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.

Photo courtesy CU-Denver’s School of Medicine.

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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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April 20, 2015 | NPR · The switch from analog to digital radio offers more channels at a fraction of the cost, the government says.
 

April 20, 2015 | NPR · The move comes as fighting has intensified in Yemen between government forces and Houthi rebels allied with Iran. The U.N. has imposed an arms embargo on the Houthis.
 

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April 20, 2015 | NPR · Gordon Moore’s observation on the exponential improvement in hardware has pushed computers to be faster, smaller and cheaper. But there may be a point where tech advancements outpace the theory.
 

Arts & Life

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April 20, 2015 | NPR · Five years after the BP oil spill, the public has stopped asking whether seafood from the Gulf is safe to eat. But now there’s a supply issue, and fishermen worry about the future of their industry.
 

April 20, 2015 | NPR · “It’s not profound regret,” Morrison tells Fresh Air. “It’s just a wiping up of tiny little messes that you didn’t recognize as mess when they were going on.” Her latest book is God Help the Child.
 

April 20, 2015 | NPR · A coalition of multi-ethnic Hollywood watchdogs is pushing talent agencies to add some color to their lineups.
 

Music

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April 20, 2015 | NPR · The composer is the second from the new-music collective Bang on a Can to win the award with a choral work. Her oratorio explores the lives of coal miners and their families a century ago.
 

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April 20, 2015 | NPR · In a performance at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Carla Bley, George Coleman, Charles Lloyd and Joe Segal are recognized for their lifetimes of artistry and service to the music. Watch at 7:30 p.m. EDT.
 

April 20, 2015 | NPR · The winners of this year’s Pulitzer Prizes in journalism, fiction, poetry, drama, music, biography, history and nonfiction were announced Monday at Columbia University in New York.
 

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