Booked

Weekly public affairs program hosted by Gavin Dahl featuring reporters, authors and newsmakers. 

For his final Booked program on KDNK, station manager Gavin Dahl thanks 50+ guests on the program over the past year, and speaks with KZMU Moab station manager Serah Mead about serving the public during a pandemic, new music discovery, and the uniqueness of freeform radio.

Gavin Dahl / KDNK

For this week's Booked program, KDNK's Gavin Dahl caught up with local band Let Them Roar rehearsing in Sopris Park. They are inviting the community to roar too with free songwriting workshops on Thursday nights at 6, organized by Garfield County Libraries. Get more info here

Susan Greene

Recovering newspaper journalist and Pulitzer Prize finalist Susan Greene joins KDNK's Gavin Dahl to discuss her latest column in The Colorado Independent, "Denver Police agreed to First Amendment training. It still hasn't happened." Press organizations in Colorado have spoken out about the mistreatment of journalists by law enforcement as well. She also talked about her participation in a new project called COLab.

Elizabeth Miller / Statesider

Reporter Elizabeth Miller joins KDNK's Gavin Dahl to discuss two recent articles, The Losing Coast for The Statesider, and COVID-19 Pandemic Complicates 2020 Wildfire Season for New Mexico In Depth.   

Jason Gonzales / Chalkbeat

Chalkbeat Colorado reporter Jason Gonzales joins KDNK's Gavin Dahl on Booked to explain the massive cuts to higher education coming to Colorado. We discussed his article on the COVID budget toll and his article on how these budget woes were decades in the making.

UPDATE: Jason's latest article, published after this interview aired, outlines how severe these cuts will be for higher ed in the state.   

Sopris Sun editor Will Grandbois joins KDNK's Gavin Dahl to reflect on the paper's latest awards haul from the Colorado Press Association.

Stina Sieg / Colorado Public Radio

This week on Booked, KDNK's Gavin Dahl speaks to Colorado Public Radio's western slope reporter Stina Sieg about her coverage during the coronavirus outbreak. Her reporting over the past month included a story about migrant workers in Palisade, the Delta Tru Vu Drive-In opening for the season, and the rise in baking of isolation loaves and quarantine cookies during the stay at home order. She says her reporting has changed dramatically over the past few weeks, and sometimes she wishes she could just do comforting stories all the time, but also likes the challenge of finding the human side of tough subjects. 

Sandra Fish

Reporter Sandra Fish talks with KDNK's Gavin Dahl about a new initiative from First Draft and Colorado Media Project called Misinformation Watch. Her latest article for The Colorado Sun looks at coronavirus disinformation including robocalls, phony cures, conspiracies, and politicizing the crisis. 

Aspen Sojourner magazine editor in chief Cindy Hirschfeld joins KDNK's Gavin Dahl to discuss the challenges of distributing a high quality magazine during a public health crisis, as well as recent stories on Haunted Aspen and where to find delivery, takeout, and curbside pickup in the Midvalley. 

Moe Clark / The Colorado Sun

Colorado Sun reporter Moe Clark joins KDNK's Gavin Dahl to discuss her reporting on efforts to protect the homeless population from coronavirus. 600 beds are opening at Denver's National Western complex to provide a safe space to consolidate resources and better achieve social distancing. Meanwhile, Gov. Jared Polis has instructed unarmed National Guard personnel to assist in providing care to the homeless. You can read Moe Clark's reporting on this for The Colorado Sun here and here.

Scott Condon / Aspen Times

Aspen Times reporter Scott Condon joined KDNK's Gavin Dahl to dicuss his feature on how local farmers are reponding to the COVID-19 crisis. He spoke to the leaders of Rock Bottom Ranch, Wild Mountain Seeds, Two Roots Farm, and the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute about farmers markets, CSAs, and other ways they hope to grow their impact in the Roaring Fork Valley in 2020. 

Heather Sackett / Aspen Journalism

Heather Sackett continues covering the quarry in Marble for Aspen Journalism and speaks to KDNK's Gavin Dahl about the Clean Water Act vioaltion determined by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. You can read her story here. Aspen Journalism is a non-profit news organization that partners with local newspapers.

Kathleen Shannon, courtesy of The Sopris Sun

The newest member of the KDNK news team, Kathleen Shannon, sat down with Gavin Dah on Booked to discuss her article in The Sopris Sun on utility workers and other services that make life at home during the COVID-19 crisis possible. She also talked about her radio show, The Time Being, on Wednesday nights from 9-11pm. When she's playing music, she goes by the on air moniker KillaKath. 

Courtesy of Post Independent

Post Independent reporter John Stroud has covered the Roaring Fork Valley for 30 years. Since the outbreak of COVID-19 his journalistic output has been as prolific as ever. He spoke with KDNK's Gavin Dahl about interviewing the first person to test positive for COVID in Garfield County, how the Roaring Fork School District is handling the crisis, the 9th Judicial District putting eviction and foreclosure proceedings on hold, and more. 

Dopesick by Beth Macy

Abby Gierke interviews author Beth Macy about her book Dopesick and opioid addiction in America.

Adam Cayton-Holland is a writer, comic, and actor based in Denver whose tragicomic memoir Tragedy + Time is now available on Audible. The book is heart-wrenching and hilarious all at once, written in tribute to his younger sister Lydia after her suicide. Adam talks with KDNK's Gavin Dahl about his first time doing Conan and offers suggestions for getting the creative juices flowing while sitting at home. "Be diligent, don't be lazy," he says. "Stop making excuses, go get some work done. That's my advice."

