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Danny Boy

From Maeve Conran | 05:10

A daughter visits with her Irish father and while he doesn't remember her, they share a favorite old Irish song.

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Dad_small As a father with Alzheimer's forgets his youngest daughter, there is still intimacy and remembering together over his favorite song... Danny Boy.  An intimate portrait of a visit by a daughter to her father in an Alzheimer's nursing home.  While he can't remember her name, he remembers his favorite song from years gone by.

Ditches of Boulder County Part II

From Maeve Conran | Part of the Ditches of Boulder County series | 05:03

Catherine Long Gates runs the historic Longs Iris Gardens in Boulder and talks about how her grandfather created the ditch company that the farm still uses.

Longs_iris_gardens_small This is part II of a 2 part series looking at how ditches provide water to homes, farms and businesses in Boulder County Colorado.  This series won in the Public Radio Mini-Series category at the 2011 Colorado Broadcasters Awards. 

Ditches of Boulder County Part I

From Maeve Conran | Part of the Ditches of Boulder County series | 05:05

We follow one of the few female "ditch riders" who explains the ditch irrigation system that provides water to many homes, farms and businesses in Boulder County Colorado.

Silver_lake_ditch_small The ditch system dates back over a hundred years and the original principal of "first in time, first in line" still is the basis for much of the state's water laws.

This is part i of a two part series which won the Public Radio Mini Series category in the 2011 Colorado Broadcasters Association Awards. 

Fire on the Mountain

From Maeve Conran | 29:54

A radio documentary looking at how the historic mining town of Gold Hill Colorado was saved on Labor Day 2010, during one of the most destructive wild fires in Colorado history.

Fire_on_the_mountain_small On Labor Day 2010, the Four Mile Fire in the foothills west of Boulder Colorado became one of the most destructive wildfires in the state's history.  Despite all the odds, the historic mining town of Gold Hill, which was right in the fire's path, was saved.  This is the story. 
This radio documentary came second in the PRNDI 2012 awards - Documentary - Division C. 

National Dairy Goat Show

From Maeve Conran | 06:41

In July 2012, thousands of goats and their goatherders descended on Loveland Colorado for the American Dairy Goat Association National Show.

Goat_show_small We find out how to milk a goat, how goats cheese became so popular, and why goats are (or rather are not) so smelly!

The Digital Transition challenges small cinemas

From Maeve Conran | 05:43

Cinemas all around the country are preparing to transition to digital technology as starting in 2013 movie distributors will no longer send out films on 35 mm film. For small cinemas, the cost of that transition could mean the difference between surviving in an already challenging economy or shutting their doors forever.

Park_cinema_small Cinemas all around the country are preparing to transition to digital technology as starting in 2013 movie distributors will no longer send out films on 35 mm film.  For small cinemas, the cost of that transition could mean the difference between surviving in an already challenging economy or shutting their doors forever.  In Colorado, reporter Maeve Conran visited an historic cinema in Estes Park - one of the oldest cinemas in the country - to find out how they’re dealing with the transition.

The Digital Transition challenges small cinemas

From Maeve Conran | 05:43

Cinemas all around the country are preparing to transition to digital technology as starting in 2013 movie distributors will no longer send out films on 35 mm film. For small cinemas, the cost of that transition could mean the difference between surviving in an already challenging economy or shutting their doors forever.

Park_cinema_small Cinemas all around the country are preparing to transition to digital technology as starting in 2013 movie distributors will no longer send out films on 35 mm film.  For small cinemas, the cost of that transition could mean the difference between surviving in an already challenging economy or shutting their doors forever.  In Colorado, reporter Maeve Conran visited an historic cinema in Estes Park - one of the oldest cinemas in the country - to find out how they’re dealing with the transition.

Santa University

From Maeve Conran | 06:05

What makes a good Santa? It's not just about the belly and the beard... we'll find out more when we take a visit to a "School For Santas" in Arvada Colorado, then we put one of their graduates to the test when a two year old presents her wish list.

Santa_small While every shopping mall in America has a Santa Claus this time of year, take a closer look and you'll see that not every mall Santa has a real beard, let along the full "Santa University" diploma. In this feature, we hear about a training center for Santas in Colorado.

Homeschooling

From Maeve Conran | 06:56

An estimated 2 million American children are homeschooled. The majority of these families are Christians who choose to educate their children at home because they feel public education has become too secular. But that is not the case for all families.

Teaching-the-boys-2_small The majority of the estimated 2 million homeschoolers in the US are Christians with religious or moral instruction and the secular nature of public education being cited as the main reasons many parents choose to homeschool.
But that is not the case for everyone.  For some families, homeschooling is simply a more convenient choice for educating their children and as we’re about to hear in this next story, many families are finding their children are excelling in academics when they’re taught at home. We hear about one homeschooling Dad in Boulder Colorado.

The last of the drive-in movie theaters

From Maeve Conran | 03:44

A story about one of the country's last remaining drive-in movie theaters in Fort Collins Colorado.

Drive_in_small Going to a drive-in movie is the ultimate American Summer experience…but it’s something that may not be around for many more years. There used to be almost 5000 drive in theaters in the US, now fewer than 450 remain.  Reporter Maeve Conran paid a visit to one of them in Fort Collins Colorado