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!


Indy Booksellers
11:10 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Indy Booksellers Survive, Ready to Thrive

Your neighborhood independent bookstore may have been a part of the annual meeting of the Mountain & Plains Independent Booksellers Association in Denver this month. Having survived the recession, the mom and pop booksellers are invigorated these days. Laura Ayrey, executive director of the non-profit trade group shared her enthusiasm for small bookstores and human curators with First Take.

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Access Housing
3:26 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Access Housing Serves Adams County Poor

In metro Denver, Adams County has longer odds to overcome: a higher than average rates of children in poverty, unemployment and high school dropouts. Enter Access Housing, which has been working for 30 years on the issues behind poverty, as well as short-term and long-term housing solutions. Alicia Aguilar is director of programs and communication. She spoke with First Take at their annual "Family Futures Awards Gala." More information is available at the Access Housing website:

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2:47 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Little Man Ice Cream, A Sweet Mission

Since opening in 2008, Little Man Ice Cream has served more than 824,000 scoops of ice cream. They are counting because for each scoop, they're buying a scoop of rice or beans for the developing world. The program is called "Scoop for Scoop." 

Reason #2 to like this place - they are housed in a 30-foot milk jug in Denver's Highlands neighborhood (2620 16th Street, on the west side of I-25, right under the big Olinger Mortuaries neon sign).


Reason #3 - the ice cream creations, and many are dairy free.

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National Punctuation Day
3:32 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

September 24 is National Punctuation Day.

What should America do about its general decline in literacy? While educators are alarmed, journalist/writer Jeff Rubin founded National Punctuation Day ten years ago to drive home his conviction that punctuation marks matter! 

"Civilization is at stake it's very distressing to see this degradation of skills," Rubin said. 


Near the end of this web version is a bonus explanation of semicolon; arguably, it's the most maligned and misused punctuation mark. 


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Boulder's 50-year Flood
11:44 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Boulder's 50-year Flood, 1,000-year Rainfall

  For decades, Boulderites have talked about the dreaded "100-year flood." What it got in mid-September was beyond what most feared, but National Center for Atmospheric Research meteorologist Bob Henson explains that the actual flood levels were more like an every 50 year event. The rainfall on the other hand was way off the charts.

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