KUNC's Colorado Edition: Brewing Through The Ages

Mar 1, 2019

On this week's Colorado Edition, we've got two stories about what's brewing in Colorado's beer scene (hint: there's something new and something very, very old). Plus, we take a closer look at the "skills gap" that could be holding the state economy back and meet a dance troupe that believes anyone and everyone can take part in the performing arts.

Colorado's recreational marijuana industry is booming, with sales reaching almost $1.6 billion last year. Now, entrepreneurs are looking for the next big thing to cash in on. As Matt Bloom reports, they're setting their sights on Colorado's craft beer market.

In 1989, a unique dance troupe was formed in Fort Collins — one where accessibility for everybody was key. The company recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, and now its founders and dancers are looking at taking the next step. Arts reporter Stacy Nick has more.

There's a major skills gap in Colorado and nationwide, defined as the difference between skills required on the job and the actual skills that an employee has. Solutions has been elusive, especially in certain industries — like healthcare, tech and manufacturing — that struggle to find qualified workers. BizWest managing editor Ken Amundson joins Erin O'Toole to talk about their deep dive into the issue.

When you think of archaeology, mummies might come to mind, or people digging up the remains of an ancient village. But for at least one man, archaeology is all about a very specific piece of history: beer. Rae Ellen Bichell reports on the experiments of Colorado's self-proclaimed beer archaeologist.

Celebrated Iranian director Asghar Farhadi has a new film, called Everybody Knows. It was made in Spain, and for KUNC film critic Howie Movshovitz, who teaches film and television at CU-Denver, it's every bit as good as his Iranian work.

In the headlines:

  • A Fort Carson officer is among five transgender soldiers to testify before Congress this week. Lawmakers are questioning the Trump administration’s effort to restrict transgender troops.
     
  • Democrats at the state Capitol are introducing a bill that would give cities and counties the power to set their own minimum wages. Right now, local governments can't raise them above the current statewide level. Supporters of the bill say that hurts residents in cities with higher costs of living. Opponents worry that local business owners would cut jobs and turn to automation to save money.

Colorado Edition is made possible with support from our KUNC members. Thank you!

Our intro music is "Remember Me" by Colorado musician Kalatana. The midshow break is "Bling Bong" by Robbie Reverb. Other music this week by Blue Dot Sessions:

  • "Lamplist"
  • "Dirtbike Lovers"
  • "Waypost"
  • "Mind-Body-Mind"
  • "Pavement Hack"

This episode was hosted and produced by Karlie Huckels and assistant news director Erin O'Toole. Digital editor Jackie Hai handled the web. News director Catherine Welch and managing editor Brian Larson contributed to this episode.

KUNC's Colorado Edition is a weekly look at the top stories from our newsroom. It's available every Friday on our website, as well as on iTunesGoogle PlayStitcher or wherever (RSS) you get your podcasts. You can hear it on the air every Sunday at 9 p.m. on KUNC.