For the most part, we don’t make political films – at least not films that are about the nature of politics or political systems. We make films about political events. Films like All the President’s Men, The Candidate, The Best Man, Advise and Consent, Seven Days in May, or even trifles like Dave or The American President are not really about politics, political ideas or philosophies. They’re about action, like The Washington Post uncovering the Watergate scandal. Or they’re about things like an attempted coup, or a Senate confirmation or a political contest in which at least one of the candidates has to confront the temptations to corruption.

Gail Schwartz at a campaign event in Steamboat Springs.
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In a hotel ballroom, at the base of the Steamboat Ski Resort, candidates for the U.S. House and Senate, and their surrogates, tick through talking points.

“There are two issues I know of Scott Tipton cares very, very deeply about. One of them is water. The other one is energy,” Chuck McConnell, of the Routt County Republicans, said. 

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Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton square off for their final presidential debate. NPR's politics team, once again, joins with other NPR reporters and editors to scrutinize the candidates' statements in real time, as they arise during the debate.

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This election year, we’ve heard a lot about border security.

As Donald Trump has said: “We can do a wall, we’re gonna have a big fat beautiful door right in the middle of the wall. We’re going to have people come in, but they’re going to come in legally - and Mexico is going to pay for the wall.”

Matt Larson

Matt Larson is in his mid-thirties and already concerned about what will happen at the end of his life. A year ago, he was diagnosed with brain cancer. It was treated, but there’s a 50 percent chance it could return. If it does, he wonders at what point he would want to die. In November, Colorado voters will decide whether terminally-ill patients can legally end their lives.


As Veteran's Day approaches, the stories of veterans and their families offer a glimpse into the sacrifices they made while serving. In partnership with StoryCorps, KUNC presents a series of unique and powerful stories told by Colorado veterans and their families.  

Tim Resch / Estes Park Outfitters

On a September evening in 2013, Tim Resch, owner of Estes Park Outfitters, was with a handful of clients on an elk hunting trip on Twin Sisters Mountain in the Roosevelt National Forest. His business caters to out of state hunters who are attracted by the area’s reputation for big bull elk.

That night, it started raining. And it didn’t stop.

“When that flood really broke loose, I couldn’t get to my horses, couldn’t get to my trucks and trailers," he said. "I was in awe, I’ve never seen anything like that."


When it comes to Colorado voters, odds are that the older you are, you're a Republican, and the younger, a Democrat. Of course, that’s not always the case, but it is one of the trends about age and generation that reporter Nick Coltrain uncovered in a USA Today story for KUNC News' election partner, the Fort Collins Coloradoan

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A guy who covers agriculture in the West who’s never put a skinned, sliced, battered, deep-fried bull testicle into a cup of cocktail sauce and then into his mouth?

I couldn’t let it stand.

They’re known by many names: lamb fries, bull fries, Montana tenders, huevos de toro, cowboy caviar. In my corner of Colorado, they’re Rocky Mountain oysters and I somehow coaxed myself into thinking I needed to try them to be more a part of the place I live, to be a true blue Coloradan.

In Boulder County, An Effort To Ban GMO Crops Moves Ahead

Oct 14, 2016
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Officials in Boulder County have released a plan to remove all genetically-modified crops from county-owned farmland within the next five years.

The county’s commissioners directed staffers to draft the plan following a series of heated public hearings in early 2016, where scientists argued farmers were being unfairly targeted and local activists said the crops in question threaten the county’s agricultural viability, and its reputation as an environmentally-conscious community.

The plan calls for farmers who lease county land for their operations to stop planting GMO corn within the next three years, and sugar beets within the next five years.