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New Sunflower Theatre Director Hopes to Bring More Live Theatre, Dance to Cortez

Incoming Sunflower Theatre Director Desiree Henderson joined KSJD's Austin Cope on Morning Edition to talk about her background in the arts, her time growing up in Cortez, and the kinds of performances she hopes to bring to town.

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The World Health Organization is investigating a cluster of possible polio cases in an eastern province of Syria.

If the cases are confirmed, they'd be the first ones in the war-torn nation in more than a decade. The country eliminated polio in 1999.

Syria used to have one of the highest polio vaccination rates in the region. If the virus has returned, it would be a high-profile example of the ramifications of the collapse of Syria's once-vaunted public health system.

Good morning.

Happy Tech-Surge-To-Fix-Healthcare.gov Day in your nation's capital.

In the wake of a disastrous rollout of his legacy legislation, President Obama will speak in the White House Rose Garden later this morning to declare the problems unacceptable.

And to outline how the White House has dispatched an A-Team to fix glitches that have frustrated many of the 19 million Americans that have gone online to research or sign up for insurance coverage through Healthcare.gov.

There's one state highway running through Myrtle, Mo. It's a sleepy town in the Ozarks, population about 300. There's no bank or restaurant here, but enormous oak and persimmon trees loom over a small stone building right next to the road. Half of it is a post office; the other half, a one-room public library.

Rachel Reynolds Luster took over this branch four months ago with the goal of creating a learning hub. She calls herself a curator, not just a librarian.

Her first task? Filtering out some of the favorites of the previous librarian.

Colorado voters are set to decide on passing Amendment 66, which if approved, will increase the state's income tax to raise the amount spent on funding public school districts. KSJD's Jeff Pope talks with Alex Carter and Jim Huffman to hear arguments both for and against Amendment 66.

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Host Sarah Syverson talks about food service changes to include more raw and local foods at Southwest Memorial Hospital with Dan Viti, Food Service Director, and Marissa Kliensmith, Nutritionist.

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On the UN's 2013 International Day of the Girl, KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Casie LaMunyon, the area coordinator with Girls On The Run, a national program that works to inspire girls to be happy, healthy, and confident through running-based activities.

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New host Lee-Ann Hill from Dolores River Boating Advocates talks with Jim White, an aquatic biologist with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, about native fish populations in the Dolores River.

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Host Lyn Patrick talks with mining reclamation expert Jens Deichmann about the current situation with the Red Arrow Mine gold mining waste and milling facilities near Mancos, Colorado, and the regulatory and health issues related to the toxic materials that have been found at the site. Originally aired on October 8th, 2013. 

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The role of landscape in how we tell stories plays a vital role in the Four Corners area. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with local author Erica Olsen about how the perceptions of truth in history and the meanings we create through stories shape our understanding of place and identity here where four states meet. 

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Host Sarah Syverson discusses the public health issues and potential agricultural and groundwater impacts surrounding the Red Arrow Mine waste debacle near Mancos, Colorado with Lyn Patrick, naturopathic doctor and co-host of KSJD's environmental health program Pandora's Box.

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Jeffrey Foucault

Folk singer-songwriter at the Sunflower Theatre Sunday, May 7th, at 7:00pm

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