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Lost Highways from History Colorado explores stories about Colorado and the American West--overlooked stories about how we got to now and how our region has shaped the world. Hosts Noel Black and Tyler Hill take listeners well beyond the “mountains and marijuana” stereotypes to uncover stories about their home state they can’t believe they never heard. Lost Highways is presented by the Sturm Family Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Lost Highways: Dispatches from the Shadows of the Rocky Mountains History Colorado

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Lost Highways from History Colorado explores stories about Colorado and the American West--overlooked stories about how we got to now and how our region has shaped the world. Hosts Noel Black and Tyler Hill take listeners well beyond the “mountains and marijuana” stereotypes to uncover stories about their home state they can’t believe they never heard. Lost Highways is presented by the Sturm Family Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

    Lost Highways Presents: The Order of Death

    Lost Highways Presents: The Order of Death

    As we get to work making Season 3 of Lost Highways, we wanted to share a podcast we think our listeners would love as much as we do. This is Episode 2 of a 4 part series called "The Order of Death" by JoshMattison and Shannon Geis. It's an in-depth look at the neo Nazis who assassinated Denver radio host Alan Berg, who was the subject of the S1 Lost Highways episode, "The Passion of Alan Berg."

    To hear more go to https://www.theorderofdeathpodcast.com/ or search "The Order of Death" on any podcast app. 

    • 37 min
    The Miseducation of Freddy Freak

    The Miseducation of Freddy Freak

    Juan Federico Miguel Arguello Trujillo lost his name, his language, and his culture at a Catholic school in Trinidad, Colorado in the 1940s. When he found them again he found himself at the center of some of the most important moments of 20th Century Chicano history. 

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Going Back to Trinidad

    Going Back to Trinidad

    On this episode, how Trinidad, Colorado -- an iconic Western mining town along the old Santa Fe trail on the New Mexico border -- became the unlikely location for two pioneers of gender confirmation surgery. Their work would earn Trinidad the now-dated nickname: "the sex change capital of the world."

    • 1 hr 4 min
    [Update] "Maybe They Should Call it the Kansas Flu"

    [Update] "Maybe They Should Call it the Kansas Flu"

    As the Covid-19 Pandemic rages on, we update this episode about what we can learn from the 1918-1919 Spanish Flu outbreak in Colorado. In particular, we look at Gunnison, the mountain town that almost managed to avoid the outbreak altogether. 

    • 32 min
    Tuned in Dropouts

    Tuned in Dropouts

    In 1970, a man named Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche came to the US with the mission of teaching Tibetan Buddhism to Westerners. He enthralled hippies across the country and paved the way for a distinctly American Buddhism. But there was also a "shadow side" to his charisma. On this episode, Noel and Tyler explore the life and times of a beloved teacher who was no stranger to controversy.

    • 58 min
    [UPDATE] Mascots, Mask Off

    [UPDATE] Mascots, Mask Off

    As people across the country celebrate Thanksgiving, we're re-broadcasting one of our more popular episodes from Season 1 in light of current events. Please stay tuned at the end for an update with two of our guests.

    On this episode of Lost Highways, we look at the history of American Indian mascots and the different ways that tribes, teams, governments, and communities have grappled with the controversy. 

    • 1 hr 2 min

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