Welcome to 2019, Lookout readers! We're starting on Wednesday because, well, who really wanted to check their email yesterday morning?
Today it is my enormous pleasure to share that, as we sometimes do to keep up with the changing world, we're updating the day-to-day radio schedule for CPR News. That means if you're listening to any CPR News frequency in Colorado, you're going to hear a bunch of new things (like 1A, Freakonomics, Hidden Brain and so much more), and hear stuff you already love at different times (i.e. Colorado Matters an hour earlier).
Change isn't always welcome (ask Katy — I'm baaaad at change), but with so many more high-quality national and Colorado-centric programs, representing new and more diverse communities, we knew we had to tweak things to keep our listeners as informed as they can be. Two big takeaways: 1) You're going to have a lot more solid news shows throughout the week, and 2) You won't get in nearly as much trouble for showing up to work late when you sit in the garage listening to Colorado Matters, because it's coming on at 9 a.m.
Buckle up — it all starts January 14.
Except for today's Lookout, which starts just down there a bit. Yeah, that's the spot.
The Big Stuff
It's Hickenlooper's last week in office; how did Colorado make out in his 8-year term?
Construction workers on a project in Denver's Lower Highlands neighborhood on Friday, Dec. 28. 2018. (Hart Van Denburg/CPR News)
By now everyone all but knows Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is angling to run for president in 2020, and already our state's hot economy is a selling point for Hick's early pseudo-campaigning.
With less than a week left in his term, though, CPR News business reporter Ben Markus takes a fine-toothed comb to the facts to see just how much of our prosperity can be directly attributed to Hickenlooper.
Related: Take a look at eight charts that map changes through Gov. Hickenlooper's eight years in office in comparison to terms before his, with analysis from Ben Markus. Here's a preview that beer lovers will love:
More CPR News
- Amid the ongoing partial shutdown of the federal government, nearly 200 federal employees in Colorado have applied for unemployment benefits — a number that could balloon unless the shutdown ends quickly. — KUNC
- I hadn't been in to the Mile High Comics in Glendale for a few years, but my first visit was back in the days of Celebrity Sport Center (my mom might remember driving me). I had no idea the shop was closing down. — Westword
- Exposés throughout recent years have detailed the ways opioid manufacturers would do almost anything they could to keep their products in a positive light. Back in the 1990s it was the tobacco industry in the hot seat for the same behavior. Another industry whose shady self-dealing has more recently coming to light is Big Sugar™, and it was information found in Colorado that broke the case wide open. Journalists (and plenty of others) often say "follow the money," and stories like these just reinforce that we must question things and look back to whomever stands most to benefit before accepting them. — Buzzfeed News
- This wild and well-written story is just as interesting today as when it was first published back in June: How a Colorado meteorite hunter's obsession led him to court, arrest, the Bundy ranch, and eventually, jail. — The Verge
- The Twitter account @everytract is an automated bot that publishes satellite imagery snippets matching each census tract in America. It recently started going through those in Colorado, and has completed Adams County. It's just now plodding through Arapahoe County, where I lived from 1987-2002, 2004-2007, and 2012-2017. I've been having some fun with it. — @everytract on Twitter
Worth a Read
- A contentious 20-year copyright extension passed by Congress in 1999 is now behind us, meaning works published in 1923 that should've come into the public domain 20 years back start losing protection tomorrow, instead. 1924 works will go public next year, and so on. — NPR
- Did you have any problems with your internet connection or 911 service last week? A CenturyLink outage that affected both, and may have affected parts of Colorado, is now under investigation by the FCC. And it looks like the root cause was in Denver, too. — The Verge, Computer Business Review
- Next time I want Brussels sprouts, I'll be making them with all this great scientific sprout knowledge in my brain. And, so you don't have to google it, here's the full recipe referenced in the video. Hat tip to my dad for the video link. — What's Eating Dan on Facebook, Cook's Illustrated
- Are you the "accidental cricket releaser person" or "where-are-all-these-damn-crickets-coming-from person?" (Katy and I agreed she is probably the former, and I am probably the latter — although secretly I think I may be both.) Mistakes were made and this must-read column explains. — Washington Post
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