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Hosted by Ryan Warner, CPR News' daily interview show focuses on the state's people, issues and ideas.

Hosted by Ryan Warner, CPR News' daily interview show focuses on the state's people, issues and ideas.


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Hosted by Ryan Warner, CPR News' daily interview show focuses on the state's people, issues and ideas.




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March 30, 2020: Your Questions About Colorado’s Stay At Home Order, Answered

Colorado is under a stay at home order. When people do venture out, for an essential job, for groceries or a little sunshine, their minds race. Today, we answer your questions about the statewide order. For example, why are gun stores and liquor stores essential? We lined up medical, legal, and ethical experts to get clarity on life in the pandemic.


March 27, 2020: The Scene Inside A Denver ICU; A New Film Looks At Clyfford Still’s Life

An update on Ian, one of Colorado’s first COVID-19 cases. Then, how hospitals are dealing with mask shortages. And, state park trails are open during the stay-at-home order, but still take precautions. Later, a Denver Health pulmonologist describes the scene in his intensive care unit. Finally, a documentary on the life of late painter Clyfford Still.


March 26, 2020: Preparing For ‘The Surge’; Art Teacher Keeps Kids Engaged Online

A high school senior reflects on how coronavirus is disrupting the rites of teen passage like prom and graduation. Then, an update as doctors anticipate a surge of COVID-19 cases. Plus, how coronavirus impacts court cases and incarceration. And, a Denver teacher uses online art to keep kids engaged. Also, a special father-daughter bond on El Capitan.


March 25, 2020: What Congressional Aid Deal Means to Colorado; Gun Safety During Isolation

What the coronavirus response aid package approved by Congress means to Coloradans. Then, a Singapore man reflects on racism possibly connected to the virus. And, why it’s even more important to store guns safely right now. Later, what a day in the life for Gov. Jared Polis is like during this time. Finally, acoustic guitar master Trace Bundy.


March 24, 2020: Aspiring Colorado Olympian On Delay of Games; Alcohol & COVID-19 Anxiety

An aspiring Olympian in the heptathlon from Wheat Ridge reflects on the delay of the 2020 Olympic games in the face of COVID-19. Then, the changing way caregivers are helping. Also, what panicked purchasing of alcohol says about dealing with the anxiety of the outbreak. Plus, the new embrace of telehealth. And Colorado abolishes the death penalty.


March 23, 2020: How ER Rooms Are Prepping For Coronavirus; A Faith Leader’s Reflections

An emergency physician in Colorado explains how ER’s are preparing for patients with COVID-19. Then, one Denver faith leader -- who used to be a nurse -- reflects on this time. Later, how adopting a pet right now helps shelters and your mental health. Finally, why is there a designated bike route along Pena Boulevard to Denver International Airport?


March 20, 2020: The Pianos At The Brown Palace Fall Silent; What A Ventilator Is

With dining rooms closed due to COVID-19, the Brown Palace Hotel’s piano player is finding himself out of a job after 33 years. Then, a doctor at National Jewish Health explains what a ventilator is and how it helps patients with the new coronavirus. Later, an update on unemployment claims in the state. Finally, advice for parents with bored kids at home.


March 19, 2020: Developing A Coronavirus Vaccine; A Relief Fund To Help Coloradans Get By

A CU Boulder senior reflects on the news of no spring commencement. Plus, how one Aurora lab is working on a COVID-19 vaccine. And, the role state public health agencies play in emergency preparedness. Later, the organization HelpColoradoNow is raising money and finding volunteers to help in the fight against COVID-19. Finally, meet Walter the dinosaur.


March 18, 2020: Fighting Anxiety Of Social Isolation; Are Modern Elections ‘Jim Crow 2.0?’

A restaurant owner shares her hope of avoiding layoffs. Plus, we put the economic effects of COVID-19 into perspective. Then, how to overcome the anxiety of social isolation.


