Backbone Radio, January 16, 2011 - Immigration, state budgets, education, and goat cheese

Audio archives for this show:

Segment 1 - Intro, Udall's SOTU Seating Chart; Helen Krieble and the Red Card Solution
Segment 2 - Helen Krieble; Michael Amen of the Ugly Goat Milk Company
Segment 3 - Bill Moloney discusses education reform
Segment 4 - Krista's thoughts
Segment 5 - Penn Pfiffner on the Colorado Citizens' Budget (in studio)
Segment 6 - Jeannie Schroder with band Devotchka; closing thoughts

Please join Krista Kafer, guest-hosting for Ross Kaminsky, on this week’s Backbone Radio. We have a full lineup of fascinating guests and intriguing topics.

We’ll talk with Helen Krieble, businesswoman and philanthropist, who has devised a possible solution to the immigration dilemma. Creator of the Red Card Solution, Ms. Krieble was a participant in the Centennial Institute debate on immigration this past Wednesday.  You’ll hear why she generated both applause and skepticism.s

Penn Pfiffner of the Independence Institute will talk to us about the Colorado Citizen’s Budget. The new governor and members of the Colorado General Assembly would do well to follow this roadmap as they drive into the wilderness of budget cuts.

Given the lean outlook for this year’s revenues, former Education Commissioner Bill Moloney will talk about his recent Centennial Institute policy brief “Much Better Schools on Much Lower Budgets: A Primer for Colorado Policymakers.” He believes the current budget shortfall may provide an unforeseen opportunity to make real changes in the state’s stagnant public school system.

We’ll also hear from Jeanie Schroder, the beautiful and talented string base and sousaphone player from Colorado indie band Devotchka, one of the bands that played at the inaugural concert. Praised by the new governor, Devotchka will release a new album on March 1. What makes this unique band tick? We’ll find out.

We’ll also take a short time out to hear from a small business owner on what it’s like to start a dairy and poultry farm from scratch. The Ugly Goat Milk Company is where I go for the yummiest cheese and free range eggs. The secret is out.  [Note from Ross: I didn't know goats laid eggs!]

In between we’ll find some time to talk about newly proposed legislation, Senator Udall’s goofy “let’s all sit together” proposition, liberal efforts to squelch free speech, and whatever else tickles our fancy.

Please join the show by listening to (and calling in to) this week’s Backbone Radio program from 5 PM to 8 PM on 710 AM KNUS in Denver and 1460 AM KZNT in Colorado Springs.

If you’re not in range of the radio waves, you should be able to listen to the show online by clicking HERE.

Again, we hope you’ll actively participate in the conversation by calling the studio at 303 696 1971.

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