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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.

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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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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Jan. 27, 2023: He survived the Holocaust, then flourished on Colorado’s folk music scene

In a new memoir, Oscar "Osi" Sladek shares the unforgettable story of how he and his parents survived the Holocaust, while many other members of their extended family perished. "Escape to the Tatras" culminates in the story of Sladek's folk music career, performing alongside Judy Collins and Odetta. The interview coincides with Holocaust Remembrance Day.


Jan. 26, 2023: Ensuring election integrity; Why are Black teachers leaving the classroom?

County clerks met this week to discuss ongoing efforts to ensure election transparency and integrity in Colorado. Then, developments in the trials of those involved in the death of Elijah McClain in Aurora. And, Systemic explores why so many Black teachers are leaving the profession.


Jan. 25, 2023: Coloradans on living with long COVID and tracking the latest research

A Colorado Matters special about Coloradans with long Covid: Many say everyday tasks like showering, reading and exercise have become monumental. We hear their stories and give them an opportunity to ask questions of a physician who specializes in the condition. Then, two researchers on the cutting edge of understanding long Covid and finding treatments.


Jan. 24, 2023: From conviction to clemency, one woman’s story; Teen on mental health in schools

Robin Farris is the first Black woman to receive a form of clemency in Colorado in thirty years. CPR race, diversity and equity reporter Elaine Tassy spoke with her and her attorneys, as well as the sisters of Beatrice King, who was killed, about the possibility of early release. Then, one teen's take on mental health in schools. And a Colorado Wonders question about the state's songs.


Jan. 23, 2023: Restaurant trends, from tipping to smaller menus, brussels sprouts to dry-aged fish

Would you pay a premium for a primetime dinner reservation? At the start of a new year, we check in with longtime Denver restaurateur-turned-consultant John Imbergamo. Restaurants continue to adapt in the face of inflation, COVID, and labor & supply shortages. Then, homeowners struggle to rebuild after the Marshall fire. And award-winning chef Caroline Glover on a Napoleonic comfort food.


Jan. 20, 2023: Impact of snow on drought, water supply; Fighting for equity in schools

Metro Denver saw a record January snowstorm, although it wasn't the snowmageddon some were braced for. So what's the interplay between weather and climate? It's something we navigate each month with Denver7 Chief Meteorologist Mike Nelson. Then, Systemic explores equity in school, as a mother and educator fights for her child's safety.


Jan. 19, 2023: Help for people with OCD; Black infant mortality in Colorado

Continuing our exploration of emerging treatments for mental health challenges, we look at promising help for people with obsessive compulsive disorder -- and how that same treatment might work for addictions. Then, Black babies --and those who birth them -- are dying in record numbers in Colorado. A Denver organization is working to raise awareness of the issue.


Jan. 18, 2023: Gov. Polis on attainable housing, gun laws, migrants, hospital profits and state spending

Governor Jared Polis says housing is the key to just about everything: the cost of living, transportation, health. And he plans an overhaul of land-use policy. Colorado Matters senior host Ryan Warner also asks about gun laws, migrants, hospital profits, and state spending. Then, what recent migrant arrivals might indicate about the state of immigration policy.


Jan. 17, 2023: New CSU president lays out goals; MLK’s influence worldwide

A new president, Amy Parsons, will soon lead Colorado State University. We'll ask about her priorities and the challenges of recruiting a diverse student body. Then, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s influence in places around the world, including Northern Ireland. And, the people who shine shoes at DIA. Also, hip hop music from the American South.


Jan. 16, 2023: A home for Black culture at CU Boulder; Twins use their voices to inspire

A new center at the University of Colorado Boulder puts the focus on African and African American Studies and creates a space to build community. On this Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, we re-share Chandra's visit just before the center opened in the fall. Plus, twin brothers at East High School use their voices to inspire others on the national speech and debate stage.


Jan. 13, 2023: Navigating ‘The Wedge’ that can split families apart

Issues that split the country, can also split families. Today, Colorado Matters features, "The Wedge," a new podcast distributed by CPR about bridging divides. Ryan Warner asks the co-creators, journalist Erica Anderson and Eve Daniel Pearlman with Spaceship Media, about when to engage in these discussions, and when not to.


Jan. 12, 2023: Season 2 of ‘Systemic’ explores equity in two Colorado school districts

Discussion of equity and racial justice in public education has become fraught – given the divisive state of politics these days. It’s at the heart of the new season of Systemic, CPR's podcast that uses audio diaries and interviews to document the lives of change makers. Also, how Colorado's Jewish community is helping migrants. And, a Coloradan nears a World Cup skiing record.


Jan. 11, 2023: The story behind the story of ‘The Mask’; Learning to use Narcan

"The Mask" is a short story inspired by the life experiences of its author, Clayton Adams, of Aurora, whose own life ended much too soon. His parents, Spike Adams and Jamie Shimeall, talk with Ryan Warner about why they wanted it published. Later, as the state legislature looks to address drug addiction and the larger impact it has, we learn how to use Narcan when someone overdoses.


Jan. 10, 2023: Social media resolutions; police tackle drugged driving

The new year offers a chance to reinvent our relationship with social media. We look at the changes at Twitter and emerging alternatives with Brian Keegan, a CU Boulder social scientist. Then, officers are training to figure out how someone’s driving is impaired. And, what’s up with state license plates? Also, a new platform for showcasing diverse artists.


Jan. 9, 2023: Lawmakers are back. What will they do this session?

A legislative preview as the first gavel falls. Then, Republicans are outnumbered at the Capitol. We speak with GOP leaders about policy and strategy. Plus, a new exhibit at the Clyfford Still Museum. And, a concert to honor recipients of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Awards.


Jan. 6, 2023: Democrats on collaboration, gun safety, wildfires, funding, & working with Gov. Polis

Heading into next week's legislative session, Democrats hold all three branches of Colorado's state government. But they insist collaboration with Republicans will help define decision-making. We ask Senate President Steve Fenberg and Speaker of the House Julie McCluskie about gun safety, wildfire response, education and state funding, and working with Gov. Jared Polis.


Jan. 5, 2023: Uneven use of Colorado’s red flag law and why it wasn’t used for Club Q suspect

Colorado's law allows law enforcement or family members to ask a judge to keep someone from having guns, but an analysis by CPR public affairs reporter Andrew Kenney found its use depends on where the request is made. We speak with DU law professor Ian Farrell and Denver attorney Whitney Traylor about the law and the Club Q case. Also, we ask Dr. Emmy Betz about other tools to prevent gun violence.


Jan. 3, 2023: Legacy letters preserve life philosophy; Sharing migrant stories

Ethical wills, also known as legacy letters, are a way to share your outlook on life and preserve family history. Then, some of the migrants who recently arrived in Denver tell the stories of their journey and hope. Also, new state laws that took effect with the start of the new year. Plus, Colorado Wonders about Colorado Blvd. And one last hoorah for the holidays with Neyla Pekarek.


Dec. 30, 2022: Remembering Coloradans we lost in 2022

From the first woman to become U.S. Secretary of State, to a world-renowned, yet humble jazz musician, we lost some remarkable Coloradans in 2022. In a special "Colorado Matters in memoriam," we also remember a longtime owner of the Tattered Cover Book Store and an alpine adventurer.


Dec. 29, 2022: Saving Yellowstone; Nonalcoholic drinks for New Year’s

Before the world knew the wonders of Yellowstone., it seemed otherworldly when people tried to describe it. We'll talk about how Yellowstone, America's first national park, represents a contradiction in government policy after the Civil War. Then, heading into the New Year's weekend, we get a taste of the "spirit-free" or "mocktail" movement.