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Bennet Chides Trump, Hickenlooper Talks 2018, And We Meet A Mermaid

​Gov. John Hickenlooper opines on the campaign season, warns about the wildfire fighting budget. Sen. Michael Bennet has harsh words for President Trump on Russia, as well as immigration. And we meet a mermaid from Pueblo, Pixy "Queen Ary" Wright, who was carried into our studio by her husband, Bill Wright, while he was dressed as a pirate.

Craig Childs Got Into A Mammoth Mindset For New Book; Plight Of Agriculture During Drought

The Colorado author scaled ice fields and ancient caves to follow the route early humans would've taken to cross the Bering Land Bridge into North America. Ryan Warner interviewed him live on stage at the Avalon Theatre in Grand Junction. Then, extreme drought has put Colorado farmers and ranchers in a tight corner.

Craig Childs Got Into A Mammoth Mindset For New Book; Plight Of Agriculture During Drought

Meet Denver's New Police Chief Paul Pazen; How Unite Colorado Gets Independents Elected

Pazen, who succeeds the controversial Robert White, wants to tailor community policing strategies to the neighborhood. Then, inside an advocacy group finding and training independent candidates for office. Next, why the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel is cutting down print editions. Finally, remembering teacher Scott Horsley and musician Henry Butler.

Meet Denver's New Police Chief Paul Pazen; How Unite Colorado Gets Independents Elected

Restaurant Worker Pinch; Volunteer Archaeologists; Extreme Skier Hilaree Nelson

Colorado's economy is doing swell, but state unemployment hovers around 2 percent and restaurants industry pros tell us why eateries are having a heck of a time finding workers. Then we'll take a tour of an archeological site in golden that lets you dig for artifacts alongside scientists. And we'll catch up with extreme skier and mountaineer Hilaree Nelson of Telluride. She's in a new PBS documentary.

Restaurant Worker Pinch; Volunteer Archaeologists; Extreme Skier Hilaree Nelson

Developments Transform Grand Junction; Immigration And The GOP In Mesa County

Junkyards and uranium mills once dominated Grand Junction's riverside. Now, townhomes and breweries loom large. Then, we hear from a DACA recipient and Republican supporters about immigration. Next, Colorado's longest-serving sheriff has seen Telluride transform. Also, the iconic Bar D Chuckwagon lives on. Finally, the Colorado border isn't a straight line.

Developments Transform Grand Junction; Immigration And The GOP In Mesa County

Front Range Companies Move To Western Slope; Cooking With Palisade Peaches

As Front Range real estate costs increase, businesses are migrating to the Western Slope to take advantage of tax breaks and the higher quality of living. Then, the executive chef of Bin 707 Foodbar shares some Palisade peach recipes. Next, an artist known for his jumbo-sized sculptures downsizes. Finally, local band Mount Orchid breaks down some tracks.

Front Range Companies Move To Western Slope; Cooking With Palisade Peaches

The Crusade For Center, Pt. 2; Summer Monsoons Will Soon Be Here

The small town of Center has a history of racism, and political intrigue. Listen to the second of this two-part series and read more at center.cpr.org. Then, Mike Nelson, Channel 7 meteorologist and author of "The Colorado Weather Almanac," predicts that summer monsoon will soon be here to break the heat and help douse the wildfires.

The Crusade For Center, Pt. 1; Former Candidate Saira Rao Leaves State Because Of Threats

The small town of Center has a history of racism, and political intrigue. See the rest at center.cpr.org. Then, Saira Rao was harassed after she tweeted about whiteness. Next, how Colorado will adapt to legal sports betting. And, how the AG candidates weigh in on the opioid lawsuit. Finally, a farting unicorn design tears a local artist and Elon Musk apart.

The Crusade For Center, Pt. 1; Former Candidate Saira Rao Leaves State Because Of Threats

The Crusade For Center

This special report is about confronting racism. It's also about what happens when those without power get it — and don't let go.

How Wildfire Fighters Decide What Homes To Save; The Achievement Gap In Denver Schools

When lives are at risk, firefighters have to choose which homes to save and which to not. Then, while test scores overall at Denver Public Schools are average, the gap between poor and affluent students is not. Next, a baseball card worth millions makes an appearance at History Colorado. Finally, a bestselling YA author returns with her newest book.

How Wildfire Fighters Decide What Homes To Save; The Achievement Gap In Denver Schools

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