First Take

Jazz on Film
11:39 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Jazz on Film: So Square and So Hip

Jack Webb’s iconic character Joe Friday and program "Dragnet" forever fixed him as the no-nonsense, straight talking and ultra-square cultural figure firmly behind law and order and unmoved by societal changes in the 1950s and 60s. Yet few knew that Webb got his start as a late-night jazz DJ before moving to radio broadcasts and television. He is reputed to have had more than 6,000 jazz records, including everything done by Bix Beiderbecke as well as his love for the modern jazz of the 50s. His first wife was the actor-singer Julie London.

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2:32 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

After Ebola scare, back to flu basics


(Sniff, sniff)  Yes, there's a bug going around.  State epidemiologist with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) Lisa Miller visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis" (at a safe distance, by telephone) with an update on the annual flu season.

"This year the (flu) outbreak started rather early, and we believe it peaked in late December, but there's still a lot of flu out there," said Miller.  But it's not all flu.

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Stories of Standards
1:18 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Gershwin's "How Long Has This Been Going On?"

A duet written by George and Ira Gershwin in 1927 for the Broadway musical Smarty, "How Long Has This Been Going On" was originally sung by Adele Astaire and Jack Buchanan to describe the excitement of a first kiss.

Two weeks into the show, the composition was dropped and replaced by another Gershwin songs -"He Loves and She Loves."  Two months later, "How Long Has This Been Going On?" was rewritten as a solo and featured in the Broadway production Rosalie.

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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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1:07 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

Chalkbeat's top 8 education stories in 2014

Credit Nicholas Garcia,

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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