KUNC's Colorado Edition: Japanese Internment, Graduation Rates, Caucuses And More

Feb 23, 2018

In this week's Colorado Edition, we take you back to World War II. No, not overseas, but to the former Amache internment camp. President Franklin Roosevelt signed an executive order in 1942 that ordered tens of thousands of Japanese-Americans to be held in internment camps around the Mountain West, including Colorado.

Then we turn to local Dreamers – those who grew up in the U.S. but were brought over the border illegally and now hope to stay.

We also note that graduation rates are up in Colorado – and find one school district that wants to do even better. What Greeley’s Career and College Prep Program is doing to catch the stragglers.

Then, caucuses: On March 6, Democrats and Republicans will gather at Colorado schools, churches and community centers to kick off the 2018 elections. This is when local party activists make the case for their favorite candidates. But this year’s caucus meetings may not pack the same kind of punch as they have in years past.

Also, Colorado lawmakers are working on several high priority issues including human trafficking, updating a driver’s license program for undocumented immigrants and responding to last week’s school shooting in Florida. A roundtable of reporters explores the issues.

Finally, the new movie, "Early Man," is animator Nick Park’s comic vision of human pre-history. KUNC film critic Howie Movshovitz, who teaches film and television at the University of Colorado-Denver, says the vision doesn’t see very far.

KUNC's Colorado Edition is a weekly look at the top stories from our newsroom. It's available every Friday.