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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.
- Before this morning's attacks in Brussels, the big international news was President Obama's visit to Cuba. We speak with Colorado U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, who's traveling with the president, and with some Cuban-Americans who want to make life better on the island. Then, Colorado's a leader when it comes to electing women to political office -- women make up a bigger proportion of our legislature than any other state. But a new documentary shows that it's not always easy for them when they get there. Pat Schroeder, the first woman elected to Congress from Colorado, remembers the committee chairman who considered her a half-person.
- Is good design suffering in Denver's construction boom? We'll ask a developer and an architect who thinks this is a great city, with some bad buildings -- maybe even a "plywood city" that won't stand the test of time, let alone aesthetics. Then, astronaut Kjall Lindgren is back from space, where he could be quite clumsy."Eating can be a really big mess if you're not careful, and so, you know trail mix will go everywhere," he says. And then there's the challenge of playing bagpipes.
- The terrorist attacks last year in Paris and the mass shootings in San Bernadino, Calif. led to an immediate rise in anti-Muslin threats and hate crimes. Muslims have also been singled out in the presidential campaign -- with Republican candidate Donald Trump's call to ban Muslims from entering the US. We asked Colorado Muslims to tell us what they want others to know about them. Three of them joined us in the studio: One attended school in Saudi Arabia, another is a Pakistani-American who grew up in Wyoming, and a third is a former president of The Colorado Muslim Society. Then, in honor of St. Patrick's Day, we hear from a Denver Musician and how his obsession with Irish folk music has become more than a hobby. And, we learn how tax return fraud might keep you from getting your refund checks in a timely matter.
- Democratic U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette, of Denver, thinks people will be so sickened by the money spent this election that they'll support public financing of congressional campaigns. She has signed onto a plan that she says will take away the influence of the largest donors. Then, why three prominent Republicans in central Colorado defected from the GOP. Also, in some countries being an environmentalist is risky business, according to a Boulder group still reeling from the death of Honduran activist Berta Caceres. And, we have a county-by-county breakdown of people's health.
- At the state Capitol, a lot is in limbo. Lawmakers are holding off on tackling some of the biggest issues because a giant question mark looms: How much money the state can spend. Halfway through the session, we talk to two Capitol reporters about what's in store. Then, the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame inducts 10 new members this week. We'll meet one of them; she has spent her career fighting child abuse. Plus, bands that want to make a splash in the music industry flock each year to SXSW in Austin, Texas. This year, the State of Colorado isn't funding a showcase there to show off its homegrown talent. But that doesn't mean Colorado acts aren't down there.
- Powerful Democrats known as superdelegates are in the Colorado spotlight because even though Sen. Bernie Sanders won this state's caucuses, he could end up tied with Hillary Clinton when it comes to Colorado delegates at the Democratic National Convention this summer. We talk to Elaine Kamarck about that. She wrote the book "Primary Politics: Everything You Need to Know about How America Nominates Its Presidential Candidates." Then, we hear feedback on our interview with Holocaust survivor Walter Plywaski. Ben Markus reports as Colorado construction booms, there's no sign the state's in a bubble. As we mark Sunshine Week, the Independence Institute's Todd Shepherd questions whether the state does enough to archive the email of public officials. And we visit the crane migration near Monte Vista in the San Luis Valley.
- Your family dog could help cure cancer in humans. That's because dogs can develop the same types of cancer as humans. We learn about efforts in Colorado to combine cancer researchers from the medical and veterinary worlds. Then, a uniquely carved symbol has survived four massive renovations to Denver's Union Station. It's part of the station's history told in a new book. Also, the science behind pairing beer with food. We go inside Colorado's Spelling Bee. And, we're starting to keep track of who Colorado newcomers should follow on Twitter.
- Today, the story of Holocaust survivor Walter Plywaski. He's 86 years old and lives in Boulder -- now. His happy childhood in Poland was turned upside down the day his father's friends turned on the family and ordered them into a ghetto: "Here we were in the stinkiest, oldest, rottenest, barbed-wire surrounded environment with not enough food, not enough education, not enough of anything." Then, it was onto the camps. Plywaski made it out Auschwitz and eventually made it to the U.S. by stowing away on a ship. He tells us his story.
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