Booked

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

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.   

Heather Sackett / Aspen Journalism

Aspen Journalism reporter Heather Sackett broke the story of a 5500-gallon diesel spill that halted operations at the quarry in Marble for two months. The Yule quarry in Marble is a source of pride in the history of our region with local stone carved for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Lincoln Memorial and the Colorado State Capitol.

Aspen Daily News reporter Alycin Bektesh joins Booked to talk about the locally-owned paper's new podcast, The Upload. In the first two months, the weekly half hour podcast has featured ten staffers from the paper as well as special guests like Aspen Ski Co CEO Mike Kaplan. The Upload offers an informative glimpse behind the headlines.

Aspen Times reporter Carolyn Sackariason talks on Booked about her story, Community to Lose a Significant Chunk of Designated Affordable Housing, which found that 22 affordable housing developments with APCHA deed restrictions will expire over the next twenty years.   

Jerry Muller, professor of history at Catholic University of America, and author of the book The Tyranny of Metrics, talks about the key beliefs he challenges in the text and why effective management blends measurement with judgment based upon experience.

Aspen Words

Aspen Words Executive Director Adrienne Brodeur joins KDNK volunteer Abigail Gierke on Booked to discuss her new memoir, Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me. Adrienne Brodeur presents her book at the Wheeler Opera House on Friday, December 6, at 5:30pm.

Rio Blanco Herald Times editor Niki Turner and Colorado Independent editor Susan Greene collaborated on an investigative journalism article called "Through the Cracks: A Sick Stranger, A Police Shooting, and a Town's Silence." A man with paranoid schizophrenia named Daniel Pierce was killed by law enforcement last year and the town of Rangely attemped to keep the story out of the public eye. Niki and Susan talk about what they learned while reporting the story, about rural access to mental health care, insufficient police training, government transparency, and how important the truth is to a community.

The Sopris Sun

Sopris Sun Editor Will Grandbois hosts this special episode of Booked, a throwback to Everything Under the Sun. His guests are newly-elected Roaring Fork Schools Board Member Jasmin Ramirez, Carbondale Branch Library Manager Lacy Dunlavy, and Nick Forbes, coach of the Roaring Fork High School soccer team.

Gavin Dahl / KDNK

Student journalist Sarah Teague joins KDNK station manager Gavin Dahl on Booked to talk about student publication The Olive Branch, her summer academy at The New York Times, and her column in The Sopris Sun entitled "To Trust the Media, Youth Must Help Shape It."

Gavin Dahl / KDNK

Associated Press Northern Arizona correspondent Felicia Fonseca reports on a new proposal for working with private companies to modernize campgrounds at National Parks in her new article. KDNK's Gavin Dahl lays out why this is controversial, including debates over keeping parks natural vs. adding amenities like wi-fi, plus concerns over profiteering or increasing the cost of access to public lands. Additionally, the proposal orginated during disgraced former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's tenure. Zinke was subject to at least 15 investigations when he resigned after voters put Democrats back in charge of the U.S. House. 

Courtesy of Aspen Daily News

Megan Tackett has been busy reporting for Aspen Daily News since we last heard her on KDNK. She stopped by the studio to discuss what she's learned covering courts and crime with station manager Gavin Dahl. 

Artspace Loveland

Colorado Sun reporter Sue McMillin's latest article finds Colorado's plan to embed arts spaces into historic district's is a slower process than initially envisioned. "But towns are fine with that," she writes. KDNK's Gavin Dahl speaks with her about covering stories far beyond the Denver metro, including Ridgway, Trinidad & Loveland.

House Natural Resources Committee

Acting BLM director William Perry Pendley calls himself a "sagebrush rebel" and according to audio obtained by High Country News, his own staff question whether he has the moral courage to lead under President Trump and Interior Secretary David Bernhardt. High Country News reporter Nick Bowlin talks with KDNK's Gavin Dahl about upheaval among the career staff at BLM, consolidation of policymaking power, and the future of public lands management.

M. John Fayhee

Reporter M. John Fayhee joins KDNK's Gavin Dahl to explain what's next for federal land near El Jebel that is managed by the US Forest Service. It sounds like the White River National Forest will preserve the lower parcel of what Fayhee calls "pure riparian splendor" with public access trails to the Roaring Fork River. The upper parcel is 30 acres across three sections and could be leased or sold. Read all about it here.

Aspen Historical Society, Shaw Collection

Writer, freelance journalist, and historian Tim Cooney's latest piece for the history desk at Aspen Journalism is called Deep Sea Divers Dewater Flooded Smuggler Mine. It ran on the cover of the Aspen Sunday News last month. On Booked, he speaks with KDNK station manager Gavin Dahl about the incredible story deep inside the flooded Smuggler Mountain mine.  

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