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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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Feb. 21, 2024: A goal to address homelessness was met, so what’s next for people still on the streets?

At the start of the year, Denver’s mayor declared victory on a big campaign promise. He said the city had successfully sheltered more than 1000 people who’d been without housing. But 30 times as many people metro-wide used homelessness services over the past year. So, now what?


Feb. 20, 2024: Gun measures take shape at state Capitol; Join a club to save democracy

Democrats in the state legislature are introducing a wide array of gun measures this session. Then, is joining a club a way to save democracy?


Feb. 16, 2024: An immigration discussion you won’t hear in Congress… yet

There’s a totally different way the U.S. could handle immigration. It’s not something you’ll hear talked about in Congress these days. But in a new book, "Welcome the Wretched," a Colorado legal scholar argues it would fix the current situation, which overwhelms cities and nonprofits. And, says author César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández, it would help the U.S. economy and set the country up for success in other ways, too.


Feb. 15, 2024: Denver singer/songwriter JoFoKe; Dearfield’s bid for National Park Service designation

Her family's musical legacy goes back four generations in Colorado. But Denver singer/songwriter JoFoKe isn't relying on that as she makes her own mark, baring her soul on stage and tackling issues like mental health. Then, in the early 1900s, about 300 Black homesteaders created a community called Dearfield in northern Colorado. The site where it used to stand could soon be added to the National Park Service. And Nuggets' stadium announcer Kyle Speller goes to the NBA All-Star Game.


A Valentine’s special: After her heart was broken, she wrote a book about the science of heartbreak

Much has been written about the science of love. There is far less about the chemistry of being dumped.


Feb. 13, 2024: Spring outlook and a big change for Mike Nelson; Colorado’s love of beer

We're heading into the snowiest time of the year, so what can we expect and how will it impact snowpack? We talk about that with Denver7 chief meteorologist Mike Nelson, who himself is making news: he's retiring. Then, Colorado Wonders if the Grand Mesa really is the world's largest flat top mountain. And Colorado's love affair with beer includes a Beer Spa and Stout Month.


Feb. 12, 2024: What you need to know about voting in Colorado’s presidential primary; Mardi Gras king cakes

Ballots are in the mail for Colorado’s March 5 presidential primary. We'll break down what you need to know. Then, congressional primaries are June 25. For the first time in nearly two decades, the 5th District has an open seat. Also, how a community’s feelings about its poorest residents shape housing policy. And, the taste of Mardi Gras in Olde Town Arvada.


Feb. 9, 2024: Trump v. Anderson highlights; South Asian filmmaker says ‘no’ to STEM

Hear highlights of Thursday's Trump v. Anderson hearing at the US Supreme Court. Colorado State University student filmmaker Ali Niaz shares his award-winning documentary, "The Rocket Scientist v. The Journalist." And why the term "sanctuary city" is squishy.


Feb. 8, 2024: Supreme Court hears arguments in Trump ballot case; Purplish looks at Colorado legislative session

The nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court spent hours wrestling with the knotty legal issues of Trump v. Anderson — the presidential eligibility case from Colorado. CPR's Washington correspondent Caitlyn Kim was in the courtroom and breaks down what happened. Then Purplish looks at the first month of the state legislative session and what's ahead. Also, the Lunar New Year, and Denver native and Grammy winner Lecrae.


Feb. 7, 2024: Colorado plaintiffs on case to keep Trump off ballot; Climate change and ocean acidity

Tomorrow, the U.S. Supreme Court hears the Colorado case to keep Donald Trump off the state's primary ballot. Krista Kafer and Norma Anderson are two of the plaintiffs. Then, Colorado researchers on how climate change is changing the acidity of the Antarctic Ocean. Also, the largest air pollution penalty in state history. And "Hooked" explores how easy it is for teens to get tobacco products.


