Have you listened to History Colorado's award-winning documentary podcast, Lost Highways: Dispatches from the Shadows of the Rocky Mountains? In it, Noel Black and Tyler Hill set out to discover Colorado through stories they can’t believe they’ve never heard before.
Producers and hosts Noel Black and Tyler Hill, both veterans of public radio, bring high standards and authentic voices to the project.
Supported with generous funding from the Sturm Family Foundation and a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Season one explores the roots of familiar contemporary topics such as talk-radio culture, same-sex marriage, and American Indian mascots. It also mines insights from stories on Japanese incarceration and forced relocation during World War II, minority settlements, and the “Red Elvis,” a man who might have been John Denver before he defected to cold-war East Germany.
Season two explores connections between past and current events, whether it's the 1919 Flu Epidemic, the declaration of Martial Law in 1936 to attempt to prevent immigration into Colorado, and comparisons between 19th century and modern day prostitution in Denver. It also touches upon the timeless stories of the nineteen disability rights activists who shut down Denver's city buses for twenty-four hours; the local rancher whose survival of a rattlesnake attack catapulted her into being a 20th century Western icon; and the life and times of Juan Federico "Freddie Freak" Trujillo, a southern Colorado Chicano activist.
Season three looks at concepts of justice and will leave the listener with a deeper understanding of how that has operated—and where it has fallen short of its promise—in the historical West and, more broadly, in the United States. Our premier focuses on the notorious case of Alfred Packer, and later episodes discuss topics as varied as the Black Denver doctor who infiltrated the Klu Klux Klan, the story of striking coal miners of the 1913-1914 Coalfield War, and more.