Jerry Raehal

Glenwood Springs Post Independent publisher Jerry Raehal joined KDNK's Gavin Dahl on Booked to outline some of his suggestions for avoiding panic and a mob mentality, and to explain the ways access to news is changing at the PI in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He also shared comments on a joint letter sent by The Colorado Press Association and Colorado Freedom of Information seeking assurances from Gov. Jared Polis that news operations will continue to be considered an "essential part of emergency personnel" during the state of emergency.

The Sopris Sun

Sopris Sun editor Will Grandbois discusses the four finalists competing for the job of Police Chief in the Town of Carbondale, Lee Damuth, Sean Dugan, David Shaffer, and Kirk Wilson. He also reflects on covering retiring Carbondale chief Gene Schilling over the years.

Ed Williams

Reporter Ed Williams discusses his article 'Restraint, Seclusion, Deception: Parents and Regulators Left in the Dark Over School Behavior Management Techniques' from Searchlight New Mexico, with KDNK's Gavin Dahl. Ed was a reporter at KDNK before heading to New Mexico to do investigative reporting. 

Corey Hutchins joins KDNK's Gavin Dahl on Booked to discuss his reporting on President Donald Trump's massive rally in Colorado Springs last week. Trump said of embattled US Senator Cory Gardner, "He's been with us 100%. There's no waver." Plus, he explains why a dozen rural newspapers ran PR as news, mostly without disclosing the writer was paid to make the County Clerks Association look good. And he touches on how the Denver Post is using algorithms for sports coverage, and addresses the sale of the Greeley Tribune from Swift Media to Alden Global. Corey Hutchins teaches journalism at Colorado College and covers media for the Columbia Journalism Review and Colorado Independent. 

Raleigh Burleigh

Capitol Coverage is a project created by the Rocky Mountain Community Radio coalition (made up of 19 stations in Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, and Wyoming) and managed by KUNC in Greeley. Reporter Scott Franz joins KDNK's Gavin Dahl to talk about his second year covering the State Capitol on behalf of the stations who carry his coverage around Colorado.

The Colorado Channel is like our state's own C-SPAN, offering gavel-to-gavel coverage of the House and Senate floor in the Capitol. Open Media Foundation creative director Brandon Stiller speaks with KDNK's Gavin Dahl about how to use the service, and learn more about how the sausage is made.   

Courtesy of Aspen Daily News

Aspen Daily News reporter Megan Tackett joins KDNK's Gavin Dahl on Booked to discuss her cover story on the proposed quarry expansion near Glenwood Springs, which features accusations of disingenousness by both sides. The story quotes at length Rocky Mountain Resources CEO Greg Dangler, as well as key voices of the opposition, representing "seemingly everyone else" in the community. 

The Sopris Sun

Sopris Sun editor Will Grandbois and KDNK's Gavin Dahl review some of the Oscar-nominated films ahead of the Academy Awards this Sunday night. Then they go beyond the Oscars to recommend a few underrated films. Both agree Booksmart was hilarious and deserved a Best Screenplay nomination. Will suggests The Lighthouse, Peanut Butter Falcon, and The Dead Don't Die. Gavin suggests Just Mercy, Always Be My Maybe, and Captive State. Plus, they tout the Sopris Sun's upcoming 11th anniversary benefit screening of ET at the Crystal Theatre in Carbondale on Thursday, Feb. 13. See you at the cinema!

Reporter Michael Roberts joins KDNK's Gavin Dahl to discuss a big change in Colroado media. Now in his thirtieth year at Denver's mighty alternative newsweekly Westword, Roberts has watched the landscape for media and journalism change throughout his career. He broke the story that CPR and Colorado College are entering into a management agreement that will make the Colorado Springs radio station KRCC part of CPR's expanding statewide network. 

Colorado Public Radio reporter Bente Birkeland speaks to KDNK's Gavin Dahl about the dynamics of her award-winning reporting on sexual harassment at the State Capitol. She also shared her perspective on the US Senate primary race and the current legislative session. Birkeland was KDNK's Capitol Coverage reporter for more than a decade before getting a new reporting position at CPR.

Courtesy of The Colorado Sun

Colorado Sun reporter Tamara Chuang's reporting on broadband was cited by Benton scholar Robbie McBeath in his Best of 2019 article this week. She joined KDNK's Gavin Dahl on Booked to discuss the impact of the digital divide on the urban poor, and the funding landscape for rural broadband deployment in Colorado.

Courtesy of Benton

Robbie McBeath joins KDNK's Gavin Dahl on Booked to discuss his article on the Top 10 Broadband Stories of 2019 for the Benton Institute for Broadband and Society. He also defines key terms we often hear, but don't always agree on like broadband and the digital divide.

Jeff Roberts / CFOIC

Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition executive director Jeff Roberts recaps the big stories in government transparency from last year with KDNK station manager Gavin Dahl. His 2019 year in review article examined encrypted police radios, open internal affairs reports, and more.

Sopris Sun editor Will Grandbois joins Booked to look back at local news highlights over the past year from the perspective of his newsroom. Not only was there a lot of local news to cover, it was a year of transition at the paper as well.   

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