First Take

News
2:40 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Matchwits crowns Grand Junction champions, next season applications due in May

Carlos and Steve have been "playing along" with the students on Colorado's high school quiz show "Matchwits" this season.  Congratulations to Grand Junction High School, this season's champions. Rocky Mountain PBS show producer Scott Jones joined "First Take with Lando and Chavis" with a recap and look ahead at next season's show.  (Listen for Scott's jazz trivia question.  No surprise: Carlos - 1, Steve - 0.)

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Book Review
1:40 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Guns, Germs, and Steel - still valid?

In this book review, Dr. Robert Greer reflects on the 1998 Pulitzer Prize non-fiction book Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond.

Does it hold up?  Are Diamond's late 20th century conclusions and forecasts enduring?  Click on the "Listen" bar above to hear Dr. Greer's view.

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Arts and Culture
3:33 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Return of the record players

Longtime "crate divers" (DJs who spend long hours flipping through racks of old vinyl records) are enjoying some redemption these days.  The arguments over the audio fidelity have been won by the 
"analogs," it seems.  Records rule!  And now, turntable manufacturers can say, "we're back."

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News
2:36 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Denver Auto Show: A new day for diesel

Credit www.greencarreports.com

Diesel engines were in bad need of a makeover: noisy, smoky and smelly.  But the mileage was so much better, the nation's truck fleets have long preferred diesel.  Enter the age of "clean diesel."

David Sowers, head of Dodge Ram Truck marketing shared some of his diesel knowledge while at the Denver Auto Show.  "It surprises a lot of people," Sowers said.  "There are no more outward signs, that old smoke and smell, or even the clatter."

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Arts and Culture
9:44 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Artist Jesse DuBois: man at work

Credit www.jessdubois.com

Born and raised in Denver, Jesse DuBois has met most of jazz music's greatest names.  His father ran Colorado's Jim Crow-era resort for African Americans, Lincoln Hills - where the stars played.  Only later did DuBois pick up the brush.

A graduate of the Art Institute of Denver's first class in 1957, DuBois paints to this day.

This past winter's thaw broke a pipe in his Welton Street studio's basement.   Several works were damaged, some beyond repair.  (See the 9News story here.) 

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