In October, trumpeter and composer Nicholas Payton, above, the U.S. premiere of his "Black American Symphony" with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. The trumpet virtuoso who grew up in a New Orleans jazz family. He first laid the groundwork for his symphony in a controversial 2011 blog post, titled "Why Jazz Isn't Cool Anymore." He suggested that the label "jazz" should be replaced with "Black American Music," and the idea hit a nerve.
New stories from 'Teens Under Stress'
First, recent research suggests teens who use social media may be more likely to develop mental health problems like depression and anxiety. Some advocates and parents push hard to get teens off their phones, or at least limit their time. Abby Jones was the poster child for doing just that.
Then, La Plata County had one of the highest teen suicide rates in Colorado and staff at Mountain Middle School in Durango knew they had to do something. One of the first things that came to mind: a cell phone ban. So, seven years ago, that’s what they did.
And, we invited a group of parents in for a conversation with Colorado Public Radio this week about how they talk with their teens about phones. While the parents talked, their kids listened outside the studio. Then we invited the teenagers to discuss their phones, as their parents listened.
Police found a brick of fentanyl — the largest amount ever recorded in Denver
Through September, 144 people have died from drug overdoses in Denver (including alcohol), according to figures from DDPHE. At least 26 died from overdoses involving fentanyl this year, up from 17 who died from overdoses involving the drug in 2018.
Everything you wanted to know about Blucifer
Denverites colloquially know this mighty equine at the entrance to DIA as “Blucifer.” Some love it, some hate it, some love to hate it and many more are curious about it. Stephanie Wolf tells you everything you want to know about it.
Political victories, defeats and mileposts
Proposition DD won, opening Colorado to sports betting. Proposition CC failed, sending Democrats back to the TABOR drawing board. Local fracking control advocates won big. Sen. Michael Bennet signed papers to officially get on the presidential primary ballot in New Hampshire, and we spoke with voters all over.
We're all about the arts and culture
Bassist and local musical legend Charles Burrell stopped by for a chat with CPR Classical. Ra Ra Riot played in the performance studio for Indie 102.3. Playwrite Rodney Hicks visited Colorado Matters. And visitors to the RedLine Contemporary Art Center in Denver's Five Points can start experiencing the future of Denver on Nov. 8 with the opening of the gallery’s 5 Pointers Museum.
Sometimes folks just want their pictures taken for no particular reason
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