8 episodes

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.

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.

    Bonus Ep: United 629/Take the Lost Highways Survey!

    Bonus Ep: United 629/Take the Lost Highways Survey!

    In 1955, one of the first airplane bombings in the history of commercial aviation happened just outside of Denver. This episode was inspired by a fragment of the wreckage that's on loan to History Colorado from the Denver Police Museum. Please enjoy this short bonus episode, and take the Lost Highways Season 1 survey to help us make Season 2 even better. You can take the survey at https://www.historycolorado.org/lost-highways or https://forms.gle/9KwjvCnDRZ2Vvbsv6

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    • 5 min
    Mascots, Mask Off

    Mascots, Mask Off

    There are still more than a thousand public high schools across the country that use stereotypes and caricatures of American Indians as their mascots, and Colorado is no exception. We still have more than 30 of them. 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.

    • 58 min
    Rock Around the Bloc

    Rock Around the Bloc

    Born and raised in Wheatridge, Colorado, Dean Reed moved to Hollywood at the age of 19 in an attempt to become a star. He was groomed to be a teen pop idol before becoming a socialist during a tour of South America in the 1960s. He eventually settled in East Germany, where, despite remaining unknown in the United States, he became one of the socialist world's biggest stars. In this episode, Noel and Tyler dig into Reed's archives at History Colorado as they reconsider the legacy of the Red Elvis.

    • 56 min
    The Dearest Field

    The Dearest Field

    In the aftermath of the American Civil War, all-Black settlements sprang up throughout the West as formerly enslaved people and their descendants sought to build a better life. In this episode, Noel and Tyler look back at one of those communities in Colorado.

    • 56 min
    The Passion of Alan Berg

    The Passion of Alan Berg

    Noel and Tyler spin the dial on the talk radio time machine to meet Alan Berg, the loud-mouthed Denver media personality who helped pioneer the “outrage for profit” business model that drives political media today. Berg was on his way to stardom until his assassination by neo-Nazis in 1984.

    • 49 min
    Bonsai Behind Barbed Wire

    Bonsai Behind Barbed Wire

    Tyler and Noel set out to investigate an alleged feud between two bickering bonsai clubs. But their quest leads them instead to Amache, a WWII prison camp for people of Japanese ancestry in southeast Colorado.

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

StuinCO ,

Excited for another season

Really well produced and fascinating stories... As a non-native but 20 year resident, I feel this series gives me an entirely new insight that my native friends have never heard.

Rg80218 ,

Excellent analysis on a national level

Excellent podcast that puts Colorado history into national relevance. However I’d like to see more women and women’s stories portrayed here. Women are portrayed as secondary characters in most of the episodes. Lots of women leading Colorado’s past, present and future!

BHS_T ,

Really Well Done

Having listened to the first episode I really like this podcast. Good storytelling coupled with the use of primary sources makes for a good retelling of history.

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