Colorado In Depth A podcast featuring documentary news, storytelling and special reporting from CPR News. Covering Colorado in depth from the plains to the Four Corners.
Colorado In Depth

Colorado In Depth

From CPR News

A podcast featuring documentary news, storytelling and special reporting from CPR News. Covering Colorado in depth from the plains to the Four Corners.

Most Recent Episodes

Psilocybin and the Future of Cancer Care

Colorado is home to one of the largest medical trials for psilocybin, the compound in magic mushrooms. One young mom in Denver, who has cancer, is among the first wave of patients to see if the therapy can help her reduce her anxiety and face the prospect that her illness may be terminal. What she and the researchers discover could help people with depression, PTSD, addiction and other conditions. Colorado in Depth is a podcast of special reporting, documentary news and investigations from CPR News. Follow the podcast for reporting from Colorado's Front Range, the Four Corners, the Eastern Plains and the mountains. Reported and written by Andrew Kenney Edited by Rachel Estabrook Produced, mixed and sound designed by Luis Antonio Perez Executive producer: Kevin Dale Thanks also to CPR's Lauren Antonoff Hart, Andrea Dukakis, Sam Brasch, Jo Erickson and Hayley Sanchez Music by Blue Dot Sessions and Universal Production Music Follow Andrew Kenney @AndyKnny Follow CPR News @NewsCPR Show your commitment to independent journalism by making a donation today. Colorado in Depth is a production of Colorado Public Radio.

The Colorado clerk on trial for the big lie, and what it means for the 2024 election

Tina Peters goes on trial in February. The former Mesa County clerk faces criminal charges for using her position overseeing local elections to empower a movement that falsely believes U.S. voting systems are rigged to steal elections. Peters' scheme and her evolution from trusting the election system to trying to subvert it from the inside is a warning sign for 2024. This is an installment of Colorado in Depth, a podcast of documentary news, investigations and special reporting from CPR News. Follow the show for stories from the plains to the mountain, the Four Corners to the Front Range. Hosts and reporters: Bente Birkeland and Stina Sieg Producer and editor: Rachel Estabrook Editor: Megan Verlee Scoring and mixing: Shane Rumsey Executive producers: Kevin Dale and Brad Turner Additional support from Caitlyn Kim, Joe Wertz, Anthony Cotton and Nathaniel Minor Artwork by Mia Rincón Music by Blue Dot Sessions

The Colorado clerk on trial for the big lie, and what it means for the 2024 election

A year since Club Q

Colorado is remembering the five people killed at Club Q a year ago. Dozens more survived that night, and have been trying to figure out life in the aftermath. Stories from four people in their own words remind us that there is no going back to "normal," and that for each of us, survival has its own meaning. This is an installment of Colorado In Depth, a podcast featuring special reporting and investigations from CPR News. This episode is a collaboration with CPR's partner KRCC. Reported and produced by Abigail Beckman Edited by Andrea Chalfin and Rachel Estabrook Mixing and sound design by Pedro Lumbraño and Abigail Beckman Music by Universal Production Music Hosted by Rachel Estabrook

The life and death of Elijah McClain: What have we learned?

Elijah McClain was a son, a brother, a healer and a musician. In 2019, police stopped him during a peaceful walk home. He hadn't done anything wrong, but they violently subdued him. Now, officers and paramedics face criminal charges in his death. McClain's story has brought about reforms to the rules for police in Colorado, and it has put law enforcement in Aurora under state oversight, to stop a pattern of racist policing. The incident has taught Colorado how to effectively oversee conduct by law enforcement – and what happens when we don't. Colorado In Depth is a podcast of special reporting, documentary news and investigations from CPR News. Follow the podcast for reporting from the Front Range, the Four Corners, the Eastern Plains and the mountains. Reported by Allison Sherry Written by Allison Sherry and Rachel Estabrook Produced and edited by Rachel Estabrook Mixed by Emily Williams Music by Blue Dot Sessions Executive producers: Kevin Dale, Sherkiya Wedgeworth-Hollowell and Brad Turner Thanks also to Alison Borden, Kibwe Cooper, Erin Jones and Rebekah Romberg

How our wastewater can help the West's water problems

The idea of drinking recycled wastewater, even if it's highly treated, grossed people out for a long time. But increasingly, it's part of the answer for how we can live in the West as the region and its rivers dry out. This episode goes to two Colorado cities, and a home in California, to show how we can reuse more of the water we already use, to make our Colorado River supplies go further. It's part of the CPR News climate solutions podcast, Parched. Host: Michael Elizabeth Sakas Written and reported by Rachel Estabrook Editors: Erin Jones, Joe Wertz Production and Mixing: Rebekah Romberg Theme song by Kibwe Cooper. Additional music via Universal Production Music. Artwork: Maria Juliana Pinzón Executive Producers: Kevin Dale, Brad Turner Additional Editorial Support: Alison Borden, Kibwe Cooper, Jo Erickson, Luis Antonio Perez, Taylar Dawn Stagner, Andrew Villegas Thanks also to Sarah Bures, Hart Van Denburg, Jodi Gersh, Kim Nguyen, Clara Shelton, and Arielle Wilson.Colorado in Depth and Parched are productions of CPR News and Colorado Public Radio's Audio Innovations Studio — part of the NPR Network.

