First Take

Eats & Beats
3:06 pm
Sat April 26, 2014

Peruvian Power Foods: return of the pichuberry

Credit www.perudelights.com

In the battle against empty calories, white sugar and enriched flour, so-called "power foods" are taking first place on more menus.  San Francisco-based registered dietician Manuel Villacorta summarized his favorites from his native Peru in his new book Peruvian Power Foods, highlighted by a new national marketing campaign for pichuberries.

  

"I define power foods as a food that is not just rich in vitamins and minerals, but also they have a set of phytochemicals and antioxidants that actually provide amazing health benefits."

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News
12:42 pm
Sat April 26, 2014

City kids getting STEM boost from OWL tech fair

They used to be called “science fairs.”  Now they’re called “tech fairs.”  Open World Learning is an after-school educational program that teaches advanced computer technology to Denver area students.  New CEO of Open World Learning Piep van Heuven visited "First Take" with the story of this weekend's tech fair at the Bruce Randolph School in northeast Denver.

"Our award-winning curriculum improves the math skills of about 1,000 Title 1 students annually," said van Heuven.  "Really, they're learning to love to learn."

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News
12:23 pm
Sat April 26, 2014

20 yrs. after Rwandan genocide, prosecutor teaches at DU law school

Twenty years ago, Rwanda experienced 100 terrible days of genocide.  University of Denver law lecturer David Akerson shared with "First Take" how he found himself on the prosecution team at the international tribunal for those crimes.

"The United Nations created the first international criminal tribunal since Nuremburg," said Akerson.  "When I arrived (about three years after the genocide), the evidence accumulated in a hotel room, even in the bathtub."

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News
2:27 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Denver Water without a drought?

May 1 marks the opening of Denver Water's watering rules.  Travis Thompson from Denver Water joined First Take to explain the nuances of managing water when the reservoirs seem to be full.  (SPOILER ALERT.  They're still saying, "Use only what you need.")

"Conservation is not a drought response," said Thompson.  "Conservation needs to be a way of life for all of us here in Colorado."  

Here's the link to Denver Water's Conservation page, including water use rules, tips, and rebates.

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Arts and Culture
1:50 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Manuel Ramos remembers Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez died on April 17, 2014 at age 87.  His legacy bounded beyond Latin America, and while other works were made into films, he never permitted his landmark One Hundred Years of Solitude to be handled by Hollywood.  Denver-based crime novelist Manuel Ramos reflected on his contributions with Carlos Lando and Cynthia Hessin.

An interesting English-language website on Gabriel Marquez works operated by TheModernWorld.com. 

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