First Take

Arts and Culture
10:44 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Claflin University Choir in Denver


Down in the roots of jazz, you'll probably find the blues.  In the soil around those roots, you're sure enough going to find the spirituals.  Singing those songs of the ancestors is the Concert Choir of Claflin University, the first historically black college in South Carolina.  The choir director and chair of the music department at Claflin University, Dr. Isaiah McGee visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis."

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Eats & Beats
1:18 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Eats & Beats: The Power of Cacao


One of the Americas greatest gifts to the world is the cacao plant.  The ancient and extremely complex process of developing the plant is a work of spiritual dimensions, says Mavis Salazar, an herbalist who runs Grandma's House of Herbs and Cures in Denver.

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Book Review
12:53 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Review: Best American Essays 2013

The Best American Essays, edited by Cheryl Strayed, is an anthology worth reading if you enjoy the strictly personal narrative.  And, although the essays in the collection offer a wide breadth of writing approaches, there's a sameness to them that makes the 2013 collection less than rewarding.

The collection has a round up the usual suspects feel to it, as the essayists deal with the all-too-familiar and the all-too-ordinary.

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10:27 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Hurt Artist: suicidal junkie to Ironman

Shane Niemeyer is an Ironman triathlete, but it's been a long road, longer than his 38years.  His autobiography The Hurt Artist - My Journey from Suicidal Junkie to Ironman begins with a description of the day he tried to hang himself in the Ada County Jail (Boise, Idaho).

"The moment before I jumped, I wanted to end my life.  Having come through that, as the hours turned to days, I was very grateful to have come through it," Niemeyer told Steve Chavis and George Peck on "First Take with Lando and Chavis."  "It changed everything."

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Rocky Mountain PBS Shows
4:51 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Coming Back with Wes Moore | Fitting In

Tuesday on Rocky Mountain PBS at 7pm

Explore the notion of identity, how it's altered during deployment and altered again on return home. Wes explores the experience of coming back fundamentally changed by the experience of war, and the difficulty of fitting back in. Can you create a new life in your old world?

To listen to Steve Chavis' interview with Wes Moore - click here.