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Colorado Inside Out: Time Machine

For over twenty years, COLORADO INSIDE OUT (CIO) has offered a balanced, comprehensive look at public affairs issues important to the people of Colorado.

In 2003, CIO-regular David Kopel discovered that the show could travel back in time, a tradition that has become popular with CIO viewers, producers, panelists and craftspeople. The program has now made 11 expeditions into Colorado’s past, and has won a number of Emmys for its outstanding "Time Machine" episodes.

Take a closer look at some of these watershed years in Colorado history below. Highlights include event timeline, journal entries that offer a snapshot of Denver in the mid-1800s, early political cartoons, newspaper articles covering the Titanic disaster and archival photos – including historic shots of Red Rocks under construction and aerial photos of Denver in the late 1950s.


Time Machine: Circa 1973

Original airdate: July 5, 2013


In this special presentation, the CIO panel takes its annual trip in the time machine! This time, the program goes 1973. The panel tackles the progress of the equal rights amendment, controversy with the Crusade for Justice and Chicano rights movement, court ordered busing for DPS, the energy crisis hitting Coloradans at the pumps and the Watergate scandal. Host Dominic Dezzutti is joined by Patricia Calhoun, David Kopel Dani Newsum and Kevin Flynn. Co-producer and head researcher Larry Patchett went to great lengths to be sure the CIO panel covered as many of the major issues from 1973 as possible. And, as we have found in past explorations in the time machine, many of the issues from 40 years ago still resonate today.


Time Machine: Circa 2025

Original airdate: July 5, 2013


Fans have always asked us if we would ever do a time machine show in the future, so we finally went there. Check out the floating hologram talking heads of 2025 talking about the political developments and the collapse of the two party system into something completely different.


Time Machine: Circa 1912

Original airdate: July 6, 2012


This time, the panel is in 1912, the year of the Titanic tragedy, Theodore Roosevelt’s Bull Moose candidacy, women’s suffrage marches, war in the Balkans, a revolution in Mexico, and US Marines in Nicaragua, Honduras and Cuba on behalf of Banana Companies.

Taking on identities from the period, the panel discusses some of these current events, and then strikes a local tone with a discussion about Denver's tumultuous city government. A new reform movement has pushed Mayor Robert Speer aside, but the move does not necessarily go well for Denver, or the movement.

Mrs. Margaret Brown, known to many as Molly Brown, is played by Patricia Calhoun. The panel also includes Hobart Drizzlewhit (David Kopel), Gertie West (Dani Newsum), Police Commissioner George Creel (Kevin Flynn), and Ernest Bollier (Raj Chohan).

Read the full description, including detailed information about background materials below.

Background Materials:



Go To City Hall Tonight, Rocky Mountain News, December 12, 1911



Commission Petition Cartoon, Rocky Mountain News, December 13, 1911



Battle of Courthouse Square Cartoon, Rocky Mountain News



Spirit of Riot, Spirit of Peace Cartoon, Rocky Mountain News



Arnold Barricaded Headline, Denver Republican, December 15, 1911



Speer Gunmen Storm Courthouse, Rocky Mountain News, December 15, 1911



Speer the Cossack Cartoon, Rocky Mountain News, December 16, 1911


Speer Political Cartoon



Commission Government Cartoon



Reformer's Tag Day Cartoon, Denver Republican



Nibbled by Ducks Cartoon, Rocky Mountain News



Entitled Fleeing, Rocky Mountain News, March 2, 1912



Electric Cars Ad, Sunday News, March 10, 1912



March 1912 Auto Show Ad



Arnold Cartoon, Denver Times, March 15, 1912


North Pole Cartoon, Denver Times, March 18, 1912



Tomm Powers' The Yater Cartoon, Denver Post



Speer selects new Tax Assessor Cartoon, Denver Post, April 1, 1912



Arnold Path to Office Cartoon, Denver Times, April 14, 1912



Wealth from Want Ads Cartoon, Denver Times, April 14, 1912



Taft vs Theodore Roosevelt Cartoon, Denver Post, April 15, 1912



Theodore Roosevelt vs. Taft Cartoon, Denver Post, April 16, 1912



Theodore Roosevelt Cartoon, Denver Times



Mayor Arnold Cartoon, Denver Republican, April 16, 1912



Election Commission Cartoon, Denver Post, April 17, 1912



Titanic, Day 1 False Headline, Denver Times, April 15, 1912



Titanic Headline, Denver Republican, April 16, 1912



Titanic, 2nd-Day Headline, Denver Times, April 16, 1912



Titanic Headline, Denver Post, April 16, 1912



How the Titanic Would Liik if Placed on End in Arapahoe Street, Denver Post, 1912



Crazed Woman May Be Mrs. Brown, Rocky Mountain News, April 19, 1912




Time Machine: Circa 1951

Original airdate: July 1, 2011



In this edition, host Raj Chohan, along with Patricia Calhoun, David Kopel, Dani Newsum and Kevin Flynn visit 1951. Topics include the growing war in Korea, preparing for the bomb with duck and cover drills, potential government expansion in Colorado and construction in Denver.

Background Materials:

1951 Event Timeline
Korean Conflict Timeline


Denver Library Plans



Denver Library Exterior



Denver Library Elevations



Denver Library Exterior



Denver Library Entrance



MayorQuigg Newton



Denver Coliseum



Stock Yards, Pre-Coliseum



Mayor Newton's Council on Race Relations.jpg



Time Machine: Circa 1935

Original airdate: July 2, 2010



In this edition, the panel visits 1935 during a time of the Dust Bowl, the Great Depression, immigration issues and growing tensions in Europe and Asia.

Background Materials:

1935 Background Information


Civilian Conservation Corps



Civic Center Park



City and County Building



Red Rocks Tunnel



Red Rocks Tunnel



Red Rocks Trading Post



Red Rocks Construction



Red Rocks Construction



Red Rocks Construction



Red Rocks before Civilian Conservation Corps



Red Rocks before Civilian Conservation Corps performance


Red Rocks paths before Civilian Conservation Corps



Time Machine: Circa 1959

Original airdate: July 3, 2009



In this edition, host Raj Chohan, along with Patricia Calhoun, David Kopel, Craig Silverman and Kevin Flynn visit 1959. Topics include the controversial expansion of Interstate 70 into the Elyria neighborhood, the growing impact of the military complex on Colorado's economy and the current crime spree in Denver.

Background Materials:

1959 Event Timeline
Cultural Events of 1959


Denver, 1958



Denver, 1959



I.M. Pei Hyperbolic Parabaloid



Denver, 1960s



Time Machine: Circa 1858

Original airdate: July 7, 2008



In this edition, host Raj Chohan is joined by Patricia Calhoun, David Kopel, Dani Newsum and Kevin Flynn for a visit to 1858 -- just as the city of Denver is just being founded. This Emmy Award-winning episode includes cameos from Denver City Auditor Dennis Gallagher and Dr. Tom Noel.

Background Materials:

Kansas Territory Timeline
Horace Greeley's Version of the Trip to Denver
Excerpts from Albert D. Richardson's Beyond the Mississippi



































Time Machine: Circa 1927

Original airdate:

Background Materials

Background images for Time Machine: 1959, 1951 & 1935 courtesy of The Denver Public Library.

 

 

Background images for Time Machine: 1858 courtesy of Four Mile Park. Additional information can be found on the webpage of Professor Tom Noel, AKA Dr. Colorado. 

 

 

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