Upcoming specials:

"Trumped: Rural Rebellion"January 19 at 7pm, encore presentation January 20 at 7:30pm 
Colorado’s Las Animas County mirrored the country during this Presidential election by voting for Donald Trump.The traditionally democratic region voted for President Obama in 2008 and 2012, but the financially struggling rural county, which has a long coal-mining history, turned the tables on their choice for President by going red rather than blue. The Insight team traveled to the county seat, Trinidad, to learn more about what swayed voters during this election. Were they voting their party or were they voting for survival?

Did you miss it? You can watch it online now or on January 24 at 10pm, January 26 at 7pm or January 27 at 7:30pm or watch it online. 

"Opioid Babies" - February 16 at 7pm, encore presentation February 17 at 7:30pm
As the nation and the state continue to deal with an opioid-abuse epidemic, a recent national study reveals an increase in babies suffering from neonatal abstinence syndrome at birth, especially those in rural places. Is Colorado following the national trend? Various counties and rural areas around the state have noted, anecdotally, that the problem is getting worse, and some are starting to step up to create solutions. We take a look at the numbers that are available in the state and examine what is working and what is not when it comes to the fight against opioid abuse. Also, what other drugs have had an impact on developing minds? We peek in on researchers who are just starting to figure out what might be harmful and what is not.

Also, join us for a conversation with Governor John Hickenlooper about the current legistlative session. 

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Nationally-recognized investigative journalist John Ferrugia, delves into some of the most pressing – and often unseen or misunderstood – issues facing Coloradans.

Insight is in-depth, independent and incisive. It’s public media storytelling at its best. And it’s the kind of journalism that inspires the public to make Colorado an even better place to live. John and a team of investigative journalists – including former national correspondent Lori Gliha and Denver native Marybel Gonzalez – will present thoughtful, thoroughly researched stories of significance for Colorado. Sometimes the show will have the feel of a Frontline-type documentary. Sometimes it will include extended Nightline-type interviews with the newsmakers who have the power to effect change.

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Marijuana in Colorado: State of High
A special report on some of the surprising lessons learned – and what’s still unknown – nearly three years after Colorado became the first state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana. Originally aired October 27 at 7pm.

The Cost of Homelessness
Colorado has been dealing with homelessness for years. The costs are huge. The results so far are minimal. A RMPBS investigation found that the ten most arrested people in Denver are homeless. Their jail and medical costs are steep. Can ambitious new programs that prioritize housing the homeless work? And will they save taxpayer money in the process?

Surviving Suicide
Insight explores Colorado’s high suicide rate with a powerful story of a teen-aged brother and sister, and a near-tragic event that changed their view of life.


Insight reports

Trumped: Rural Rebellion

Last Updated by RMPBS News Staff on

Las Animas County voted for President Obama in 2008 and 2012. In fact, it had not voted for a Republican for president since 1972. But in 2016, the county voted for Donald Trump.

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Suicide in Colorado: Reversing Silence and Stigma

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Insight explores Colorado’s high suicide rate with a powerful story of a teen-aged brother and sister, and a near-tragic event that changed their view of life.

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How safe is super-concentrated marijuana?

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Now legal in eight states, there are unanswered questions about the impact of recreational marijuana on public health. To maximize potency, pot can be purified for maximum THC, its psychoactive ingredient. But a lack of research and restrictions on these very high concentrations is raising concerns.

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Taxpayers spending millions on homeless arrests

Last Updated by Lori Jane Gliha on

During a recent span of five years, taxpayers spent nearly half a million dollars on jail and court costs on Denver’s ten most arrested people, all of whom were homeless or transient.

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Unintended consequences explored in ‘Colorado: The State of High’

Last Updated by RMPBS News Staff, PHILIP MARAVILLA on

Dabbing gives the rush of an instant high. And in Colorado, where recreational marijuana is legal, there are no limits on THC concentration.

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Election 2016

Election 2016

Your roundup of the 2016 Presidential Campaign from across public media. Connecting you to in-depth reporting and analysis on the candidates and the issues this election year.