Ideas to save the Colorado River

Today's episode is an introduction to a CPR News podcast called Parched. Hosted by climate reporter Michael Elizabeth Sakas, it's about how we can continue to live in the American southwest as it dries out. A two decade drought is sapping the Colorado River and other water supplies. But there are things all of us who live in the region can do to control how much this drought changes our lives and landscapes. For more CPR News coverage of the Colorado River, visit cpr.org/parched. Colorado In Depth is a podcast featuring documentary news, investigations and special reporting from the CPR newsroom. Subscribe to this podcast for stories from the plains to the mountains, from the Front Range to the Four Corners. Hosted by Michael Elizabeth Sakas Reported and written by Rachel Estabrook Edited by Erin Jones and Joe Wertz Production and mixing by Emily Williams Theme song by Kibwe Cooper. Additional music via Universal Production Music Executive producers: Brad Turner and Kevin Dale Additional production and editing: Alison Borden, Kibwe Cooper, Jo Erickson, Luis Antonio Perez, Rebekah Romberg, Taylar Dawn Stagner, Andrew VillegasColorado In Depth and Parched are productions of CPR News and Colorado Public Radio's Audio Innovations Studio.

Black History, Baseball History, and William 'Bay Bay' Richardson

For decades, the name William Richardson symbolized hope and opportunity in a close-knit northeast Denver community. But Richardson had lived an extraordinary life even before that. This is the never-before-told story of a Colorado family who uncovers their dad's contributions to sports history, Black history, and American history while playing in the Negro Baseball League, a league born out of a period of racial segregation. Then he went on to touch the lives of hundreds of young people in metro Denver. Colorado In Depth is a podcast of special reporting, documentary news and investigations from CPR News. Follow the podcast for reporting from the Four Corners to the Eastern Plains to the mountains. Reporter and writer: Chandra Thomas Whitfield Editor and host: Rachel Estabrook Sound design, production and mixing: Pedro Lumbraño Artwork: Mia Rincón Executive producers: Kevin Dale and Brad Turner Thanks also to Carl Bilek

How Colorado counts your ballot

Is your vote secure, and properly counted? Since November 2020, election integrity has been under public scrutiny. It's questioned in the news, by family and friends, and candidates themselves. This episode takes you behind the scenes of Colorado's elections, to meet the people and systems designed to prevent fraud and count every vote. This is an installment of Colorado In Depth, a podcast featuring documentary news, investigations and special reporting from the CPR newsroom. Follow the show for stories from the plains to the mountains, the Western Slope to the Four Corners. Reporter: Matt Bloom Editor and host: Rachel Estabrook Production and mixing: Emily Williams Artwork: Mia Rincón Executive producers: Kevin Dale, Brad Turner Thanks also to Matt Moret and Kibwe Cooper.

How three Coloradans found solutions for chronic pain

One in five Americans has dealt with chronic pain. It can be physically, mentally and financially draining. It can lead to addiction, death and even thoughts of suicide. But some Coloradans have found new solutions to manage their pain, like brain therapy and medications other than opioids. We talk with people who experience pain, and physicians, to uncover these solutions and provide hope for pain sufferers and their loved ones who want to help. This is an installment of Colorado In Depth, a podcast featuring documentary news, investigations and special reporting from the CPR newsroom. Follow the show for stories from the plains to the mountains, the Western Slope to the Four Corners. Hosted by Rachel Estabrook Reporters: Ryan Warner and Andrea Dukakis Editor and producer: Rachel Estabrook Production, sound design and mixing: Pedro Lumbrano Artwork: Mia Rincón Executive producers: Kevin Dale, Brad Turner, Gillian Coldsnow

Embedded with Colorado National Guard troops in Europe

CPR News correspondent Caitlyn Kim travels to Estonia to see Colorado National Guard troops conducting military training exercises with allies, just weeks after Russia invaded Ukraine. She found there is a lot at stake for Estonians in the Ukrainian war; a lot at stake for U.S. security and the NATO alliance; and a lot at stake for Coloradans who don't expect to find themselves on the doorstep of a land war when they go on longstanding training missions. This is an installment of Colorado In Depth, a podcast featuring documentary news, investigations and special reporting from the CPR newsroom. Follow the show for stories from the plains to the mountains, the Western Slope to the Four Corners. Hosted by Rachel Estabrook Reporter: Caitlyn Kim Editor: Rachel Estabrook Production and mixing: Pedro Lumbrano and Rachel Estabrook Artwork: Mia Rincón Executive producers: Kevin Dale, Brad Turner, Gillian Coldsnow