclassifying cannabis as a less-dangerous drug. We discuss the federal government’s move to ease restrictions on marijuana as well as Colorado's decade-old cannabis law with Ricardo Baca, the first-ever cannabis editor of the Denver Post and Sam Kamin, a professor at the University of Denver law school.

Duration:00:20:36

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May 7, 2024: Living with Long COVID; A new plan to lower property taxes

5/7/2024
An estimated 200,000 people in Colorado have Long COVID. We speak with two of them today about their lives 4 years after diagnosis. Then, what a proposed plan at the state capitol could mean for property taxes. Later, healing the scar on the mountainside near Colorado Springs. And one of the new markers sharing the history of Denver's Chinatown is missing.

Duration:00:51:58