Studying pythons might seem an unlikely way to help people with heart disease. But a python’s remarkable ability to quickly enlarge its heart and other organs during digestion is leading some medical researchers at the University of Colorado toward surprising new therapies. From Boulder, KRCC’s Shelley Schlender reports.

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This month we’re taking you on a trip through Colorado, visiting places and talking to people that help make the Centennial State what it is.

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This weekend in Washington, the American Association for the Advancement of Science presented CU-Denver professor John Cohen with its top award for Promoting Public Understanding of Science and Technology. KRCC’s Shelley Schlender has this profile.

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In the 1800s, Christmas was a popular time for bird shooting contests. But an early officer of the Audubon Society pushed to change those annual bird kills to an annual bird count. Now, from mid-December through January 5th, tens of thousands of citizen scientists conduct Christmas bird counts nationwide. In order to bring you the […]

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Ovens, ranges, microwaves…all these are common in Colorado homes. Worldwide, most food gets heated over portable cookstoves that burn wood, dung or straw, often inefficiently, generating smoke that can lead to deadly respiratory disease. The United States has recently signed on to help clean up this pollution. Some leaders in solving the problem are […]

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The need for drugs and alcohol–or for money to buy them–can drive addicts to robbery, domestic violence, and other crimes. Many people consider jail time the best way to keep them from committing more crimes. But a court program that’s used throughout Colorado, including Front Range cities such as Colorado Springs and Boulder, is proving […]

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Cell phones, scanners, TVs and radios have all been tested for safety. But how they interact with living cells is not well understood. Sorting out these effects is the goal of a conference this Sunday, at the School of Mines in Golden. Shelley Schlender reports.

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Boulder is gearing up to be this year’s host for a national celebration of African music. Zimfest is perhaps the largest annual gathering in North America of students, teachers, performers and fans of Zimbabwean music. KRCC’s Shelley Schlender has this profile of the husband and wife team whose love for the […]

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The word “permaculture” joins the concepts of “permanent” and “agriculture.” It begins with personal commitment toward protecting the Earth, then continues with action to make it happen. And, it’s the theme of an Earth Day celebration that will feature a permaculture greenhouse. KRCC’s Shelley Schlender reports from Boulder.

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Second Life is an internet-based simulation of reality–a virtual world with trees, buildings, animals and people. The “people” are animated characters who participate in the digital world, each guided by a real-world person who can make his or her “avatar” look and act however they want. For someone with physical or emotional disabilities, […]

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November 28, 2015 | NPR · In an upset, British challenger Fury beat the Ukrainian boxing star– heavyweight champion of the world for 9 1/2 years — on points Saturday, taking the WBA, IBF and WBO titles.

November 28, 2015 | NPR · NPR’s Nathan Rott gives the latest rundown on the gunman who shot a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado Springs.

Seminole Tribune
November 28, 2015 | NPR · The Seminole Tribe of Florida works with Florida State University to ensure it that its football team accurately presents Seminole traditions and imagery.

Arts & Life

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November 28, 2015 | NPR · Gunn, the mentor to young designers on Project Runway, has been a teacher and educator for decades. But he spent his childhood “absolutely hating, hating, hating, hating school,” he says.

Courtesy of Christopher Kirkley
November 28, 2015 | NPR · Prince’s ’80s-era classic has gotten a modern update — in Niger. Directed by Christopher Kirkley, starring the nomadic Tuareg people, this Purple Rain remake drops the kissing but keeps the attitude.

November 28, 2015 | NPR · It’s the season of food, and British food writer Bee Wilson has a book on how our food tastes are formed. NPR’s Scott Simon speaks with her about her new book, “First Bite: How We Learn to Eat.”


Library of Congress
November 29, 2015 | WFIU · Though overshadowed during his own lifetime by his employer, Duke Ellington, the composer-arranger wrote more than 1,000 pieces. Here are takes on his most famous tunes.

Sony Legacy
November 28, 2015 | NPR · “People tried to call him just a jazz cat, but he was beyond that.” Trujillo speaks with Michel Martin about a new documentary on the man sometimes called the Hendrix of the bass.

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November 28, 2015 | NPR · His 30-year career includes trailblazing with an electric trombone, but the Oberlin educator and jazz player has never recorded with a big band until now.

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