Democrats and Republicans in Washington agree on very little when it comes to reducing the deficit. One growing area of agreement, though, is cutting or eliminating payments to farmers in the form of agriculture subsidies. Many rural Republicans have long supported direct payments to farmers, calling it an agricultural safety net. But in the age of the Tea Party and deficit reduction, farmers are bracing for leaner times. Senator Charles Grassley will join host Neal Conan. The veteran Iowa Republican, a family farmer himself, is proposing limiting payments to farmers who earn less than a set income. Troy Bredenkamp of the Colorado Farm Bureau will share what he's hearing from farmers and ranchers in his state.
The Tattered Cover Book Store hosts hundreds of author visits a year, from President Barack Obama to former House speaker Newt Gingrich to basketball great Kareem Abdul-Jabar. It's one reason the Denver institution has emerged as one of the nation's leading independent book stores, in spite of fierce competition from larger chains and the internet. Joyce Meskis, founder and owner of the Tattered Cover, joins host Neal Conan to talk about the appeal of independent book stores and how she's drawing customers in this economic climate.
The U.S. Justice Department all but shifted the burden of investigating the medicinal marijuana industry to the states. On Friday, Colorado will take the reins, with a brand new government agency charged with making sure legal dispensaries are in compliance with all regulations and aren't selling illegally out the backdoor. It's a model other states are considering. Paul Schmidt is an investigator for the Colorado Department of Revenue. He joins host Neal Conan and Colorado Public Radio's Megan Verlee to talk about the growing business of medical marijuana and what states are doing to regulate it. Michigan Radio's Sarah Cwiek will also join the conversation, detailing how medicinal marijuana has changed law enforcement in that state.
Many cite Denver as the birthplace of the American Chicano Movement. In the 1960s and 1970s, American-born Latinos like Denver's own Corky Gonzales launched a nationwide civil rights movement. The movement continues today in the Mile High City, although the focus has shifted toward voting and immigration rights. The leaders of today's movement are largely the children of the "Crusaders for Justice" of the 60s and 70s. University of Denver professor Lisa Martinez will joins host Neal Conan to talk about the evolving role and goals of Denver's Chicano movement.