Peter Roper Retires After Nearly 30 Years At The Pueblo Chieftain

The longtime newspaperman reflects on southern Colorado, from moments in history to the best restaurant in Pueblo.

Listen to Roper on Colorado Matters

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Are you battling beetles and bindweed? A CSU Master Gardener answers summer gardening questions

Wondering what to do now that the spring tulips have faded? Are Japanese Beetles bugging you? Or is bindweed bumming you out? Listen to CSU Master Gardener Loni Gaudet answer listener questions on the Colorado Matters podcast.

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Crypto-Jews will gather in Denver next week

Some Hispanic families in Colorado have a secret – their Jewish heritage. These so-called “Crypto-Jews” are descendants of Conversos, Jews forced to convert to Catholicism during the Spanish Inquisition 500 years ago. That’s when Judaism became a matter of life and death. The Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies meets in Denver Sunday, June 30 -Tuesday, July 2. Coloradan Donna Medina will be there to deepen her understanding of her own Crypto-Jewish identity. Listen to her story as part of the Colorado Matters podcast.

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Combat Veterans Help Each Other Heal Moral Injury With A Journey To Israel

Combat veterans often must see or do things that are against what their consciences tell them is right. Because of this, they may suffer what’s called moral injury — damage to their moral compass — and that may put them on a self destructive path. The Heroes To Heroes program takes veterans like this to Israel to face their challenges with the help of other veterans.

Listen to Heroes To Heroes founder Judy Isaacson Elias and retired Army Specialist CJ Geeker of Denver talk about the program on Colorado Matters.

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The hidden history of Crypto-Jews in Colorado and the West

There are Hispanic Catholics in the American West who have Jewish ancestry. Yet their families hid, and sometimes forgot, their Jewish roots. These are descendants of Jews who converted to Catholicism five hundred years ago to escape torture during the Spanish Inquisition.  They are now known as Crypto-Jews or Anusim the ones forced to convert. Filmmaker Joe Lovett explores this history in a new documentary, “Children of the Inquisition.” Listen to his conversation with Ryan Warner on the Colorado Matters podcast.

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Want A Fun Road Trip Idea? Tour Colorado On A Penny Squishin’ Mission

Looking for something different to try this summer? Grab a roll of pennies, put the kids in the car and hit the road on the quest for places you can smash those pennies into souvenirs and see the state at the same time. From Leadville to La Junta and Frisco to Fruita – there are dozens of machines all over Colorado that press pennies into elongated shapes with a commemorative design.

Journalist Matt Masich has made just such a “squishin’ mission” and learned about collecting elongated pennies.

Listen to his conversation with Colorado Matters host Ryan Warner on the Colorado Matters podcast.

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The Arab Spring, ancient pharaohs and 21st century garbage collectors are all part of #Colorado author Peter Hessler’s new book “The Buried: An Archaeology of the Egyptian Revolution.”

What do you do when you plan to move to Egypt and then a revolution starts there? If you are journalist Peter Hessler of Ridgway you are undeterred by the Arab Spring and head for Cairo. He spent five years exploring Egyptian culture, politics and history. Listen to his conversation on the Colorado Matters podcast about his new book “The Buried: An Archaeology of the Egyptian Revolution.”

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Mission: Wolf In Southern Colorado Helps Wolves And People Too

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Mission: Wolf – Photo by Shanna Lewis

There’s a wolf sanctuary in southern Colorado that doesn’t just help wolves. It helps humans too. Volunteers come to Mission: Wolf from around the world. A new documentary film Mission Wolf: An Experiment in Living takes a look at the lives of the people who live at the remote refuge, which was founded by Kent Weber high up in the Wet Mountains west of Pueblo some 30 years ago. Listen to Weber talk about the wolves and the people who care about them on the Colorado Matters podcast.

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Health Care In The Borderlands of Southern Colorado

Visit southern Colorado and you’ll find a blend of cultures. That’s partly because the region belonged to Mexico up until 1848. When the border moved south people from many backgrounds intermingled, melding their traditions. A new exhibit at the Trinidad History Museum looks at how the shifting nature of the borderlands shaped health care there. History Colorado’s Dawn DiPrince helped develop the exhibit “Borderlands of Southern Colorado: Remedios, Medicine and Health.”  Listen to her talk about this unexpected history on the Colorado Matters podcast

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Medical Aid In Dying: A Colorado Doctor’s Perspective

Dr. Cory Carroll helps his patients live well, as a primary care physician in Fort Collins. But when it’s clear they are terminally ill, and they ask, he’s there to help people die well. Listen to Dr. Carroll on the Colorado Matters podcast.

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