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Colorado Public Radio is teaming up with Rocky Mountain PBS to mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11 with “Colorado Focus: Impact 9/11,” a news special featuring Colorado connections to 9/11 and its aftermath. The half-hour program will air on CPR’s news station at 10am and 7pm on September 9, 7pm on September 10, and 4pm on September 11.

Rocky Mountain PBS will air the program at 7pm on September 8 and 11, and 9pm on September 9. 

Tune in for interviews with Coloradans who were directly affected by 9/11, including a man who was in one of the World Trade Center towers when it fell and Sandy Dahl, wife of United Flight 93 Captain Jason Dahl. Flight 93 was hijacked by terrorists and crashed near Shanksville, Pa. on 9/11. We’ll also discuss changes to air travel since 9/11 and hear comments from Colorado military veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.  


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CPR’s daily interview program, “Colorado Matters,” celebrates its 10th anniversary this month. Since 2001, “Colorado Matters” has been sharing insightful stories to keep you informed of Colorado’s news about politics, health care, education and just about anything else of importance to the people who live here. 

“‘Colorado Matters’ is dedicated to storytelling and connecting listeners to the news,” said Kelley Griffin, CPR’s news director. “The program’s producers put a lot of effort into finding the right people to interview, the people who are making the news or are directly affected by it. It’s one thing to tell listeners there is controversy or emotion surrounding a story, but it really comes alive when you hear those details from someone who’s got a stake in the news. That makes a story compelling and that’s something ‘Colorado Matters’ has focused on for the last decade.”

To celebrate the 10th anniversary, “Colorado Matters” producers have gone through the archives to find their favorite interviews throughout the course of the program’s history. Listen to their favorites, along with some of the program’s award-winning interviews.

Photo: The “Colorado Matters” team: First row, L-R: Kelley Griffin, Zachary Barr, Michelle P. Fulcher, Andrea Dukakis. Second row: Ryan Warner, Ben Markus, David Fender. Third row: Pat Mack, Lee Hill.

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Ryan Warner has been the host of “Colorado Matters” since 2005. Ryan’s usually the guy you hear asking the questions, but his job goes far beyond your typical Q&A session.

“People think we invite guests to the studio, ask 30 minutes worth of questions and put the story on air,” said Ryan. “But there’s actually a lot more to the process.”

Each week, Ryan sits down with producers for “Colorado Matters” to come up with a list of stories to pursue. Producers conduct pre-interviews with potential guests to develop a rough script for each interview and map out questions. The final interview is recorded and then it heads off to production where it’s edited before going on air.

“When you look at all that goes into the show, my job really boils down to one thing: good storytelling,” said Ryan. “I try to make the interview as conversational as possible by asking questions that allow the guest to share the details of their story. Listeners connect with those details. They remember the details; that’s where the heart of the story lies. My job is to bring that out and edit the conversation in a way that highlights the most interesting parts of the story.”

Photo: “Colorado Matters” Host Ryan Warner speaks with guests on a bus outside CPR’s studios. Photo Credit: Adam Boden.

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Back-to-back live broadcasts from Colorado and abroad

CPR is featuring two live broadcasts this weekend. Listen to Last Night of the Proms from London at noon on Saturday, September 10. The concert includes a performance of Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 by world-renowned pianist Lang Lang.

September 11 at 7pm, CPR will commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11 with a live broadcast featuring the St. Martin’s Chamber Choir performing “Songs of Farewell-A Nation Reflects.” Join Host Charley Samson for backstage interviews from the concert, which begins at 7:30pm.

St. Martin’s Chamber Choir’s Artistic Director Timothy Krueger put the program together. “As I thought about programming something for 9/11, I thought, what would be the most appropriate thing, and of course the first thing that springs to mind is a collection of patriotic songs,” said Krueger. “But that missed the mark for me, so I decided to focus the concert around Hubert Parry’s ‘Songs of Farewell,’ which really portrays the universal nature of the human existence.”

Photo: A look inside the Royal Albert Hall, home of the Proms. Photo credit: Flickr user niquinho