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KUNC's Colorado Edition


KUNC's Colorado Edition is a daily look at the stories, news, people and issues important to you. It's a window to the communities along the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

The show explores the big stories of the day, bringing context and insight to issues that matter. And because life in Northern Colorado is a balance of work and play, we explore the lighter side of news, highlighting what makes this state such an incredible place to live.

Colorado Edition airs on KUNC Monday through Thursday at 6:30 p.m., with a rebroadcast of the previous evening's show Tuesday through Friday at 8:30 a.m., and is available as a podcast online and wherever you get your podcasts:

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Today on Colorado Edition: Why Colorado is behind other states in the Mountain West on COVID-19 testing. Plus, we’ll learn about disparities in Colorado’s reading curriculum. We also speak with a photographer who’s documenting life during a pandemic, and hear about the challenges of co-parenting at this time.

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Today on Colorado Edition: As of today, most of the state is no longer under a stay-at-home order. As we transition to a “safer at home” period, we explore how it might impact first responders. We also learn about what employers will have to do in order to keep their employees safe. Plus, we learn about conditions inside Colorado’s largest prison and we explore what the next few weeks might look like for the state’s response to COVID-19.

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On Monday, the state of Colorado moved into a new phase of managing the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Jared Polis is lifting the statewide stay-at-home order and transitioning to one called "safer-at-home," in which certain non-essential businesses are allowed to re-open.

Many employers are now making decisions about how to re-open safely. Tina Harkness, the director of the Employers’ Council’s Northern Regional Office, joined Colorado Edition to talk about what the transition to safer at home means for business owners.

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Today on Colorado Edition: why nursing homes are so susceptible to COVID-19. Plus, we’ll get tips for maintaining mental health during challenging times. We’ll also look at how online learning works for English as a second language students, why museums are making collections available virtually, and we'll get some advice about how to start watching Alfred Hitchcock films.

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Today on Colorado Edition: We hear about the Colorado communities trying to avoid furloughing employees. We also travel to two emergency shelters in Denver to better understand how the coronavirus is impacting those without a stable place to stay. Plus, we take a look at how nonprofits in northern Colorado are faring amid economic uncertainty. With Ramadan beginning Thursday at sundown, we also explore how religious organizations are adapting practice during the pandemic.

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Right now, holidays, religious or otherwise, are being celebrated differently because of the state’s stay at home order and concerns over people gathering. Today, on the eve of Ramadan, we’re going to dig into how religious organizations are adapting the way they practice during the pandemic.  

Reverend Amanda Henderson, the executive director of the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado joined Colorado Edition to talk about how religious organizations are adapting the way they practice during COVID-19.

Rae Solomon / KUNC

On Monday, an emergency shelter opened at the Denver Coliseum for women and transgender individuals experiencing homelessness. This comes soon after the city opened a new facility for men at the National Western Complex on April 9. The facilities are meant to consolidate a host of services and staffing manpower under one roof, while simultaneously providing more space for social distancing among the guests who stay there.

KUNC’s Rae Solomon took a tour of both shelters. She joined Colorado Edition to report on what she observed.

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Today on Colorado Edition: We’ll look at what the historic drop in oil prices means for the industry in our state. Plus, Colorado’s schools will be closed for the rest of the year. We also look at what a rural hospital can tell us about COVID-19. Finally, in celebration of Earth Day, we’ll look at the impact of COVID-19 on CO2 emissions, and learn about a frog’s unexpected recovery.

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The way we celebrate Earth Day this year will probably look different because of the coronavirus and the state 's stay-at-home order.  Which made us wonder: How is COVID-19 impacting the environment?

Kris Karnauskas, associate professor in the Dept. of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science and the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at The University of Colorado Boulder, joined Colorado Edition to talk about the impacts that COVID-19 has had on our climate.

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Today on Colorado Edition: We look at how the coronavirus is widening the gap between communities with broadband, and those without. We also check in on Colorado’s senate race, with a look at last weekend’s party assemblies and a look at campaign finances. And, we learn more about a program helping mountain communities by investing in business and residents there.