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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News

January 23, 2018 | NPR · In a setback for Rupert Murdoch family, British regulators said the planned $15 billion takeover of Sky was not in the public interest and would be blocked unless there is a way to prevent the tycoon from influencing the network’s news output.
 

January 23, 2018 | NPR · At least two people are dead and 12 others injured after a shooting at a school in western Kentucky on Tuesday. NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly talks with reporter Matt Markgraf of member station WKMS about the latest.
 

January 23, 2018 | NPR · President Trump was pretty invisible this weekend as Senators tried to work out a deal to end the government shutdown. Now, as the immigration debate starts again, what does he want from it and what will his role be moving forward?
 

Arts & Life

January 23, 2018 | NPR · The Oscar Nominations have arrived. NPR’s Linda Holmes and Bob Mondello discuss the whys and wherefores behind both surprises and snubs from this year’s contenders.
 

January 23, 2018 | NPR · Last year’s historic Best Picture debacle prompted the accounting firm responsible for the security of envelopes to come up with new fail-safes. Most important: Stop tweeting and put away that phone.
 

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January 23, 2018 | NPR · Gui Minhai, a Hong Kong-based bookseller with Swedish citizenship, was on a train to Beijing for medical treatment when police detained him. Now, Swedish authorities are demanding answers.
 

Music

January 23, 2018 | NPR · Hugh Masekela burst on the world pop scene in the 1960s, playing alongside Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, Ravi Shankar, The Who and Jimi Hendrix. The legendary jazz musician died on Tuesday at age 78.
 

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January 23, 2018 | FA · Paul Thomas Anderson’s new film stars Daniel Day-Lewis as a renowned fashion designer. Phantom Thread landed six Oscar nominations, but Anderson says making sewing look dramatic wasn’t easy.
 

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January 23, 2018 | NPR · This week’s mix of essential new music includes the mind-bending sounds of pianist Nils Frahm, Sylvan Esso’s electro-pop romp for the end of the world, the gorgeous harmonies of Darlingside and more.
 

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