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Here Are 6 Things To Know About The Latest GMO Science

May 17, 2016
Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media

Genetically-engineered crops are generally safe to eat, but in the 20 years since the first commercial GMO crops hit the market, they haven’t delivered on all their promises, according to a new analysis from a National Academy of Sciences panel.

For more than two decades genetically-engineered crops -- plants in which scientists have transferred genes among species to achieve new traits like herbicide tolerance or insecticide -- have been lightning rods in food discussions.

Perhaps the report’s greatest charge to its readers: avoid sweeping generalizations about GMOs, which can paint a broad swath of plant varieties considered to be “GMO” as either good or evil, panacea or scourge, savior or destructor.

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Standing next to a piano with her ukulele, singer Mandy Harvey is performing for a private party in Greenwood Village. If you look down, you might notice she’s not wearing shoes…

“You can feel things better when you’re standing on the stage,” Harvey said. “Being able to feel the music through the floor, it makes me feel like I’m a part of the band and not just the only person in the room who doesn’t really understand what’s going on.”

So why footwear free? Harvey, who splits her time between Colorado and Florida, can’t hear the band. Or herself. She’s deaf.

Arne Svenson / Courtesy the artist and Julie Saul Gallery, New York

Peek-a-boo, Arne Svenson's camera sees you. From a voyeuristic photo exhibition to a sleepover at one of Colorado's oldest venues to a Beatles reunion – of sorts – this week is pretty packed with options.

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Before rehearsing his opening song in Loveland Opera Theatre's production of the classic Pirates of Penzance, opera singer Adam Ewing needs a little warming up.

"I think the speech-like nature of it lends itself very easily to being sung and kind of stumbled over," Ewing said of his opening number, "I am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General" – more commonly known as the "Major General's Song."

And it is a very commonly known song.

"Something about it - it's just kind of in the public consciousness," Ewing said.

Vocalist/guitarist Sue Foley was born in Ottawa, Canada, and lives in Austin, Texas, and she has made fans from North to South. Sadly few women have made it as blazing guitarists. Happily, Foley has managed to buck that sexist trend. Coupled with her powerful voice, her inspired guitar makes her a Blueswoman well worth hearing.

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Big Bill Broonzy was an amazing guitarist and competent vocalist who went from Country Blues in the 1920s, through a period in the 1930s and 40s of urbanizing his sound to appeal to working class African-Americans, to a return to a more acoustic and folkish style in the 1950s.

In that final guise he became a hero of the 50 sand 60s American Folk music revival and an international star.

Colorado is known as a craft beer haven, but the industry's boom inevitably gained the attention of what was once "the enemy": big beer. As consolidation starts to take hold, where does that leave one of the state's biggest success stories? [AP Video]

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John Primer is another of a long list of Mississippi Blues players who made it in Chicago -- and in the bargain helped solidify the Chicago style of Blues. His tight guitar riffs and solos mix with vocals that are gruff and straight forward expressions of strong emotion.

If Lil Johnson  was recording today, her albums would carry a warning: Contains sexually suggestive material and parental discretion is advised. The same could be said about this story. But hey, it's about Blues music so you what do you expect?

Legendary rock musician David Bowie, who influenced generations of musicians and fans, died on Sunday, two days after his 69th birthday.

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