KUNC's Colorado Edition: Mental Health At Schools, Senate Workers Hushed, Salton Sea

Mar 16, 2018

This week, amid the backdrop of student walkouts around Colorado and the nation to remember the 17 people killed at their school in Florida, we look beyond the debate over guns. Our reporters travel to schools where a less contentious, but related, conversation is taking place: improving mental health.

We'll learn all about a mindfulness program in an Aurora middle school and what Berthoud High School did to improve mental health after a string of suicides.

Also this week, in the latest of Bente Birkeland's ongoing stories about sexual harassment at the state Capitol, aides, interns and staffers have been advised not to talk to the press about workplace issues. That includes sexual harassment and new trainings meant to prevent it. The reporting has triggered debate over freedom of speech amid efforts to create a workplace culture where everyone feels they can speak up and be heard.

Then, our ongoing explorations along the Colorado River continue, taking us to California, where the state's biggest lake is so big that people call it a sea. But the Salton Sea is shrinking and that could affect an ecosystem.

All that plus a review of "Annihilation," starring Natalie Portman.

Music: 

  • "One Cool Minute" by Loyalty Freak Music
  • "Temporal Zoning" by Dead Amps
  • "Water" by Dead Amps
  • "You're Magic" by Soft and Furious
  • "To Fight" by Uncanny

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 iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher or wherever (RSS) you get your podcasts.