96 episodes

Purplish is CPR News' weekly podcast about state politics, state government, Colorado policy, and political identity. This season the show is hosted by public affairs reporters Bente Birkeland and Andrew Kenney. Each week while the legislature is in session, they'll break down the latest developments, look ahead to what's next, and dive into the bigger picture of what it all means.

Purplish Colorado Public Radio

    • Government
    • 4.8 • 186 Ratings

Purplish is CPR News' weekly podcast about state politics, state government, Colorado policy, and political identity. This season the show is hosted by public affairs reporters Bente Birkeland and Andrew Kenney. Each week while the legislature is in session, they'll break down the latest developments, look ahead to what's next, and dive into the bigger picture of what it all means.

    What did we learn from the primary?

    What did we learn from the primary?

    Colorado's Republican establishment is celebrating a night of victories that they believe will give them a leg up on the general election, and could even be a turning point for their party.

    • 23 min
    Unaffiliated Voters — the big question mark

    Unaffiliated Voters — the big question mark

    the primary approaches, one big question is what influence an influx of unaffiliated voters might have on the GOP selection contests.

    • 22 min
    The GOP Divide

    The GOP Divide

    The party is torn between its grassroots, with their concerns about the 2020 election and their hunger for a more combative tone from lawmakers, and its more traditional voters, who believe a purely economic message is the key to victory in November. The upcoming party could decide which wing has the upper hand.

    • 31 min
    What lawmakers did with their time

    What lawmakers did with their time

    Over the past 120 days, lawmakers have argued over justice reform, housing, behavioral health and so much more -- we'll wrap up everything they did -- and didn't -- get done.

    • 33 min
    With mental health, can Colorado achieve ‘transformative’ change?

    With mental health, can Colorado achieve ‘transformative’ change?

    Colorado ranks last in the nation, when it comes to mental health care available, compared to the number of people who need it. This year state lawmakers are hoping to make a big difference in the problem.

    • 27 min
    The fight to ban Menthols and flavored vapes

    The fight to ban Menthols and flavored vapes

    Lawmakers are debating whether to ban menthol cigarettes, flavored vapes and similar products. It's an issue that's pulled in tons of lobbying money and is causing some deep divisions between usual political allies.

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
186 Ratings

186 Ratings

bryyyydawg ,

Insightful

Purplish is incredibly insightful for everyone, no matter where you stand on the political spectrum, no matter what level of involvement! I listened when I was an undergrad in PSCI and I listen today as a campaign manager.

tallsally ,

Great state legislature coverage

I was lukewarm about the coverage during the election, but the coverage of the state legislature has been outstanding. Whether or not you think Colorado is still a purple state, the podcast is excellent coverage.

kdidier12 ,

Well Done!!

I have been listening for just over a year now. Great content, keep it up and thank you for all your work. 🙌🏼🥳

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