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26 minutes | Mar 18, 2022
Reflecting on the legacy of racist Colorado media coverage, and correcting it today
A group of Colorado journalists and community members of color called The Voices Initiative have been working to understand and correct racism in traditional local media. On today's Colorado Edition we talk about the racist past of newspapers and the findings of the initiative so far.
26 minutes | Mar 17, 2022
Fort Collins poet on feminist thought, climate movement; Paonia photographer documents his transition in photos
Today on Colorado Edition, we talk with Camille Dungy, a poet and professor in Colorado State University’s English program, about her contribution to an anthology of writings at the intersection of the climate movement and feminist thought. And we talk with Apollo Rodriquez, a high school student in a small Colorado town who documented coming out as transgender in a photo essay.
29 minutes | Mar 16, 2022
New series highlights women leading regenerative ranching movement across the West
The new podcast “Women’s Work” from independent audio producer Ashley Ahearn follows women ranchers who are changing the ways we manage land and livestock across the West.
26 minutes | Mar 15, 2022
State lawmakers focused on priority bills halfway through the session; new music nonprofit launches in Colorado
Today on Colorado Edition, we get an update from KUNC’s state capitol reporter about where lawmakers are at the midway point in the 2022 legislative session. And we hear about a new nonprofit launching in Colorado to provide support to the state’s music scene.
26 minutes | Mar 14, 2022
Proposal to cover college tuition for Colorado’s foster youth; new chief of mental health at Children’s Hospital says the crisis remains urgent
On today’s Colorado Edition, we hear about a new bill that would cover the cost of college tuition for thousands of foster youth in the state. And we listen back to a conversation with Dr. K. Ron-Li Liaw, the new chief of mental health at Children’s Hospital Colorado, about the ongoing challenge to provide resources and support for young people struggling with mental health issues.
33 minutes | Mar 11, 2022
Colorado Edition Special: Pain and hope in the Republican River basin
Water feeds Northeast Colorado’s corn and wheat fields, creating a booming agricultural economy. But that water is disappearing from the tributaries that feed the Republican River, flowing 450 miles from the cropland of Yuma County through Kansas and Nebraska. In this special episode of Colorado Edition from KUNC, reporter Adam Rayes takes us on a journey to explore the water crisis in Colorado’s Republican River basin.
26 minutes | Mar 10, 2022
Watching a new reservoir take shape in Northern Colorado; 2003 wildfire survivor helps others navigate insurance
Today on Colorado Edition, we head up to Loveland to watch how a new reservoir project takes shape, and we hear how a volunteer for a nonprofit that helps people navigate insurance after disaster is working with Marshall Fire survivors.
26 minutes | Mar 9, 2022
Colorado Edition: A conversation with Colorado author Adam Kaat
Among many things the pandemic revealed was just how undervalued many essential workers are, especially those who work in lower-paid service-industry jobs. Denver-based author and blogger Adam Kaat chronicles his experience working in a busy grocery store during the height of the pandemic, in a novel called Life on the Grocery Line: A Frontline Experience in a Global Pandemic.
26 minutes | Mar 8, 2022
Challenges facing ski towns and the future of the sport; efforts to ban PFAS from ski wax
Many rural towns across the mountain West are experiencing a moment of crisis — water scarcity and the threat of wildfire, as well as extreme income inequality and a shortage of workers, in part, because the cost of living is often incredibly high. We speak with veteran ski journalist Heather Hansman, who covers these issues in her new book. And we hear about efforts to ban a common but potentially unsafe series of chemicals known as PFAS from ski wax products.
26 minutes | Mar 7, 2022
Combatting Colorado’s drug overdose epidemic; neglect and misconduct in tribal jails
Today on Colorado Edition, we explore local and statewide efforts to prevent overdose deaths and reduce harm. We also hear about a report commissioned by the Interior Department that outlines serious problems at tribal jails.
26 minutes | Mar 4, 2022
Colorado scientists on their discovery of the earliest known female infant burial site in Europe
On today’s show, we hear from two Colorado scientists who recently discovered one of the oldest female infant burial sites in a cave in Europe. We’ll hear their analysis, and what they think life may have been like for the child and her family.
26 minutes | Mar 3, 2022
Marshall Fire survivors navigate rough housing market; founding mothers of NPR
Today on Colorado Edition, we hear about Marshall Fire survivors who are struggling with a challenging housing market and a strong desire to stay put. We also listen back to a conversation with journalist Lisa Napoli about four women who were foundational to the early days of NPR.
26 minutes | Mar 2, 2022
Lulu Garcia-Navarro on politics, polarization and the state of local journalism
Colorado State University held its annual International Symposium last month. As part of that, Colorado Edition’s Erin O’Toole moderated a keynote discussion on politics, polarization and the state of journalism, here and abroad, with former NPR journalist and Weekend Edition Sunday host Lulu Garcia-Navarro.
26 minutes | Mar 1, 2022
Elementary enrollment recovery; what snow totals mean for drought; honoring Wellington and Wilma Webb
Today on Colorado Edition, we hear why Colorado kindergarten enrollment is increasing after plummeting due to the pandemic last year. We also learn why the way we understand the impact of snow totals on drought is changing. And, we listen back to a conversation with Wilma Webb, the first Black first lady of Denver, as her husband and former mayor Wellington Webb is set to be honored with a sculpture.
26 minutes | Feb 28, 2022
Resilience at Ukrainian church service; Colorado’s move to offer public option insurance; history of Black cowboys in the west
Today on Colorado Edition: We hear from members of Colorado’s Ukrainian community who gathered for a church service over the weekend. We also examine Colorado’s move to add a public option insurance program and what lessons we can take away from Washington’s public option rollout; and we revisit a conversation about the history and future of Black cowboys in the American west.
26 minutes | Feb 25, 2022
Colorado women lead tech startup for people to rate safety, accessibility of businesses
On today’s Colorado Edition: There’s a long history of people creating guides to help others find inclusive spaces. In the 20th century, Black travelers used The Green Book to navigate safely. Now, two Colorado women have created a new tech startup that aims to do something similar.
26 minutes | Feb 24, 2022
Election security; Youth mental health crisis
Today on Colorado Edition: We hear how Coloradans working in our elections system are grappling with misinformation and threats to their safety. And we explore the ongoing youth mental health crisis with the head of mental health at Children’s Hospital Colorado.
26 minutes | Feb 23, 2022
Journalists and community members reflect on legacy of racist Colorado media coverage, and how to move forward
Today on Colorado Edition: we explore the history of racist media coverage in Colorado, and the racism still present in media today, with a group of journalists and community members who have been working to understand and correct systemic harm of traditional local media.
26 minutes | Feb 22, 2022
Wildfire legislation; Boulder King Soopers reopens; disaster recovery management in Louisville
Today on Colorado Edition: We check in on several wildfire related bills lawmakers are working on this legislative session. We’ll also hear about the reopening of the Table Mesa King Soopers in Boulder, and we’ll speak with the disaster recovery manager for the city of Louisville.
26 minutes | Feb 21, 2022
Misidentification, arrest of Black teen leads to new Colorado law changing a police eyewitness procedure
Today on Colorado Edition: Experts have suggested that eyewitness accounts to identify potential suspects are often inaccurate, given the trauma of seeing a crime take place. Stephanie Daniel explores how the misidentification and wrongful arrest of a Black teen led to a grassroots effort in Colorado to change the practice of using showups.
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