Feb. 6, 2024: Mom hoped to educate, not incarcerate; Broomfield stylist elevates African designers

A Black mother was verbally assaulted by a white mother using a racial slur outside their daughters' elementary school; she wanted the justice system to educate, not incarcerate. Systemic tells the story. Then, a Broomfield stylist wants designers in Africa to get their due; she's working to bring the modern looks of the Motherland to the Mile High and beyond.


Feb. 5, 2024: Colorado ranks high in alcohol deaths; An adaptive skier comes ‘Full Circle’

Colorado is sixth in the nation in alcohol-related deaths, with the problem taking an increasing toll on women and younger people. Denver Post health reporter Meg Wingerter’s series is “Colorado’s Quiet Killer.” Then, a task force wants to overhaul Colorado’s school funding system. And, “Full Circle: A Story of Post Traumatic Growth,” chronicles an adaptive skier's journey both on and off the slopes.


Feb. 2, 2024: Sen. Michael Bennet on immigration; ‘Colorado’s Most Endangered Places’

As Congress tries to address the record number of people crossing the border, host Ryan Warner asks Colorado's senior senator, Michael Bennet, about ongoing immigration reform failures. Then, Colorado's Most Endangered Places list now includes a bowling alley and a century-old schoolhouse. And we remember photographer and filmmaker Jim Havey.


Feb. 1, 2024: Marking Black History Month with a visit to Lincoln Hills

In 1922, at a time of deep racial segregation in the US, two Denverites realized their dream of building a resort in the Rockies for Black people to socialize and escape the stress of racism. They called it Lincoln Hills. For Black History Month, we revisit Lincoln Hills with retired Denver County judge Gary Jackson and former state historian Jared Orsi in 2022. Winks Lodge at Lincoln Hills was designated a National Historic Landmark in December.


Jan. 31, 2024: What does it mean to be a quantum hub?; From prison to professor

Colorado is a quantum technology hub, but what does that mean? Then, a program that empowers prisoners to become professors. Also, an online map that documents environmental injustice by neighborhood isn't working the way it should. Plus, her name's on the ballot but she's not running for president. We revisit the historic Hayden Granary, and new music from Cousin Curtiss!


Jan. 30, 2024: How the tobacco industry made it cool to smoke in Colorado’s communities of color

For decades, the industry's own documents show that Big Tobacco targeted communities of color in Colorado and across the nation. The effects are still being felt today. Keith Wailoo is the author of the book, "Pushing Cool: Big Tobacco, Racial Marketing, and the Untold Story of the Menthol Cigarette."


Jan. 29, 2024: Colorado student leads youth environmental council; The fight to keep Space Command

A college student from Colorado leads the EPA’s new National Environmental Youth Advisory Council. Then, a new exhibit featuring conservationist John Fielder who left a legacy, and a timeline, for scientists studying climate change. And "Purplish," has the behind-the-scenes story of Colorado’s effort to keep the U.S. Space Command in Colorado.


Jan. 26, 2024: ‘Western Journeys’ explores immigration; Hooked on vaping?

What does it mean for an immigrant to be at home? That's one of the themes Denver author Teow Lim Goh explores in her book, "Western Journeys." Plus, join us for our next Turn the Page with Colorado Matters discussion February 7 in Loveland! Later, is the next generation getting hooked on vaping?


Jan. 25, 2024: A shortage of sex offender therapists; Veterans find art therapy through photography

There's a shortage of people qualified to treat convicted sex offenders in Colorado. We'll talk about the reasons for the shortage, its impact, and efforts to find solutions. Then, photographs, taken by veterans, via a program that creates community and support. And, Chandra and her family take a trip to the ice castles in Cripple Creek.


Jan. 24, 2024: Temple Grandin on different kinds of thinkers; Transform with ‘The Butterfly Affect’

There are different kinds of thinkers. Temple Grandin is adamant about that. And the renowned CSU animal scientist says we must help kids understand what sort of thinkers they are. Then, getting students out of the classroom for hands-on learning. Plus, getting rid of plastic bags in Colorado stores. And "The Butterfly Affect" is a transformative way to overcome climate anxiety.