First Take with Lando and Chavis

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Weekday mornings from 6 to 9am, Carlos Lando and Steve Chavis bring you Community, Culture and Music on First Take with Lando and Chavis. A blend of music, news and community-oriented programming, tuning in to First Take is the right way to start your day. Lando's "Stories of Standards" feature examines a jazz standard or a tune from the Great American Songbook each week. Stories of composers, lyricists, performers, and songs. On Wednesdays, Steve hosts Eats and Beats, a segment related to food, restaurants, chefs and all things gastronomic. Tune in!

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News
1:24 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

Matchwits: think you're so smart?

In its 30th season, and it's second season as a statewide competition, the televised high school quiz game "Matchwits" is a marvel of mental capacity and reflexes.  Produced at Pueblo's Rocky Mountain PBS affiliate KTSC, Scott Jones guides the tournament to its exhilarating climax. 

"These kids are very quick," said Jones.  "They only have three seconds to answer the questions."  Fifty schools started the competition last September, and the TV show features the top 16 schools in a single elimination tournament.

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News
1:07 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

Chalkbeat's top 8 education stories in 2014

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Innovations and controversies on the Colorado education scene make this one of the most interesting regions of the country.  From the Colorado desk of the national education news site Chalkbeat, Nic Garcia visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis" with "The eight stories that changed Colorado's education landscape in 2014."

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News
12:35 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Seeker meets saint: Mother Teresa's love revolution

Filmmaker and ad writer Christina Stevens had a dream of meeting Mother Teresa, literally.  She eventually did meet the famous nun in Calcutta, India.  The resulting film is now re-told in a book, Love - The Saint and The Seeker (Hay House, 2014).  Stevens visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis" to talk about some of the things she learned.

Stevens, who traded in her high powered advertising career for more humanitarian pursuits, considers her experience more "transcendent than transformative."  Mother Teresa suggested she volunteer in the orphanage.  

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News
11:31 am
Fri December 19, 2014

La Voz: Questa, New Mexico church revived by community

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The front page story in an upcoming holiday edition of La Voz Colorado depicts a humble community church in Questa, New Mexico, near Taos.  Nearly 175 years old, St. Anthony's Church was nearly destroyed by weather and the Diocese that no longer wanted it.  La Voz writer Ernest Gurule visited First Take with the story of community and faith.

"The locals, all 1800 of them, predominantly Latino and shrinking all the time, said, 'no, we want to rebuild it,'" explained Gurule.  

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Colorado Experience
5:02 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

CO Experience: Justicia y Libertad

A new public television documentary brings Colorado's Chicano movement up to date.  Julie Speer from Rocky Mountain PBS visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis" to discuss the project, "Colorado Experience: Justicia y Libertad," which airs Thursday, Dec. 18, at 7:00 p.m. (MST).  Check local listings.

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