Colorado Matters

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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A New Theoretical Framework For Migrants, Advice For Safe Winter Driving

Today there are more migrants around the world than ever before, according to the International Organization for Migration, perhaps over a million. A University of Denver professor has created a whole new political philosophy with migrants at its center. He tells us about it. Then, with winter in full swing, CDOT has been cracking down on drivers with dangerous bald tires to keep traffic flowing.

The Latest On Army Discharging Troubled Combat Soldiers, Reaction To I-70 Overhaul Plans, The Coming Kirkland Museum

Thousands of soldiers have been kicked out of the U.S. Army for misconduct, despite many of them being mentally injured from their tours in Iraq or Afghanistan., and that means many are discharged without the health benefits they need to help heal. We have An update on a joint CPR News-NPR investigation. Then, the Colorado Department of Transportation is moving ahead with a massive project to transform and widen a section of I-70 in Denver, but not everyone is happy about it. And, as Denver’s Kirkland Museum prepares to move into new digs, we’ll hear the three pieces that embody the museum — not one of them is from the artist Vance Kirkland. We’ll learn why after the news.

Remembering Challenger, Art Of The State, Bike Sharrows, Neal Cassady

Coloradan David Klaus was a launch commander for NASA when the space shuttle Challenger exploded 30 years ago. He’s now a professor of aerospace engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder, and he talks about his memories of that day. Then, a new exhibit that one artist hopes inspires the state’s art community. Also, they’re called “sharrows” and they’re meant to prevent collisions between bicyclists and cars, but do they work? Then, a look back at Beat writer Neal Cassady’s time in Denver.

‘Revolutionary Medicine’ And Jeffersoncare, 10th Mountain Division Documentary, Grand Junction’s Dalton Trumbo

Today, an encore show featuring some of our favorite recent interviews with a history bent. Our founding fathers worried a lot about health. We hear from a Colorado author about her book “Revolutionary Medicine,” and Jeffersoncare. Then, extreme skier Chris Anthony is in awe of the 10th Mt. Division soldiers on skis who helped win World War II. And a look at the movie about screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, a Grand Junction native. It stars Bryan Cranston, who was just nominated for an Oscar.

Arapahoe HS Shooting Lessons, Social Media Bullying, A New Planet, A Shrinking Glacier

The problems that led to the school shooting at Arapahoe High School two years ago aren’t unique. That’s according to several new independent investigations. We explore the steps some say Colorado schools need to take to make them safer. Then, another challenge schools and students face: bullying on social media. A new play shows the pain it causes a teenage girl and her mother. Also, scientists think they’ve found a 9th planet in our solar system, but one astronomer says, “show me.” And, why researchers are worried about a 1,000-year-old glacier west of Boulder.


Tom Hesse.
Colorado Matters Western Slope Producer

Tom Hesse