Education funding in Colorado remains below the national average, and local school districts continue to struggle with state funding mandates that pull money away from education budgets. KSJD's Jeff Pope talks with citizen activist Jim Law about what is happening with Amendment 23, a poorly understood law that recently caused local school districts to return money from their budgets to the state.
Southwest Open School is a place for experiential learning, where students actively participate in their own education. In the winter of 2014, the Radio Class chose to focus on challenges facing Montezuma County, including teenage substance abuse, homelessness, generational poverty, and a higher than average theft rate. Tasked with recording transformative radio pieces, the students set out into the community to find real voices. The stories they recorded are real, gritty, and ultimately, their own.
Museum On The Ground is a program that brought 4th grade students to Lowry Pueblo to learn about the site from research professionals and Native Americans. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Kathy Stemmler, Director of Education at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, and Victoria Atkins, Lead Interpretive Specialist at the Anasazi Heritage Center, about the Museum On The Ground program and a new exhibit featuring art and photos from the students depicting their experiences in the program.
For over three decades, the Four States Ag Expo has offered on of the most innovative and inclusive agricultural shows in the country. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Radience Beals, the Executive Director of the Four States Ag Expo, about what you can expect to see and experience at this year's show in March.
For the past two years, Cortez Heart & Soul has been reaching out to the Cortez community to identify the values and ideals of its citizens. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Cortez Heart & Soul Project Coordinator Rocky Moss and Kirsten Sackett, Director of Planning and Building in Cortez, about how the project is progressing, what it is telling us about Cortez, and why it is important for anyone who lives, works, or shops in Cortez to get involved.
Host Sarah Syverson talks with Americorps Vista members Harrison Topp and Danyel Mezzanatto about how they got involved in the Americorps program, what they do in the community to foster the local food movement, and the impact of the program on their lives.
Abandoned mines across the west many times drain water that is contaminated by heavy metals and other pollutants. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with documentary video producer Tom Schillaci and Peter Butler from the Animas River Stakeholders Group about how their efforts to clean up these mines is hampered by legislation that places liability on them under the Clean Water Act.
View Tom Schillaci's video "Act of Congress: Good Samaritans & Draining Mines"
Jack & Molly share stories of love and romance for this Valentine's Day episode.
Dr. John - Big Shot The Cleftones - Can't We Be Sweethearts Foxygen - San Francisco Marvin Gaye - Love & Happiness Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys - Miss Molly Elvis Presley - I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine The Beatles - Two of Us Cass McCombs - Dreams Come True Girl Arethra Franklin - Baby I Love You Lovin' Spoonful - Darling Companion Curtis Mayfield - Only You Babe
In this special Valentine's Day episode of The River Trip, host Lee-Ann Hill talks with environmental educator Jane Dally about her close-up and personal experience in Alaska watching migrating caribou, and Daniel Oppenheimer from the Tamarisk Coalition discusses how helping eradicate invasive species of plants along rivers can foster a deeper appreciation of a waterway's biology, history, and recreational opportunities.