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Airwaves, a listener publication from Colorado Public Radio.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2012

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PREPARE FOR ELECTION 2012 WITH ‘COLORADO VOTES’

Colorado will be in the national spotlight this election season as an important swing state with nine electoral votes that could impact the outcome of the presidential race. Explore all the issues at stake with ongoing coverage as part of “Colorado Votes” on CPR News. 

You’ll hear thoughtful analysis of the state’s political races and the debate surrounding key issues, including energy, jobs and health care. “Colorado Votes” will also provide listeners with a detailed look at the first presidential debate, which takes place on Oct. 3 at the University of Denver (DU). Read more about DU hosting this debate in the CPR Sponsor Spotlight

Leading up to Election Day, stay tuned for additional reports from CPR and the latest news on the national outlook from NPR.


Photo credit: NPR.

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COMING UP: LIVE BROADCAST OF THE COLORADO SYMPHONY’S SEASON OPENER

Join Classical Host Charley Samson for a live broadcast from Boettcher Concert Hall on Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m., as The Colorado Symphony kicks off its Masterworks series. The opening-night performance features Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 and Brahms’ Concerto No. 2 with Pianist André Watts and Conductor Gilbert Varga.


Photo: André Watts. Photo credit: Colorado Symphony.

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FINDING COMMON GROUND THROUGH CPR’S PUBLIC INSIGHT NETWORK

Using the Public Insight Network (PIN), CPR’s news team recently set out to bring together people with opposing views on guns and the laws that govern gun ownership for an in-depth discussion.

“Interviews like this enhance our coverage because we’re putting a policy issue in the hands of the people,” says PIN Analyst and Reporter Lee Hill. “This type of story reminds us that there are a lot of diverse opinions out there, but it’s possible for people to talk through their differences, gain an understanding of other perspectives and find common ground through respectful discourse.” 

In order to facilitate the conversation on guns, Lee sifted through the more than 100 PIN responses that came in the wake of the theater shooting in Aurora. 

“It’s really important to seek out the right people,” says Lee. “We weren’t looking for opinions. We wanted to find people who had life experiences that directly connected them to the debate on gun control.” 

The most challenging part of putting the story together came after the interview was taped. “Most of the work came in the editing process, piecing together the most compelling parts of the conversation,” says Lee. “The conversation was more than an hour, so it took some time to drill it down to less than 20 minutes.” 

Listen to the full interview on guns, find out what other PIN stories CPR News is working on, and sign-up to share your experiences and add depth to CPR’s news coverage.

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CPR SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: THE UNIVERSITY OF DENVER

In 1970, students at the University of Denver (DU) launched Colorado Public Radio in an effort to elevate the discussion about important issues. Forty-two years later, DU is still connected to CPR as a committed sponsor, supporting in-depth news and music.

“The University of Denver is a private university dedicated to the public good, and underwriting on CPR is part of DU’s long-standing tradition of collaborating and supporting businesses and people in Colorado,” says Kevin Carroll, vice chancellor of the Division of Marketing and Communications and chief marketing officer. Through underwriting, DU “helps sustain programs that people in Colorado rely on to stay educated and informed and it also helps raise awareness about our educational, athletic and cultural resources.” 

On Oct. 3, DU will host the first presidential debate, which focuses on domestic policy. “We’re excited for this opportunity to bring this historic event to our campus, our city and our state,” says Kevin. Listen to CPR News for in-depth coverage of all the events leading up to the debate as part of “Colorado Votes.” 
 
Photo: DU’s Mary Reed Building, located on the oldest part of campus. Photo credit: The University of Denver.