March 17, 2020: The Increasing Impact Of Coronavirus; Medical Ethics & Treatment

A restaurant owner reflects on the ban on dining-in as he is forced to lay-off most of his employees. Then, the impact of coronavirus on food banks. Also, coping with anxiety, mental health, and addiction while in isolation. And, the ethical discussion surrounding medical treatment for COVID-19.


March 16, 2020: What Is Life Like In Isolation? And Colorado Wonders About The Front Range

We get perspective on what life is like in isolation from one of the first people diagnosed with a presumptive case of COVID-19 in Colorado. Then, the impact the virus is having at the state capitol. Plus, lessons learned after dealing with a different virus in Mesa County. And we answer a Colorado Wonders about the Front Range.


March 13, 2020: Colorado’s Treasury And COVID-19; Inside A ‘Haunted’ Hotel

A Colorado writer shares a personal story about how COVID-19 impacts artists and those in the gig economy. Then, state Treasurer Dave Young talks about how the state's reserves are withstanding the novel coronavirus. Plus, state prisons halt visitors to keep the virus at bay. And, inside a Colorado hotel known for its ghostly patrons.


March 12, 2020: Coronavirus Impacting CU Boulder; Teens Talk The Stress Of Climate Change

In an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus, universities and colleges across the state are moving to online-only classes, including CU Boulder. And, what Gov. Polis’ emergency declaration means. Finally, the “Teens Under Stress” series continues with existential stress. How teens are managing fears of climate change and if older generations can relate.


March 11, 2020: Proving Success Of Cloud Seeding; Tasty Treat From ‘Shalom On The Range’

Understanding the COVID-19 state of emergency in Colorado, and how society reacts to fears of the outbreak. Then, researchers prove cloud seeding for snow is worth the effort. Plus, how a fantasy role-playing game helps teens in real life.


March 10, 2020: COVID-19 & The Workplace; How Forests Recover After Beetle Damage

Today, helping employers and employees navigate the novel coronavirus when workers get sick. Then, how have the last 25 years changed for women in the state legislature? Plus, why libraries hire social workers. Also, a Colorado Wonders question about naming ski trails. And new research shows forests are unexpectedly resilient in the wake of beetle damage.


March 9, 2020: Life With Early-Onset Alzheimer’s; The Bond Between Horse & Human

With at least eight identified cases of COVID-19 in Colorado, we get perspective about the importance of a quarantine and understanding the incubation period. Then, understanding what life is like with early-onset Alzheimer's. And, "Half Broke" explores how horses are helping people struggling to find their place in the world.


March 6, 2020: Coronavirus & High-Risk Patients; Celebrating El Taco Rey’s Family Legacy

Now that there are confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Colorado, what should those at high-risk be doing? Then, understanding the incarceration rate of women. Plus, we meet musician Joe Johnson who found a new life in Colorado. Also, the family legacy of El Taco Rey. And we say good-bye to a dear friend.


March 5, 2020: Understanding The Impact Of Objectification; Suthers On Growth, Policing

Harvey Weinstein is scheduled to be sentenced March 11. A Colorado College professor who says he acted inappropriately toward her is now researching the objectification of women and its consequences. Then, Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers talks housing and police oversight. And a hopeful future for Temple Aaron in Trinidad.


March 4, 2020: Sanders’ Colorado Win; Pueblo’s Particular Politics; Courting Space Command

A quick victory Tuesday night in Colorado for Senator Bernie Sanders, but the candidate faces stiff competition from Vice President Joe Biden. Then, we get the pulse of Pueblo politics. Also, we answer more questions about coronavirus and testing for the illness in Colorado. And, efforts to land Space Command.


March 3, 2020: Gov. Polis On Space Command, Prison Closing; Economic Threat Of Coronavirus

In our regular conversation with Gov. Jared Polis, we ask about the future of U.S. Space Command in Colorado, the closing of a private prison and the state's fight against climate change. Then, the contrasts in Colorado Springs that illustrate the challenges of growth. Plus, the increasing impact of the novel coronavirus on the global supply chain.