InSights & InPerson with Lost Highways Podcasters & Guests

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History Colorado Center

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Denver-based podcasters revisit the murder of Alan Berg, a talk radio host who was gunned down by white supremacists in Denver in 1984.

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As a second event in our InSights & InPerson program series, History Colorado's own Lost Highways podcasters, Noel Black and Tyler Hill, will be joined by Denver-based podcasters Josh Mattison and Shannon Geis to discuss their forthcoming podcasts on the original shock jock, Alan Berg, who lit up the KOA airwaves in the 1980s until his assassination in 1984 by white supremacists.

In the episode, “The Passion of Alan Berg,” Lost Highways looks at how Berg's unflinching language during his show's run during the early 1980s on Denver radio station, 850 KOA, drew impassioned, paradoxical, and ultimately deadly responses from his listeners - especially those exercising the cause of white supremacy.

Mattison and Geis also explore the implications of Alan Berg’s death, but through a documentary podcast series, The Order of Death. They will especially speak to the second episode in the series, “The Silent Brotherhood,” which explores the white supremacist group behind Alan Berg's murder - The Silent Brotherhood - their ideology, and their other crimes - such as plans to overthrow the United States Government.

While looking directly into the legacy of Alan Berg’s murder is a hard and flinching one even in this day and age, you will find no better guides than this line-up of podcasters whose episodes both compliment and extend beyond each other. As InSights & InPerson is fundamentally about audience engagement with our presenters, this event is a special opportunity to query and converse with Noel Black, Tyler Hill, Josh Mattison and Shannon Geis about their process, opinions and visions when tackling hard topics and issues such as when freedom of speech runs afoul with bigotry and violence.

About the Speakers:

Noel Black is the senior producer and host of Lost Highways: Dispatches from the Shadows of the Rocky Mountains, History Colorado's own podcast series. Formerly he was the creator, co-host, and senior producer of Wish We Were Here, an Edward R. Murrow Award-winning show and podcast produced by KRCC public radio in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Tyler Hill is producer and co-host of Lost Highways: Dispatches from the Shadows of the Rocky Mountains, History Colorado's own podcast series. He has worked in production at NPR’s Morning Edition, Weekend All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition.

Josh Mattison is an award winning podcast producer, editor, host, writer and sound designer. He created, produced and edited the pop culture show The Revisitors and was a host on the comedy podcast Bad Or Not Bad. Recently, Josh served as an associate producer of “A Daughter’s Voice”, an award winning podcast for the Clyfford Still Art Museum. Currently he is the creator, editor, producer and host of Denver Orbit.

Shannon Geis is a freelance writer, editor, and audio producer. She studied Documentary Storytelling at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies and holds a Master’s degree in Oral History from Columbia University. Her audio work has appeared on America’s Test Kitchen, Studio 360, State of the Re:Union, and Denver Orbit, among others.

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Denver, CO 80203

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