I’m thrilled to announce that the Colorado Public Television program “Colorado Inside Out” has been nominated for another regional Emmy Award. Colorado Inside Out is a weekly roundtable show about current events. Once a year, we produce a “time machine” episode, which debuts on the Friday of the July 4 weekend. Last year, the time machine took us to 1973. I played my father, Democratic State Representative Gerald Kopel, while other members of the cast portrayed Charlie Martin (a popular Denver AM radio host), folksinger Judy Collins, a fictional actress, and Al Nakkula (police reporter for the Rocky Mountain News). The topics we discussed included the Equal Rights Amendment, violence between the Denver Police and Chicano radicals, the U.S. Supreme Court’s Keyes decision mandating school bussing in Denver, the Arab oil embargo, and Watergate.

The Heartland chapter of the  National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences covers Colorado, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and most of Kansas. Our 1973 program is one of three nominees in the category “Interview/Discussion – Program/Series/Special.” Previous time machine episodes have garnered three Emmys, as well as several other nominations.